Early educators have a vital role in the lives of children. What teachers/caregivers do can directly impact each child’s health and wellbeing. Teachers need the knowledge, skills and tools to meet this awesome responsibility! ECELS recently revised three self-learning modules so they are now updated and easy-to-use in online or print formats:

Each module meets STAR Level 2 Performance Standards for Health and Safety and provides 2 hours of professional development credit. See the brief overview of each module below, click on the active link above or go to the ECELS website at www.ecels-healthychildcarepa.org Select the Professional Development/Training tab at the top of the page, then Self-Learning Modules. Find the one you want to use in the alphabetical listing of the more than 30 Self-Learning Modules that ECELS offers.

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"Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers" is a free, online resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It helps parents learn skills that form the foundation of a positive parent-child relationship. Fun video demonstrations show proven strategies. The site includes expert advice about common concerns. The tips include how to focus on encouraging good behavior, while decreasing misbehavior.

You can view these user-friendly materials by going to the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov. Then put "Essentials for Parenting" in the search box.

ECELS is collecting transition ideas. How do you get all the children's hands washed, and keep their hands clean until they sit together to eat? Without a sink for every child to wash at the same time, what activities do you use for children who wash first to wait for those who wash last? Send your favorite ideas to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax them to 484-446-3255. We hope to collect good ideas to share in an upcoming issue of Health Link Online or as a Health Capsule.

The approaches you use are likely to differ for toddlers, preschoolers and school age children. You may have a routine transition or a collection of different approaches you use.

Many organizations offer suggestions for how to help those who are direct victims or hear about victims of disasters including episodes of interpersonal violence.  See the websites of the American Academy of PediatricsNAEYC and the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence, located at the Yale Child Study Center. Reviewed 3/2018.

Many studies show the harmful effects of exposing children to violence in television shows, computer games, music and movies. Violence in media promotes aggressive behavior, nightmares and fear of being harmed. Most of it minimizes the consequences of violent actions. The review of evidence by experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics confirms that “…media violence is one of the causes of real-life violence and aggression.” Pediatrics 2009;124;1495

ECELS offers many live and recorded webinars available to use for PA Key and Act 48 credit. The recordings are on the ECELS website a week or so after the live webinar. “Managing Challenging Behaviors” was the first ECELS webinar for 2016. It was presented live on 1/14/2016.

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