• Benefits of Child Care Programs–New Evidence
  • Nutrition Tips from USDA
  • Laundry Safety
  • Anaphylaxis – What is it?
  • Child Abuse and Neglect , Clearance, Training and Reporting
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice - Freebies from the CDC
  • Active Play Self-Learning Module—NEW
  • Gluten Free – Disease Prevention or Fad?
  • Animal Visits
  • Transitions: Hand Washing to Eating
  • Autism Resources
  • Mold and Moisture
  • Toddlers and Preschoolers: Help parents form positive parent-child relationships
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder-Are We Doing All We Can?
  • Food Preparation Techniques for Tasty & Healthful School Meals
  • Diaper Rash Prevention and Management
  • Staff Health Risk in Pregnancy

The attached document provides helpful tips to support the child, parents and early care and education staff when there is child abuse and neglect. For more information and professional development about child abuse and neglect (child maltreatment,) see the online ECELS Child Abuse and Neglect Self-Learning Module. 5/2012

This federally funded center (TACSEI) offers FREE products and resources for decision-makers, caregivers, and service providers. These tools can help apply best practices to manage children who have behavioral concerns. You can view, download and use most of the tools on the TACSEI website. The tools are based on research about practices that improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children.TACSEI is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. Some of the tools on the TACSEI website are: How to Help Your Child Recognize and Understand Disappointment, How to Help Your Child Recognize and Understand Frustration, How to Help Your Child Transition Smoothly Between Places and Activities. 1/2013 

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. 12/3/2012