• Healthy Habits 
  • Physical Activity for Children  
  • Lice 
  • New Meningitis Vaccine 
  • Asthma Care Training 
  • Stinging Insects 
  • Healthful Eating 
  • Infant Equipment Safety 
  • New Pediatric First Aid Course 
  • Storing Human Breast Milk 
  • Keystone STARS 
  • Water Safety 
  • Revised Dietary Guidelines 
  • Handy Resources 
  • Why Are Babies So Adorable?

 

  • Novel Influenza A (H1N1) – Swine Flu
  • Child Care Health Advocate Course
  • Sesame Workshop Materials to Download
  • Remember Sun Safety!
  • Free Child Abuse Prevention Guide & Parent Handouts
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Centers, Toolkit and Self-Learning Module

 

  • Children Left in Vehicles 
  • First Aid Corner 
  • New Choking & CPR Guidelines for Children 
  • Sun Protection—Use the UV Index 
  • Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition 
  • Nutrition: MyPlate Replaces MyPyramid 
  • Food-borne Illness 
  • Using Online Professional Development 
  • Head Bumps Matter-Protecting Young Brains 
  • Insect Bites & Stings: 2011 Advice 
  • Swimming & Water Safety 
  • New Seat Restraint Recommendations

 

  •  Heat-related illness
  • Healthful Snacks
  • Vinegar as a Cleaning Solution
  • EPA Healthy Child Care Information
  • A New Website for ECELS
  • Drink Fluoridated Water
  • ECELS Technical Assistance & Professional Development Team
  • Tick Bites
  • Art Products Need the AP Seal

 

  • 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

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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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.

This fact sheet gives general information with illustrations about tube feeding for children attending early education and care programs. The information is appropriate for parents and caregivers. Updated 2004. Reviewed and reaffirmed 11/2012. For more detailed information about this condition, see Managing Children with Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools, 2010, available from the bookstore of the American Academy of Pediatrics at www.aap.org.

Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity. The  Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program on this website has excellent tip sheets with clear and well-illustrated ideas to use every day and on special occasions too. The two Appendices were updated in January 2013 and are excellent, brief guides for preventing choking and caring for children with food allergies.  2/18/2013