ECELS-Healthy Child Care PA has prepared a Care Plan form to gather key information to provide care for children with special health needs.The majority of early care and education programs enroll children with special health needs. The most common chronic medical conditions among children are allergy and asthma. Teachers/caregivers need to know the specific details about each enrolled child with a medical or other special condition. These forms explain the process and documentation needed to enroll a child with special needs.

The Process to Support Enrollment of a Child with a Special Need form is an algorithm or map that describes the steps to follow to obtain and use a care plan. The Care Plan is a form to gather key information to provide care for children with special health needs. The form collects the essential information. It includes how to care for a child's daily needs and to handle an emergency. Early learning practitioners should arrange for parents and health professionals to complete the form when the child is first considered for enrollment and anytime a new medical condition develops. Download all four forms in the links below. Reviewed and updated 5-2019

When children with special needs are in group care, information should be shared by parents/legal guardians and the child’s primary health care provider (PCP) with those who care for him/her. These forms explain the process and documentation needed to enroll a child with special needs. The Process to Support Enrollment of a Child with a Special Need form is an algorithm or map that describes the steps to follow to obtain and use a care plan. The Care Plan is a form to gather key information to provide care for children with special health needs. The majority of early learning practitioners enroll children with special health needs. The form collects the essential information. It includes how to care for a child's daily needs and to handle an emergency. Early learning practitioners should arrange for parents and health professionals to complete the form when the child is first considered for enrollment and anytime a new medical condition develops. Early Learning practitioners should make sure they understand the information and obtain any training necessary. Download the forms in the links below. Reviewed and updated 5/2019.

 

These forms explain the process and documentation needed to enroll a child with special needs. The Process to Support Enrollment of a Child with a Special Need form is an algorithm or map that describes the steps to follow to obtain and use a care plan. The Care Plan is a form to gather key information to provide care for children with special health needs.The majority of early learning practitioners enroll children with special health needs. The form collects the essential information. It includes how to care for a child's daily needs and to handle an emergency. Early learning practitioners should arrange for parents and health professionals to complete the form when the child is first considered for enrollment and anytime a new medical condition develops. Download all three forms in the links below. Reviewed reaffirmed 5/2019

These five separate two hour interactive workshops are available individually or as a series.  The workshops highlight Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Standards using excerpts from the Caring for Our Children Video Series.

This workshop teaches early learning practitioners how to recognize and manage occupational health risks, drawing on the content in Caring for Our Children: the National Health and Safety Performance Standards. Addresses management of stress, infectious disease risks and musculo-skeletal (ergonomic) challenges intrinsic to providing child care. Includes assessment of personal and work-site health promotion strategies.

The CDC is a comprehensive source of information on public health issues, including immunization, sanitation, and infectious disease. The CDC provides a large library of information to the public on many topics. Some of the categories include: Diseases and Conditions; Emergency Preparedness & Response; Environmental Health; Life Stages & Populations; Healthy Living, Injury, Violence & Safety; Traveler's Health; Workplace Safety & Health. The CDC website includes a powerful search engine as well as alphabetical listings. Users will find fact sheets, videos, photos, posters, and other useful materials to download.

When children have toileting accidents in child care, staff must follow procedures that are appropriate for the child and limit the spread of germs. See Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs Standard 3.2.1.5: Procedure for Changing Children's Soiled Underwear, Disposable Training Pants and Clothing at http://nrckids.org/CFOC or available at https://shop.aap.org. In PA, please send your health and safety request with your name and phone number to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This  online self-learning module uses an interactive format with embedded video, case studies, and questions for the user to answer. Learn key strategies for inclusion of children with special needs.  Download the Document Packet, Resource List and Quick Reference Sheets from Managing Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools - A Quick Reference Guide, 2nd Edition.. To open the module online, CLICK SLM Online-Children with Special Needs.  Make sure your computer has a current version of Adobe Flash Player.  Adobe Flash is integrated in Internet Explorer on Windows 10. Download updates of the software for free here. PA early care and education (ECE) providers may submit completed work for review for credit by completing an electronic response form from the link in the Document Packet, by scanning the Response Sheet and Registration Form and attaching them to an e-mail, or by sending them by fax or by surface mail to ECELS. Be sure to follow the instructions in the “Important Reminders” box next to the list of self-learning modules. To have ECELS review your work for state-authorized training credit, select the button that says "Click Here to Order SLM Reviews." Follow the instructions and pay for the review of your work. (ECERS-R, ITERS-R Program Structure, Personal Care Routines. K7-C2-84.) Updated 6/2019.

This extensive list of weblinks, print resources and supports includes both national and Pennsylvania credentialled sources of information. It is intended for early educators, parents and health professionals who are caring for children with chronic physical, behavioral and developmental challenges.  Updated 6/2018

Caring for a child with diabetes can be a challenge. Families and early care and education staff need to know what to do. Diabetes affects 7% of the population. About one in 500 children has diabetes. Children with diabetes do not make enough insulin. The body needs insulin to use sugar in food for energy and growth. Insulin is a hormone that must be produced naturally by cells in the pancreas or be given as a medicine at proper times and in the right amounts.