Many children and adults have asthma. Up to 90% of children with asthma have allergies also. Wheezing, irritation of eyes and noses may be an allergic response to substances like pollens, animal dander, or dust mites. Nearly a quarter of children with asthma have food allergies too. Early education and child care providers must be prepared to respond to a situation that involves a severe allergic reaction. Without prompt administration of an appropriate medication, someone with an allergic reaction may die. 

Learn the basics of food allergy and allergen types in foods and how to prevent a food allergy response.  Use forms, guides, and links to online videos and other materials.  Practice reading food labels to find hidden ingredients that are the same as common food allergens.  Describe how to modify the early learning and school age program for a child with a food allergy and plan for handling a food allergy response.  (ECERS-ITERS: Personal Care Routines. K7.1 C1, K7.5 C1, K7.5 C2, K7.6 C1 ) 6/2017

This workshop uses the interactive curriculum from the Food Allergy Network. It includes a video and mock epinephrine (EpiPen) demonstration. Participants practice reading food labels to find hidden ingredients that are the same as common food allergens and learn the basics of food allergy and allergen types in foods. The group discusses how to modify the child care setting for a child with a food allergy, and a plan for handling a food allergy response. 

This online professional development opportunity is for directors and administrative staff in centers that serve 25 or more children and who are new users (subscribers) using the WellCareTrackerTM Internet application software, available from ECELS. The professional development experience involves working with the user-friendly internet application on any computer connected to the Internet to review children's health records, identify and track gaps in the children's required preventive health services. WellCareTrackerTM software uses the dates of preventive health care services entered for each child at any time thereafter to report whether the child is currently up to date, overdue or will be due in the next three months for specific services. In addition to reports for individual children that can be given to parents, the system produces a report for all the children entered. This report makes it easy to  track needed services and follow-up with families. Currently, the PA Department of Health is doing random audits of the immunization records that state regulations require child care programs keep on file to show children are up to date. The health reports should give information about screening tests and special needs too. WellCareTrackerTM lets staff make sure children have received all the services that they need to be healthy and ready to learn. In addition to being protected against vaccine preventable infectious disease, they need to be free of treatable conditions such as hearing and vision problems, anemia or lead poisoning. Look for the detailed description of the self-learning module on the left pane of the WellCareTracker(TM) home page at under "ECELS - Self Learning Module." PA child care practitioners may submit completed work for review for credit by scanning the pages and attaching them to an e-mail, 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 on this webpage. (ECERS-ITERS: Personal Care Routines, Program Structure. K7-C3-78 or K8-C3-91. 6/2017

In August of 2013, ECELS received a 3-year federal quality improvement grant. The purpose of the grant is to show how to improve the care of infants and toddlers in child care centers.  ECELS staff and expert consultants developed an observation tool. The tool measures 13 selected standards in Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards, 3rd edition (CFOC3).

Early education and before and after school child care providers may adapt this model letter to send to heatlh professionls to explain the need for the health professionals to complete required health forms. It one of the documents posted on the WellCareTrackerTM website. WellCareTrackerTM is a secure Internet software application developed and maintained by ECELS to evaluate and track health service reports to be sure that children are up-to-date with vaccines and screeniings. On the WellCareTrackerTM website, select the letter from the left pane under "Sample Letters." 

Many children who are enrolled in early education and child care programs have chronic health problems or special health needs.  In the United States, 14% of all children have such conditions. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published Managing Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools to help teachers and caregivers understand these conditions and work with health care professionals to be sure children who have them stay well. The book explains how to develop specific Care Plans for educational settings. One section offers information about types of health professionals who might be involved in a child's care. Half the book is devoted to condition-specific Quick Reference Sheets and sample forms.  To order this book, go to the AAP bookstore at Reviewed and reaffirmed 6/2018.

ECELS Pediatric Advisor, Beth DelConte, MD, FAAP presented an audio conference on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 from 9 to 10:30 am for Pennsylvania Child Care Health Consultants, Child Care Health Advocates, STARS TA Consultants, STARS Specialists/Managers, ERS Assessors, Certification Representatives, and Specialty Discipline Instructors. Giving medication in early education and child care is common and poses significant risks. Frequently, program staff are unaware of and fail to perform correct procedures to minimize the risks when giving medication. Act 48 and PA Keys to Professional Development credit is availble from ECELS for listening to the audio conference and then completing and submitting the Evaluation Form.  Open the attachments for the Healthy Futures Module handouts (allow for brief loading time), Supplemental Handouts and the Evaluation Form. For questions, contact ECELS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 484-446-3003. 10/2011

Extra Credit is available for users of the workshop about Medication Administration and the AAP Healthy Futures e-learning on this topic. For an additional hour of credit, participants who successfully complete the Medication Administration Workshop or the AAP e-learning may arrange for a licensed health professional to observe their performance of medication administration skills using a checklist provided by ECELS.

This FREE interactive online activity is for early care and education providers. Some children need medication that they cannot receive only at home. Medication may be necessary to maintain health, prevent illness, or relieve symptoms. Staff members may give medication if they have successfully completed training and can show how to do it in a group care setting.

Three experts who are pediatricians and members of the PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (PA AAP) collaborated with the national AAP to prepare the module. Users must create a log in to enter the AAP online e-learning system called Pedialink. Thereafter, Pedialink will recognize your log-in to use modules. The AAP does not charge anything at check-out for FREE modules. The AAP issues a certificate awarding 2 hours of credit for successful completion of the module. For the log in and this online learning activity, go to the website of Healthy Child Care America - Healthy Futures.

ECELS will provide an additional 1 hour of credit for those who successfully complete this e-learning activity and have a licensed health care professional (nurse, doctor, or pharmacist) use the ECELS Medication Administration Skills Checklist to document they observed the staff member correctly demonstrate the skills. Download the Checklist from the ECELS website. If the active link to the checklist doesn't work for you, go to www.ecels-healthy Select Tools on the main menu bar, and then Checklists.

DPW Facility Licensing Representatives and STARS Specialists will recognize the national AAP's certificate of credit. ECELS can provide a certificate for the additional skills observation credit, and/or record successful completion of both the 2 hour online activity and the extra credit observation in the PA Key PD History. Scan and e-mail, fax or send a copy by surface mail to ECELS of the completed and signed skills checklist and/or the AAP-issued e-learning certificate. Follow the instructions in the “Important Reminders” box on the self-learning module pages of the ECELS website to order a self-learning module review by ECELS. ECELS requires a $15 administrative fee to process your request.

(ECERS-ITERS: Personal Care Routines, Parents and Staff. K7-C2-84.  Successful performance of medication administration documented by a completed and signed Medication Administration Skills Checklist meets STARS Level 3 Performance Standard for Health and Safety.)6/2017