The PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatrics published the 5th edition of Model Child Care Health Policies in October 2013. Significantly revised and updated, the new edition is a practical tool for adoption and implementation of best practices for health and safety in group care settings for young children. This edition replaces the previously published version and updates of individual policies that were posted on the ECELS website. ECELS encourages early education and child care professionals to adapt the model policies as site-specific documents that fit their programs. Two formats are available: one replicates the hard copy publication. The other format, posted 12-12-2014, has form fields that allow users to insert their site-specific details directly into the PDF document.

This workshop addresses national and state initiatives to reduce obesity among children in group care. It includes nutritional needs of infants, toddlers, preschool  and school age children. Participants learn how to adjust portion sizes, and evaluate food and nutrition labeling.  The discussion includes comparing the standards for physical activity and limitation of sedentary activities with current practices. The participants learn how to use research about how children acquire attitudes about food and physical activity. They identify nutrition education opportunities at mealtimes, snacks, holidays and birthdays.

The Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR) provides resources for parents and educational agencies to resolve educational disputes for children served by the early intervention system, students who are gifted (or thought to be gifted), and students with disabilities (or thought to have disabilities), including a parent/family engagement project. Publications are available about our services.  Contact Information:  Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR) Voice: 800-222-3353 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Fax: 717-657-5983 Website: www.odr-pa.org    Reviewed and reaffirmed 4/2018

State regulations require documentation that the child has received vaccines and screening tests according to the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Any document (including an electronic printout from the child's medical record) that provides this information is acceptable. The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) offers a form that allows health care providers to say whether the child is up to date, the CD 51. This Child Health Report form was last revised in 2008. It does not require the dates and results of the recommended screening tests. It has a check box to indicate "yes" or "no" that the child has received all the recommended screenings. The only screening information it requests is the results of any abnormal vision, hearing or lead screening. These are important, but not all the screenings that assess whether a child is healthy and ready to learn. 

See Managing Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools, 2nd Edition available from the bookstore of the American Academy of Pediatrics at https://shop.aap.org or search www.healthychildren.org for more information. 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..

The majority of early learning programs serve some children with special health needs. These are children with a special medical, behavioral, or developmental condition. They are children who require care that differs in some way from that of typically developing children. For example, children need individual care plans if they have asthma, a severe allergic reaction to a food, seizures or diabetes. Children who have challenging behavior require care plans too.

ECELS has developed many tools to help programs set up a care plan for a child with any type of special need. The ECELS website has forms, a checklist and a process guide to download and use to make effective care plans.

See Managing Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools, 2nd Edition available from the bookstore of the American Academy of Pediatrics at https://shop.aap.org/ or search www.healthychildren.org for more information. 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.

  • Checking Health Records
  • Poisons
  • Counting Children Feedback
  • Growth Measurements
  • Tube Feeding Insert
  • Managing Infectious Diseases 
  • Dental Check-up Resources 
  • Q&A: Cold Packs, Hearing Screens 
  • Why Not to Spank 
  • Caring for a Child with Special Needs: Diabetes, Tics  
  • Websites: USDA, Kids’ Questions, 
  • ECELS-Healthy Child Care PA 
  • Praise for WellCareTracker™  
  • Safe Scooting and Biking Tips 
  • Early Intervention 
  • Training for directors, health consultants, and early education staff 
  • SIDS-Infant Death Survival Guide
  • CBK for Health and Safety Works with Keystone STARS 
  • Asthma and Allergy Awareness
  • Pottstown Early Action for Kindergarten (PEAK) Emphasizes Health & Safety
  • Sanitizing Computer Keyboards
  • How Does HIPAA Affect Child Care
  • Immunization News
  • Choking Prevention
  • Keystone STARS Financial Awards Can Pay for Child Care Health Consultation
  • New Health and Safety Professional Development Opportunities