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..

On June 20, 2012, ECELS presented an audio conference about the use of care plans, electronic medical records and tools to meet the needs of children with special needs.  The audioconference featured a co-editor of the American Academy of Pediatric's manual, Managing Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools, Dr. Elaine Donoghue and Beth DelConte, ECELS Pediatric Advisor.  A child care health consultant from the south east region shared examples of inclusion and use of care plans.  To listen to the recording of the audio conference and receive state-authorized training credit, contact ECELS for the mp3 file and instructions for completing and submitting the registration and evaluation forms.  Open the attachments for handouts provided by Dr. Donoghue, Dr. DelConte and Laurie Grant for this audio conference.   For questions, contact ECELS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call  800-24-ECELS. 6/2012.

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.

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