The Office of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the U.S. Department of Human Services has brought together a list of resources related to developmental screening and referral for early intervention. The materials listed in the collection are from a group of federal agencies. The content on the website is separated into the materials most helpful to specific users: early care and education providers, primary care providers, early intervention and special education providers, families, communities, child welfare, home visitors, behavioral health providers, and housing & homeless shelter providers.The website offers a compendium of evidence-based developmental screening tools, everyday tips for early care and education providers to support child development, and guides for finding services in the community. As ACF says: "Effective promotion of healthy child development and wellness is best achieved early in a child’s life with well-coordinated, multi-sector coordination of services and communication with families. Public awareness of typical child development and risks for delay, developmental and behavioral screening, early identification of delays as well as linkages to referral and follow up services can be delivered anywhere young children and families spend time--in the home and in communities through a range of programs and services." Access the English version of the resources at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ecd/child-health-development/watch-me-thrive. For the Spanish description of the resources go to Del nacimiento a los 5! Informacion y Destacados at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ecd/b_to_5_one_pager_spa.pdf. For the Early Care and Education Providers Guide in Spanish, go to Providors Cuidado y Educación Infantil at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ecd/ece_providers_guide_spanish_508.pdf. 7/2015 

This form facilitates communication from health care providers to other professionals who work with the child and family as part of formulating a coordinated and consistent plan of care for children with behavioral concerns. Reaffirmed 7/2013.

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.  This Care Plan is a form used to communicate information to child care practitioners who are non-medical professionals. Child care practitioners should make sure they understand the information and obtain any training necessary.  Children with special needs will require the completion of the parts of this Care Plan that document their daily or emergency needs. Additional information may be required for some children. This Fact Sheet and form detail the elements of information needed and why they are important to providing quality child care. Updated 11/2012

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 and updated 9/2015

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.  This fact sheet gives the rationale and the procedure for these situations. Updated 1/25/16.

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. The module requires a broad-band Internet connection (cable, DSL or FIOS) to run smoothly. Pennsylvania early learning practitioners who do not have a broadband connection or have difficulty with their Internet connection may request the CD version by contacting ECELS. To use the CD disk version of the module, you will need to have recent updates of the Adobe Reader (version 9.1 or better) and Adobe Flash Player (version 10.1 or better). You can download updates of this software from Adobe for free at http://www.adobe.com. Users must download the Document Packet below this description to complete the module. Also download the separate document Children with Special Needs-Resources and References that has links to many userful sources of addtional information. To open the module online, CLICK SLM Online-Children with Special Needs. PA child care practitioners may submit completed work for review for credit by completing an electronic response form via a link in the Document Packet, or by scanning the pages 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 on this webpage.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 11/7/13.

This extensive list of weblinks and other contact information includes both national and Pennsylvania credentialled sources of information about specific types of special needs. It is intended for early educators, parents and health professionals who are caring for children with chronic physical, behavioral and developmental challenges. Prime print references are included as well. The list is also a part of the online self-learning module about caring for children with special needs. Updated 11/2013