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 TTY Users: PA Relay 711 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    6/2017

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. 

This fact sheet reviews general information for parents and caregivers about reflux disorders and their management in young children. Updated 2004. Reviewed and reaffirmed 11/2012. For more detailed information about this condition, see Managing Children with Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools, 2010, available from the bookstore of the American Academy of Pediatrics at www.aap.org.

This fact sheet reviews general information about seizures in children appropriate for parents and caregivers of children attending early education and care programs. Updated 2004. Reviewed and reaffirmed 11/2012. For more detailed information about this condition, see Managing Children with Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools, 2010, available from the bookstore of the American Academy of Pediatrics at www.aap.org.

 

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.

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. The form collects the essential information. It includes how to care for a child's daily needs and to handle an emergency. Early care and education staff 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 the Care Plan form and an explanation of each item on the form. Reviewed and updated  4/2017

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.

This fact sheet provides general information about Spina Bifida appropriate for parents and caregivers of children attending early education and care programs. Updated 2004. Reviewed and reaffirmed 11/2012. For more detailed information about this condition, see Managing Children with Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools, 2010, available from the bookstore of the American Academy of Pediatrics at www.aap.org.

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