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Some tools in your motivational interviewing toolkit include asking open-ended questions, reflective listening, sharing the agenda setting, eliciting pros and cons of change, providing information using the elicit-provide-elicit technique, inquiring about the importance and confidence of making a change, and summarizing the conversation.

More information and details can be found on the website  under Patient Care > Healthy Active Living for Families > Communicating with Families > Communication Strategies: Motivational Interviewing

Summer snacking for happy, healthy kids! View these recipes that support children's healthy growth and development with ingredients that are fresh, low in fat, and high in fiber.

Attached are free printable posters.

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) Consultation is a free resources that supports children’s social-emotional development from birth through age 5 within early learning programs participating in Keystone STARS.

 View theEarly Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Matters Handouts that covers various topics. For example, Basic Needs Determine BehaviorMotivating the Desire To Learn, and Meaning of Behavior.


ECELS has many tools to help early care and education programs meet Keystone STARS Standards. The crosswalk document identifies ECELS resources that relate to specific STARS Standards. Steps for Early Care and Education Programs to Reduce Illness and Injury address Keystone STARS Standard LM.2.3  9/2019

The Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) project at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention is now “Go NAP SACC.” Go NAP SACC features an interactive website. Look there for resources for children from birth – 5 years, a focus on breastfeeding and infant feeding, screen time, and outdoor play. Go NAP SACC can be adapted for different child care settings, including family child care homes. The Go NAP SACC website, found at, gives technical assistance professionals self-assessments and tools. You can follow Go NAP SACC on Facebook ( and Twitter. Reviewed and reaffirmed 3/2018.

This resource list was prepared from questions Child Care Health Consultants received.  The topics align with Model Child Care Health Policies, 5th Ed.    When preparing or revising policies, the resources identifed can be helpful to improve health and safety practices.  6/2018

Staying up-to-date with immunizations provides the best protection against disease and is essential to health. Getting vaccinations on time is still important during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is crucial that everyone—children, staff and parents—receive their regularly scheduled vaccines.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, parents and guardians should schedule immunization appointments early. Some health care providers may have delays in scheduling and decreased appointment windows. Health care providers are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of patients, families, and staff. Call your health care provider if you have any questions or concerns about a scheduled well-child visit or immunizations in general. The Pennsylvania Departments of Education, Health, Human Services, and Insurance remind parents to ensure their children’s immunizations are up to date as part of back-to-school preparations.

Early Childhood Education staff should make immunization a priority. Foster an environment of health with:

  • Immunization tracking
  • Staff education and adult vaccination as needed
  • Parent education

Unvaccinated children are at increased risk for disease and can spread disease to others. Babies are at high risk since they are too young to be fully vaccinated. Un- and under-vaccinated people are a threat to children and adults who might not be able to receive certain vaccines due to other health conditions. Children who are not up-to-date with vaccines recommended for their age may be excluded from child care and schools if an outbreak occurs.

For more information to educate staff and parents, visit the following websites - 

These excellent state, Head Start and national resources are packed with good ideas about how to foster developmentally-appropriate physical activities for infants and toddlers. Download and explore them to add variety and value to the curriculum for infants and toddlers.

This CDC "flu" website is a good home base for information about influenze. It has handouts, clear explanations about the risks and protections. Reviewed and reaffirmed 3/2018.

Motivational Interviewing specialists recognize that early learning professionals and the families they work with have their own knowledge, experience, and resources. When fully engaged in the process of change, not simply given information and advice, families are much more likely to commit to healthy behaviors and life choices.