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The ELRC 19 Health and Safety (H&S) Task Force is designed to bring together professionals in a regional, collaborative effort to provide coordinated, consistent H&S related supports to ECE providers, identify needs, maximize resources, and leverage local and statewide strengths to address needs and improve services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Task Force is comprised of members that can provide H&S related supports to early care and education programs in Chester County. These members include: Quality Coaches, Program Quality Assessors, Preschool and Infant/Toddler Program Specialists, EI and EITA Consultants, Certification Representatives, and an Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant. Representatives from various local agencies with specific H&S expertise will also be invited to join.

Objectives of the H&S Task Force include the following:

  • Meet regularly to discuss health and safety activities, requests, findings, challenges, and needs of early learning programs in Chester County during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Identify areas of expertise and create a phone/contact list
  • Determine regional health and safety needs, approaches to meeting these needs, and the system to support programs within the region
  • Set up systems for communication
  • Create resource connections for programs without duplicating services

The H&S Task Force will develop long term goals to guide the team's work even after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.




ELRC19 Newsletters


Professional Development

PA Keys Professional Development Registry
First Up-Champions for Early Education (formerly DVAEYC)

Technical Assistance

Environment Rating Scale Institute
Check the Additional Notes for Clarification section monthly for updates to each of the scales.

PA Position Statements
Updated annually between July and September, the position statements are to be used in conjunction with ERS assessment tools.

Shared Source Website
An initiative that brings Pennsylvania early childhood professionals cost-saving and time-saving tools, best practice resources and a shared commitment to quality improvement.

United Way Early Learning
A comprehensive school readiness and K-3 literacy initiative.

PA Department of Education Standards Aligned System
Materials and resources for planning curriculum.

Infant-Toddler Resources

Zero to Three Resources
Feeding Infants
Developmental Milestones (CDC)
Early Childhood Investigations - Webinar trainings
Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center - Webinars and Resources
Hands On As We Grow - Activities

Child Care Health Consultation

Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition
View or download this go-to manual, free of charge, or browse the manual by entering a keyword in the search box.

Operated by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (PA AAP), ECELS offers training, resources and tools related to health and safety.

Model Child Care Health Policies, 5th Edition
View or download sample policies and forms free of charge.

Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition
Presents 138 essential standards intended to reduce the rate of morbidity and mortality in child care and early education settings. It can be viewed/downloaded free of charge.

Healthy Child Care America
Information from pediatricians from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The Public Health Office of the City of Columbus (Ohio) has a nice resource for educators on teaching young children hand-washing skills.

Do Bugs Need Drugs? (a website/program operated by Alberta, Canada)
The Do Bugs Need Drugs? (DBND) daycare program is for early childhood educators and children age two to five years. It emphasizes the importance of teaching young children about handwashing and introduces the concept of germs and illness. This site includes curricular materials on handwashing, including the "Twinkle-Twinkle Song."

Better Kid Care
Information and online training.

Better Kid Care Vodcasts (videos)
Healthy Practices: Handwashing 101
Healthy Practices: Diapering 101
Healthy Practices: Changing Pull-ups and Soiled Underwear (please disregard disinfecting contact times in both videos)

Let's Move!
America's initiative to raise a healthier generation of kids.

Safe Sleep
Safe Sleep Practices and SIDS/Suffocation Risk.

Early Childhood Mental Health

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)
Resources and trainings for families and early childhood professionals.

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI)
Free products and resources to apply best practices in the classroom to improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities.

Early Intervention

Infant/Toddler: Chester County Early Intervention (birth-3)
Preschool: Chester County Intermediate Unit (3-5)

Professional ECE Membership Organizations

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children (PennAEYC)
Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA)
Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN)
First Up-Champions for Early Childhood (formerly DVAEYC)

Community and Family Engagement

PA Promise for Children
Pennsylvania's Promise for Children is a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of providing Pennsylvania's young children with access to quality early learning opportunities.

MetroKids is a resource for parents living in the greater Delaware Valley - Philadelphia and its Pennsylvania suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware.

Philadelphia Family
Parent resources and information for families in Philadelphia.

Main Line Parent
Parent resources and information for families in the suburbs on Philadelphia.

PA One Book, Every Young Child
Pennsylvania's One Book, Every Young Child program highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers ages three to six by using one book many different ways.