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Early Childhood Educator

Early Childhood Educator

As a collaborative partner with the Early Childhood Education Linkage System (ECELS/Healthy Child Care Pennsylvania), the Center for Healthcare Education provides health professionals with consultation, training and technical assistance to improve early childhood education programs within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Child Care Health Advocate - Credit Program

Child Care Health Advocate (EARL160) - Health advocates are early childhood practitioners (directors, lead teacher, family child care providers) who see to it that their program integrates best practices in health, safety and nutrition, even though they may not perform those practices directly themselves. The course is intended to prepare the Child Care Practitioner to function in the role of a Child Care Health Advocate (CCHA). The course will address 15 different health and safety modules as a resource for child care directors, teachers, assistant teachers and child care practitioners. The Child Care Health Advocate who will be working in a child care setting will learn to assess, identify and prioritize health and safety needs of children and staff. Available online or on-campus. The course will be offered again in the Spring 2022 semester.  

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Non-Credit Courses include:

  • Fire Safety Awareness
  • Playground & Active Play Safety
  • Emergency Preparedness: Practicing for Performance
  • Security Procedures for ChildCare Facilities
  • OSHA Blood Borne Pathogens
  • Infant and Toddler
  • Asthma
  • Pediatric CPR
  • Common Illness
  • Safe Medications
  • Children w/Special Needs
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Pediatric First Aid
  • Inclusion - Exclusion
  • Color Me Healthy
  • Health & Safety Trends
  • Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Food Allergies
  • Immunizations
  • Oral Health
  • Healthy Snacks
  • Stress & Wellness
  • Current Issues in Children's Health
  • Personal Care Routines
  • Diapering Procedures
  • Flu Overview
  • Train the Trainer Willing to Teach
  • Color Me Healthy
  • Healthy Children Healthy Smiles
  • Healthy Outcomes for Young Children: Medication Administration in Early Education and Childcare Settings

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