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May 25, 2022

ELRC Region 5 Offering Pediatric First Aid and CPR Trainings

The Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 5 is offering several Pediatric CPR and Pediatric First Aid training sessions in May and June 2022 to assist Allegheny County child care providers with recent changes to training requirements.

Training Requirements

Pediatric First Aid and Pediatric CPR is a required health and safety training topic that must be completed before a child care staff can care for children unsupervised. The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) Bureau of Certification Announcement C 22-01 requires staff to complete professional development in Pediatric First Aid and Pediatric CPR within 90 days of hire and renew their certification in Pediatric First Aid and CPR on/or before the expiration of the most current. In addition, effective April 29, 2022, the Pediatric First Aid and Pediatric CPR training must be conducted by an approved Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS) Instructor using an OCDEL-recognized curriculum.

Details are available on Appendix A – Health and Safety Training Certification Requirements: FAQs and OCDEL Guidance Chart.

Session Details

ELRC Region 5 will offer trainings with approved PQAS Instructors and OCDEL-recognized curriculums at no cost to educators who meet the following requirements:

  • Currently working in a DHS Regulated Child Care setting in Allegheny County.

  • Have a valid CPR/First Aid Certificate from a training that was not conducted by a PQAS certified instructor and/or the curriculum used was not OCDEL approved.

  • Are not considered new hires.

A list of available sessions is on the ELRC Region 5 website and will be updated regularly.

 

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February 1, 2022

Communities of Practice: Available Behavior and Mental Health Resources

ELRC Region 5 offers Communities of Practice (COP) for early learning professionals to discuss topics of interest, current trends in the field, and offer insight and inspiration to one another.

In March, ELRC Region 5 will provide information about several of the behavior and mental health resources available to support their programs. We will briefly discuss with participants the importance of behavior, emotional, and mental health support for our youngest children to thrive as well as their ideas to help a scenario classroom. Representatives from the Rapid Response Team, Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC), the Alliance for Infants and Toddlers, and DART will share information about their programs with the participants in breakout rooms. Participants will have the opportunity to rotate through the breakout rooms to ask specific questions and learn about each organization.

Registration is required for this session. 1.5 PQAS credit hours will be available. To receive credit, participants must complete the PD Registry Credit Request Form (in addition to the registration form).

Registration

Thursday, 03/17/22

For questions, please contact Holly Cessna at holly.elrc5@alleghenycounty.us or 412-812-1544. If you have any questions about receiving credit, please contact Allison Hritz at allison@tryingtogether.org.

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Ask the Coaches (Behavior Supports – The Rapid Response Team)

Join ELRC Region 5 on March 3 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. for their online discussion, “ELRC Region 5: Ask the Coaches (Behavior Supports – The Rapid Response Team).”

Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 5 Quality Coaches will host two discussions for Allegheny County early learning program and child care owners, directors, and administrative staff to learn about a new provider/family/child support program – the Rapid Response Team. The director of the team will be a guest speaker to describe the program, the process of referral, and support that can be provided. Coaches will discuss the importance of behavior, emotional, and mental health support for our youngest children to thrive. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about available resources, ask questions, and network with fellow peers.

Registration is required. One PQAS credit hour will be available.

Registration

To receive credit, participants must complete the PD Registry Credit Request Form (in addition to the registration form). If you have any questions, please contact  Holly Cessna at holly.elrc5@alleghenycounty.us or 412-812-1544. Questions about receiving credit should be directed to Allison Hritz at allison@tryingtogether.org.

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Ask the Coaches (Behavior Supports – The Rapid Response Team)

Join ELRC Region 5 on March 3 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. for their online discussion, “ELRC Region 5: Ask the Coaches (Behavior Supports – The Rapid Response Team).”

Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 5 Quality Coaches will host two discussions for Allegheny County early learning program and child care owners, directors, and administrative staff to learn about a new provider/family/child support program – the Rapid Response Team. The director of the team will be a guest speaker to describe the program, the process of referral, and support that can be provided. Coaches will discuss the importance of behavior, emotional, and mental health support for our youngest children to thrive. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about available resources, ask questions, and network with fellow peers.

Registration is required. One PQAS credit hour will be available.

Registration

To receive credit, participants must complete the PD Registry Credit Request Form (in addition to the registration form). If you have any questions, please contact  Holly Cessna at holly.elrc5@alleghenycounty.us or 412-812-1544. Questions about receiving credit should be directed to Allison Hritz at allison@tryingtogether.org.

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December 8, 2021

ELRC Region 5: Ask the Coaches (Program Observation Instruments and the Self-Assessment)

Join ELRC Region 5 on January 6 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. for their online discussion, “ELRC Region 5: Ask the Coaches (Program Observation Instruments and the Self-Assessment).”

Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 5 Quality Coaches will host two discussions on January 6 for Allegheny County early learning program and child care owners, directors, and administrative staff to learn about different types of program assessments. Coaches will describe the importance of self-assessing programs with approved program observation instruments and how to score and best use these types of assessments. Participants will have the opportunity to connect and network with fellow colleagues and peers.

 Registration is required. One PQAS credit hour will be available.

Registration

To receive credit, participants must complete the PD Registry Credit Request Form (in addition to the registration form). If you have any questions, please contact Holly Cessna at holly.elrc5@alleghenycounty.us or 412-812-1544. Questions about receiving credit should be directed to Allison Hritz at allison@tryingtogether.org.

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ELRC Region 5: Ask the Coaches (Program Observation Instruments and the Self-Assessment)

Join ELRC Region 5 on January 6 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. for their online discussion, “ELRC Region 5: Ask the Coaches (Program Observation Instruments and the Self-Assessment).”

Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 5 Quality Coaches will host two discussions on January 6 for Allegheny County early learning program and child care owners, directors, and administrative staff to learn about different types of program assessments. Coaches will describe the importance of self-assessing programs with approved program observation instruments and how to score and best use these types of assessments. Participants will have the opportunity to connect and network with fellow colleagues and peers.

 Registration is required. One PQAS credit hour will be available.

Registration

To receive credit, participants must complete the PD Registry Credit Request Form (in addition to the registration form). If you have any questions, please contact Holly Cessna at holly.elrc5@alleghenycounty.us or 412-812-1544. Questions about receiving credit should be directed to Allison Hritz at allison@tryingtogether.org.

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November 18, 2021

Ask the Coaches: Early Childhood Interactions

Want to learn more about early childhood interactions in and out of the classroom? Join ELRC Region 5 on December 2 for their Ask the Coaches discussions.

Ask the Coaches

ELRC Region 5 Quality Coaches will host two discussions on December 2 for Allegheny County early learning program and child care owners, directors, and administrative staff to engage in conversation on how to support the various types of interactions that take place in early childhood settings. Attendees will have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in the field on their experiences with interactions in their programs between children, educators, and families.
Registration is required. One PQAS credit hour will be available.

Registration

STEP 1: Register

To register, complete one of the online registration forms below by November 3 at 11:55 p.m. Please have your PD Registry Number available (if any).

STEP 2: Request Credit

To receive one hour of PQAS credit, you must also complete a PD Registry Credit Request Form.

Course Details

    • Topic: Onsite Designation Visits and Paperwork Renewals
    • Instructors: Elizabeth Foreman, Andrea Gardner, and Katie Streiff
    • Core Knowledge Area:  Family, Schools, Community Collaborations, and Partnerships

More Information

For questions about the session or credit, contact Allison Hritz at allison@tryingtogether.org. To view more events, check out our Events Calendar.

News

Ask the Coaches: Early Childhood Interactions

Want to learn more about early childhood interactions in and out of the classroom? Join ELRC Region 5 on December 2 for their Ask the Coaches discussions.

Ask the Coaches

ELRC Region 5 Quality Coaches will host two discussions on December 2 for Allegheny County early learning program and child care owners, directors, and administrative staff to engage in conversation on how to support the various types of interactions that take place in early childhood settings. Attendees will have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in the field on their experiences with interactions in their programs between children, educators, and families.
Registration is required. One PQAS credit hour will be available.

Registration

STEP 1: Register

To register, complete one of the online registration forms below by November 3 at 11:55 p.m. Please have your PD Registry Number available (if any).

STEP 2: Request Credit

To receive one hour of PQAS credit, you must also complete a PD Registry Credit Request Form.

Course Details

    • Topic: Onsite Designation Visits and Paperwork Renewals
    • Instructors: Elizabeth Foreman, Andrea Gardner, and Katie Streiff
    • Core Knowledge Area:  Family, Schools, Community Collaborations, and Partnerships

More Information

For questions about the session or credit, contact Allison Hritz at allison@tryingtogether.org. To view more events, check out our Events Calendar.

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January 27, 2021

Virtual Community of Practice Meetings

Are you interested in discussing topics of interest and current trends with fellow professionals in the early childhood field? Join Early Learning Resource Center Region 5 for their virtual Community of Practice sessions!

About

Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 5 offers Communities of Practice (COP) for early learning professionals to discuss topics of interest, current trends in the field, and offer insight and inspiration to one another. In February, the COP virtual sessions will give providers the opportunity to discuss their health and safety successes, needs, and questions. Participants will be given the most current health and safety updates, information, resources, and professional development opportunities.

Available Sessions

More Information

For questions, contact elrc5@alleghenycounty.us or 412.350.3577.

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Virtual Community of Practice Meetings

Are you interested in discussing topics of interest and current trends with fellow professionals in the early childhood field? Join Early Learning Resource Center Region 5 for their virtual Community of Practice sessions!

About

Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 5 offers Communities of Practice (COP) for early learning professionals to discuss topics of interest, current trends in the field, and offer insight and inspiration to one another. In February, the COP virtual sessions will give providers the opportunity to discuss their health and safety successes, needs, and questions. Participants will be given the most current health and safety updates, information, resources, and professional development opportunities.

Available Sessions

More Information

For questions, contact elrc5@alleghenycounty.us or 412.350.3577.

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