Self-Learning Modules

ECELS-Healthy Child Care PA offers more than 30 topics as self-learning modules. Anyone who wants to improve care for children may use the online materials on the ECELS website. Most of the self-learning modules are entirely online. Some have online learning materials combined with hard-copy print and/or audiovisual materials. A few depend on hard-copy materials only. While supplies last, ECELS will send these materials on request in Pennsylvania. The modules that require hard copy materials are: Active Play, Food Allergy, Health Consultation, and Secondhand Smoke. Out-of-state users should contact ECELS about how to access these hard copy materials.

Pennsylvania early education and child care providers may submit their work on self-learning modules to ECELS for review to earn state-authorized professional development credit. Review of modules by ECELS for state-authorized professional development credit requires a per person co-pay for each completed self-learning module (SLM). When ready to submit a module, select "Click Here to Order SLM Reviews" and complete the form. For those paying by PayPal:  You must indicate under "Instructions to Merchant" the name of the person completing the Self-Learning Module.  This will avoid unnecessary delays in payment and processing. The self-learning modules meet PA Keystone STARS Level 2 Performance Standards for Health and Safety. You may submit your work entirely online by downloading the response sheets, inserting your answers and returning them electronically by scanning and attaching your work to an e-mail or sending your work by fax to ECELS. Be sure to follow the instructions in the "Important Reminders" box when you submit your work for ECELS to review for professional development credit.

An ECELS staff member will review the documentation and provide any necessary help to be sure that the learner successfully completes the required learning tasks. Processing of self-learning modules and posting of credit on the PA Keys website may take 6-8 weeks after submission for review.  Once satisfactory completion is accomplished, ECELS will send an e-mail advising the learner to access and print a certificate from the PA Key. For additional information or assistance, contact ECELS at 800-243-2357 or 484-446-3003, or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (Updated 10/8/13) 

Important Reminders

  • Each module must be independently completed for credit.
  • While funding is available, the registration fee is waived. 
  • Use the Module Review Payment Form when submitting for multiple people from one site.

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For more information, please contact ECELS or call 800-243-2357.