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Oral health is important to children’s overall health and wellbeing. How can dental disease be prevented? What can early childhood care & education providers do to help?

Jenna Linden, dental hygienist and program leader for the oral health initiative at the Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin, will describe ways you can promote oral health with the children & families you support.

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June 2024 - Little Teeth, Big Smiles: Nurturing Oral Health in Children / Dientes pequeños, sonrisas gigantes: estimular la salud oral en niños

Oral health is important to children’s overall health and wellbeing. How can dental disease be prevented? What can early childhood care & education providers do to help?

Jenna Linden, dental hygienist and program leader for the oral health initiative at the Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin, will describe ways you can promote oral health with the children & families you support.

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Dientes pequeños, sonrisas gigantes: estimular la salud oral en niños

 

La salud oral es importante para la salud y el bienestar general de los niños. ¿Cómo se puede prevenir la enfermedad dental? ¿Qué pueden hacer los proveedores de cuidado y educación infantil para ayudar?

Jenna Linden, higienista dental y líder del Programa para la Iniciativa de Salud Oral en la Alianza de Salud Infantil de Wisconsin, describirá las formas en que puede promover la salud oral con los niños y las familias que apoya.

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May 2024 - Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on First: Relaxing the Stress for ECE Professionals / Póngase primero su propia mascarilla de oxígeno: reducir el estrés de los profesionales de cuidado y educación temprana (Early Care and Education, ECE)

Caring for the littles can be stressful. How can early childhood care & education providers develop strategies to help relax while caring for children?

Jerolynn Bell-Scaggs (Licensed Professional Counselor and Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant) and Karissa Young (Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant) will describe signs of stress and share relaxation techniques that early childhood care providers can use in their programs.

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Póngase primero su propia mascarilla de oxígeno: reducir el estrés de los profesionales de cuidado y educación temprana (Early Care and Education, ECE) 

 

Cuidar de los más pequeños puede ser estresante. ¿Cómo pueden los proveedores de atención y educación de la primera infancia desarrollar estrategias que les ayuden a relajarse mientras cuidan de los niños?

Jerolynn Bell-Scaggs (asesora profesional licenciada y consultora de salud mental de bebés y de la primera infancia) y Karissa Young (trabajadora social clínica licenciada y consultora de salud mental de bebés y de la primera infancia) describirán los signos de estrés y compartirán técnicas de relajación que los proveedores de atención de la primera infancia pueden utilizar en sus programas.

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April 2024 - Catching Up on Check-Ups

What actually happens at a well-child visit (or “checkup”)? It’s much more than height, weight, and immunizations, and there are national standards and guidance for what elements should be included.

Dr. Dipesh Navsaria (Pediatrician & ECHC Director) will walk us through what happens during a well-child visit and why they matter for early childhood.

March 2024 - Supporting Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

Trauma can affect so much for children. How can early childhood care providers help and support children in their care who have experienced trauma?

Karissa Young (Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant) and Jerolynn Bell-Scaggs (Licensed Professional Counselor and Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant) will describe different types of trauma and the potential reactions to trauma for young children. They will offer guidance for early childhood care providers including concrete strategies to try in the classroom, insights into how to talk to families, and considerations for when to get help.

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February 2024 Webinar - This Webinar Stinks: All About Poop

Early childhood is often messy, including the regular encounters with dirty diapers. What can poop tell us about health? When should we be concerned?

Dr. Dipesh Navsaria (Pediatrician & ECHC Director) will walk us through key characteristics of stool and help early childhood care providers interpret what may be found during diaper changing.

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January 2024 Webinar - Winter and Health: The Facts

Winter is here and so are questions around illnesses within child care. Can cold weather cause kiddos to get sick? When are fevers dangerous? What are safe approaches to address the spread of germs in centers?

Kelly O’Connor (Registered Pediatric Nurse & ECHC Health Consultant) & Dr. Dipesh Navsaria (Pediatrician & ECHC Director) will help early childhood care providers counter these common winter myths and offer facts to help reduce the spread of illness for the children in care.

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December 2023 Webinar - Understanding Air Quality within Child Care Facilities

Air quality goes beyond just the outdoors. What does this look like within child care facilities? How does air quality affect the health of children in care? How can early childhood care providers utilize evidence-based strategies to improve the air quality within their facilities?

Dr. Christopher Strang (University of Wisconsin-Madison Assistant Vice Chancellor of Environment, Health & Safety in Facilities Planning & Management) explores the importance of air quality and introduces a three-tiered approach to improving indoor air quality within early childhood care settings.

Rescheduled to 12/21/23

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November 2023 Webinar - Lead 101: Implications for Child Care Facilities / Principios básicos sobre el plomo y su repercusión en los centros de cuidado infantil

Hearing “lead in child care facilities” can sound very alarming. Thankfully, there are resources here in Wisconsin to help tackle these common questions surrounding lead for early childhood care programs. Dr. Dipesh Navsaria (Pediatrician & ECHC Director) will walk through a general overview on lead and its impact on children. Madelyn Reinagel (Wisconsin Department of Health Services Lead-in-Water Testing & Remediation Program Coordinator) will offer actionable insights into how to identify possible lead hazards within child care facilities and steps to help reduce those hazards.

Escuchar hablar de la presencia de plomo en centros de cuidado infantil puede ser motivo de preocupación. Por fortuna, aquí en Wisconsin existen recursos que nos ayudan a abordar las preguntas frecuentes relacionadas con el plomo en los programas de cuidados de primera infancia. Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, pediatra y director de ECHC, brindarán información general sobre el plomo y su impacto en los niños. Por su parte, Madelyn Reinagel , coordinadora del Programa de Detección de Plomo en el Agua y Medidas de Recuperación (Lead-in-Water Testing & Remediation Program) del Departamento de Servicios de Salud de Wisconsin (Wisconsin Department of Health Services), brindará información útil sobre cómo identificar posibles riesgos de plomo en los centros de cuidado infantil, y sobre las medidas para reducir esos riesgos.

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October 2023 Webinar - Introduction to Infant Mental Health

Supporting healthy development of children goes beyond just physical health. How is a child’s healthy social and emotional development fostered through relationships with their early care & education providers? In this 60-minute webinar, Annie Hysaw (Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Infant Mental Health Specialist) and Corey Robak-Klein (Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Manager), will introduce the concept of Infant Mental Health, identify key indicators of healthy social emotional development in children 0-5 years old, and introduce Wisconsin’s new, free, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation program (IECMHC), Healthy Minds Healthy Children.

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September 2023 Webinar - Medical Urgencies vs. Medical Emergencies: What’s the difference and how to respond

Life- or limb-threatening emergencies are weighty topics. Let’s talk about the differences between medical urgencies (common and often “can wait”) and medical emergencies (uncommon but require an ambulance) in early childhood care & education settings through an empowering, informative way. Hopefully you will go your whole career without being involved in a medical emergency, but we know they happen. Kelly O’Connor (Registered Nurse & ECHC Health Consultant) and Dr. Dipesh Navsaria (Pediatrician & ECHC Director) will facilitate webinar is to provide supportive information and help early childhood care providers feel prepared.

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August 2023 Webinar - Supporting Children with Autism within Early Childhood

Children with autism may have unique strengths and needs in early childhood programs.  How can you support autistic children as a care provider? What strategies and resources are available? In this 60-minute webinar, Dr. Katie Kastner, developmental-behavioral pediatrician, will explore an overview of autism spectrum disorder and discuss strategies for supporting children with autism within early childhood care & education programs.

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July 2023 Webinar - Scrapes, Scratches, & Owies: Simple Wound Care in Early Childhood

Summertime can bring skinned knees and small scratches. How should early childhood care & education providers respond? Kiddos are bound to have simple wounds that can be addressed in care. In this 60-minute webinar, Kelly O’Connor (Registered Nurse & ECHC Health Consultant) and Dr. Dipesh Navsaria (Pediatrician & ECHC Director) share how to safety and confidently respond to these situations.

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June 2023 Webinar - Sample Health Policy Template Workshop

Developing health policies can be complex and time-consuming. The Early Childhood Health Consultation (ECHC) team is excited to share a new, free tool that can be used to easily include high-quality policies while meeting Wisconsin licensing or certification requirements. Dr. Dipesh Navsaria (Pediatrician & ECHC Director) and Kelly O’Connor (Registered Nurse & ECHC Health Consultant) will facilitate this 60-minute workshop webinar. They will offer a general overview of why health policies aligned with best practices are important, a walk-through of the Sample Health Policy Template’s components, and explore how this tool can immediately be used to promote the health of children within your care. Time will be available following the presentation for small group break-out exploration of the tool and live question & answer.

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May 2023 Webinar - Considerations when Caring for Children with Special Health Care Needs

Caring for children with special health care needs may feel complex. How can you as an early childhood care & education provider approach these situations in an organized way? What questions should you ask when you are unsure on health care plans? In this 60-minute webinar, Dr. Dipesh Navsaria (Pediatrician & Early Childhood Health Consultation Director) will be joined by a collection of experts, including Danielle Gerber (Family Engagement Specialist), Kara Michalkiewicz (Social Worker), Kristan Sodergren (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner), and Teresa Wagner (Registered Nurse). As this category encompasses a great variety of conditions, the experts will focus on general guidance when caring for children with special health care needs.

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April 2023 Webinar - Understanding Asthma

As child care providers, you may care for children with asthma. How can you practically think about asthma in your early care & education settings? How can you communicate to parents who may have heard myths or misinformation? What are the basics of using inhaled medications and spacers? In this 60-minute webinar, Dr. Sima K. Ramratnam, pediatric pulmonologist, allergist, and immunologist at UW Health, will explore these essential considerations on caring for children with asthma.

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March 2023 Webinar - Straight Talk About Vaccines

There is so much information and misinformation about vaccines. How can early childhood care & education providers understand this topic and ways to keep their programs safer? In this 60-minute webinar, Dr. Dipesh Navsaria (Pediatrician & Early Childhood Health Consultation Director) will offer a general overview of childhood immunizations, a basic understanding of they work, and how they prevent and reduce the risk of significant illnesses. He’ll also discuss approaches to how to discuss the subject with hesitant parents in a compassionate and understanding manner.

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February 2023 Webinar - Fever, Breathing, and Pulse Ox - Oh, My!  The Vital Signs That Should Scare You and The Ones That Shouldn’t.

Temperature, pulse, breathing; many become worried when we see “not normal” vital signs, but which ones should we focus on in early childhood care and education settings, and which ones are essential not to miss? In this 60-minute webinar, Dr. Dipesh Navsaria will walk through things to think about when deciding when children need immediate health care attention.

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January 2023 Webinar - Caring for Our Children: How can early childhood educators use this tool?

Interested in an evidence-based, free, and easy-to-use tool to help with health & safety questions within early childhood care & education? Join us to learn more about Caring for Our Children and ways to use in within your program. In this 60-minute webinar, Dr. Danette Swanson Glassy from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Executive Committee Co-Chair for “Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd and 4th editions” will present on Caring for Our Children and explore how this tool can be used to support best health & safety practices within early childhood care & education settings.

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December 2022 Webinar - Shared Decision-Making Panel Discussion

When can my child return to child care? This question is often asked with the expectation of specific criteria being laid out— of a purely medical decision. The reality is that it’s actually a shared decision between health care professionals, parents, and early childhood educators. In this 60-minute webinar, Dr. Dipesh Navsaria will facilitate a discussion with the panel of experts exploring the topic of shared health-related decision-making. The panel offers a collection of perspectives including Barbara Katz, Family Voices of Wisconsin Co-Director; Corrine Hendrickson, Corrine’s Little Explorers Family Child Care Center Owner and former Wisconsin Early Childhood Association Board President; and Dr. Wendy Molaska, Dedicated Family Care Owner & Physician and Wisconsin Medical Society President.

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November 2022 Webinar - Thoughtful Approaches to Exclusion: Should this Child Remain in Care? 

A common issue faced by early childhood educators is deciding if a mildly ill child should stay in care. How can we think on this broad concept and keep in mind various perspectives involved? In this 60-minute webinar, Dr. Dipesh Navsaria will walk-through considerations when addressing inclusion or exclusion due to illness within early childhood education programs.

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The Early Childhood Health Consultation offers continuing education credit for attending live, free webinars as a Training Sponsor Organization with the Wisconsin Registry. Interested in learning more? Explore the Registry website and join us for our next event.

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Q: Can I receive credit with the Registry?

A: The Early Childhood Health Consultation program verifies attendance of live, approved webinars with the Wisconsin Registry. Information on future ECHC webinars, including upcoming registration links, are available on our events page. Approved ECHC events for free Registry credit can also be found on the Registry’s training search website.

Q: I’m at your live webinar, how do I get credit?

A: At the end of the live webinar event, fill out the post-webinar survey.  You can not only enter your Registry information, you can also share feedback.  Please note that you have only a week to fill out this survey.

After that, our team will enter live webinar attendance information directly with the Registry. Based on the Registry’s processes, we can only mark that you attended if you were present at least 45 minutes of the 60-minute training.

Q: How can I confirm that I received credit?

A: Questions on how to view this information on your Registry account can be directed to the Registry at (608)222-1123.

If you need a personal copy of the certificate of attendance, please email the ECHC team (echc@sohe.wisc.edu) with your request following the live webinar event.

Q: What do you recommend if I cannot attend the entire live webinar?

A: We understand how busy your work is within early childhood. You are welcome to watch the on-demand webinar recordings whenever is best for you on our YouTube channel and linked on our website.

Even if you are unable to attend the entire live webinar, we invite you to still register for the event. Following the live webinar, all registered contacts receive a post-webinar email with links to the recording, slides, and resources.

Q: Can I receive credit for viewing the webinar recordings?

A: Based on the Registry’s requirements for verifying attendance, we can only offer credit for attending live webinars. However, if you are interested in receiving credit for viewing the webinar recordings on our Webinar Resources webpage or  YouTube channel, we recommend using the Continuing Education log through the Wisconsin Department of Children & Families (DCF). Questions on this form can be directed to DCF at (608)422-7000.

Q: How can I stay informed with upcoming webinars?

A: If you register for any ECHC webinar event, you will receive our monthly emailed newsletter. It includes information on the next month’s webinar and other key ECHC updates or new resources. Not sure if you are included on that email? Feel free to subscribe for our monthly e-newsletter

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