Childcare Providers and Early Learning



Childcare providers can earn two (2) hours of professional development credit by attending Eileen M. Carlins’ educational session about infant safe sleep practices. Eileen M. Carlins, MSW, LSW, is a Special Discipline Instructor certified through the Pennsylvania Early learning Keys to Professional Development. The presentation is “The ABCs of Infant Safe Sleep Practices: Alone, on the Back, in a Crib. What Every Caregiver Should Know”.  (Topic 76—Current Health Practices, Policies; Knowledge Area: K7 Health, Safety, Nutrition.

Since the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that all babies should be placed on their backs to sleep in 1992, the number of infants dying of sudden infant death syndrome has declined dramatically; however, infant sleep-related deaths due suffocation, entrapment, and asphyxia increased. A disproportionate number of infants die from sleep-related deaths in childcare settings due to unaccustomed tummy (prone) sleep position and unsafe sleeping environments.

Learn how you can implement the safest sleeping environment for infants in your care; how to share this information with parents; and assurance that you are following the gold standard for infant safe sleep:  alone, on the back, in a bare crib.

If you are not participating in the Pennsylvania Early Learning Keys to Professional Development, you may still earn two(2) hours of educational credit for your staff. You may check the PA Keys website to find a seminar and register or you may request education from Eileen M. Carlins at, or 888-721-2742 ext. 4.

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