Early Learning Services - Early Childhood Education Provider Information

Elwyn Early Learning Services provides intake services, multi-disciplinary evaluations to determine eligibility, case management, also referred to as LEA Representation, and preschool early intervention services to eligible children. ECE providers can utilize the wide array of information offered on this portion of our website to learn more about Elwyn Early Learning Services, preschool early intervention processes and procedures, developmental norms, evidence-based behavioral supports and access necessary contact information.

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How to Make a Referral for Preschool Early Intervention

How to Make a Referral for
Preschool Early Intervention

Video Tutorial

Pennsylvania Preschool Early Learning Standards

Pennsylvania Preschool Early Learning Standards

The Pennsylvania Preschool Early Learning Standards are designed to do the following:

  • Inform professionals about age-appropriate curriculum and assessment
  • Guide the selection of instructional materials and the design of interactions/goal setting
  • Inform families of appropriate expectations for children
  • Provide a common framework for community-based birth–grade 3 alignment work

Click Here to view the full brochure for Pennsylvania Learning Standards for Early Childhood


Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports

Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports

Struggling with challenging behavior in your ECE classroom? PBIS can help!

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a framework that promotes the social, emotional and positive behavioral development of young children by providing tiered interventions rooted in evidence‐based practices (Fox et al., 2003; Hemmeter, Ostrosky, & Fox, 2006). The model offers three tiers of intervention practice: universal promotion for all children supported by high-quality physical classroom environments, effective classroom routines, and behavioral expectations; secondary preventions to address the intervention needs for children at risk of social-emotional and/or behavioral delays, and tertiary interventions needed for children with persistent and pervasive behavioral challenges.

When implemented correctly, PBIS promotes a more positive school climate, safer learning environments, and more trusting and respectful student-teacher relationships. Implementing strategies based in PBIS can have a powerful impact on schools seeking to improve school climate, reduce discipline issues and support social and emotional skill building (OSEP Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, 2020).

Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports “Quick Tips”

1. Visual Supports - A visual support is a picture or other visual item used to communicate with a child who has difficulty understanding or using language. Visual supports can be photographs, drawings, objects, written words, or lists. Research has shown that visual supports work well as a way to communicate to a wide variety of information to children with and without disabilities.

2. Schedules – Use and refer to a visual schedule throughout the day to make transitions easier and more predictable. Consistent routines are important for preschool development. Avoid long seated activities (e.g., over 20 minutes), and long wait times, encourage movement breaks or activities between seated activities, and warn students of changes in the schedule or routine.

3. Transition Warnings - Prepare children for transitions by providing verbal and visual warnings of upcoming transitions. (e.g., "One minute until clean up;" "Clean up time when the timer is done").

4. Classroom Rules - 3-5 classroom rules should be posted and reviewed. The rules should be positive, specific and descriptive with visual representation. The classroom rules should be explicitly taught prior to instruction (e.g., and can be in a fun song) and reinforced with descriptive praise.

5. Descriptive Praise - Giving praise when child engages in appropriate behaviors. Be quick to praise. Praise the student as quickly as possible so positive behaviors are immediately reinforced. Specific and immediate praise for appropriate behavior and rule following is key. Catch children doing the right thing and praise them for it!

6. Choices – Offer choices within the context of activity (e.g., “which chair would you like to sit in?” or “which color marker would you like to use?”). Choices can reinforce attending and engagement, and are helpful in practicing communication skills.

7. Expectations – Keep classroom expectations and rules achievable. Keep motivation high, by using preferred items and activities following new or difficult tasks. Use clear and concise language, such as “first – then language”. This is often accomplished by labeling the demand as the “first” task followed by reinforcement (e.g., “first bathroom, then snack”).

Elwyn Early Learning Services PBS Team Resource Bank

  • Find resources specific to the strategies mentioned above on the PBS Team Shared Drive – simply print and use!


Behavior Support eTrainings

Best Practices – 15 minute in-service suites (The Head Start Learning & Knowledge Center)

  • Use these 15-minute in-service suites as a professional development resource for staff in active early childhood centers and programs. They are organized topically and address effective teaching and assessment practices.
  • Topics include: managing the classroom, highly individualized teaching and learning, and behavior. 
  • Article: Resources preschool learning environments

Circle Time Magazine – Positive Behavior Intervention & Support (PBIS) Video Series

  • Circle Time Magazine is a dynamic professional development web series and magazine for early childhood educators, parents, and providers. Each episode features guest experts sharing their knowledge, ideas for using everyday materials, favorite books, and high-quality examples of learning in action.
  • Circle Time Magazine, Season 2 Overview: Positive Behavior Support


Best Practices & Additional Behavioral Resources

National Center for Pyramid Innovations (NCPMI)

  • The goals of the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) are to assist programs in their implementation the Pyramid Model, with a focus on promoting the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children, reducing the use of inappropriate discipline practices, promoting family engagement, using data for decision-making, integrating early childhood and infant mental health consultation and fostering inclusion.
  • The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations

Parent Resources & Handouts (NCPMI)

  • Detailed but easy to read resources explaining evidence based strategies for families and or school programs to use as a solution to commonly occurring challenging behaviors, during routines, and to teach social and emotional skills (e.g., “how to help with morning routines” or “what to do when students bite”).
  • NCPMI Guidance on Family Engagement

Covid-19 & Pandemic Specific Resources (NCPMI)

  • This site is designed to support families in helping young children cope with the challenges that might occur during stressful emergencies such as COVID-19. The site includes pandemic resources, virtual learning tips, handling stress and challenging behavior, self-care, and coping skills for adults.
  • Covid-19 & Pandemic Specific Resources (NCPMI)

Early Intervention Tele-Intervention Resources (EITA & OCDEL) “Tips to Ensure Quality Practices using this mode of Service Delivery”

  • EITA (Early Intervention Technical Assistance) continues to update their TI Resources for early intervention staff. Tele-Intervention is an effective strategy for delivering Early Intervention services during the COVID-19 public health emergency. This portal provides an overview of Tele-Intervention and tips to ensure quality practices using this mode of service delivery.
  • Early Intervention Technical Assistance Portal

Behavior Management – Resource Guide (IRIS Center, Vanderbilt University)

  • This document offers an overview of behavior management and evidence based practice links and resources to guide professionals in how to manage behavioral concerns within the classroom environment. Some examples include classroom rules, developing a behavior management plan, and behavioral interventions.
  • IRIS Behavior Management Resource Brochure

The Behavior Support Application (Vanderbilt University)

  • The Behavior Support App uses a PBIS framework to guide educators and parents in using empirically supported interventions to address challenging behavior. Topics include: understanding behavior, prevention strategies, using visuals, teaching new skills and replacement behaviors, and how to respond to challenging behavior.
  • FBSApp- Understanding Behavior

Early Childhood Education Professional Development Opportunities

Early Childhood Education Professional Development Opportunities

Elwyn Early Learning Services (ELS) is pleased to announce a “menu” of professional development opportunities available to ECE programs in Philadelphia and/or the city of Chester in Delaware County, by program request. These sessions will be free of cost to Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs in the geographical areas supported by Elwyn ELS and will offer Act 48 and/or PQAS continuing education credits. There are four (4) available sessions, detailed below. In order to request a session, the Director or a Supervisor of an ECE program should complete the Microsoft Form and an ELS team member will reach out to further discuss session logistics within one week. Session requests are being accepted currently and sessions will begin in January, 2022.

How to Make a Preschool Early Intervention Referral

This session will discuss early intervention in PA, the definition of special education and will provide a brief overview on developmental norms. The session will emphasize how to make a local Preschool Early Intervention referral and the subsequent steps and processes that follow once a referral is made. This session is one hour in duration.

Early Intervention in Pennsylvania, An Overview

This session will provide a thorough overview on the structure of early intervention in the state of Pennsylvania. Federal and state early intervention regulations, including Preschool Early Intervention eligibility, will be discussed. This session is one hour in duration.

What is an Individualized Education Program (IEP)?

This session will dissect the “what”, “who”, “how” and “when” of Individualized Education Program, or IEP, development and implementation. This offering is designed to answer all of your IEP-related questions, including when ECE programs might request an IEP meeting for Preschool Early Intervention students. This session is one hour in duration.

Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS): Tier 1 Classroom Strategies

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a framework that promotes the social, emotional and positive behavioral development of young children by providing tiered interventions rooted in evidence‐based practices (Fox et al., 2003; Hemmeter, Ostrosky, & Fox, 2006). The model offers three tiers of intervention practice: universal promotion for all children supported by high-quality physical classroom environments; secondary preventions to address the intervention needs for children at risk of social-emotional and/or behavioral delays; and tertiary interventions needed for children with persistent and pervasive behavioral challenges. This PD session will detail Tier 1, or universal positive behavior support, strategies that all ECE programs can implement to effectively support 80-90% of their students! This session is 90 minutes in duration.

Watch Me Grow

Watch Me Grow

Every child grows and learns new skills at his or her own pace. Children can vary in skills and development. Check out the “Watch Me Grow” publication for early intervention information, as well as a brief overview of developmental norms.

Contact Information

Early Learning Services (ELS) Contact Information

Philadelphia Main Phone Number & Intake Referral Line: (215) 222-8054
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday; 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

City of Chester Main Phone Number & Intake Referral Line: (610) 872-4590
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

*For children currently receiving Preschool Early Intervention services through Elwyn ELS, the best line of contact for individual student questions or concerns is your child’s LEA Representative.
*If you are having difficulty reaching your child’s LEA Representative, please use the appropriate Main Phone Number above or the regional email addresses below and our team will gladly assist you.

ELS North-East:

ELS Northwest-Central:

ELS South-West:

ELS City of Chester:

Click Here to download a PDF version of our regional map

Additional Resources

Additional Resources

In Pennsylvania, the Office of Child Development & Early Learning (OCDEL) oversees early childhood programming, as well as early intervention services for eligible young children. Please check out their website for regulatory information, professional development opportunities and more!

Click Here for more information


The Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) in Philadelphia provides a single point-of-contact for families, early learning service providers and communities to gain information and access services that support high quality child care and early learning programs.

Click Here for more information


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    Chyna Saunders Dennis

    Chyna Saunders Dennis

    Program Coordinator, NJ
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