All users in the system who have fully completed their Professional Development (PD) Registry profile will be automatically entered into a random drawing to win a new Apple iPad! Two winners will be notified by November 15, 2018. Contest ends on October 31, 2018. How to enter: 1. If you have already completed your profile, [...]
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Pennsylvania's Quality Rating and Improvement System, Keystone STARS, is one of the most mature systems in the country to improve quality in child care and early learning programs. In 2017, The Keystone STARS Think Tank Team, in partnership with thousands of stakeholders, developed principles to guide the STARS revision process. During the 2017-18 program year, [...]
Human Services has posted the following Solicitation RFP 07-18 for Pennsylvania receives funding through the Child Care and Development and Block Grant (“CCDBG”) to support low-income working families’ access to high-quality child care. The work to support the CCDBG grant is currently performed in Region 18 (Philadelphia) by two types of OCDEL business partners, the [...]
OCDEL Budget Overview Listen to the June 29, 2018 call with OCDEL Deputy Secretary, Suzann Morris. Click here to view the 2017-18 and 2018-19 comparison. On Friday, June 22, 2018, Governor Wolf signed the 2018-19 budget into law. The 2018-19 budget continues to build on the governor’s commitment to high-quality early learning services. Thank you to all [...]
Penn State Better Kid Care, in collaboration with the PA Key, is pleased to announce two new online courses to meet the requirements for Pennsylvania new staff orientation that includes the mandated health and safety training. Get Started with Center-based Care: Building Blocks for Quality (K6.2, C1, CDA6; 10 hours) Get Started with Home-based Care: [...]
Deadline May 26, 2018 Those wanting to submit comments pertaining to Pennsylvania's Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Grant Draft State Plan should do so by the May 26, 2018 deadline. The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program provides resources to state, territory, and tribal grantees that enable low-income parents to work or pursue education [...]
The Department of Education and Department of Human Services Office of Child Development and Early Learning is pleased to announce the public hearing for the draft Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), a funding portion of Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG). The Child Care Development Block Grant is one of the primary federal funding sources [...]
Harrisburg, PA - Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) announced the selection of regional Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs), created to improve the quality of and access to early learning services in the state and help families identify the best child care options that meet the [...]
The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) is releasing a listing by county of lead agencies who have submitted valid Letters of Intent (LOI) to apply for the 2018 Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts Request for Applications. The goal of the list is to assist agencies in creating relationships with other agencies who may have interest [...]
On behalf of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning, the PA Key will accept applications for funds to support large-scale professional development events and conferences at the state and regional level for fiscal year 2018-19. Please note the following changes have been made to this process: The deadline for applications has been extended [...]