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Public Comment Period Opening for Proposed Changes to the Current Child Care Regulations

Deadline to submit comments: November 13 The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) announce the proposed changes to the Child Care Regulations at 55 Pa. Code, Chapters 3270, 3280 and 3290 are now available for review. The proposed changes can be viewed in the PA [...]

Public Comment Period Opening for Proposed Changes to the Current Child Care Regulations2018-10-17T09:44:22+00:00

Human Services Secretary Announces Funding for Evidence-Based Home Visiting Programs in Communities Affected by Opioid Epidemic

Harrisburg, PA – Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller today announced increased funding for evidence-based home visiting programs in communities affected by the opioid epidemic included in Governor Tom Wolf’s 2018-2019 budget. The Department of Human Services currently supports four evidence based home visiting programs: Early Head Start, Healthy Families America, Nurse Family [...]

Human Services Secretary Announces Funding for Evidence-Based Home Visiting Programs in Communities Affected by Opioid Epidemic2018-10-10T13:54:47+00:00

New Exemption in CDA Voucher Guidelines for Career and Technical Education Students

Beginning immediately, an exemption has been added to the CDA Voucher Guidelines. Students currently enrolled in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program may submit documentation on school letterhead indicating you are enrolled and currently working in a STARS facility. Meeting the 20 hours weekly will be waived. The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential is [...]

New Exemption in CDA Voucher Guidelines for Career and Technical Education Students2018-08-30T20:08:43+00:00

Let’s Talk Quality Blog Gets New URL

Beginning August 2018, the Program Quality Assessment blog Let's Talk Quality! Program Quality Assessment in PA will have a new URL! Let's Talk Quality (www.letstalkqualitypa.com) is a shorter and easier URL to use. Please be sure to change bookmarks or clear any history in your browser using the old URL. What is Let's Talk Quality? [...]

Let’s Talk Quality Blog Gets New URL2018-08-17T15:54:57+00:00

You could win an iPad from the PD Registry!

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, [...]

You could win an iPad from the PD Registry!2018-08-09T14:42:07+00:00

Keystone STARS Update Webinar July 2018 Available Now!

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, [...]

Keystone STARS Update Webinar July 2018 Available Now!2018-07-23T14:23:19+00:00

New Solicitation eAlert for RFP 07-18 – Early Learning Resource Center in Region 18

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 [...]

New Solicitation eAlert for RFP 07-18 – Early Learning Resource Center in Region 182018-07-03T13:37:30+00:00

2018-19 OCDEL Budget Overview

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 [...]

2018-19 OCDEL Budget Overview2018-06-29T12:24:34+00:00

New Better Kid Care Online Courses to Replace Current Health and Safety Course

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: [...]

New Better Kid Care Online Courses to Replace Current Health and Safety Course2018-05-31T11:35:13+00:00

Deadline Approaching to Submit Comments for CCDF Grant Draft State Plan

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 [...]

Deadline Approaching to Submit Comments for CCDF Grant Draft State Plan2018-05-21T09:21:59+00:00