We're celebrating the accomplishments of Family Provider, Cheryce Sullivan, Owner of Noah’s Ark Christian Learning in Cumberland County! Cheryce opened her family childcare home in 2016. She has a nursing background, working in a local medical facility but was laid off. She then worked at a friend’s childcare center for four years and found her new [...]
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Early Learning Resource Centers, Child Care and Development Fund, Infographics and more. There's a lot of information in May edition of the PA Early Ed News!
The Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller joined community members on April 10, 2018 at a monthly meeting of Spectrum Friends, a support group of local adults with autism, to celebrate Autism Awareness Month. Group members shared personal stories and learned about DHS’ supports and services offered to individuals with disabilities and their [...]
RFP Deadline April 13 The Tuscarora Intermediate Unit (TIU), on behalf of the PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), has issued a Request for Proposals for a new Shared Services Pilot. With funding from The Heinz Endowments, the goal of the initiative is to build both pedagogical and business capacity in early [...]
Submission deadline April 6. The Lancaster Chapter of PennAEYC invites submission of proposals to present at the annual fall conference to be held September 29, 2018 in Lancaster, PA. Presenters should consider a topic that addresses current issues, trends and initiatives, and/or research based effective practices in early childhood education. Attendees represent a wide array [...]
The PA Pre-K Counts Bidders Conference for the Northeast has been changed to March 22 due to anticipated inclement weather. For additional details, please visit the PA Pre-K Counts webpage.
Early Learning Professionals Invited to Take Inclusion, Suspension & Expulsion Survey: Deadline March 21
A new survey from OCDEL is gathering information to determine how OCDEL is meeting professional development needs when it comes to the suspension and expulsion policy. Those who play a role in child care or pre-k should complete the survey, including those who have received the guidance documents, and/or received the initial policy announcement and [...]
Professionals in York and Adams counties have been working for years on a collaborative response to assist child care with behavior concerns and possible expulsion or suspension of young children. They began seven years ago with a program entitled SPEC, Supporting Positive Environments for Children. This model provides ongoing coaching support to early childhood programs [...]
Watch Relationships Matter: Reducing Suspension and Expulsion in Early Learning, a recorded webinar featuring OCDEL Deputy Secretary Suzann Morris. This 25 minute, self-paced video is designed to assist programs as they develop their own policies surrounding expulsion and suspension of children. For more resources on Suspension and Expulsion, please visit the PA Key website.
An asynchronous pre-application webinar is now available under Quick Links section on the PA Pre-K Counts, How to Apply page. This webinar is designed to assist interested applicants in the completion of the application. The webinar includes information on the application process and program requirements.