WHAT’S NEW2018-07-23T11:36:30+00:00

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 […]

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State expands programs to help children of addicted parents

You may have heard about Pennsylvania’s 2018-19 state budget which includes $4 million to expand evidence-based home visiting programs. The additional funding is expected to help about 1,000 families. Want to know more about evidence-based home visiting? Click here!

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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, […]

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The Renewal Inspection Process: What to Expect

All certified child care providers in Pennsylvania are subject to an annual inspection of the facility.  A certification representative with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning will conduct a renewal inspection of the facility at least once every 12 months. Upon completion of the inspection, the provider will be notified of the Department’s […]

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PA Pre-K Counts and HSSAP Grantees Announced

Expanding access to high-quality, early childhood education is a proven investment and priority for the Wolf administration. Governor Tom Wolf recently announced more Pennsylvania families will have access to high-quality early learning programs, with approximately 2,125 new slots in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and 490 new slots in the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP) being […]

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Pilot to Support Contracted Slots for Infants and Toddlers in Child Care

Beginning September 2018, OCDEL will use $2 million of the increased Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funding to pilot contracting for slots for infants and toddlers participating in Child Care Works (CCW). OCDEL will leverage the PA Pre-K Counts model to pilot contracting with STAR 3 and STAR 4 programs to serve infants […]

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Child Care Reimbursement Rates Increased and Rate Freeze Lifted!

The PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has announced that effective August 1, 2018, the Child Care Works (CCW) program will both lift the base rate freeze for STAR 1 and STAR 2 providers, as well as, apply a general Maximum Child Care Allowance (MCCA) base rate increase of 2.5% across all […]

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