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Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/20/2017
Start Up Technical Assistance Peer Mentoring Helps Increase Quality Child Care!

Are you or someone you know providing childcare services in an identified rural county? Interested in getting help to become a DHS Certified Childcare provider and Keystone STARS provider? Keystone STARS can help YOU!

In effort to create high quality child care options, potential Keystone STARS providers have the option to join Start Up Technical Assistance Peer Mentoring to lay the foundation of a high-quality child care facility.

As part of the Race to the Top (RTT)-Early Learning Challenge Grant, Keystone STARS is focusing recruitment efforts in 33 counties1 that are identified as Moderate-High Risk or High Risk, as defined in the 2012/2013 Reach and Risk Report. These counties are considered Moderate-High Risk or High Risk because the identified county lacks high quality child care options.

Receive personal one-on-one help and get the support you need to start your path to Keystone STARS! Learn more.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/20/2017
Encourage families to register for Families Coming Together: Promoting Inclusion for All Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers event
Registration for families is open for the event, Families Coming Together: Promoting Inclusion for All Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers, to be held on May 24 in Harrisburg.

As one voice, families can promote communities where all children can play, learn, and grow together!
Families can strengthen inclusive approaches and beliefs by identifying common ground, sharing joint experiences and learning new information. Now is an exciting time for families to work together.  National and state policies support inclusion and research affirms that inclusion benefits everyone. Families have a vital role in this process. This event is open to all families of children birth to eight years old. Encourage families to attend. Click here for more info and a printable brochure.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/31/2017
Parent Scholarships Available for National Autism Conference
Do you know a family who would like to attend the National Autism Conference (NAC), July 31 - August 3, 2017 in State College? For Pennsylvania parents of children with autism enrolled in Early Intervention, scholarship applications are available to ALL who want to attend, not just those who are first-time attendees. Parent scholarships will cover the following:
  • complimentary conference registration for up to two parent(s)/guardian(s)
  • lodging reimbursement during the conference (receipts required) if live at least 30 miles from the conference location
  • mileage to be reimbursed at $.53/mile and tolls (receipts required)
  • meals up to per diem expense during reasonable travel periods that are NOT provided as part of the National Autism Conference
Interested? Check out the conference website Opportunities tab. Applications are available and due by Friday, April 28th. Spread the word to all parents/guardians who have children on the autism spectrum and let them know that Mon-Wed are especially good days for early childhood sessions.

Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/31/2017
Action Required: Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts Request for Applications Announced

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is seeking applicants for Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts. PDE is issuing a Request for Applications now to support providers in preparing to serve additional children and to be ready for September enrollment. This competitive opportunity will select eligible grantees for a one-year grant period beginning in FY 2017-18. Please note, a full competition for funding will occur in FY 2018-19. Programs interested in applying must submit a fully completed mandatory Letter of Intent by 3 pm on May 5, 2017. Click here for more info.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/29/2017
Public Comments Requested on OCDEL Draft Announcements
The PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) recently released two draft announcements aimed at increasing inclusion, and reducing suspension and expulsion in early learning settings.

Both releases incorporate key principles and recommendations for implementation. In addition, both announcements have a 60-day window for public comment. Read the policy statements and how to submit comments on the PA Key website.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/22/2017
Pennsylvania Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program Request for Applications Announced
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), is releasing a competitive Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP) Request for Application (RFA). This RFA process is a full competitive rebid for HSSAP funding, and will include the Governor’s proposed $10M in expansion funds. OCDEL encourages all eligible Head Start providers to apply. Current HSSAP grantees MUST re-apply as part of this full competitive rebid process.  Failure to reapply for funding will result in the re-appropriation of funds to those who have applied and been selected to receive funds.

Letters of Intent due April 21, 2017. Read more.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/22/2017
Online Graduate Course at Temple University: Movement and Learning in Early Childhood
Temple University is offering a 3-credit, online graduate course called Movement and Learning in Early Childhood, which begins on May 15th. The course is designed to help those working in early childhood care and education settings safely conduct gross motor experiences for children. There are no prerequisites to take the course. The main content of the course will include:
  • children’s gross motor development
  • teaching movement concepts and skills
  • using movement activities to teach academic content
  • facilitating children’s unstructured free play
  • safety considerations when conducting movement experiences
Please contact the course instructor Dr. Jeff Gehris (jgehris@temple.edu , 215-204-1954) for more information and to register.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/21/2017
Mini grants for Higher Ed Institutions for Infant/Toddler coursework
Institutes for Higher Education may apply for mini-grants up to $15,000 to align infant/toddler coursework with Pennsylvania's Core Knowledge Competencies. Applications due April 14, 2017. Click here for application information.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/20/2017
Family Meals Workshops Grant Opportunity
A mini-grant opportunity is available to child care providers to support community engagement activities aimed at addressing childhood obesity.  The Pennsylvania Race to the Top Family Meals Workshops Grant Opportunity is being offered by the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) to early childhood programs participating in Keystone STARS. Fourteen grants ($2,500.00 each) will be awarded to 14 child care programs participating at STAR level 2, 3 or 4, including family child care providers, who complete a grant application and are selected to participate.  Applications are due March 24, 2017. Click here for more info.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/23/2017
Comments Requested-OCDEL 17-18 proposed budget
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Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/17/2017
Clarion University offers Summer 2017 courses
Interested in earning early childhood credits this summer? Please consider one of the three credit courses being offered online through Clarion University of PA this summer.

Undergraduate Courses:

Summer Two Session (June 5- July 7)
  • ECH 231: Creativity in the Early Childhood Curriculum
  • ECH 410: Motor Learning and Development

Graduate Courses:

Summer Two Session (July 5- July 7)
  • ECH 510: Leadership in Early Childhood Education and Care
Summer Three Session (July 10- August 10)
  • ECH 500: Early Childhood Foundations.
For questions, please contact:
LouAnn Bonnett, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Early Childhood Programs
Clarion University of PA
814-393-2591
lhumphrey@clarion.edu
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/13/2017
Johnstown Area Students and Teachers Invited to Take Part in Bookmark Design Contest
The Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown is an annual event that connects top-selling, critically-acclaimed children’s authors, illustrators and storytellers with area kids. To kick off the festival, The Learning Lamp is calling on local students to use their imaginations and create a bookmark that tells a story focused around our theme of “READ, ROCK & ROLL.” Their hand-drawn creations will be featured at the 9th annual Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown, which takes place April 1-2, 2017. Click here for more info.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/13/2017
2017 Champion Schools Awards Open for Grant Applications
With support from The Heinz Endowments, Let’s Move Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that our 2017 Champion Schools Awards are open now for applications! Since 2014, the Champion Schools program has helped to make possible more than 100 children's health programs reaching more than 25,000 children, and we're excited to help childcare centers, pre-kindergarten and elementary schools throughout Allegheny County become a healthier places for kids to learn and grow. Applications are being accepted through Fri., March 17. To learn more and apply, click here.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/6/2017
Highmark Announces Creating A Healthy School Environment Grant Awards Program
Creating a Healthy School Environment Grant and Awards Program addresses six areas that shape the health, education, and well-being of our children through grants, partnerships, social media, school updates, professional development for teachers, administrators, and school nurses, and publishing or presenting findings from evidence-based interventions. Get more info.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/3/2017
Let’s Talk Quality! Program Quality Assessment in PA Blog
Are you looking for information for all things related to quality practices in early childhood and school age programming, whether it is in a Head Start or Pre-K Counts classroom, family child care or group home? A new blog, Let’s Talk Quality! Program Quality Assessment in PA is what you want! The blog includes information related to Environment Rating Scale® (ERS®) assessment, but is not limited to only ERS topics. Discover more!
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/31/2017
STARS Re-visioning January 19 Update Webinar
Watch the recording or download the powerpoint of the January 19 webinar with updates on the Keystone STARS Re-visioning. @import url(http://www.pakeys.org/CuteSoft_Client/CuteEditor/Load.ashx?type=style&file=SyntaxHighlighter.css);@import url(/css/editor.css);
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/20/2017
Looking for an event?

Did you know there's a Calendar of Events on the PA Keys website--and it's filling fast!

Do you know of an event that isn't on the list? Send it to Mary at marhal@pakeys.org. (For individual professional development courses, please log into the PA Key registry.)


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/9/2017
Change in Mailing Address for OCDEL's Hollidaysburg Office
Early Learning Providers: The mailing address for the Hollidaysburg Office of OCDEL will soon change. Effective January 1, 2017, the new address will be:

Western Region OCDEL
ATTN:  Hollidaysburg Office
11 Stanwix Street
Room 240
Pittsburgh, PA  15222

Effective immediately, please discontinue using the PO Box 319, Hollidaysburg address.

Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 12/22/2016
Searching for education opportunities?
Check out the Higher Education page with courses offered at colleges and universities. Many courses are starting Spring 2017!
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 12/1/2016
ESSA public tour begins Dec. 2 in Pittsburgh
PDE is hosting a public tour to gather feedback on the state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). You do not need to register. Review dates and resources.@import url(http://www.pakeys.org/CuteSoft_Client/CuteEditor/Load.ashx?type=style&file=SyntaxHighlighter.css);@import url(/css/editor.css);
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/29/2016
Looking for a job?
Searching for a job in the field of early learning? Check out the PA Key Employment page with job opportunities that might be right for you!
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/15/2016
Spring 2017: ECED 605: Diversity in Development from Infancy through 4th Grade

Children come to school from diverse backgrounds. Teachers need to be aware of how the many facets of diversity can influence child development and the experiences of children in the school setting, as well as how to effectively address this diversity in the classroom and create supportive relationships with families.

Get more info about Lock Haven University's Spring 2017 offering of ECED 605: Diversity in Development from Infancy through 4th Grade.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/14/2016
Providers: Update your information in Provider Self-Service

All providers with records in PELICAN are strongly encouraged to review and update their program information in Provider Self-Service, https://www.pelican.state.pa.us/provider

 The information you enter in PSS directly feeds into the public early learning program search site, www.findchildcare.pa.gov.

If your information is inaccurate, potential families may not contact you.

If your information is missing in PSS, especially the ages of the children you serve, you may not appear in advanced searches like the county search.

 Once you update your program information, it will appear on the public site the following day. 

If you have questions or need help, please contact the PELICAN Help Desk at 877-491-3818/ or by email at ra-eln@pa.gov. Hours of operation are 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

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Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/3/2016
Revised Keystone STARS logo and Guidelines

OCDEL has made available a revised Keystone STARS logo and guidelines on the logo usage.

Find out what you need to know about where, when and how to properly use the Keystone STARS logo to promote your participation in Keystone STARS!


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/28/2016
University requests feedback
Lock Haven University is requesting your opinion. The school is considering offering a non-certification Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood. The degree would be designed primarily for those who work with children from birth through PreK. Would you, or someone you know, be interested in this degree? Share your feedback by taking this short survey.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/27/2016
Participate in Keystone STARS Revisioning Webinars

Three new opportunities are available to participate in Keystone STARS workgroup!

Join us for these free opportunities!

  • October 25: PA STARS: Quality Indicators/Program Alignment Work Group Webinar
  • October 27: PA STARS: Communications/STARS Ambassadors Work Group Webinar
  • October 27: PA STARS: PD/Coaching/Cross-Systems Partnerships Work Group Webinar

Get more info and register!


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/24/2016
What's the one thing OCDEL can do?
If you participated in the "Meet OCDEL" session at the 2016 ECE Summit, new OCDEL Deputy Secretary Suzann Morris challenged you to let us know what ONE THING OCDEL should do in the coming year to improve the early childhood education system. Visit our online survey to answer this key question - even if you didn't attend the ECE Summit!@import url(http://www.pakeys.org/CuteSoft_Client/CuteEditor/Load.ashx?type=style&file=SyntaxHighlighter.css);@import url(/css/editor.css);
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/17/2016
Resource on School Connections

Check out this SCHOOL CONNECTIONS resource.  

This resource will help you
  • state the case for strong school connections
  • provide reflective questions to help build school connections
  • provide access to research based national tools

Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/16/2016
Supports for ECE Professionals in Keystone STARS Programs to Increase their Education
The Office of Child Development and Early Learning has released Supports for ECE Professionals in Keystone STARS Programs which reflects funding for the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood ® PENNSYLVANIA Scholarship and the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program in 2016-17. This document can help early childhood education directors and staff in Keystone STARS programs identify eligibility and what it covered under each program. Click here to locate the doc.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/7/2016
October 10: Free Health & Safety Basics: Requirements for Certification Training Opportunity
Register now for the free all-day training on October 10, offered at PaTTAN East, PaTTAN Harrisburg, and PaTTAN Pittsburgh. This day of training will meet the certification requirement for the nine Health & Safety topics for the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). See the flyer (PDF) for more info.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/6/2016
The Food Trust Farm to ECE Recognition & Awards Application. Deadline September 19
The Food Trust is seeking to recognize five early care and education providers (child care centers, licensed family child care, private preschools, Head Start and/or Early Head Start programs, PA Pre-K Counts, preschool or childcare centers through K-12 school districts, and others) in Pennsylvania that are engaged in farm to early care and education (farm to ECE). This refers to early care center programs with established activities representative of the three pillars of farm to ECE: food and agriculture education, hands-on gardening opportunities, and use of local food for meals, snacks or taste tests. As part of this recognition, centers will be awarded $1,000. See the release for additional information(PDF).
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/1/2016
Apply now: PA Key Early Head Start Infant/Toddler Specialist
The Berks County Intermediate Unit and the PA Key are seeking an individual with experience in Head Start and Infant/Toddler programming to provide technical assistance, coaching and monitoring to infant/toddler programs in a variety of early learning settings primarily in the Western region of the state. Strong leadership, communication, and collaboration skills are also necessary. Master’s degree in early education, child development, special education or social work preferred. Knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards preferred Minimum of 5 years of high level work in the field of early learning. Full time position available.  Works with programs primarily in Venango, Lawrence and Huntingdon Counties with periodic travel to Harrisburg. Send cover letter and resume to Kelly Hollenbach, BCIU, 1111 Commons Blvd., P.O. Box 16050, Reading, PA 19612-6050 or email to kelhol@berksiu.org. Online application available at www.berksiu.org. EOE
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/29/2016
New for fall- T.E.A.C.H. scholarships
In partnership with the Pennsylvania Child Care Association, OCDEL is using some funds from Rising STARS Tuition Assistance to fund more than 1,000 T.E.A.C.H. scholarships for professionals working in DHS-certified Keystone STARS Programs. Apply now. @import url(http://www.pakeys.org/CuteSoft_Client/CuteEditor/Load.ashx?type=style&file=SyntaxHighlighter.css);@import url(/css/editor.css);
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/16/2016
Encourage Families to attend the 2016 Family Engagement Conference!
Registration is now open! Encourage families in your community to register & attend OCDEL's 2016 Family Engagement Conference, Supporting Strong Partnerships for Children's School Readiness and Achievement in October. This year, it will be held at two different locations: Harrisburg & Erie. This conference is free, but space is limited. Click here for more info.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/10/2016
Online Cohort for the Master’s of Education in Early Childhood Education
West Chester University will begin accepting applications in August, 2016 for the next Online Cohort for the Master’s of Education in Early Childhood Education. View the flyer for more info.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/2/2016
School-age Assessment Updates
Updates related to school-age assessments are now available on the ERS page of the PA Keys website. The updates include information on the elimination of the SACERS as a school-age assessment tool option (all school-age classrooms will now be assessed with SACERS-U) and the new scoring criteria for Item 35: Communication between program staff and children’s classroom teachers in the SACERS-U.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 7/21/2016
Updated PA Position Statements
Updated PA Position Statements for use with the ERS scales are now available on the ERS page of the PA Keys website for downloading and/or printing. All PA Position Statement documents have been updated in some way. As a result, programs should obtain a copy of each document that reflects the ages of children enrolled in their facility. Updates include removal of Playground Information Sheets and new guidance to access current playground information on the ERSI website (all scales) and elimination of the Position Statement for the SACERS-U regarding communication betwee the child care staff and children’s classroom teachers. This Item will be scored according to the expectation in the SACERS-U book.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 7/11/2016
Program Quality Assessment on Zendesk!
Have a question about Program Quality Assessment?  Program directors, teachers, and other stakeholders can now use ZenDesk to submit questions about the Environment Rating Scales and other assessment tools to the PA Key Program Quality Assessment Team.  A link to Zendesk is now located at the top of the ERS Page of the PA Key website.  To access the link select ERS in the Quick Links drop down menu on the home page of the website. 
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 6/24/2016
Family Child Care: What to Expect During an Inspection
All family child care homes in Pennsylvania will soon be required to earn a Certificate of Compliance as a CERTIFIED, also called LICENSED, child care provider. The process to get certified/licensed includes annual unannounced inspections of family child care homes. Watch this video to see what to expect during an inspection.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 6/15/2016
STARS ERS Process for Program Year 2016-17 Available on ERS page!
A new informational flyer is available for programs participating in Keystone STARS. The flyer, ERS Processes for Keystone STARS Program Participants for 2016-17, outlines the expectations for ERS Assessments in the 2016-17 program year for centers, group homes and family home providers. Click here to access the flyer.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 6/6/2016
Find an event near you!
Looking for a professional development event or conference? Check out the PA Key Events page to find one near you.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/23/2016
Engaging Families through Social Media: Hands & Voices of PA Parent Group
The Hands & Voices of PA Parent Group was launched on Facebook to engage families in the growth, development, and education of their child and to provide families opportunities to connect with other families who have children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Please encourage families to join the group.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/20/2016
STARS Re-visioning webinar recordings
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Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/5/2016
PA One Book Professional Development Events

Did you know there are regional professional development events which focus on the PA One Book? Check out these events from your Regional Key!

Learn more about the 2016 PA One Book, Kite Day by author Will Hillenbrand.

Find local family-friendly PA One Book and Week of the Young Child events happening in your community.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/24/2016
FAQ: Early Childhood Education Degree Coursework alignment with the Pennsylvania Core Knowledge Competencies for Early Childhood and School-Age Professionals, Request for Application FY 2016-2017
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Added by: Kelsey O'Brien (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/7/2016
Open Nominations: 2016 Let's Move! Child Care Innovator Awards
In partnership with the Let's Move! Child Care (LMCC) and Office of Child Care (OCC), the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)  is excited to announce an open call for nominations for family child care providers to be recognized for exceptional work promoting and implementing the goals of LMCC. Family child care nominees must be able to demonstrate creative and innovative activities in their family child care programs that engage children in healthy eating, physical activity, and/or screen-time best practices. Deadline is April 1, 2016.

Click here for more information.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/7/2016
Join the next step of the Keystone STARS Re-Visioning process!
OCDEL is offering three webinars in March. Participants can review and provide feedback to the draft Keystone STARS framework and core values drafted at the Keystone STARS Think Tank at the end of February on the webinars. 

If you would like to participate in a webinar, please pre-register by completing the Keystone STARS Re-Visioning form. If you previously filled out the form, you are pre-registered -- there is no need to fill it out again. 

Pre-registered participants will receive an email in mid-March allowing them to choose which webinar they would like to join. All webinars offered are identical and will contain the same information. Webinar dates to be offered are:

March 22, 12-1pm
March 24, 10-11am
Keep Children and Staff Safe from Burns While Warming Bottles

Did you know common methods of warming milk can cause injury from scalds and burns? Prevent these injuries in your program by following the PA State Regulations pertaining to warming formula/milk and water temperature. The regulations state bottled formula may not be heated in a microwave oven § 3270.166(7), and hot water temperature, in areas accessible to children, may not exceed 110° F § 3270.69(b) Microwave heating creates hot spots in liquids and foods which can cause severe injury, and temperatures over 110° F can cause burns in children.

Please do not use crock pots/slow cookers and bottle warmers to warm formula/milk, as these could endanger children. Even the “LOW” setting on a crock pot can be well above a safe temperature. Bottles do not have to be warmed--many children enjoy their formula this way. Consider serving bottles cold from the refrigerator, and talk with parents about this safer option.

Check out this tip sheet for more information on how to keep children and staff safe from burns while warming bottles.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/28/2016
Did you download the free Early Learning GPS app?
Now you can access the Early Learning GPS anywhere! Did you know the free Early Learning GPS app is available for Apple, Android or Kindle devices? Encourage families to download the app to their smartphone or tablet and get reliable resources from the PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning.

Would you like Early Learning GPS bookmarks to give to your families? How about a great poster to hang by your classrooms, or a table tent for your sign-in areas? Check out the free Early Learning GPS materials you can get and give to families.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/28/2016
Calling all creative early learning professionals!

Do you have a fun early learning activity that's happening with the children in your care? Are there accomplishments your early learning program has achieved? Share it with PA's Promise for Children!

Curious about what others are doing? Check out the fun activities in the PA Pre-K Counts classroom at Wharton Elementary School in Fayette County, or in the PA Pre-K Counts classroom at Tiny Tot Child Development Center in Beaver County.

Do you have something you'd like to share? Send the information and photos to Mary at marhal@berksiu.org.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/28/2016
Kindergarten Registration

Are the preschool families in your early learning program searching for Kindergarten Registration information? Would you like to help these families with the transition to Kindergarten?

Kindergarten registration is currently underway in many schools throughout Pennsylvania. Click here to find out where and when families can register their child for Kindergarten.

Then, visit the PA's Promise for Children website to sign up for the monthly Kindergarten, Here I Come newsletter.

The newsletter is open to families and early learning providers, so subscribe today!


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/28/2016
Get the latest ECE Info!
Important changes for Family Child Care Homes, seven Keystone STARS Core Series on-line self-paced professional development courses, Kindergarten registration and more in the January 2016 edition of PA Early Education News.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/6/2016
Lock Haven University is offering ECED625: Leadership in Early Childhood Education during the spring 2016 semester
Lock Haven University is offering ECED625: Leadership in Early Childhood Education during the spring 2016 semester.  This graduate course is offered 100% online.  It can be used toward the PA Director Credential as well as toward a concentration in Early Childhood Education in the Lock Haven University M.Ed. programs.

Course Description:

ECED 625: Leadership in Early Childhood Education 
Designed to provide graduate students with opportunities to identify and examine critical leadership issues in early childhood education programs for children from birth to age 5.  Leadership is defined broadly to include leadership within the early childhood program (e.g., with staff and families) as well as in the community and in advocating for the field.

This is one of 5 classes in ECE that we offer in our graduate programs.  For further information about the courses we offer toward the PA Director Credential contact Dr. Elizabeth Manlove (emanlove@lhup.edu).  For enrollment information contact our Graduate Admissions office at: admissions@lhup.edu.
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Added by: Kelsey O'Brien (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/4/2016
Keystone STARS Pre-K Teacher Shares Magic Manners Tree
Teaching good manners is important from a very young age, even before preschool. Too many times, even adults do not using good manners. Young children imitate what they see and if good manners can be used and shown, children will want to reflect that as well.

At the beginning of every school year, preschool teacher, Kim Sabella at a Keystone STARS facility, Tiny Tot Child Development Center in Rochester, Pennsylvania, sends home a survey to families, wanting to know what top three things they'd like to see their children learn over the course of the school year. Every year, a popular response is "good manners" or "being a good friend." Thus, the Manners Tree was born! Read more.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/20/2015
Erie Early Learning Center Receives Bright Star Award
Congratulations to World of Care Christian  Child Care, a Keystone STARS early learning center in Erie, who was selected to receive the “Bright Star” Award for the first quarter of the 2015-16 state fiscal year! Read more.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/3/2015
Looking for a job? Check out these employment opportunities!

Are you searching for a job in the early learning field? The PA Key has posted dozens of job openings.

Click here to find an opportunity for you!


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/27/2015
Updates to Keystone Color Me Healthy Supplemental Activities and Resources Guide
Over the past twelve years, thousands of early childhood educators have participated in the Keystone Color Me Healthy training. Those who completed this professional development opportunity, offered as a face-to-face workshop, as well as a distance learning lesson through Penn State Better Kid Care, received high-quality, free materials to support and encourage healthy habits in their classrooms. Included in these resources was a Supplemental Activities and Resources guide. This guide, originally aligned with the 2009 Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards, has been updated to align with the 2014 Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards. To access this free, online revision of the Supplemental Activities and Resources guide, visit the "Go Colorful" section of the Keystone Kids Go! website.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/22/2015
Healthy Way to Grow Program Recognizes Local Child Care Centers for Commitment to Improving Young Children’s Heart Health
Thirty child care centers across Lackawanna and Luzerne counties have been making child wellness a priority this past year as part of their participation in Healthy Way to Grow, a joint program of the American Heart Association and Nemours. Four of those centers are nowbeing recognized for achieving silver and bronze levels of national program recognition. Click here to read more!
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/13/2015
NEW! Accessing handouts for SACERS-U Professional Development
Handouts for use at ERS Professional Development events are now included in the Course in the PD Registry. The handouts can be downloaded and printed or saved to your personal device. Click here for more information on how to access your materials prior to a Professional Development event.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/14/2015
New ECERS-3 and SACERS-U Transition Plan Information!

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning wants to share some exciting changes that are coming to Keystone STARS.

Click here to see the documents ECERS-3 and SACERS-U Transition Plan for Keystone STARS Programs and ECERS-3 Transition Letter to Keystone STARS Participants.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/12/2015
SACERS-U Webinar recording link available
A recording of the SACERS-U webinar is now available and can be accessed by clicking here, then looking for Overview of the SACERS-U webinar recording in the New SACERS-U resources for school-age programs section.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/5/2015
Looking for employment in the Early Care and Education field?
Click here to check out the listings for employment opportunities in the early care and education field.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/3/2015
Investments in Children

More than 200 distinct investments in children are made each year by the federal government.

Check out the July 8 edition of the PA Early Education News to find out which ones make the most impact.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 7/8/2015
Get Free Press to Promote Your Program’s Quality!

Looking for ways to promote your program and increase awareness about the benefits of quality early learning? If so, don’t miss this opportunity to find out just how easy it can be to achieve local media coverage during PA’s Promise for Children Month this October!

Register now for a free, two-part webinar from the PA Key about the basics for successful media relations.*

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

*PQAS credit is not available for this free, limited-time professional development opportunity.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 7/6/2015
New SACERS-U resources for school-age programs

New to the ERS page are two documents, SACERS-U At A Glance and SACERS or SACERS-U Decision Tree with guiding questions to support programs in making a decision about being assessed with the SACERS or the SACERS-U during the 2015-2016 program year.

These can be used in collaboration with your STARS Manager/STARS Specialist to assist with that decision-making process.

Click here to locate the documents on the ERS page.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 7/1/2015
Updated PA Position Statements Now Available for Program Year 2015-16

Updated PA Position Statement documents are now available on the ERS page for teachers to download and print for use with their ERS books.  All Position Statement documents have been updated in some way.  As a result programs should obtain a copy of each document that reflects the ages of children enrolled in their facility. 

Updates include:

  • New logos
  • Revisions to language reflecting the recent name change for the Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Removal of Statements associated with the Parents and Staff subcale in the ECERS-R document, as those items will no longer be scored beginning July 1, 2015
  • Revised language for the General Position Statement for the SACERS and SACERS-U documents bringing it into better alignment with DHS age range definitions 
Click here to view the new information.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 7/1/2015
Time to Take Action: Community Ed News, 5/1/15
Read the latest Community Education News to sign up for ECE Action Day on May 12, access new fact sheet with research that quality early education works, tools to make the most of your pre-k graduations, and new 1 hour free e-learning for STARS directors to receive family STARS window clings for all the families in your program. 
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/1/2015
Important ERS Information for Programs Participating in Pennsylvania Quality Initiatives

As of July 1, 2015 two important changes will occur for all early learning programs that receive Environment Rating Scale (ERS) Assessments using the ECERS-R and/or SACERS tool.  For those programs using the ECERS-R tool, the Parents and Staff subscale will no longer be scored during assessment visits conducted by PA Key Program Quality Assessors.  For those programs using the SACERS tool, this tool will be replaced by the SACERS-Updated, and during the 2015-16 program year, those needing an assessment from a PA Key Assessor, will have the option to choose a SACERS or a SACERS-Updated assessment for their participation in Keystone STARS.  

Click here for additional information regarding both of these changes.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/27/2015
It's here! The PA Early Education News
On April 15, the Build ECE News officially became the Pennsylvania Early Education News. Check out the April 15 edition.

The new name reflects the expanding audience and interest of readers, while still maintaining a focus on early education in Pennsylvania. There is still available great early education information, research, opportunities and resources. If you've already subscribed to Build ECE News, there's no need to make any changes--you should have automatically started receiving the PA Early Education News. If you haven't signed up, now is a great time to do so! Click here to sign up.

Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/15/2015
new Early Learning GPS Launched

The new Early Learning GPS is now live and available at www.earlylearninggps.com. With PA One Book and Week of the Young Child just around the corner, help get information about the Early learning GPS to as many events – and as many families – as possible!

The Early Learning GPS is an interactive online tool where families answer up to 10 questions for great tips and reliable resources on helping their child learn and grow. Create a free map for your child to follow his milestones, save fun activities that will help him learn and grow, and compare child care programs. All information is from reliable sources like PA’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning.

Help spread the word – logos, articles and other tools available at www.papromiseforchildren.com/gps


Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/8/2015
DHS to Offer Free Autism Training for Providers

Bureau of Autism Services is pleased to announce free training opportunities for professionals who work directly with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 

DHS is committed to increasing the capacity of professionals that are trained to effectively support individuals with autism and their families. This training will provide a better understanding of ASD and highlight considerations for successful support, including: 

  • navigating challenging behaviors;
  • communicating with individuals with autism; and 
  • successful family and team engagement.

According to the Pennsylvania Autism Census, there are over 55,000 children and adults in PA with autism. Data from the census indicate a 181 percent overall increase of individuals with ASD in PA from 2005 to 2011 and a 334 percent increase of adults (21+). 

This dramatic upward trend is expected to continue. Based on these statistics, there is an increasing possibility that direct support professionals providing supports and services in Pennsylvania will interact with a child or adult with autism. 

These trainings are designed for professionals who directly support people with ASD such as; Employment Specialists, Music Therapists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Registered Nurses, Home Health Aides and Adult Program Providers. 

For more information on the trainings, visit www.autisminpa.org. 



Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/27/2015
Family Recommended Children's Books

What's your favorite children's book? PA's Promise for Children asked families, and they responded! See which books made the list.

  • Family Recommended Books for Infants & Toddlers
  • Family Recommended Books for Preschoolers
  • Family Recommended Books for Kindergartners.

Don't see your family's favorite books? Share it by clicking here!


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/6/2015
Three New PQAS Resources Available
Three news resources are available in the PQAS Section of the PA Keys website. Check out: Competency Levels; Philosophy for Adult Education; Writing Learning Objectives on the PQAS page
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/6/2015
March 4 edition of Build ECE News
Strengthening math-related instruction to young children from @CSCCEUCB. Dets in March 4 edition of #BuildNews.

Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/5/2015
New FAQ available!
Now available! FAQ: Early Childhood Education Degree Coursework alignment with the Pennsylvania Core Knowledge Competencies for Early Childhood and School-Age Professionals, Request for Application FY 2015-2016.

Click here to access the document. 


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/20/2015
OCDEL releases ECE CIZ RFA
OCDEL has released the Early Childhood Education‬ Community Innovation Zone Request for Application. Get info here.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/11/2015
Build ECE News, February 4, 2015

In the February 4 edition of Build ECE News, learn how a statewide partnership is promoting early Kindergarten registrations. This and more!


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/4/2015
Sign up to be a PA One Book Reader or Host Site!
The 2015 PA One Book is seeking guest readers and host
sites for April PA One Book readings. The PA One Book, Every Young Child is Pennsylvania's collaborative project using the vehicle of "One Book, One State" program to highlight the importance of early literacy development.

This year's selection, Number One Sam by Pennsylvania author, Greg Pizzoli, demonstrates a balance between empathy, competition and sportsmanship.

Reading events will take place during April's Month of the Young Child. Guest readers can read Number One Sam by completing the Guest Reader Online Registration. Early learning programs which would like to host a guest reader can complete the Host Site Online Registration.

Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/3/2015
Read new PA's Promise Family Voices Blog

"We have all heard that it 'takes a village' to raise a child. But what happens when you have to build that village yourself?" From PA's Promise new Family Voices Blog, Melissa Murphy from Wynnewood shares how she built her own professional and personal support network after her daughter was diagnosed with a rare genetic syndrome. Read and share with the families you serve!


Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/14/2015
When I Play, I Learn
You know that when children play, they learn, but do you struggle with helping families understand the connection? The new When I Play, I Learn has fun activities using every day items, like a towel, measuring cups, a box, or a blanket. Families can see what activities their child can do and what skills they are learning. Then they can see how they can help their child! The activities in the book are shorter activities adapted from Learning is Everywhere and are a perfect way to introduce the connection between children's play and their learning.

When I Play, I Learn Traveling Trunks are available for loan for your next event through your Regional Key. Use the trunk to engage families and their children, model early learning interactions, and take advantage of a family's attention to let them know about quality early learning!

Families can print the When I Play, I Learn books from the PA's Promise for Children website--print one page, or print them all! 
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Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 12/19/2014
Learn more about the 2014 Community Innovation Zone grantees
The Early Childhood Education Community Innovation Zone grants provide local communities the opportunity to strengthen P-3 alignment, family engagement, and community collaboration to close the achievement gap for children entering an at-risk school/schools. The first phase of grants were awarded to 12 exemplars across the state. Read their one-page fact sheets to learn more about their innovations.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 12/17/2014
December 3 edition of Build ECE News
In the December 3 edition of Build ECE News, get the details on the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, and how the name change for PA Department of Public Welfare more accurately reflects services. 


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 12/3/2014
Top 5 Gifts to Give a Child this Holiday Season

Looking for the perfect gift for a child in your life? Look no further! Click here to find out which top 5 gifts are perfect for a child of any age.

 


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/19/2014
November 19 edition of Build ECE News
In the November 19 edition of Build ECE News, read about Pennsylvania's efforts for a continuous, aligned pre-K through third grade system.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/19/2014
November 5 edition of Build ECE News
Get information about the Summit on Early Education hosted by the White House, and highlights of how Pennsylvania Kiwanis supports early learning. Find the details on these articles and more in the November 5 edition of Build ECE News.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/5/2014
Updated PA Position Statements ( November 2014)

In October 2014, the PA Position Statement regarding sand was changed after discussion with input from the Bureau of Certification.  Based upon additional review, research, and input from stakeholders, the use of sand for children under 3 years old, either as a play medium or impact absorbing surface, is not prohibited. The PA Position Statement prohibiting the use of sand has been removed. Although the use of sand is permitted, there are factors that should be considered when using sand with young children, including supervision and abilities of the children. Certification will not cite sand when used as a protective surface for ground cover as well as a play medium. AAP/APHA guidelines for child care programs (Caring for our Children) recommend that when sand is used as a ground cover, it shall not be used simultaneously as a play medium for infants and toddlers. For purposes of Environment Rating Scales, refer to the appropriate scale and age recommendations.

For additional details, please see the Revised PA Position Statements.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/5/2014
October 22 Build ECE News
In the October 22 edition of Build ECE News, get information on the more than $9.8 million in pre-kindergarten early learning grants, learn how a new grant can help prevent childhood obesity, and what early care and education providers and families should know about Enterovirus D68. This and more in the October 22 edition.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/22/2014
Community Innovation Zone Information in Build
Get the latest on the Community Innovation Zone Grants and which elementary schools are participating with the Kindergarten Entry Inventory. This and more in the October 8 edition of Build ECE News.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/8/2014
PA Key celebrates PA's Promise for Children month!

During October, the staff at the PA Key are celebrating PA's Promise Month, a time to celebrate quality early education and the families, teachers and leaders that help our young children reach their promise every day.

Take a look to see who is thankful and who is making promises to support quality early learning for Pennsylvania's children!

Would you like to share your thanks or make a promise for quality early learning? Find out how!


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/1/2014
New ERS PA Position Statements
Updated PA Position Statements are now available. The new statements will be effective October 1, 2014 and have been posted to the ERS page
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/30/2014
The latest ECE Information!

In the September 24 edition of Build ECE News, find the latest research which reinforces the impact of high-quality early childhood education on children's lifelong health.

http://papromiseforchildren.com/?p=282


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/25/2014
First cluster of Enterovirus cases confirmed in PA: Tips for Providers
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today announced three confirmed cases of EV-D68 in Pennsylvania residents in the Philadelphia area. Get tips to help prevent the spread of EV-D68 in the September 17, 2014 Build Special Announcement.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/17/2014
Recommendations for Principals
Discover why a new report recommends principal preparation include classes on child development. This and more in the September 10 edition of Build ECE News.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/10/2014
The latest ECE Information!
Learn what new requirements for documentation for Criminal History Clearances will take effect and when in the August 27 edition of Build ECE News.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/27/2014
Recorded webinar: Overview of the 2014 Learning Standards for Early Childhood now available online

A new recorded webinar of the 2014 Learning Standards for Early Childhood is now available online.

Find out more info and check out the recorded webinar!


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/26/2014
New 2014-15 Regional Key map released
Want to know which Regional Key provides early learning support and services to your county? Check out OCDEL's new 2014-15 Regional Keys map. Find contact information and counties served to help with Keystone STARS information, local professional development events and opportunities, technical assistance, and pediatric first aid/health & safety information.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/26/2014
PA's Promise for Children Month starts October 1. Are you ready?

What three things you should do before every event? How can you get more people to your events? What resources can help you engage people once they're there?
 
Find out more in the August- September edition of LEARN News for You.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/21/2014
Outcomes for moms and their children
Increasing opportunities for mother's education & children's outcomes. Details in the Aug 13 edition of #BuildNews
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/13/2014
Why our words matter – taking a closer look at 2014 Child Care Selection Family Focus Groups
When is the last time you took a look at your program through someone else’s eyes? In spring 2014, Regional Keys conducted 11 focus groups with families asking about how they choose child care/ early learning. The results may make you take a fresh look at how you connect with families about quality early learning and your program’s benefits.

Watch a 20-minute presentation highlighting the results of the focus groups, a survey of 30 families waiting for CCIS subsidy, and literature review from the federal Administration of Children and Families. The presentation also provides tips on using these results to better connect with families with your written and face-to-face communications. The presentation includes a tip sheet, summary of the focus groups, and presentation slides if you’d like to share with staff and colleagues.


Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/12/2014
A Guide to Afterschool and Summer Child Nutrition Programs

Now available is A Guide to Afterschool and Summer Child Nutrition Programs This guide focuses on child nutrition programs that fall outside of regular school hours. This includes afterschool programs, summer programs, weekends or extended mid-year breaks from school.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 7/23/2014
Special Announcement: Bus Safety - An Urgent Message

A special Build Announcment was released on July 23 regarding Bus Safety.

Althought this announcement originated from the Administration for Children & Families, Office of Head Start was written to Head Start Directors, we can all learn from the stories and the resources provided here! This message aligns with the recent communication from the Administration for Children and Families, Look Before You Lock: Help Keep Kids out of Hot Cars. Let's all do what we can to keep our children safe. 

Read the announcement.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 7/23/2014
Discover what's happening in your Community with LEARN

The July - August 2014 edition of LEARN News for You shares the outreach of LEARN Partners and highlights transition to Kindergarten efforts happening in communities throughout Pennsylvania.

Read July - August LEARN News for You!


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 7/22/2014
EI achieves highest determination category
Discover why Pennsylvania's Early Intervention program achieved the highest determination category in the July 16 edition of BUILD ECE News.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 7/17/2014
New ELN Reporting Participation Policy

Now available is the document Keystone STARS Early Learning Network (ELN) and Early Learning Outcomes Reporting Participation Policy Effective July 1, 2014.

For more info, visit the PA Key website.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 7/8/2014
2014 Infant/Toddler and Pre-Kindergarten standards now online

The revised 2014 Infant/Toddler and Pre-Kindergarten standards are now available in PDF form online.

The 2014 Pre-Kindergarten standards mirror the standards found on the Standards Aligned System (SAS) in the learning domains of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (including Environment and Ecology), Social Studies, and Social and Emotional Development. Refinements also have been made to: Partnerships for Learning (Family Engagement); Approaches to Learning Through Play; Creative Thinking and Expression; and Health, Wellness and Physical Development. In addition, the 2014 Infant, Toddler and Pre-Kindergarten Standards ensure appropriate inclusion for all early care and education programming (home-visiting, Early Intervention, limited English proficiency).

All state-funded programs will have one year to transition to the 2014 Infant, Toddler and Pre-Kindergarten Standards. Required implementation of the 2014 Infant, Toddler and Pre-Kindergarten Standards begins July 1, 2015.  In the meantime, all programs are encouraged to download and print the 2014 standards. As proposed in the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge grant, all state-funded programs will receive one copy of the 2014 Infant, Toddler and Pre-Kindergarten Standards. It is anticipated that print versions will be available beginning in 2015.


Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 7/1/2014
Early Childhood Education Community Innovation Zone Pre-Application Webinar materials posted
Early Childhood Education Community Innovation Zone Pre-Application Webinar materials posted

Letters of Intent due at 3 pm today

OCDEL held a pre-application webinar on June 23. The purpose of the pre- application webinar was to provide opportunity for clarification of the RFA. The pre-application webinar is for information only. Participation on this webinar was not mandatory. Interested applicants may access the powerpoint slides, webinar recording, and Questions and Responses on the PA Key website.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent which signifies your organization’s intent to submit a full application. This letter should be submitted in electronic copy as a PDF attachment to Deborah Wise at RA-PWECECIZ@pa.gov, to be received no later than 3:00 pm on Friday, June 27, 2014. Do not mail or hand deliver the letter of intent.


Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 6/27/2014
Information you need to know
Get info on how to submit a presentation proposal for the PA Home Visitation Summit, how to apply for the Race to the Top Early Learning Outcome Reporting Manager, and what you need to do to prepare for the Professional Development Registry Launch on July 1. All this and more in the June 25, 2014 edition of BUILD ECE News.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 6/25/2014
Community Innovocation Zone Webinar Recording Now Available

Now available is the Early Childhood Education Community Innovation Zone RFA pre-application webinar recording.

You can also access the PDF Version of the Webinar Slides.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 6/24/2014
Watch the panel discussion on ECE in PA

Watch the panel discussion which focuses on Early Education in Pennsylvania, get the scoop on how to apply for Early Head Start funding, and more in the June 11 edition of Build ECE News.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 6/11/2014
Spring 2014 ERS Newsletter now available!

Packed full of great information, the Spring 2014 Newsletters are available!

Please share these newsletters with your staff and peers!

Back editions are also available on the PA Key website.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/30/2014
Get the early education information you need!
Find out how to prepare for the upcoming PA Pre-K Counts competitive grant process, who was appointed as the new Director of the PA Early Learning Investment Commission, and more in the May 29 edition of Build ECE News.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/29/2014
New ERS PA Position Statements
Updated PA Position Statements are now available. The new statements will be effective July 1, 2014, have been posted to the Quick Links- ERS page.  
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/23/2014
PA Pre-K Counts Proposed Funding

Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts was enacted into law by Act 45 of 2007 (and amended in 2008 and 2010) amending the Public School Code of 1949 (24 P. S. §§ 25-2501—25-2599.3). Its purpose is to expand the number of children who have access to a high-quality pre-kindergarten program. The standards for the program ensure a high return on the investment made in preparing young children for school and help close the achievement gap between groups of students in the K-12 educational system.

Early education through Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts can open the doors of opportunity for every child to do well in school, in the workforce, and in life. Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts began with a $75 million funding allocation that served 10,945 children, in 61 school district, 36 Head Start programs, 189 child care centers, and 16 licensed nursery school programs. Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts funding is awarded on a cost per child basis.

On Feb. 6, 2014, Governor Corbett proposed an additional $10 million for Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts programming. Pending enactment by the General Assembly these additional funds would result in a competitive application process projected for announcement through Penn*Link, the BUILD newsletter, and the PA Keys website, in July 2014. In anticipation of this funding, the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) Office of Child Development and Early Learning encourages interested applicants to ensure they are eligible to apply.

 

Read more.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/22/2014
Early Childhood Mental Health Resources

Now available on the PA Key website are helpful documents from the Center for the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation.

Visit the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Project page to print:

  • Social Emotional Tips for Providers Caring for Toddlers
  • Social Emotional Tips for Families with Infants
  • Infant Toddler Temperment Tool (IT3) Supporting A "Goodness of Fit", Infant Version
  • Infant Toddler Temperment Tool (IT3) Supporting A "Goodness of Fit", Toddler Version

Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/21/2014
Have you heard...
In the May 14 edition of BUILD ECE News, discover how you can register for the Early Childhood Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Summer Institutes, and read the latest on preschooler's capacity to learn scientific principles. These articles and more are waiting for you!
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/14/2014
Who knew going to the grocery store with children could be FUN?

Learning is Everywhere has fun learning activities to do with children while in the grocery store! Find one that will become a favorite activity and check out the new infographic, 11 Books About the Grocery Store. It prints on regular copy paper so it can be taken to the library where the librarian can help find the books.

Want to get new learning activities delivered to your mailbox every month? Sign up for Learning is Everywhere--it's free and easy!


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/1/2014
Get the scoop! April 30 BUILD ECE News

What's the scoop on the joint announcement about degrees earned from accredited business, technical and trade schools and their relationship to child care professionals? Find out in the April 30 edition of BUILD ECE News.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/30/2014
Regional Key Map

Now you can print the map of Regional Keys and their contact information all in one document!

Get it now!


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/28/2014
New PQAS PD information now available

Now available is the updated PA Keys to Professional Development Registry Course Overview Instructions.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/28/2014
Amazing happenings throughout Pennsylvania

Find out what amazing happenings are occuring throughout Pennsylvania by the LEARN partners, including

  • An innovative partership with local hospitals
  • How guest readers are making an impact in early literacy
  • PD events that help partners reach families

Find these articles and more in the April - May edition of LEARN News for You.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/24/2014
Get the details in Build ECE news!
Get the details about Governor Corbett's welcome at the Early Childhood Investment Summit and find out what challenges families face who work nontraditional hours and need childcare. This and more in the April 16 edition of BUILD ECE News.

Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/16/2014
New edition of Focus on Early Childhood Mental Health
Focus on ECMH - Caring for Young Children Who Are Experiencing Homelessness
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/3/2014
What's new in early childhood education: BUILD ECE News, April 2, 2014
A recent study shows that improved adult health and reduction of diseases are long term benefits of high quality early education. Find out more in the April 2 edition of BUILD ECE News.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/3/2014
Share PA's Promise Spring infographic
Infographics are a neat way to share important early childhood mantras… with Spring just around the corner, this infographic helps remind us all that playtime is learning time for young children. Download the infographic to share on your facebook page, website or newsletter!
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/27/2014
Approved online assessment tools for 2014-15
The list of approved assessment tools for reporting child outcomes as part of the Early Learning Outcomes Reporting strategy for 2014-15 has been posted. There is also a fact sheet for each tool with contacts from each company for more information.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/27/2014
LEARN News for You!
Which Pennsylvania county is providing New Mom Bags to help new moms & their babies? How can you join the Expand the Brand PD event to become a strong leader in your community? Where can you find the list of over 20 Month of the Young Child events? Get this information and more in the March-April edition of LEARN News for You!
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/25/2014
Tuition Discount at Point Park University
Point Park University is offering 40% Tuition Discount to early care and education professionals effective Summer 2014.  The University also accepts students who are recipients of the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program.  Some classes are also offered online.  For detailed information visit the website for Point Park University’s Tuition Discount.

Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/21/2014
Build ECE News, March 19, 2014

In the March 19 edition of Build ECE News, a recent report includes Pennsylvania's work in kindergarten entry assessment and state-wide expansion plans.

Discover more!


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/19/2014
Highlighting Pennsylvania's Efforts
A recent report highlights Pennsylvania as the only state to make an important link with child-data. Get the details in the March 5 edition of BUILD ECE News.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/5/2014
Get a sneak peek at March's Learning is Everywhere!

Get the scoop on fun early learning activities families can do with their children in the bedroom during March's Learning is Everywhere. Print an AWESOME 9 Bedtime Book Infographic to share with families. Start now!


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/28/2014
Download the chart for the Governor's Proposed Budget
In the February 19 edition of Build ECE News, download the Governor's proposed budget chart that includes allocations for 2013-14 and proposed for 2014-15, including numbers of children to be served. This and more!

Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/19/2014
PA CKC Ordering and Pricing now available
Information for ordering hard copies of the new  Pennsylvania Core Knowledge Competencies for Early Childhood and School-Age Professionals (including pricing) is now available.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/11/2014
Build ECE News, February 5, 2014
In the February 5 edition of Build ECE News, find out what the Governor has proposed in the 2014-15 budget that will build a stronger Pennsylvania.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/5/2014
It's time to start thinking KINDERGARTEN!

Are you a pre-K teacher who is helping your students transition to Kindergarten? Are you a parent of a child who will be starting Kindergarten in the fall of 2014? Are you looking for resources to help the transitioning child?

If you answered YES! to any of these questions, check out these Kindergarten Resources!


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/29/2014
New! Pennsylvania Core Knowledge Competencies for Early Childhood and School-Age Professionals

The Pennsylvania Core Knowledge Competencies for Early Childhood and School-Age Professionals (formerly known as the Core Body of Knowledge) is an essential component of Pennsylvania's professional development system. It identifies a set of content areas that help define the knowledge expectations for professionals in settings within the early childhood and school-age field. This revision is designed to be more inclusive of all group settings and updated to reflect revised learning standards and current research on best practice.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/23/2014
A model to impact low-income children
In the January 22 edition of Build ECE News, discover why Pennsylvania's early work was highlighted as a model to impact low-income children.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/22/2014
Did you know...
Did you know many school districts throughout Pennsylvania are hosting Kindergarten Registrations? Find information for your county, what new FREE resource you can use to engage families, plus which LEARN Partners were featured in the January - February edition of LEARN News for You!
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/22/2014
New Resource: Bi-weekly messages for quality early learning

Help the families you reach access information and resources about quality early learning through the Bi-Weekly Messages for Families. These brief 250-word or less messages are perfect to use in your newsletters, on your website, or in your social media outlets!


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/15/2014
Nominate now for the 2013 Early Intervention Leadership Award for Excellence!
The State Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Intervention is looking for nominations for the 2013 Early Intervention Leadership Award For Excellence in Service to Young Children with Disabilities and Their Families. Deadline is February 11, 2014. Find out how you can nominate someone!
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/13/2014
ECE news you need to know!
Information you need: New Rising STARS Tuition Assistance questions answered; What combination of risk factors are strong predictors of adverse outcomes for young rural children; and MORE in the January 8 edition of BUILD ECE News.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/8/2014
A new Focus on ECMH is now available!

Check out Focus on ECMH - Ready to Read.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/3/2014
PA Wins Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge!

On December 19 Governor Corbett announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded Pennsylvania $51.7 million through the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant program. Pennsylvania is one of six states to win grants during this round.

Read the special Build announcement for more information.


Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 12/19/2013
New Brief: Positive Development of Young Minority Children
Read about The Society for Research in Child Development's (SRCD) two-page policy brief, Highlighting the Positive Development of Minority Children, which summarizes facts and findings from research that underscore the critical importance of focusing on and also learning more about the positive development, adaptation and adjustment of young minority children, instead of concentrating mostly on adversity, deficit and maladjustment. Visit the Higher Education page on the PA Key website.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 12/18/2013
Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program FAQ
Now available is the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program Frequently Asked Questions.

 


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 12/13/2013
ECE news you need to know!
Find out who invested $1.5 million to prevent child abuse and neglect in Pennsylvania, and how family engagement can be a key factor in the healthy growth & development of infants and toddlers. This information and more in the December 11 edition of Build ECE News.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 12/12/2013
New Early Childhood Mental Health Resources

There are five new Early Childhood Mental Health resources available. These resources are brief reader-friendly discussions of various topics of concern to parents of young children and early learning practitioners, called "Focus on Early Childhood Mental Health."

 


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 12/3/2013
Providing Healthier Environments for PA's Children
Find out how the PA Department of Public Welfare, with funding from The Heinz Endowments, is providing healthier environments for Pennsylvania's children.  
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/27/2013
Build ECE News, November 27, 2013
Did you know that according to a recent study, child care can eat up more than half of a family's budget? Did you hear that the 2014 PA One Book selection has been announced? Is neglect more damaging to a young child's development than overt physical abuse? Find the answers to these questions and more in the November 27, 2013 edition of BUILD ECE News.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/27/2013
Application of the Danielson Framework in Pre-kindergarten Classrooms
The Office of Child Development and Early Learning has developed a webinar as a resource for teachers and administrators working on teacher effectiveness and evaluations of teachers in pre-kindergarten classrooms. Learn more!
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/25/2013
PDE News: PDE Program Update
Now available is the PAPA and PreK-4 Test Design Change

Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/21/2013
LEARN Community Outreach Notes 11/15/13
  On November 13, the Strong Start for America's Children Act was introduced in the U.S. House and Senate. The early childhood education proposal is a 10-year initiative to expand and improve early learning opportunities for children across the birth to age 5 continuum. Read the LEARN Community Outreach Notes for more information.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/18/2013
Employment Opportunity: Special Education Teacher

FT, 7:30am-4pm, Mon.- Fri., Beaver, PA. Responsible for conducting developmental evaluations, writing Evaluation Reports (ER) and Individualized Education Plans (IEP's).

Bachelor's in Special Education; Certified to teach Special Education;

One year of teaching experience in writing and/or implementing ER's and IEP's preferred. Apply on-line: www.lifesteps.net   EOE/ADA


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/15/2013
The latest ECE info
In the November 13 edition of Build ECE News, find the connection between childhood homelessness and early brain development, effective transitions into elementary school and for long-term academic success, current evidence on why early skills matter and more!
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/13/2013
Employment Opportunity: Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant

Capital Area Early Childhood Training Institute (CAECTI), Penn State Harrisburg invites applications for a fixed-term appointment as an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant. Provide child-specific mental health consultation services in early care and education programs for children ages 1-5 years, identify specific social-emotional teaching strategies for referred child, utilize universal screening tools, manage a 12-15 child case load, travel within the 17-county South Central region, maintain an EXCEL spreadsheet and complete data entry for monthly reports. 

A master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Human Services, Psychology, or Social Work, with a focus on child development and developmentally appropriate practices, is required. 

The successful candidate will demonstrate competence working with young children in the use of social-emotional development research, screening and assessment tools, mental health promotion strategies, family systems theory, community resources, effective communication skills, and the use of documentation technologies.   This position is available immediately and is funded through June 30, 2014 with possibility of refunding. 

Electronically submit a cover letter, resume, and application for job # 41124 at www.psu.jobs.

Review of applications will begin on November 15 and continue until a successful candidate is selected.  Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce. 

 


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/8/2013
Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program
Need info on the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program? Find it at the PA Key website!
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/4/2013
Build ECE News, October 30, 2013
Find out how the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance program can improve the quality of early childhood programs; what upcoming changes to pre-K -12 PA academic standards will ensure students are prepared for school and beyond; and how early learning professionals can be a key in addressing child hunger. All these articles and more in the October 30 edition of BUILD ECE News.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/30/2013
Professional Development Needs Survey
The Center for Safe Schools (CSS) is surveying educators and school officials to determine district's professional development priorities and needs related to school safety and violence prevention for the 2014-15 school year. Completing the survey will allow CSS to shape professional development events. Take the survey. Deadline for responses is November 15, 2013.
 
If you have questions please contact the Center for Safe Schools at 717-763-1661 or safeschools@csc.csiu.org.

Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/28/2013
Supports for improving early education access for homeless children

In May 2013, OCDEL released the Announcement regarding improving early education access for homeless children.

Now available is a pre-recorded webinar, Young Children and their Families Experiencing Homelessness, which focuses on the OCDEL announcement, as well the laws and regulations that outline responsibility in addressing this population. This webinar also details existing OCDEL programs and offers resources that can help alleviate some of the barriers families experiencing homelessness face.

The approximately 25 minute on-demand presentation is ideal for all early childhood and early intervention professional who would like information on providing assistance to children and their families experiencing homelessness.

 


 


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/24/2013
Did you know...
Find out what revisions to the PA's Kindergarten Entry Inventory are providing greater understanding to students school readiness, and how the Affordable Care Act can impact and support early learning providers. This and more in the October 16 edition of Build ECE News
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/16/2013
Top ECE News in BUILD
Top News in the October 2 edition of BUILD ECE News from OCDEL: U.S. Department of Education requests feedback on Strategic Plan; Pennsylvania resources address preventing childhood obesity; and Study makes the connection between between access to early education and future educational success; Check out this and more!
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/3/2013
PA Position Statements for the Environment Rating Scales Updated
New PA Position Statement documents for the ITERS, ECERS, SACERS and FCCERS scales have been issued, effective October 1, 2013. A revision to statements for scale items related to supervision have been updated.  Practitioners should review the new documents and familiarize themselves with the language for these statements.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/27/2013
The ECE News you need to know - September 18
Learn about Pennsylvania to compete in early learning Race to the Top; Find out which Pennsylvania's family engagement efforts were highlighted in national report; Discover how Pennsylvania early care & education centers can help improve the quality of infant/toddler child care and more in the September 18 edition of BUILD ECE News!
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/18/2013
Cool new ways to celebrate PA's Promise Month
  Here's the deal: All children need quality early learning experiences to succeed in kindergarten and beyond, but not all children get it.  

This October, Pennsylvania's Promise for Children Month is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of quality early learning and  

  • Give families information they need to help their young children grow at home and to choose quality early learning programs and services that best meet their needs
  • Convince school and community leaders and elected officials to make access to quality early learning opportunities a priority for Pennsylvania

Check out the new ways you can celebrate PA’s Promise Month with new infographics and the “I have the promise to be” story submissions!


Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/5/2013
Early Learning News for You: BUILD ECE News, September 4, 2013
In the September 4 edition of BUILD/OCDEL ECE News find out how emotional consistent classrooms can provide an atmosphere more conducive to learning; ways in which STEM proficience can start before children reach kindergarten; and how your organization or program can access a grant opportunity to make a positive impact on children's learning and development. This and more in the September 4th edition.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/5/2013
August 21 edition of Build ECE New: Early Learning info you want to know!

The August 21 edition includes information about:

  • Period to submit CCDF comments extended to Aug 23
  • Developing a routine bedtime schedule can boost brain development, study says
  • Initiate conversations and spark new ways of thinking about early learning
  • Resources to support use of pre-kindergarten outcomes data with families for smoother kindergarten transitions
  • York community partner discusses importance of early education on WITF's Radio Smart Talk

Read more!


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/21/2013
Tips and webinars – Using the Early Learning GPS with families

There are several ways to train yourself and staff on how to use the Early Learning GPS with families. You can find links to all of these resources on the Early Learning GPS page and click on Organizations and Professionals: Using the Early Learning GPS with Families.

PA’s Promise new Early Learning GPS (Guiding Parents Smoothly) online interactive survey guides families through key areas they need to know to make the best early learning choices for their young children, and pinpoints resources for them based on their responses.

You can:

  • Download a tip sheet on using the GPS with families
  • Sign up for one of two live webinars and earn one PQAS training hour – Sept. 12, 10-11 am & Sept. 17, 10-11am
  • Watch the 10 minute tutorial or 30 minute recorded webinar
  • Presentations are also available to use with your staff

Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/19/2013
Pennsylvania General Core Competencies for Relationship-Based Career Advising
A new document is now available on the PA Key website. The document,

Pennsylvania General Core Competencies for Relationship-Based Career Advising

Self-Assessment Checklistcontains general core competencies that are essential for all effective relationship-based career advising strategies. The competencies address skills, knowledge and attitudes that lay the foundation for developing a professional relationship with all advisees and promoting a strength-based approach to continuous quality improvement.  

Please contact Michele Black at micbla@berksiu.org if you have any questions around the use of these competencies.    


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/15/2013
Now Available: New CQI Tool Kit resource!

There is a new CQI Tool Kit resource available if you are researching a project to take on as you develop your CQI plans. 

The PA NAP SACC is a part of the Keystone Kids Go! initiative, led by the PA Department of Education. 

More information about Keystone Kids Go! is available at http://panen.org/keystone-kids-go


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/14/2013
Build ECE News, August 7, 2013
Did you know that $84.5 million will be distributed to qualifying pre-kindergarten programs across Pennsylvania, providing programs and services for nearly 12,000 children? Find out more in the August 7 edition of Build ECE News.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/7/2013
PA's Promise for Children wins Media Award
Thank you to Progressive Education of Children in the Arts Network, Inc. for recognizing Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children with its Media Award during its Celebration of Children. PECAN, Inc. is an umbrella organization serving as a conduit to bring together organizations that play a role in the development and encouragement of the arts for young people. We are proud to join them in helping all Pennsylvania children reach their promise.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 7/18/2013
Important Log In Change Announced for PA Keys Website: Email Required
In order to improve communications with Early Learning Professionals across the state, when logging into the PA Keys website you will be required to have an email address* saved in your user account. Additionally, you will be asked to update your information including employment and personal information so that we can better serve your professional development needs.

These changes are effective July 25, 2013.  All information you provide will be saved in a private and secure system.

Questions? Please email your questions to registry@berksiu.org.  

*If you do not have an email address, it is easy and free to set up a new account. It does not matter who your internet provider is or who provides your email account, as long as the email belongs only to you. Need help? Visit www.howdoigetanemailaddress.com. 



Added by: Karen Seeber (Pennsylvania Key) , 7/17/2013
Top news in BUILD ECE News, July 10
Did you know that Pennsylvania's Early Intervention Program earned the highest rating from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)? Find out more in the July 10 edition of BUILD ECE News.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 7/10/2013
Build leaderships skills and relationships with local school and early childhood officials at the Pennsylvania Early Childhood Executive Leadership Institute

Applications are being accepted for the PA Early Childhood Executive Leadership Institute for those in Fayette, Washington, Greene, Westmoreland, Allegheny, and Beaver counties.

 

This Institute is designed to increase the capability of leaders in early childhood education programs and schools to understand and connect the many systems focused on the growth, development, and education of children from birth through grade three.

 

Participants will be engaged in critical practices that education leaders need to know and be able to do in order to provide guidance and direction on continued instructional improvement. Applicants are encouraged to apply as teams with school and early education leaders in their local communities.

 

Highlights during the Institute will include:

  • Day 1: Introduction to Early Childhood development and education
  • Day 2: Program Design
  • Day 3: Multi-generational involvement and engagement
  • Day 4: Supporting teachers and teacher efficacy
  • Day 5: Alignment, coherence, and coordination.

The Institute is free of charge, five days in length and typically scheduled in two 2-day sessions with a final 1-day session. Sessions are taking place in Pittsburgh on July 16-17, October 8-9, and January 28, with 60 Act 48 PIL Hours available. This year's Institute includes new & updated materials, and the addition of the Danielson Teacher Effectiveness tool.

 

There is not a deadline to apply; however, available positions may fill fast. To apply, please see the flyer and complete the application, then contact Dean Casello, Region 7 Site Coordinator, at 412-394-5752 or dean.casello@aiu3.net.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 6/26/2013
Build ECE News has the early childhood education you need to know!
In the June 26 edition of BUILD ECE News, find info that shows that Pennsylvania's high quality early education programs are working for young children; why turning off the TV is good for kids; the key to keeping kids in child care safe during summer water activities; how early learning professionals can provide environmental health for children; and MORE!
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 6/26/2013
Early Learning News for You: BUILD ECE News, June 12, 2013

Did you know this was the top article in the June 12 edition of BUILD ECE News? What the leading researchers and professionals have to say about the challenges and solutions for enhancing early childhood development opportunities.

Find early learning information you can use in BUILD ECE News.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 6/12/2013
Prepare now for the New PA Keys to Quality Workforce Registry

In the coming months, the PA Keys to Quality will launch a new Workforce Registry that makes it easier for directors, administrators and other early childhood and school-age employees to monitor professional development levels and needs statewide. This interactive, online system helps professionals maximize their professional development by allowing them to design a personal learning plan, easily search for relevant training opportunities, apply for and take courses online, and track of trainings, certifications and credentials.

 

All early childhood professionals can prepare now for a successful transition of your professional development history into the new PA Keys to Quality Workforce Registry by checking and updating their current profile:

  • Log in at www.pakeys.org to update your profile information.
  • Select "Update My Info" from the menu on the left.
  • Update and confirm your email address.
  • Review and update the rest of your information. ?

Even if you don't need to update information, still log in to generate online activity with your account. This will ensure that your information will transfer into the new PA Keys to Quality Workforce Registry system, since accounts without online activity in the last five years will not be transferred.


You will also need to have a unique email address, just for you, in order to participate in the new PA Keys to Quality Workforce Registry. Available are free email accounts with Yahoo or  Google.

 
Online training, tutorials and tip sheets will be available prior to changes being implemented. These will be posted at the PA Key website. Please email your questions to registry@berksiu.org


Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 6/5/2013
Webinars - Using the Early Learning GPS with families
Just released this spring, PA's Promise new Early Learning GPS (Guiding Parents Smoothly) guides families through key areas they need to know to make the best early learning choices for their young children, and pinpoints resources for them based on their responses.  

It can be used by a parent individually, but can also open the door for conversation for professionals working with families of young children.

Attend a webinar to explore ways that you can use this tool to start meaningful conversations with families about choosing quality early learning. You can also provide feedback on tools that we can provide to help you use the GPS with families and to educate the community about the importance of access to quality early education.

These webinars are for any professionals that work with families with young children. Feel free to share this invitation with others in your network.

Click here to register or access a recorded webinar.


Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 6/3/2013
PA ECE Healthy & Green Mini-Grants Application Tips posted

Tips for successfully completing the ECE Healthy & Green Mini-Grant application have now been posted on the Mini-Grant page. Webinar, June 12; Applications due August 1.


Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 6/3/2013
Employment Opportunity: Provider Specialist

Child Care Consultants, Inc, a non-profit child care resource and referral agency, is seeking a Part-Time Provider Specialist to train and mentor in-home child care providers. A Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field and experience in Family Child Care is required. Knowledge of PA child care delivery system and local resources are helpful.  Excellent communication skills and the ability to work with a diverse population are essential.  Experience in training adult learners/PQAS certified trainer preferred. Bi-lingual in Spanish a plus. 

Submit resume to info@childcareconsultants.org or mail by 6/10/13 to:

Child Care Consultants, Inc.
Resource & Referral Coordinator
13 West Market Street
York, PA  17401
Fax: (717) 843-4158

EOE/United Way Agency


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/30/2013
BUILD ECE News: ECE News you need to know!
Find out who Governor Corbett has nominated as Pennsylvania's Acting Secretary of Education, info about how childhood disability rate has jumped 16% over the past decade and more in the May 29 edition of BUILD ECE News.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/30/2013
Applications being accepted for the Pennsylvania Early Childhood Executive Leadership Institute

Applications are now being accepted for the PA Early Childhood Executive Leadership Institute. This Institute is designed to increase the capability of leaders in early childhood education programs to understand and connect the many systems focused on the growth, development, and education of children from birth through grade 3. Participants will learn about and be engaged in critical practices that early childhood leaders need to know and be able to do in order to provide guidance and direction on continued instructional improvement.


The Institute is free of charge, five days in length and typically scheduled in two 2-day sessions with a final 1-day session. Applicants must apply with the Regional Site Coordinators. There is not a deadline to apply; however, available positions may fill fast.


For additional information, including the schedule and application, please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education website.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/30/2013
PA ECE Healthy & Green Mini-Grants TA Webinar June 12
  This webinar is being held to provide technical assistance to eligible Keystone STARS participants who are interested in applying for the PA ECE Healthy & Green Mini-Grants Program. Click here for instructions and more info.

The mini-grants program is a competitive process. Early learning programs have a chance to be awarded up to $5,000 to make environmental health improvements to their facilities and operations. A minimum of 36 programs from across the state will be awarded grants. Applications are due COB August 1, 2013. Awards will be announced in September 2013.


Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/21/2013
Apply now to participate on the 2013-14 PA Pre-K Counts/Head Start Supplemental Advisory Committee, Deadline June 15

Applications are now being accepted for participation on the 2013-14 PA Pre-K Counts/Head Start Supplemental Advisory Committee. Those who possess practical program content knowledge and skills that will strengthen and support the PA Pre-K Counts and Head Start Supplemental initiatives are encouraged to apply. Committee members will reflect diverse geographic regions of the state and have a range of attributes, collective skills, and experiences that will enable the Committee to achieve its goals.


PA Pre-K Counts/Head Start Supplemental is a statewide work group whose purpose is to advise OCDEL about the PA Pre-K Counts/Head Start Supplemental programs. The Advisory Committee offers insight by providing feedback and representing Pre-K Counts and Head Start provider concerns and assists in the development of program tools and resources to strengthen the quality of the programs.. Individuals appointed to the Advisory Committee serve a three-year term of service which includes a minimum of 3 annual committee meetings, conference calls and emails.

  

Applications are due no later than June 15, 2013 for the 2013-14 Advisory year. Additional information on responsibilities and requirements including the application itself can be found within on the PA Key website.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/17/2013
The New Workforce Registry Is Coming

 

The PA Keys to Quality will be launching a new Workforce Registry to allow directors, administrators and other early childhood and school-age employees to keep track of training levels and needs statewide. It is an interactive, online system that encourages professional development by allowing people to design a personal learning plan, search for relevant training opportunities, apply for and take courses online, and keep track of trainings, certifications and credentials.

 

Here are a few things you can do now to prepare for a successful transition of your professional development history into the new PA Keys Workforce Registry:

 

·      Log in at www.pakeys.org to update your profile information.

·      Select “Update My Info” from the menu on the left.

·      Update and confirm your email address.

·      Review and update the rest of your information.

 

Even if you don’t need to update anything, you should still log in and generate some online activity with your account. This will ensure that your information will transfer into the new Workforce Registry system. Accounts without online activity in the last 5 years will not be transferred.

 

Please note that you will also need to have a unique email address, just for you, in order to participate in the new PA Keys to Quality Workforce Registry. You can check out free email accounts with Yahoo or

What's on the Top Five Early Childhood List?

Check out the Top Five articles in the May 15 edition of Build ECE News.

1. OCDEL provides program guidance for serving children experiencing homelessness.
2. Applications now accepted for participation on the 2013-14 STARS Advisory Committee.
3. Opportunity offers K teachers an instructional strategy for understanding a student's proficiency at kindergarten entry.
4. Study shows EHS students exhibited better attention and approaches toward learning, as well as fewer behavior problems.
5. USDA addresses childhood hunger during summer months.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/15/2013
Preschooler Early Learning GPS posted
Now all three Early Learning GPS tools for families with infants, toddlers and preschoolers are available on the PA's Promise for Children website. The GPS guides families through the most important things to know and be able to do to help their children grow and be prepared for success in kindergarten.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/13/2013
2013-14 STARS Advisory Application Invitation

Applications are now being accepted for participation on the 2013-14 STARS Advisory Committee.

Keystone STARS Advisory is a statewide work group that serves to offer Keystone STARS program policy to the Office of Child Development and Early Learning. The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to advise OCDEL about the Keystone STARS program including performance standards, operations, and program design and data. The Advisory Committee makes recommendations by providing feedback and representing Keystone STARS provider concerns and assists in the development of program protocols, tools and resources to strengthen the quality of learning programs in the Commonwealth. The Advisory Committee membership brings unique knowledge and skills, which complement those key individuals and departmental staff engaged in this work. 

Applications are due no later than June 15, 2013 for the 13/14 Advisory year. 

Additional information on responsibilities and requirements including meeting dates and the application itself can be found within the 2013-2014 STARS Advisory Letter & Application document.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/7/2013
What's new in early childhood education: BUILD ECE News, May 1

Did you happen to see the May 1 edition of Build? It had tons of great early learning news, including six stories about what's happening in the community and nine "can't live without" resources.

Read the May 1, 2013 edition of BUILD ECE News.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/3/2013
ECE Healthy & Green Mini Grants for STARS programs
In partnership with The Heinz Endowments, The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) and the PA Key is excited to offer Pennsylvania’s licensed early learning programs who participate in Keystone STARS an opportunity to apply for up to $5,000 in funding to support environmental health and environment and ecology education improvements in their programs. Applications due August 1.  Click here for details.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/15/2013
Success By 6 offers free quality improvement program
Success By 6® (SB6) is a free quality improvement program for Chester, Philadelphia, Delaware and Montgomery counties that can help centers move from STAR 2 to STAR 3. Learn how SB6 can provide 18 months of technical assistance, practice ERS assessments, and funds that help make improvements for centers in Chester, Philadelphia, Delaware and Montgomery counties. Learn more!
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/15/2013
Important notice about Phase Out of Mail-Based New Staff Orientation & New Staff Orientation - Refresher from Better Kids Care

In 2013, Better Kid Care is phasing out mail-based New Staff Orientation (NSO) and New Staff Orientation – REFRESHER (NSO-R).

  • June 28, 2013 is the last day to ORDER mail-based printed copies of NSO / NSO-R materials.
  • October 31, 2013 is the last day that Better Kid Care will accept completed NSO / NSO-R lessons on paper for review. Lessons received after October 31, 2013 will not be reviewed for certification.

After June 28, 2013, NSO will only be available as an On Demand online lesson. Better Kid Care will no longer process orders for NSO printed materials.

New Staff Orientation is currently available in Better Kid Care’s On Demand online system www.betterkidcare.psu.edu .  The cost of NSO online will remain $5.00 for PA participants and $45.00 for non-PA participants.

New Staff Orientation – REFRESHER will not be available in Better Kid Care’s On Demand online system.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/20/2013
Community Outreach Notes 3/13/13

Click here to read the Community Outreach Notes - part of the LEARN Community Outreach Community. In this issue:   

  • Appropriations committees discuss early childhood education – review summary
  • What is the state of early learning in your county? Review OCDEL’s 2011-2012 Reach and Risk report and new ECE County profiles sheets
  • Need evidence that PA’s early education programs work? Review our Smart investments fact sheet
  • Register now for Early Childhood Action Day, April 23
  • Week of the Young Child and PA One Book in April
  • From Pittsburgh AEYC – tips on setting up a site visit with legislators
  • From Pennsylvania Head Start Association – understanding the impact of federal sequestration on early childhood education in PA
  • Question from the online forum – what’s the most important thing to do when setting up ECE site visits for community leaders and policymakers?

 


Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/18/2013
Learn how to use the Infant Early Learning GPS with families

Every family wants their young children to have quality early learning experiences, but don’t always know where to turn. Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children’s Infant Early Learning GPS (Guiding Parents Smoothly) is an interactive way for families to think about what they can do to support their children’s early learning and receive simple steps they can take and reliable resources for more ideas. 

Families can walk through the 10 question quiz on their own, with another person, or it can be used as part of a group activity or parent training. How can you use the GPS with families? Watch our 10 minute tutorial.


Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/18/2013
June 13: Beaver County Early Care & Education Council Meeting

The Beaver County Early Care & Education Council meeting will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday June 13, 2013 at the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit. 

All are invited to attend to learn more about the supports & resources in Beaver County around quality early learning.

For additional information, please contact Darcy Stiteler at 724-375-3301 x28 or DStiteler@hapenterprises.org.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/8/2013
Bureau of Certification Services Shifting to Electronic Communication - Updated provider email addresses requested

The Bureau of Certification Services (Bureau) in the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) is making the change to corresponding with child care providers through email. The change is being made to save the costs of printing and postage and permit faster and more efficient communication with child care providers.

The Bureau has email addresses for almost half of the 8,555 child care centers, group child care homes and family child care homes in Pennsylvania. With the changeover to electronic communication, the Bureau requests that every child care provider submit to the Regional Office an email for each facility and for the legal entity (business owner). A provider who operates facilities in more than one region should submit email addresses to each Regional Office.

The email address you provide should be accessible to a person or persons at your facility or organization who:

  • Are responsible for operation of the facility; and
  • Have the authority to handle transactions on behalf of the facility such as submitting renewal applications, receiving notices regarding the date of the annual inspection, submitting plans to correct regulatory violations, etc.

You want to ensure that communication from the Bureau of Certification Services will reach the appropriate persons in your organization.

Providers may submit email addresses to the Regional Offices in one of the following ways:

1. By emailing the Regional Office at the email address below. In the email, please include the facility name, address, telephone number and email address as well as the legal entity name, phone number and email address.

North Central Region OCDEL:

2. By calling the Regional Office.

PLEASE SUBMIT EMAIL ADDRESSES NO LATER THAN MARCH 31, 2012. Remember: The email address submitted should be accessible to a person or persons responsible for operation of the facility who has the authority to handle transactions on behalf of the facility.

For those without an email address, there are many free email services available, such as: Yahoo,

Chestnut College offers ECE equivilency degrees

The following degrees, offered at Chestnut College, meet the requirements for and are approved by OCDEL/Pennsylvania Key as ECE Equivalency degrees:

  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Child Care Management Program

For further inquiries about the above program of studies, contact Dr. Debra Lawrence, Professor of Education, Education Department at (215) 753 - 3614 or Lawrenced1@chc.edu


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/6/2013
Now available: Fall-Winter ERS and ERS-F newsletters

Now available are the English and Spanish versions of the Fall-Winter 2012 editions of the ERS-F Newsletter/Family Provider Newsletter and the ERS Newsletter/Center-based Newsletter. These newsletters feature information on Clarification & PA Position Statements; Crib Safety Reminder; and more.

To access these newsletters, please visit the PA Key website, ERS page.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/18/2013
New Resource Available: Providing Outdoor Play for Infants and Toddlers
A new resource is now available: Providing Outdoor Play for Infants and Toddlers.  This resource has tips for planning high quality outdoor play experiences for infants and toddlers.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/10/2013
Career Lattice Note: Pennsylvania Special Education Paraeducator Credential of Competency

A current "Pennsylvania Special Education Paraeducator Credential of Competency" will meet Level III of the PA Keys to Quality Career Lattice.  The person holding this credential must show documentation of an active certificate to be placed at this Career Lattice Level.

Contact Michele Black at micbla@berksiu.org with questions.   


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/7/2013
Resources for Coping: Help for Children, Youth, Parents, and Providers' Reactions to the Sandy Hook Shooting

Find resources to help children, youth, parents and providers cope with traumatic events

The document, Resources for Coping: Help for Children, Youth, Parents, and Providers’ Reactions to the Sandy Hook Shooting includes:

  • Highlighted Resources for Children, Parents, and Educators from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Resources from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
  • Additional Resources for Children, Parents, and Educators
  • Resources on Trauma and Mass Violence Resources on Retraumatization and Chronic Stress

Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 12/19/2012
Community Education listserv

Find out how to congratulate last Tuesday's election winners and how to double or triple the impact of recent articles on early education.


Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/13/2012
Transition into Formal Schooling Toolkit Now Available!

OCDEL's Transition into Formal Schools Toolkit (formerly the Transition Toolkit) has been updated with useful tip sheets, templates, resources, rubrics, worksheets and more!

Check out the great resources to help families, child care programs, schools and members of your community help children transition into formal schooling.

Transition to Formal Schooling Toolkit.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/17/2012
Get Ready for PA's Promise Month
Check out the Sept Early Learning Community Education Listserv for five ways to celebrate PA's Promise Month in October and a 10-minute tutorial to get you started.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/10/2012
Look Before You Lock Campaign to keep children safe

So far this summer, 23 children have died from heat stroke due to being left behind in unattended vehicles. Child care providers, Head Start staff, parents, and other adults caring for young children can work together to prevent this horrible tragedy from happening. 

The Office of Child Care and Office of Head Start are partnering with the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to provide information to the early care and education (ECE) community and parents on the importance of double-checking cars, buses, and vans to make sure that all children arrive safely.

Read about the Look Before You Lock Campaign to learn what families and providers can do to keep children safe during the warmer months.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/27/2012
July/Aug Community Education Listserv

Check out the July/August Early Learning Community Education Listserv for these highlights: 

  • Children entering kindergarten - a great story to tell
  • Time to submit stories, photos for PA Pre-K Counts report
  • Loss of LEARN team funding - ways to help support community outreach - complete our short survey

 


Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/7/2012
Resources from June 20 Outcomes Reporting Webinar
Did you miss the June 20 webinar on the Early Learning Outcomes Reporting? Click here to download the slide deck and FAQs to top 5 questions.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 6/29/2012
New Virtual Guide: Talking to Families about Quality

Refresh your skills on communicating to families about quality – what it is, what it looks like, and why it’s an important consideration at http://paprom.convio.net/resources with the new “Virtual Guide: Talking to Families about Quality” online session. Created as part of the Expand the Brand communications leadership cohort series, this 15 minute virtual session offers participants an overview of five elements of quality and how quality benefits children, families and communities. Please contact Karen Seeber at karsee@berksiu.org or 717-213-3731 for more information.


Added by: Karen Seeber (Pennsylvania Key) , 6/27/2012
Early Learning Outcomes Reporting FAQ and Webinar Recordings

The latest FAQ and recording of the webinars for the Early Learning Outcomes Reporting strategy are now available online.


Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/23/2012
PA Prom Alert - House moves on budget
There has been movement in the House on the proposed budget the Senate passed last week that would cut nearly $9 million from Keystone STARS - read and share the PA Promise alert for more information and how to get involved.

Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/23/2012
May Community Ed: Budget Update, Shining Stars, ECE graduations
Read the May issue of the Early Learning Community Ed News for an update on the budget - the Senate passed a budget bill on May 9 that restores funding to PA Pre-K Counts and Head Start but makes cuts to the Child Care Services line item which funds Keystone STARS and Child Care Works.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/10/2012
New Virtual Resource Available on Graphic Design
Would you like to learn more about basic graphic design principles to improve your visual communication skills for informing audiences about quality early childhood education? If so, then all you need is fifteen minutes on the PA Keys website at http://paprom.convio.net/resources to check out the new “Virtual Guide: Graphic Design for Effective Communication” online session.
Added by: Karen Seeber (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/4/2012
Early Learning Outcomes Reporting FAQs

Answers to frequently-asked questions about OCDEL's Early Learning Outcomes Reporting strategy for 12-13 have been posted. Check back regularly for new FAQs.


Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/4/2012
Notice of Changes to DPW Website regarding the Child Abuse History Clearance Form

There has been a recent revised the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (CY113).  The revised form is available on the Department of Public Welfare’s website.

The revised form has a new form number (CY113 (UF) 6/11).  This number is located in the bottom right hand corner of the form.  In addition, the revised form is now data enterable; meaning that information can be entered directly into the form.  However, if the person completing the form does not have a licensed version of Adobe Acrobat Reader on their computer they will not be able to save the form on their computer with all of the information they’ve entered onto the form.  Instead, the person completing the form must print the form immediately after entering their information.  If an individual attempts to save the form after entering all of their information onto the form, their information will be lost. 

Some other changes to note:

  • Form is now available in English and Spanish with both forms being data enterable.
  • Purpose of clearance section includes more refined options from which to choose such as:
    o Child care services employee
    o Foster care
    o Adoption
    o School Employee
    o Employment with a significant likelihood of regular contact with children
    o Volunteers
    o DPW Employment & Training Program participants
  • Instructions for completing the form are now attached to the form so when the form is printed the instructions will print with it.

The old form will be accepted until April 1, 2013.


Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/23/2012
USDA CACFP Wellness Grants in Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Food and Nutrition, has received a USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Wellness Grant and is providing mini-grants to 200 child care facilities in Pennsylvania to implement the Pennsylvania Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (PA NAP SACC) intervention as a way to improve their nutrition and physical activity environments.  For additional information, please see the list of the 200 child care centers (PDF) receiving CACFP Wellness mini-grants.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/23/2012
2010-2011 Reach and Risk Report now available

OCDEL's 2010-2011 Reach and Risk Report is now available. The report provides information on the risk level of children for failing in school by county, and the percentage of children served by OCDEL programs by county and school district.


Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/21/2012
New Webpage Focused on PA Health, Nutrition and Fitness Initiatives

A new webpage dedicated to information and materials related to Keystone Kids Go!, I am Moving/I am Learning (IMIL), and the PA Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (PA NAP SACC) was recently launched. All three initiatives are great examples about how Pennsylvania offers common sense strategies for healthier children on a local level that reinforce larger efforts from the national Let’s Move anti-obesity campaign.


Added by: Karen Seeber (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/20/2012
10-11 Community Education Calendar posted
Better late than never - the 2010-2011 Early Learning Community Education calendar includes tools to help you focus your community education to audiences you care about, with monthly themes and suggested activities for outreach. Check it out!
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 12/6/2011
Child outcomes released
Click here to find out how preschoolers progressed in the 2010-2011 school year in PA Pre-K Counts, Keystone STAR 3 & 4 and Head Start Supplemental Programs, and share results in your community.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 6/13/2011
PA State Plan for CCDF available for comment
Pennsylvania's draft plan for the federal Child Care Development Fund, which provides funding for Child Care Works and Keystone STARS, is now available for public comment. Comments due June 3. Click HERE for the Build announcement that includes links to the plan and how to comment.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/20/2011
New Emergency Preparedness Poster
A new emergency preparedness poster for child care facilities will be distributed to all regulated child care facilities. Certification representatives will deliver posters to child care centers and group child care homes during their inspections. Family child care homes will receive their posters in the mail.
Added by: Karen Seeber (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/13/2011
PA Out-of-School program included in Harvard Family Research Project
Discover the positive responses from the Keystone STARS Provider survey, learn more about six different potential funding opportunities, and see which out-of-school program in Pennsylvania was among those profiled in a recent Harvard Family Research Project--all this and more in the April 13, 2011 edition of BUILD!
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/13/2011
Pennsylvania ranks 14th in national report of child care program requirements & benchmarks
We think Pennsylvania ranking 14th (out of all 50 states!) in national report of child care program requirements & benchmarks is pretty darn good! Discover what Pennsylvania's strengths are and what recommendations were present to keep us moving up the line of quality in early education for our children. All this and more in the March 30, 2011 edition of BUILD.

Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/30/2011
Governor's proposed budget for OCDEL, 2011-2012
View OCDEL's one-page fact sheet, powerpoint and chart of proposaed funding for OCDEL programs by Governor Corbett for FY 2011-2012
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/11/2011
March Community Education - K and Pre-K Registration
March's featured community education activity is encouraging parents to register now for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten. Also, share why you feel lucky to be a part of early education with our PA Promise shamrock e-card!
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/8/2011
Every day CCDF makes a difference for working families. Is this your family?
For twenty years, the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) has made a difference for children, working families, and child care providers. Watch the video & discover the impact CCDF has made for families, providers and leaders in the child care community.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/25/2011
Feb Community Ed: Share the love!
Use our PA Promise Valentine's Day ecards to share why you love early education. You can send to parents, teachers, community leaders, and legislators. Also, new America's Edge Report and resources to make the case for quality early education.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/11/2011
Jan Community Education Activity
Early Learning Community Education Listserv featured activity for January: Share your New Year's Resolutions to help children reach their promise through quality early education in 2011 and help families, schools, and our leaders make resolutions for Pennsylvania's young children!
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/18/2011
10 New Years Resolutions from PA's Promise
Ten New Year's resolutions to help Pennsylvania's young children reach their promise in 2011- links to great info, as well as a flyer you can download and share. Maybe take on one or two of these as your own resolutions for the New Year?
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/4/2011
Demonstrating Quality: Pennsylvania Keystone STARS 2010 Program Report
This report (pdf) presents a view into the dynamic landscape of Pennsylvanias early childhood quality rating and improvement system. It provides detailed information about the many components of the system, with an emphasis on data.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 12/20/2010
Send a PA Promise holiday e-card
Use the PA Promise holiday e-card to thank a teacher or parent for their commitment to our young children, or remind a community leader that our children are our greatest gift. Three styles to choose from... send a card today!
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 12/14/2010
Look what's new with Learning is Everywhere in December!
Are you in need of new ideas for traveling with a child in the car or on the bus? Check out the listing of fun learning activities, songs and books for families with the Learning is Everywhere December web pages!
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 12/1/2010
Nov Community Education Listserv
November's featured activity from the Early Learning Community Education Listserv is to congratulate Governor-elect Tom Corbett and share successes from your community.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/17/2010
2009-2010 OCDEL Annual Report
Click here to download the Executive Summary or full 2009-2010 OCDEL Annual Report with an overview of Pennsylvania's progress in early education and achievements in 2009-2010.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/10/2010
Be Your Child's Champion
Discover the newest resource for families! As an expert on your child, you may need to address all types of situations with the goal of telling your childs story and making things better for your child. Discover how you can Be Your Child's Champion!
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/25/2010
OCDEL Reach and Risk Report, 2009-2010
According to the report, children in 69% of PA's counties are at moderate-high to high risk of school failure; about one-third of PA's young children have access to publicly-funded quality early education. Click here to find out your county's risk level and % of children served as well as community education tools to share this information.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/20/2010
PA Pre-K Counts Annual Report 2009-2010
The newly released PA Pre-K Counts Annual Report 2009-2010 demonstrates the success of the PA Pre-K Counts program for Pennsylvania families for Year 3. Discover the great progress made for Pennsylvania Families!
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/6/2010
Learning is Everywhere for October!
Take a deep breath...can you smell it? That's Fall in the air! Now that the heat of summer is passing, it's time to discover fun learning activities you can do with your child outside! Learning is Everywhere has the perfect learning activities, so take a look!
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/1/2010
Help Celebrate PA's Promise Month in October
October is Pennsylvania's Promise for Children month, a chance to raise awareness of the importance of quality early learning for young children, and celebrate the families, teachers and leaders that help our young children reach their promise every day. There are simple, fun things that you can do to help celebrate PA's Promise month. Visit the PA's Promise Month tools page for suggested activities, and connect with your local CEG to see what they have planned.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/17/2010
10-11 Community Education Calendar
Visit the Community Education calendar page to download the latest 2010-2011 Community education calendar, review September's featured activity (adopt-a-legislator) and sign up for monthly messages from the Early Learning Community Education listserv.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/7/2010
Communications Leadership Cohort Training Opportunity
Applications are being accepted through Sept. 17 for early childhood education professionals to participate in training for becoming spokespersons on early education programs and services. Selected applicants will participate in nine professional development modules focused on communications, media relations, and messaging.

Click here to download the application as a Word document.
Added by: Karen Seeber (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/27/2010

BUILD ECE News, August 20 now available!
The August 20 edition of BUILD ECE News is here! Learn about the Federal grant for Pennsylvania home visiting programs to improve well-being of families, find out how your favorite child care site can be featured in a USDA video, discover possible funding and employment opportunities and more!
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/20/2010
BUILD ECE News, July 9 now available!
The July 9th edition of BUILD ECE News is now available on the PA Promise for Children website.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 7/12/2010
Early Childhood in the News
More than 80 articles were published on early education from April-June 2010. Click here to download an article summary and see how early education is being covered by the media in your community.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 7/9/2010
Tuesday alert: ECE levels the playing field for at-risk kids
Please share with the Governor and your legislators how quality early learning opportunities help at-risk kids overcome risk factors to enter kindergarten on par with their peers.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/25/2010
Gubernatorial candidate forum on ECE
The gubernatorial candidate forum held during the Early Learning Investment Commission (ELIC) Economic Summit on April 19 is now posted on the PCN website in their Election Central section. Go to www.pcntv.com/election2010/index.htmland click on Econ Summit Gub Forum 4/19/10
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/29/2010
Updated: the Multiplier Effect of Child Care Investments
This flyer illustrates by county how Pennsylvania's investment in child care and early education helps circulate more dollars into the regional economy. Updated flyer includes 2008-2009 investments by county. Great to show that child care and early education has an immediate impact on the economy.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/22/2010
April community outreach tools for WOYC
Celebrate Week of the Young Child (April 11-17) by sending an appreciation e-card to your favorite teacher, writing a letter to the editor or inviting local leaders to a WOYC event or reading. Find more tips and tools on the Community Outreach Calendar page!
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/6/2010
Have you signed the PA's Promise Declaration?
More than 12,000 Pennsylvanians have signed the PA's Promise for Children Declaration to show their support for quality early education... have you? Take a look at whose signed on already and sign on yourself!
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/12/2010
Governor's proposed budget for OCDEL, 2010-2011
Download OCDEL's one-pager and powerpoint on the Governor's proposed budget for 2010-2011 for early childhood programs.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/10/2010
January Community Outreach Tools
New themes and tools posted for January's community outreach calendar - check it out!
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/11/2010
OCDEL 2008-2009 Annual Report online
The OCDEL 2008-2009 Annual Report is now posted. Click here to download the report only or report and ECE county profiles.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 12/1/2009
2008-2009 OCDEL Reach and Risk Report
The 2008-2009 Program Reach and Risk Assessment report is now available. Click HERE for the report, county and city data sheets, and community education tools.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/3/2009
OCDEL Announces Funding Opportunity for Early Head Start
As part of the federal recovery program, new opportunities for Early Head Start are becoming available in Pennsylvania. The Office of Child Development and Early Learning, as part of its work to promote a unified and comprehensive approach to early learning, applied to participate in the new federal Early Head Start funding available through the Department of Health & Human Services. OCDEL, has proposed to provide 128 Early Head Start slots through Center-based and Home-based service delivery options to pregnant women, infants and toddlers from low income families for a two year period. More information.
Added by: Amber Repman (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/15/2009
Community Education Resources Page updated
OCDEL's community education resources page is now listed under Community Outreach/Tools & Resources. Now posted- updated OCDEL Community Education calendar, sign up for e-newsletters, and updated Building Relationships with Legislators Toolkit.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/6/2009
Check out rallies in your community
See if there are any rallies or public events regarding the budget taking place in your community. Visit the PA Promise website, click on Early Education in my County, and your county's link. Events will be listed in the right column.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/31/2009
Impasse article archive
Click HERE to read the nearly 100 articles published regarding the budget impasse and effect on early education.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/31/2009
Updated impact of budget impasse flyer (8/28)
Click HERE to download updated one-page fact sheet on how SB 850 and the budget impasse are affecting early education programs statewide.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/31/2009
Budget Update - Conference Committee negotiating final budget bill
On July 21, the House voted to non-concur to the Senate version of HB 1416 (which slashes 17,000 children from early education). The bill now goes into conference committee with legislative caucus leaders and Governor to negotiate final budget. Contact your legislators and Governor Rendell today!
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 7/23/2009
PA Pre-K Counts Second Year Outcomes Excellent
Just released - Child outcomes reports show nearly every child (99%) showed age-appropriate or emerging age-appropriate proficiency in literacy, numeracy, and social skills after attending the PA Pre-K Counts program this year. Click HERE to download PDF of outcomes.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 6/4/2009
PA Pre-K Counts Showing Results - updated
Download our latest flyer showing the progress of PA Pre-K Counts children in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/12/2009
OCDEL 07-08 Annual Report
The OCDEL 07-08 annual report is now online. Download the report only, or the report with Early Education County Profiles.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/16/2009
OCDEL budget proposal 09-10
Click HERE to access a powerpoint and fact sheet highlighting the Governor's proposed budget for Pennsylvania's early education initiatives.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/4/2009
2007-2008 Reach & Risk Report online
OCDEL's 2007-2008 Program Reach and County Risk Assessment Report is now online and includes county and city-specific data on risk factors affecting children's success in school and availability of publicly-funded early childhood intiatives.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/17/2008
Executive Order regarding the Early Learning Investment Commission
The purpose of the Commission is to secure support for public investment in early learning by focusing on practices that are educationally, economically and scientifically sound. Learn more (pdf).
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/28/2008
Executive Order regarding the Early Learning Council
The purpose of the Early Learning Council is to plan for the expansion of effective early learning and development services for young children and their families, and to make recommendations to ensure the plans are implemented successfully. Learn more (pdf).
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/28/2008
New Child Care Certification Regulations
Do you have questions about the new Child Care Certification Regulations? Click here for more information.
Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/9/2008
2007-2008 PA Pre-K Counts End of Year Report
Click HERE to download the 2007-2008 PA Pre-K Counts end of year report and appendix. Report includes results of the program for its first year and data on grantees, children served, etc.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/1/2008
Early Learning Facilities Fund FAQ
A new document providing answers to Frequently Asked Questions on the Early Learning Facilities Fund is now posted. Click HERE to access the FAQ and the RFP - proposals due Oct. 20.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/22/2008
PA Pre-K Counts Showing Results for PA's Children
First year reports from Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts grantees show that nearly 70% of children achieved age-appropriate skills and behaviors after participating in the program. Click HERE for more information and a fact sheet.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 6/18/2008
Recommendations to promote quality in regulations-exempt child care settings
Click HERE to download the report from the BUILD Task Force on Quality in Regulation-Exempt Child Care Settings on recommendations to OCDEL.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/21/2008
2006-2007 OCDEL Annual Report
Click HERE to download the Office of Child Development and Early Learning's Annual Report for FY 2006-2007 (PDF)
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/25/2008
Search for Child Care Programs Online
Parents interested in finding child care can now search online for child care programs by location, STARS level, ages of children served, even if transportation is available to/from nearby schools! Click HERE to download a flyer to share with parents about this great new service.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/16/2008
ECE Student Advocacy Toolkit
ECE students and teachers - learn how to become a children's champion with our Student Advocacy Toolkit. This toolkit includes a powerpoint presentation, discussion guide and activities to help college teachers discuss public policy and our role as children's champions. Click HERE to access.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/17/2008
Quality Child Care Hearing Testimony
The PA House Children and Youth Committee held a hearing on quality child care in Philadelphia on August 29. Click HERE for testimony.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/11/2007
STARS program enrollment FY 06-07
Click HERE for a report on programs enrolled in Keystone STARS in FY 06-07
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/11/2007
Summary and Testimony from House Education Committee Hearing on PA Pre-K Counts
Click HERE to read a summary of the testimony and discussion from the House Education Committee hearing on PA Pre-K Counts on May 30, 2007. You may also download individual testimony.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 6/7/2007
September 2006 Keystone STARS Quarterly Progress Report
This report includes data and trends on enrollment in Keystone STARS. Click here to download report.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/12/2007
2005-2006 OCD Annual Report Released
The PA Office of Child Development is pleased to announce the release of its 2005-2006 Annual Report. This report highlights the state-sponsored early care and education programs. Click here to download.
Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/3/2007
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