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Using the Early Learning GPS with families April webinars

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. Explore ways that you can use this tool to start meaningful conversations with families about helping their children grow at home and choosing quality early learning. This is a great tool for any professionals working with families, whether they have knowledge in child development. You can also preview the new GPS map worksheet that helps families map out real changes they can make to help their child grow.



Attendees may also earn one DPW/PQAS/Act 48 hour for participating in this webinar. The upcoming webinars are:

  • Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 12 -1 PM
  • Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 3 – 4 PM
  •  Learn more at the PA's Promise for Children website.

     In order to receive credit, you must also register on the PA Key calendar.


    Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/16/2014
    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
    Celebrate April's Week of the Young Child with us!

    Pennsylvania's Promise for Children is celebrating Week of the Young Child with an exciting PA One Book drawing!

    Every child has a favorite early learning activity! For some it may be reading, playing in the water, making a favorite food, or drawing a picture.
     
    Share with us your child's favorite early learning activity and you could win your own copy of the 2014 PA One Book!

    Every week in April, one person will be selected by random to receive their own copy of the 2014 PA One Book, Stripes of All Types by author Susan Stockdale!

    Share this opportunity with your early learning friends and families and enter today!


    Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/1/2014
    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
    Employment Opportunity: Program Coordinator - Business Partnerships
    The Berks County Intermediate Unit and PA Key are seeking an organized, strategic-thinking professional to assist with outreach to business, civic and educational leaders from across the Commonwealth in order to increase support for investments in early childhood initiatives. Bachelor’s degree required.  Graduate degree preferred, plus 5 years of progressively responsible experience in public policy, partnership work and/or education, preferably with knowledge of the early childhood education field.  Position is based in Harrisburg and significant travel is required.   Send cover letter and resume to Kelly Hollenbach, BCIU, 1111 Commons Blvd., P.O. Box 16050, Reading, PA 19612-6050 or email kelhol@berksiu.org. EOE
    Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/18/2014
    Employment Opportunities from the PA Key

    The PA Key now has three employment opportunities available.

    Communications Specialist for Professional Development & Technical Assistance, PA Key (Harrisburg)


    Registry Specialist, PA Key (Harrisburg)


    Workforce Development Specialist, PA Key (Harrisburg)

     


    Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/17/2014
    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
    Early Learning Providers invited to take survey
    Deadline February 28
     
    Early learning providers can take a survey to share what their program is doing or is planning to do in the future around oral health of the children in their care.
     
    The PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (PA AAP) Healthy Teeth Healthy Children program and Early Childhood Education Linkage System are working together to bring awareness to oral health in early care and education programs in Pennsylvania. The first 25 individuals who complete the oral health survey will receive a "Happy, Healthy Teeth" book. This colorful and informative hardcover storybook integrates oral health awareness in a fun and interactive way.
    The PA AAP will select two centers from the survey respondants to receive a free onsite two-hour professional development oral health workshop. Cavity Free Kids is a nationally recognized oral health curriculum offered in Pennsylvania as a professional development session for early care and education programs, which provides exciting curriculum ideas, helpful tools and information for families. This workshop meets the STAR Level 2 Performance Standard for Health and Safety.

    Providers can help prevent dental decay, a common and avoidable health problem, by changing what and how foods or drinks are served, or by including oral health education in their program. For additional information, please see oral health in the The Pennsylvania Core Knowledge Competencies' Knowledge Area 7. 3 C1-C3.

    Take the survey,or for additional information, please contact Lauren Orsini at 484-446-3071 or lorsini@paaap.org.

    Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/31/2014
    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
    Will you host a PA One Book Reader?

    Are you an early learning provider or program who would like to host a PA One Book, Every Young Child Reader during April 2014? Click THIS LINK and get information on how you can host a Reader!

     

    Want to be a guest Reader? That can happen, too! Click THIS LINK.


    Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/24/2014
    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
    Janary 23: Job Fair at Luzerne County Head Start

    Luzerne County Head Start is holding a job fair Thursday, January 23 from 10-6 at 23 Beekman Street, Wilkes Barre.

     

    Teacher and assistant teacher positions available. For more information, click here.


    Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/21/2014
    Employment Opportunity: Business Partnerships Director

    The Berks County Intermediate Unit is accepting applications for the position of Business Partnerships Director, PA Key, Harrisburg PA.

    See the announcement for additional information.


    Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/16/2014
    Take the BUILD ECE Survey!

    Are you a subscriber to BUILD ECE News? If so, we'd love to hear what you think about it! Take the survey!

    Not a subscriber yet? You can check out back issues and sign up to get the next edition in your email!

    Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning and the Pennsylvania Build Initiative, the Build Early Childhood News is a biweekly e-newsletter to inform early learning professionals, the early childhood community, policymakers, community leaders and the public on developments in early childhood education and care in Pennsylvania. The newsletter is free and open to anyone.


    Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/16/2014
    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
    Register now for the January 21 PQAS Webinar!

    PQAS PROCESS MODULE 2 - "Approved the First Time-The “Art” of Creating Your Professional Development Module Packet"

    Webinar: January 21, 2014, 10:00AM - 12:00PM

    Register now!


    Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/3/2014
    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
    Employment Opportunity: Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, Early Learning Special Advisor

    Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, a statewide children’s advocacy organization located in Harrisburg, PA, is seeking a part-time consultant to help advise and lead our early learning efforts. Applicants should be seasoned professionals with a strong advocacy background including successful experience in issue and/or electoral advocacy campaigns, policy development, coalition building and mobilization.

    See the job description.

    Resume and salary requirements due by January 10, 2014.


    Added by: Mary P. Hall (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
    Calling all PA One Book Readers and Host Sites!
    Community partners are invited to participate in the annual Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child campaign by volunteering to read to young readers in an early child care setting. Early learning programs and sites are encouraged to sign up to host a reader.

    Volunteer readers will read the featured book, Stripes of All Types by Susan Stockdale to children within early care and education settings within their community. This engaging book depicts diversity as well as a cadre of characters who each bring their own spin on the action by using simple text and colorful photographs. Stripes of All Types encourages young readers to predict and discuss different types of animals and how there are similarities and difference.


    This year there will be a month long celebration of the PA One Book starting on April 1, 2014. This will lead up to and include the Week of the Young Child (WOYC), April 14-18, 2014. Volunteer readers will read within early care and educations program including child care centers, Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts Classrooms and Head Start programs. What a wonderful opportunity to read to some of the Commonwealth’s youngest learners!

     

    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.



    If you would like to be a reader or host a guest reader, please complete a survey using the link for the county in which you wish to participate. You will receive a confirmation letter and reading packet prior to your visit. For additional information, please email Christine Behm at cbehm@pa.gov.


    Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 12/16/2013
    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
    Using the Early Learning GPS webinars
    Do you work with families and want to offer tips to help their young children grow?

    The Early Learning GPS is a great place to start! 

    Sign up for free webinars this winter

    PQAS & Act 48 credit available

    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. Explore ways that you can use this tool to start meaningful conversations with families about helping their children grow at home and  choosing quality early learning. This is a great tool for any professionals working with families, whether they have knowledge in child development. You can also preview the new GPS map worksheet that helps families map out real changes they can make to help their child grow.

    Attendees may also earn one DPW/PQAS/Act 48 hour for participating in this webinar.

     

     


    Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 12/12/2013
    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
    Opportunity to submit public comments for Healthy PA

    On December 6, Governor Corbett released a draft application for Healthy Pennsylvania Private Coverage Option and Medicaid Reforms.  The proposed Healthy Pennsylvania plan focuses on three key priorities: improving access, ensuring quality and providing affordability. 
     
    Opportunities are available for public comments on the plan through six public hearings around the commonwealth and two webinars. Based on the comments received during the public comment period, the PA Department of Public Welfare will develop a final application, which will be submitted to the Federal government. 

    To see the dates and registration instructions for the public hearing and webinar, please see the PA Healthy release.


    Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 12/6/2013
    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
    Employment Opportunity: CLASS and ECERS Assessor
    Lawrence County Community Action Partnership is currently seeking to contract with a formal assessor for its Head Start and PA Pre-K Counts classrooms.  The assessor will formally evaluate early learning classrooms yearly utilizing both the CLASS and ECERS tools.  The assessor must present a summary of their experience and expertise in working with early childhood children and staff, must provide proof of certification in CLASS reliability, and must have proof of completion of PQAS approved Foundations of ERS and ECERS Assessment sessions.  Proposers are required to have current Clearances, Physical and TB test.  A copy of the request for proposal is available by contacting nwelker@lccap.org.  Proposals are due by 4pm, 12/20/13. 
    Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/22/2013
    Employment Opportunity: Director of Colonial School Based Program

    Montgomery Early Learning Centers is seeking a Director for our Colonial School based programs within the Colonial School District. We are looking for a strong leader who will have management oversight of this school based program to include meeting and managing enrollment goals, program implementation, safety, operations, personnel management and regulatory compliance.
    Formal Education, Work Experience & Certification:
    ♦  Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education
    ♦  2-5 years related center management experience
    ♦  2-5 years supervisory experience
    ♦  PA Directors Credential, preferred

    Skills and Knowledge:
    ♦  Solid and confident leader and developer of people
    ♦  Strong interpersonal skills
    ♦  Excellent oral and written communication abilities
    ♦  Thorough and organized with the ability to manage in a fast paced environment
    ♦  Knowledge and understanding of Department of Public Welfare (DPW), Keystone Stars and Council on       Accreditation (COA) regulations
    ♦  Knowledge and experience with school age curriculum
    ♦  Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite Applications
    Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Excellent benefits package includes: Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401K, childcare tuition discount, paid holidays, sick and vacation days.

    Montgomery Early Learning Centers is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, disability, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, citizenship, genic information or veteran status.

    Qualified candidates may email Cover Letter and Resume to: melc-hr@melc.org.


    Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/22/2013
    Employment Opportunity: Early Childhood Center - Assistant Director

    Montgomery Early Learning Centers is seeking an Assistant Director for our early childhood facility located in Norristown.  The Assistant Director will work with the Center Director in the overall management and administration of the ECE program to include meeting and managing enrollment goals, program implementation, safety, operations and regulatory compliance. This is a full time position with competitive salary and benefits.

    Formal Education, Work Experience & Certification:
    ♦  Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
    ♦  A demonstrated commitment to early childhood education
    ♦  2-3 years related program and management experience

    Skills and Knowledge:
    ♦  Possesses the commitment, desire and interpersonal skills necessary to work with staff, educational partners, young children and families
    ♦  Excellent written and oral communication skills
    ♦  Ability to exhibit discretion in regard to Center, staff and family matters
    ♦  Knowledge and understanding of Department of Public Welfare (DPW), Keystone Stars and NAEYC regulations
    ♦  Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite Applications

    Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Excellent benefits package includes: Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401K, childcare tuition discount, paid holidays, sick and vacation days.

    Montgomery Early Learning Centers is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, disability, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, citizenship, genic information or veteran status.

    Qualified candidates may email Cover Letter and Resume to: melc-hr@melc.org.


    Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/22/2013
    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: Preschool Teacher

    Full-time, Mon thru Fri, 8-5, Butler, PA. BA in Special Ed., Early Childhood Ed., Child Development, Elementary Ed., or Human Service field. Ability to obtain Act 33/34 and FBI clearances required. Apply on-line: www.lifesteps.net   EOE/ADA


    Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/15/2013
    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
    Employment Opportunity: PA Key Certifications and Credentials Coordinator
    The Berks County Intermediate Unit is seeking a dynamic individual to provide statewide leadership in facilitating credentials, certification, and career lattice and pathways supports administered through the PA Key.  Knowledge of  PA Keys to Quality credential review systems including instructor approval, school-age, and director credential preferred.  Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field, Bachelor’s degree considered.  Full-time position available immediately.  Ideal applicant will have strong writing, communication, and organizational skills, experience with databases and online learning. 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. Deadline: 10/31/13.  Online application is available at www.berksiu.org. EOE

    Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/11/2013
    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
    October 15 Webinar: What You Always Wanted to Know About PQAS, But Were Afraid to Ask

    The webinar on October 15 from 10 am-12 noon will walk early learning professionals through the PQAS Application Process. The different types of PQAS approval will be explored and which application individuals should complete will be identified.

    Required documents for submission with all applications will be discussed. The Professional Development Module and Overview will be explained and common mistakes with PQAS applications submitted to the PA Key office will be reviewed.

    Find out more info, or pass this opportunity along to your partners!


    Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/23/2013
    Guidelines for Writing Letters of Support for Pennsylvania’s Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Grant Application

    Discover how you can support Pennsylvania's Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Grant Application. For those interested in providing letters of support for Pennsylvania's Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Grant application, a Letter of Support template is available.

    Learn more!


    Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/20/2013
    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
    Register for the Links to Learning Act 45 Out of School Leadership Course Program

    School Administrators and  Out of School Leaders: Time is running out! Don't  miss registering for the Links to Learning Act 45 Out of School Leadership Course Program which provides the opportunity for school leaders and OST leaders to  be involved in joint learning and planning to support and ensure that alignment between the school day and  out of school time. This alignment is critical for the successful implementation of a quality program that will support positive youth development  and student success.

    For  your convenience the course will be offered in two locations this summer.

     

    August 13 and 14

    Co-sponsored with the Northwest Regional Key

    Registration Deadline -July 19

    Edinboro, Pennsylvania

     

    For more information and to register click here

    August 13-14, 2013; Edinboro, Pa.


    Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 6/7/2013
    Register NOW for the PA ECE Health & Green Technical Assistance Webinar
    There’s still time to register for the PA ECE Healthy & Green Technical Assistance webinar scheduled for June 12. Interested participants can register by going HERE and scrolling down the page to PA ECE Healthy & Green Mini-Grants, Technical Assistance Webinar.
    The PA ECE Healthy & Green 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.
     
    For more information about the mini-grants program, including an Application Helpful Tips document, please visit the PA Key website.

    Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 6/7/2013
    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
    Your feedback is vital! PSAYDN STEM Survey

    You are invited to take the Statewide OST-STEM survey by Wednesday, June 12, 2013!  In particular, responses from Direct Service staff are very important. 

    You can take the survey, and register to win a NOOK HD Tablet.

    Please share this message with any staff at your or any other OST program.

    PSAYDN has received a grant from the NOYCE Foundation to increase the quantity and quality of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities offered in Pennsylvania out-of-school time (OST) programs. To reach this goal, PSAYDN is conducting annual surveys to learn what programs exist and what they need to build support for OST programs over time and work with stakeholders to sustain OST programs across the Commonwealth.

    • Responses are needed from ALL staff (administrators, capacity builders and direct service staff)
    • Participation is voluntary
    • Names and locations of OST programs are collected to follow-up next year
    • Only summaries of the survey responses will be reported
      Responses will be kept confidential

    Take the survey and enter to win a NOOK tablet!

    If you have any questions or issues concerning this survey, please email eval@csc.csiu.org.


    Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/30/2013
    Employment Opportunity: PA Key Head Start State Collaboration Specialist
    The Berks County Intermediate Unit and the PA Key are seeking an individual with experience in Head Start and /or Early Head Start programming to develop and maintain relationships with agencies providing technical assistance such as the Head Start State and Regional Technical Assistance contractors and the Regional Keys. In addition, the successful candidate will work to enhance opportunities for Head Start and Early Head Start to increase local, regional and state coordination with programs or agencies that support child care services, health care services, welfare, education, services to children who are homeless. Strong leadership, communication, and collaboration skills are also necessary.  Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Public Administration, Social Work or related field and five (5) years’ experience in the early care and education field and minimum of 5 years of high level work in the field of early learning preferred.  Full time position available.  Some weekly travel to Harrisburg required.  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.  Deadline: July 1, 2013  EOE
    Added by: Mary P. Hall (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/30/2013
    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
    CSEFEL Inventory of Practices
    CSEFEL Inventory of Practices link available at www.pakeys.org > early childhood programs > CQI > scroll down to supporting social emotional competence and addressing challenging behavior:  CSEFEL Inventory of Practices is a teacher self-assessment and action planning tool and identifies practices at each level of the Pyramid Model.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/29/2012
    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
    St. Vincent College Introduces Renewal ECE Director's ONLINE Course for Spring 2013
    Click here for more information.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/5/2012
    CDA Specialist Training Announcement from CDA Council
    Click here to read the announcement.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/19/2012
    New Professional Development Opportunity
    Emerging research confirms the importance of quality management and leadership practices in early child-hood programs. The Program Administration Scale (PAS), an easy to use and reliable tool, can assist pro-gram administration, technical assistance providers, and others in evaluating a program’s practices in ten organizational management areas: human resource development, personnel cost and allocation, center operations, child assessment, fiscal management, program planning and evaluation, family partnerships, marketing and public relations, technology, and staff qualifications. The PAS is an excellent resource for STAR 3 and 4 programs seeking enhanced continuous quality improvement (CQI) opportunities. Attend one of these professional development events to learn more about viewing quality from a broader per-spective and using the PAS to improve the administrative quality of your early childhood program. You will receive an overview of the PAS and learn how to score the PAS tool.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/16/2012
    New Resource for Career Advising
    A newly created Career Resource Guide is available to use when counseling/advising individuals interested in a career working with children.  This comprehensive document provides career possibilities for those new or currently in the field with hotlinks to a wide variety of websites and documents to further explore career choices.  The Career Resource Guide can be used by higher education faculty/staff, high school and career technology counselors, program administrators, Regional Key staff-really anyone supporting people in selecting the career option that best suits their interest and skill set.  Contact Michele Black, CQI Coordinator with questions and/or feedback at: micbla@berksiu.org or (717)213-2068.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/2/2012
    ECE Teacher Quality and ECE Certification News

    Click here to read document.

     


    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/18/2012
    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
    Interest Survey: Action Research Course, Spring 2013
    The PA Key is exploring the option of IHEs offering an Action Research Course where students from across the state will be sharing ideas and their journeys navigating their Action Research projects.  Please click on the Survey Monkey link below if you are interested in possibly having this course in your Spring 2013 course offerings.  Responses are due by September 30, 2012.  Further details will be coming once the data is analyzed.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  There will also be a non-credit cohort option for practitioners as well as this credit bearing opportunity.  As it stands now, I will be facilitating that group, however that decision may depend upon the information your institutions submit.  Thank you for considering participation in this project with us.  Please pass along to others who may not be on my list serve.  If interested, click on the following link:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TVV5DX5.  

    Contact Michele Black, CQI Coordinator with questions at:  micbla@berksiu.org or (717)213-2068.
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    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/13/2012
    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
    New Crib Standards

    Please review the following documents carefully.

     

     


    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/2/2012
    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
    ERS Process Update
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    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 6/15/2012
    Low Cost Online Training Available
    For more details about Low Cost Online Training Available from Better Kid Care;
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/29/2012
    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
    REVISED ERS PA Position Statements Posted!
    Revised ERS PA Position Statements have been posted and are effective July 1, 2012.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 4/10/2012
    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
    Creating Adaptations for Routines and Activities: CARA's Kit for Infants & Toddlers Training

    Participants: Early Intervention teachers and therapists providing home based or itinerant classrooms support to Early Childhood programs and Early Childhood teachers who work with infants and toddlers.

    Register Here!


    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/27/2012
    The PA Key is Moving!
    The Pennsylvania Key will have a new address effective April 1, 2012.  The new address is: 200 N 3rd St, 3rd Flr, Harrisburg, PA 17101.  Applications for Director Credential, School-Age Professional Credential and PQAS should be mailed to this address.  Vouchers will continue to be mailed to the Reading, PA address.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/26/2012
    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
    PA Teacher Certification Examinations

    Effective April 2012, there are changes coming to PA Teacher Certification Examinations. Please see the documents from the PA Department of Education  for further guidance. There are webinars referenced in one of the documents for March 6 and 12 for additional information on the transition.


    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/5/2012
    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
    New Staff Orientation Now Online!
    Penn State Better Kid Care now offers an online version of the New Staff Orientation (NSO). This is the same New Staff Orientation content delivered in our new On Demand format. The On Demand format makes it easy for staff to read the content, watch the video segments and complete the assessments online. A certificate can be printed upon completion of the entire 15-hour NSO. The cost is the same, $5.00 for 15 hours of professional development. The On Demand system has a feature that allows you to pre-pay for lessons, including NSO, and receive a prepayment code to give to staff to use for payment. For more information.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/14/2012
    Staying Informed
    A new feature on the PA Key website allows you to receive email notices whenever something new is posted in the announcements section.  If you would like to unsubscribe from these notices, please log into the Intranet and click Update My Info.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 1/18/2012
    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
    Resources for Instructors & Students of Online Learning
    New resources have been posted for instructors of online learning and students researching online learning.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/7/2011
    The ERS Newsletter for Center-Based Providers
    The purpose of the Environmental Rating Scale newsletter (the ERS) is to provide information related to the ITERS-R, ECERS-R and SACERS scales. The information provided will give insight to specific Items & Indicators in each scale.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/7/2011
    The ERS-F Newsletter for Family Providers
    The purpose of the Family Child Care Environmental Rating Scale newsletter (the ERS-F) is to provide information related to the FCCERS-R scale to help you reach your desired STAR level. The information provided will give insight to specific Items & Indicators in the FCCERS-R scale.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/7/2011
    NEW Family Child Care Section of PA Keys to Quality Website
    Visit the new Family Child Care section of the PA Keys website to find resources and support that are specific to the needs of family child care practitioners. Check back often for updates to this new area.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/12/2011
    Good, Better, Best (GBB) UPDATE!
    A revised version of GBB (for Centers and Groups) was posted to the PA Key website on 9/15/2011. The revised version includes changes to some of the supports in PA and better aligns with the Designator Checklist that will be used in the new version of the Designator Database. Please discard any previous copies. If you have any questions on the changes to the document, please contact Michele Black at the PA Key at 717-213-2068 or email her at micbla@berksiu.org.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/20/2011
    Pennsylvania Infant Mental Health Conference
    Download the flyer with more information.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/17/2011
    Providing Career Advising to Practitioners
    Career Advising Professional Development for Instructors, Technical Assistance Consultants, Higher Ed Faculty and Directors. Join us for an overview of career advising what is it? Why do we need it? What is the role of career advisors and the benefits in providing career advice? Gain strategies in building relationships and strengthening communication with advisees in your everyday work. Download the flyerfor Providing Career Advising To ECE and School Age Practitioners.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 6/24/2011
    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
    Keys to Quality Afterschool
    Keys to Quality Afterschool Spotlighting Best Practice, Tools and Resources in Out-of-School time. Check out this new resource on resiliency for school-age programs.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/2/2011
    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
    Important Message from the PA Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of Certification Services

    As a result of several recent incidents, the Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of Certification Services would like to remind the child care community of the potential harm of illicit drug activity on a child care facility premises to the children receiving care at a child care facility. Using or dealing illicit drugs in a child care facility or on the child care facility premises is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

    Please be aware the Departments regulations at 20.71(b)(1) states: The Department may deny, refuse to renew or revoke a certificate of compliance if a legal entity, owner, operator or staff person has been convicted of a felony. This certainly could include drug related offenses. 20.71(b)(2) states: The Department may deny, refuse to renew or revoke a certificate of compliance if a legal entity, owner, operator or staff person has been convicted of a crime involving child abuse, child neglect, moral turpitude or physical violence. 20.71(b)(4) states The Department may deny, refuse to renew or revoke a certificate of compliance if a legal entity, owner, operator or staff person has evidenced drug or alcohol addiction within the past year, which shall be determined and documented by a licensed physician.

    Please be aware the Departments regulations for family child care homes at 55 Pa. Code 3290.12(d)(1) states: The Department may deny, refuse to renew or revoke a certificate of compliance if a legal entity, owner, operator or staff person has been convicted of a felony. This certainly could include drug related offenses. 3290.12(d)(2) states: The Department may deny, refuse to renew or revoke a certificate of compliance if a legal entity, owner, operator or staff person has been convicted of a crime involving child abuse, child neglect, moral turpitude or physical violence. 3290.12(d)(4) states The Department may deny, refuse to renew or revoke a certificate of compliance if the person evidences drug or alcohol addiction within the most recent 12-month period that is determined and documented by a physician or CRNP.

    The Departments regulations at 55 Pa. Code 3270.32(c), 3280.32(c), and 3290.32(c), relating to suitability of persons in the facility states: The operator may not allow an individual to enter the facility if the operator knows that the individual has been convicted or is awaiting trial on charges involving a crime of child abuse, child neglect, physical violence or moral corruptness.

    In addition, 3270.21, 3280.20 and 3290.18 relating to general health and safety states: Conditions at the facility may not pose a threat to the health or safety of the children. The sale and distribution of an illegal substance in/at the facility by the owner, operator, staff person creates a clear, immediate and serious danger to the life and health of children in care.

    Thank you for caring for Pennsylvanias children.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/29/2011

    Hybrid Director Credential Program
    Click here for more information.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/23/2011
    T.E.A.C.H. 101 for Directors
    Join PACCA for a free webinar on March 17, 2011. Click here for more information.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/15/2011
    Gate Opener RFA Conference Call: March 21, 2011 10-11:30am
    Have questions on the proposal you are developing? Join PA Key staff for an open-ended conference call to discuss the RFA. The call-in number for the Year 3 Gate Opener Question and Answer Session is as follows: 1 (877) 746-4263/ Participant Access Code: 02 07 778#
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/15/2011
    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
    Vendor Applications Available for Building Quality Conference
    For more information and to download the applications.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/9/2011
    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
    Gate Opener RFA-Year 3 Now Open
    The Gate Opener initiative is a joint project of the Office of Child Development & Early Learning (OCDEL) in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Key and the Grable Foundation, the Heinz Endowments and the William Penn Foundation. Proposals should focus on sustainable projects that will support early learning and school age practitioners as they juggle full time employment and returning to higher education institutions for a Bachelors degree or ECE certification. All 4-year institutions of higher education are encouraged to apply. Maximum amount of funding for each project is $20,000. Please direct any questions to Michele Black at micbla@berksiu.org. The following documents will address timelines for question submissions; the bidders' call; and submission guidance and review of timeslines related to the grant:
    1. Gate Opener RFA
    2. Appendix IIIA.B (Practitioner/Enrollment Data)
    3. Appendix IV (Budget)
    4. Appendix V (Outcomes Reporting)

    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/2/2011
    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
    Home Visitation Planning
    The Home Visitation Planning LOI Questions and Answers document and the Home Visitation Organizations Registered for the 12/10 conference call are now available.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 12/22/2010
    Pennsylvania Professional Development Definition and Guiding Principles
    To guide the work of Pennsylvania's comprehensive Early Childhood Education Professional Development System, this resource outlines our Definition of Professional Development and Guiding Principles for Early Childhood Professional Development in the Commonwealth.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 12/21/2010
    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
    Building Quality: Educational Leadership for a Changing World Call for RFPs
    The Office of Child Development & Early Learning and the Pennsylvania Early Learning Keys to Quality are excited to announce the Building Quality: Educational Leadership for a Changing World Conference which will be held on May 22-24, 2011 in State College, PA. We invite instructors to submit an application to present a workshop at this conference by completing the RFP form.

    1. RFP Introduction Letter
    2. RFP Form

    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 12/9/2010
    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
    New Tool Available

    A new tool has been released to provide guidance around how to evaluate early childhood education (ECE) core content in college level coursework. Please refer to the document, ECE Teacher Quality: Recognizing High Quality Core Content in Pennsylvania. In addition, the Pennsylvania Career Lattice was also revised in conjunction with this clarification of policy. These two documents provide a consistent policy statewide on the determination of ECE credits awarded as it relates to the Pennsylvania Career Lattice. Please contact your Regional Key with any questions you may have.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/21/2010

    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
    Please Read: Important Website Information!!!
    On September 30, 2010 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. there was a glitch in the PA Keys to Quality website. Any information that was added, edited or changed may have been lost, this includes but is not limited to creating log-ins, creating users, adding/editing event management, completing reports etc. Please double-check any work that you have done on the websiteduring this time period as you may need to re-do the work. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/30/2010
    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
    Parent Child Interaction Therapy Training Opportunity
    The Department of Public Welfare is requesting applications from licensed outpatient psychiatric clinics to participate in a program to train therapists in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. For more information and to download the materials, click on the links below:

    1. Request for Application
    2. Application Form
    3. Appendix 1A - Description
    4. Appendix 1B - Training Guidelines
    5. Appendix 2- Room Requirements
    6. Appendix 3 - Data Collection

    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/12/2010
    Attention PQAS Instructors-PDII Revised Early Learning Standards & Standards Aligned System
    This session is mandatory for PQAS Instructors who would like to continue instructing on ELS and those who would like to start! Update for instructors on Revised Early Learning Standards module. Instructors will walk through the changes to the workshop and ask any questions about the content. Standards Aligned System (SAS) is a focus of PDE on teacher preparation and best practices in developing EC curriculum. PDII will be held August 25th from 9:00-3:00 at the Harrisburg PATTAN. Register online by logging into the PA Key Intranet.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/6/2010
    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
    Lock Haven University adds ECE Concentration to Online Master's Degree
    Click here for more information.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 7/8/2010
    Early Childhood Behavior Institute
    Registration is open for this exciting event. You can attend the days of your preference, you do not need to attend all four days. Register online at www.pattan.net or click here for more information.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 6/21/2010
    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
    Survey: Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education Proposed
    The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is surveying your interest in obtaining a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education. Your responses will provide support for initiating the proposed program and will guide the design of the program model. Please take a few moments to complete the brief survey
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/13/2010
    ELN Conference Calls for Family & Group Providers
    Click here for more information.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 5/12/2010
    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
    Program-to-Program Articulation
    An update on Early Childhood Program-to-Program Articulation projects is now available.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (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
    Keystone Color Me Healthy Distance Education Available
    A distance education professional development opportunity is now available for those who are unable to attend a face-to-face Keystone Color Me Healthy Training. More information.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/31/2010
    Early Childhood Executive Leadership Institute
    Opportunity for leaders of programs serving children birth through age 8 to learn together as part of a powerful professional development experience: NISL's Early Childhood Executive Leadership Institute bridges the gaps between early learning programs and K-12 schools. More information can be found here.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/29/2010
    English Language Learners (ELL) Toolkit Now Available
    The English Language Learners (ELL) Toolkit is now available for early care and education programs.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/29/2010
    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
    2010-11 Keystone STARS Performance Standards for Family Child Care Homes Now Available!
    More information can be found here.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/8/2010
    Infant-Toddler Report Now Available
    The final report of the Pennsylvania Infant-Toddler Systems Committee of the Early Learning Council has been released. Download the Report Intro. Download the Final Report.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/18/2010
    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
    Learn What's New With the Early Learning Standards

    Learn whats new about the Early Childhood Standards for Infant/Toddler, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. This online training is appropriate for practitioners who work with infants, toddlers, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children in any capacity. This session will highlight why the revisions were made and how to read the new format of the Standards. The connections to the Standards Aligned System will be covered in detail. The webinar can be reviewed in less than two hours. No Act 48 or PQAS hours can be awarded for those participants who view the webinar independently.To obtain the most information from the webinar, participants should have a copy of the Continuum and at least one of the Revised Standards. The Revised Standards are available fordownload.


    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 11/12/2009

    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
    Early Learning Network: A Guide for Parents
    In Pennsylvania, the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) provides funding to a variety of statewide early education programs. Electronic data systems are needed to maintain individual child records and to collect data for improving early childhood programs. The Early Learning Network (ELN)is Pennsylvania's electronic data system for gathering information on early childhood programs and this guide for parents contains more information about the ELN.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/15/2009
    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
    New Recognition & Response Website
    Franklin Porter Graham Child Development Institute announces a website that is designed to provide the most up-to-date knowledge and resources on Recognition & Response (R&R), including highlights from a recent webinar presenting new research findings on the first implementation study on R&R in pre-k classrooms. Check it out
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/14/2009
    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
    Research Synthesis on Infant Mental Health & Early Care & Education Providers
    The Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) recently published a research synthesis, entitled Infant Mental Health and Early Care and Education Providers (n.d.), to answer frequently asked questions that early childhood providers have about Infant Mental Health (IMH), early social and emotional development, and the IMH system. This research is available online.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/5/2009
    Resources for Supporting Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
    The Family Violence Prevention Fund recently released Connect: Supporting Children Exposed to Domestic Violence, a trainer's guide and set of materials designed to help resource families (foster parents and kinship care givers) and others to promote resilience among children who have been exposed to violence. The toolkit includes a curriculum, power points, mini magazines, and optional training videos and Public Service Announcements (PSAs). The materials are available for download. Free copies of the CD can be ordered by emailing childrensteam@endabuse.org.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/5/2009
    ECMH Advisory Committee Recommendations
    On September 1, 2009 the Early Childhood Mental Health Advisory Committee presented its recommendations toDepartment of Public Welfare Secretary Estelle Richman. These recommendations are important steps for sustaining and advancing the momentum to improve healthy social and emotional development for Pennsylvania's youngest citizens that began in February 2006 with the issuance of the Report of the BUILD Infant/Toddler Taskforce.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/3/2009
    Approved Pediatric First Aid-Updated!
    This document will provide more information on what is approved Pediatric First Aid for Keystone STARS.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/3/2009
    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
    New Professional Development Opportunity for PQAS Approved Director Instructors

    This series was developed as a result of a survey conducted by the Office of Child Development & Early Learning, Bureau of Certification, in which respondents overwhelmingly the need for more professional development opportunities on supervision of children.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/13/2009
    School-Age New Staff Orientation-Fee Announcement
    Effective immediately a $5.00 per person fee will be required to review completed School-Age Care New Staff Orientation packets. More information about where to send payment can be found here.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 7/24/2009
    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
    Attention new PA Pre-K Counts Applicants
    The 2009-10 Guidance, Poverty Information, Bidder's Conference & TA Call Registration and ELS announcements referenced in the PA Pre-K Counts guidance, as well as other relevant information can be found by clicking here.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 3/3/2009
    Keystone STARS Provider Survey Results
    As part of its work to continue to strengthen and improve the Keystone STARS program, the Office of Child Development & Early Learning (OCDEL) conducted a provider survey that focused on provider perception of the most beneficial aspects of STARS and on ease of use of the various STARS resources. Click here to view the report.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/19/2009
    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
    Braiding Preschool Funding Tool
    This professional development session is designed for both administrative and fiscal leaders of small and medium size entities that are receiving or that expect to receive various sources of preschool funding from the Office of Child Development and Early Learning. Click here for more information.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 2/10/2009
    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
    Regulatory Amendments

    On May 24, 2008, the Department of Public Welfare published amendments to the regulations for child care centers, group child care homes and family child care homes. The regulatory amendments were effective on September 22, 2008. Click here to view the document.

    From August through October, staff from the Office of Child Development and Early Learning conducted information sessions for child care providers to discuss the regulation amendments. At each of the sessions, OCDEL staff recorded questions from providers. We gathered those questions and additional questions received from other sources into this document. Please note that this document should be read in conjunction with the regulations and is not a substitute for reading the regulations.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 12/1/2008

    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
    Educational Requirements for Select Early Childhood Programs in PA

    Studies have shown that the presence of teachers with a bachelors degree with specialized training in early childhood education leads to better outcomes for young children. In light of these findings, state and federal programs have increased the educational qualifications for teachers and assistant teachers working in early childhood education programs. This chart shows the changes in requirements and the growing need for qualified early childhood education professionals.


    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 10/30/2008

    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
    Work Sampling Online Tutorial
    The Work Sampling Online Tutorial is now available in the Resource section of the PA Pre-K Counts Intranet for PA Pre-K Counts participants. If you have questions or need help logging in, please contact Amber Steich ambste@berksiu.org
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 9/25/2008
    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
    ECE Resources at Public Libraries
    Click here for information for Keystone STARS providers about services available to you at your local public library.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/27/2008
    FBI Clearances FAQ
    The Bureau of Certification Services in the Office of Child Development & Early Learning has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions document regarding the required FBI Clearances.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/27/2008
    STARS Summer Roundtable FAQ
    Click here for a Frequently Asked Questions document that was prepared as a result of Deputy Secretary Harriet Dichter's Summer Roundtable Tour, in which she made personal appearances in all six of our regions. OCDEL as prepared this document with the purpose of clarifying issues or providing additional resources for providers and stakeholders statewide who shared their successes and challenges with Deputy Secretary Dichter. Please direct your questions to your Specialist or local Regional Key.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/27/2008
    Early Learning Facilities Fund - Due Oct 20
    As a result of a partnership between the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), the Fiscal Year Budget 2008-2009 is supporting a new Early Learning Facilities Fund (ELFF). The fund will subsidize some of the costs of constructing or renovating early learning centers who are Keystone STAR 2 or above with special consideration to programs participating in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts. Click HERE for info on how to apply.
    Added by: Kelly Swanson (Pennsylvania Key) , 8/22/2008
    SACC New Staff Orientation Materials Update
    The SACC New Staff Orientation materials have been updated to reflect 1) a change in where materials are to be mailed for review and 2) a change in the definition of "Young school-age child" as per new certification regulations effective September 22, 2008. This resulted in a change to questions 2-7 in Module 2. Updated instructions and workbooks can be obtained by clicking here.
    Added by: Jenn Bender (Pennsylvania Key) , 7/11/2008
    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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