The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) supports the professional development efforts of early childhood and school-age practitioners in many ways:
Low cost professional development opportunities
Click here to log in, and go to the professional development registry to view opportunities available to you.
PA KEYS TO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RISING STARS TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Click here to read the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program Frequently Asked Questions.
From June 23, 2014, through August 15, 2014: Office hours for the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program will be Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Staff will not be available on Fridays during this time period.
Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program
The RISING STARS TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM pays 95% of tuition costs for eligible college coursework taken by early learning professionals, with a maximum benefit of $4,500 per individual each fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). The program covers tuition costs only, and does not include books, materials, or fees.
Apply for the Tuition Assistance Program (Download the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Application). To access the online application, please login to your pakeys.org account using the login tab on the top right of this page. Once logged in, please select the "Voucher Requests" link on the left-hand side of your screen. Then click on the "Apply online" link that will be available in the box on the upper right-hand corner of the screen and complete the application.
Notice regarding 14/15 Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program Applications:
Please note that we will not be able to begin to approve applications for the 14/15 fiscal year until the state budget is passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor. We will continue to review applications as they are received, but no applications will be approved until a state budget is in place. This is a routine procedure for state-funded programs.
Please click here to view a SAMPLE APPLICATION for the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program.
*Applications for courses where payment is required prior to July 1, 2014 must be received in complete form by the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance office before June 27, 2014. Incomplete applications will be denied on June 30, 2014.
Rising STARS Facility Supplement
Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program - Facility Supplement is contingent on the availability of funds. Rising STARS Tuition Assistance - Facility Supplement requests will be processed based on submission dates of complete applications each semester. Incomplete applications cannot be processed and will be returned. Please click here to access the application. Applications from students enrolling in classes will be given priority for processing and approval.
Questions? Contact us at 800-284-6031 press option # 4 or RisingSTARSTuition@berksiu.org.
PA KEYS TO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT VOUCHER PROGRAM
The CDA ASSESSMENT FEE VOUCHER PROGRAM supplies payment for the CDA Assessment Fee that is required to complete the CDA Assessment process. The full CDA Assessment Fee of $425 is paid directly to the Council for Professional Recognition. This program does not reimburse individuals.
The Voucher Program for the CDA Assessment Fee is a two-step process. The first step is to apply for a voucher – the application form can be found below. Applications are then reviewed and are either approved or denied. Individuals whose applications are approved receive a voucher in the mail, which they must send to the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, DC, along with the CDA Application. The Council is then paid directly by the PA Key.
To apply for CDA Assessment Fee Voucher - Download the CDA Assessment Fee Voucher Application.
Special Note, November 2013: The CDA Assessment Fee Voucher Program will continue to operate as it has been for the past several years; no changes are being made to this program.
If you are receiving funds from the Keys to Quality System through the Regional Keys, you are not eligible for the voucher program. (Some exclusions may apply.)
*CDA Vouchers will not be reviewed for approval during the month of June. Applications received after May 31, 2014 will be reviewed after July 1, 2014.
Questions? Contact us at 800-284-6031 press option # 5 or RisingSTARSTuition@berksiu.org.
Tuition Discount at Point Park University
Point Park University is offering 34% 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.