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 calendar to view opportunities available to you.
PA KEYS TO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RISING STARS TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
ATTENTION RISING STARS TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM APPLICANTS!
*Applications that are complete as of Friday, 12/6/13, AND are payable to institutions of higher education will be paid on or before 12/20/13
*Complete applications that are payable to institutions of higher education and are received between 12/9/13 and 12/13/13 may not be able to be paid until 1/10/14. In this case, a letter from OCDEL will be sent to the college, informing them that you have been approved for the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program and that payment will be sent to them as quickly as possible following the holiday break.
*Payments to individuals or employers for applications that were received and complete as of 12/20/13 will be made in January.
BCIU/PA Key offices will be closed from 12/24/13 through 1/1/14.
NEW PROGRAM (11/04/13)
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. Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program will be replacing the College Tuition Reimbursement Voucher Program.
2013/2014 will provide a transition year from the College Tuition Reimbursement Voucher program to the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance program.
- Individuals who have already submitted a Voucher application and have been approved will receive reimbursement of 95% of the tuition cost without needing to submit any additional information.
- Individuals who are currently taking classes but have not yet applied for the Voucher program may –
- July 1, 2013 through December 20, 2013: Apply for the Voucher Reimbursement program (Download the College Tuition Voucher Application). Online application for the College Tuition Voucher Program will not be available after November 3, 2013. Complete hard copy (paper) application must be received no later than December 20, 2013 OR
- November 4, 2013 through June 30, 2014: Apply for the Tuition Assistance Program (Download the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Application). Online applications for this program will be available starting in December 2013. To access the online application after December 3, 2013, 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.
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.)
Questions? Contact us at 800-284-6031 or PAKeyVoucherProgram@berksiu.org.