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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:

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Click here to read the December 2013 Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program Frequently Asked Questions.

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.  Complete hard copy (paper) application must be received no later than December 20, 2013 OR
    • November 4, 2013 through December 31, 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.

    Please click here to view a SAMPLE APPLICATION for the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program.

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.


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 RisingSTARSTuition@berksiu.org.



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.

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