early learning in PA
Find out information about the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program.
Pennsylvania Educator Certification Test (PECT)
Visit the Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests website to find out information on the tests required for PA Teacher Certification for PreK-4th grade.
Currently, the Pennsylvania Educator Certification Test (PECT) covers PreK-4.
Early Learning Research
The Office of Head Start, National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness has published a series of briefs, Importance of Home Language Series (February 2013). The series, available in English and Spanish, provides early care and education program staff and families with easy to read information on topics related to:
Positive Development of Young Minority Children: The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) has issued a two-page policy brief, Highlighting the Positive Development of Minority Children (October 2013). The brief 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. It states that a focus on adversity of young minority children and their families have unintended consequences of drawing attention from the strengths and assets that minority families bring to raising healthy children. The SCRD brief also summarizes a 2013 Social Policy Report, Positive Development of Minority Children, by Natasha Cabrera and the SRCD Ethnic and Racial Issues Committee.
Cultural, Linguistic and Ability Diversity (CLAD): Evidence-Based Approaches to Building Quality for Diverse Young Learners in State Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). In the 2011 Early Learning Challenge/Race to the Top application criteria made numerous references to the need to emphasize responsiveness to effectively serving children who are culturally, linguistically and ability diverse CLAD) and their families as well as the importance of integrating this into all components of a tiered quality rating and improvement system. Pennsylvania responded to BUILD invitation to apply for a technical assistance grant that focused on building greater cultural and linguistic and ability competence into a QRIS; and participated in a six month long web-based interactive professional development aimed at using CLAD lens to examine States’ current practices in relation to all components of their QRIS, identify gaps and use the new knowledge and resources provided to support change and improvements in their practices.
As a result of Pennsylvania’s participation in the BUILD Learning Table, the PA team developed a Diversity Framework with accompanying documents covering cultural diversity, linguistic diversity/ linguistic competence and ability diversity. The Office of Child Development and Early Learning and the Pennsylvania Key encourage all its partners, including the higher education community, to use the Diversity Framework in its organization and institutional practices, course offerings and its work with children and families. Click here to access and download the PA learning Table team’s work and the Office of Child Development & Early Learning approved Diversity Framework.
- children learning two or more languages
- the benefits of being fully bilingual
- the importance of maintaining children’s home language.
Click HERE to access and download the series. Young Immigrant Children, the Immigrant Paradox and Academic Success (July 15, 2013, Learning the Language Blog)
Higher Education Early Learning E-LEarning newsletter
The Higher Education, Early Learning Updates Newsletter for the higher education community aims to:
- Enhance communication between the higher education community, Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) and the PA Key
- Provide the higher education community with important early learning initiative updates from OCDEL and the PA Key
- Provide valuable information for use in work with early care and education students.
Early learning updates will be published three times a year: in the Fall, Winter and Spring. Feedback on this e-newsletter and suggestions for future featured information are welcome and should be sent to Dr. Bernadine Ahonkhai at email@example.com.
Higher Education, Early Learning Updates Newsletter
Pennsylvania Director Credential
For additional information on obtaining a Director Credential, view the Degrees & Credential page.
Gate Opener program