Certification is the first step to Keystone STARS.
Apply to be a certified or registered day care by contacting your regional center of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. This map shows a list of counties within each region.
North Central Regional Office of Child Development & Early Learning
DGS Annex, Hillcrest #53
P.O. Box 2675
Harrisburg, PA 17105
(717) 772-7078 - (800) 222-2117
100 Lackawanna Avenue
Scranton State Office Building
Scranton, PA 18503
(570) 963-4371 - (800) 222-2108
Southeast Regional Office of Child Development & Early Learning
801 Market Street, Suite 5132
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3126
(215) 560-2541 - (800) 346-2929
Western Regional Office of Child Development & Early Learning
11 Stanwix Street, Room 240
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 565-5183 - (800) 222-2149
Questions about the new Child Care Certification Regulations?
The Bureau of Certification Services maintains a Web site where the latest news, documents to help facilities understand changes to the regulations, as well as important information and resources needed to comply with these new regulations may be accessed online at the following address:
One of the most frequently asked questions is about the Child Services Report form. The Bureau of Certification issued an announcement relating to the child service report; it is available on the DPW Web site listed above. Click on “C-08 #06 Approved Child Service Report” form. Open the announcement and refer to the section regarding the acceptable forms that may be used to meet this requirement: see "A. Approved Forms" under the "Discussion" heading.
For further information, check the DPW Web site: http://www.dpw.state.pa.us.
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.