Monthly Archives: July 2020

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Announcement: ELRC-20 #12, 2020 Keystone STARS Performance Standards and Program Manual

The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has released the Announcement: ELRC-20 #12 , 2020 Keystone STARS Performance Standards and Program Manual. This Announcement provides information to child care programs regarding the 2020 Keystone STARS Performance Standards. This is an updated policy, providing additional information and replaces ELS-KS-18 #02 Keystone STARS Performance Standards and Program Manual [...]

Announcement: ELRC-20 #12, 2020 Keystone STARS Performance Standards and Program Manual2020-07-31T17:27:41-04:00

New Process to Prevent Expulsion and/or Suspension from ECE Programs

Effective Aug. 1, 2020, there is a new process for early childhood education (ECE) professionals and families to request supports for a child with unique needs or challenging behaviors to help prevent expulsion and/or suspension from ECE programs. In the past, providers and families would call the CONNECT Helpline. Starting Aug. 1, 2020, to request [...]

New Process to Prevent Expulsion and/or Suspension from ECE Programs2020-07-31T10:37:44-04:00

DHS Guidance for Annual Licensing Inspections during COVID-19 Pandemic

AUDIENCE: Licensees subject to Chapter 20 of Title 55 of the Pennsylvania Code. PURPOSE: To announce that the Department of Human Services (DHS) had resumed annual inspections of programs licensed under Article IX or X of the Human Services Code, 62 P.S. §§ 901-922, 1001-1088 and 55 Pa. Code Chapter 20. BACKGROUND: On March 6, [...]

DHS Guidance for Annual Licensing Inspections during COVID-19 Pandemic2020-07-25T02:51:29-04:00

Resumption of Annual Inspections During the COVID-19 Pandemic

AUDIENCE: Licensees subject to Chapter 20 of Title 55 of the Pennsylvania Code. PURPOSE: To announce that the Department of Human Services (DHS) had resumed annual inspections of programs licensed under Article IX or X of the Human Services Code, 62 P.S. §§ 901-922, 1001-1088 and 55 Pa. Code Chapter 20. BACKGROUND: On March 6, [...]

Resumption of Annual Inspections During the COVID-19 Pandemic2020-07-27T08:03:02-04:00

OCDEL Covid-19 FAQ

The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has released the OCDEL COVID-19 FAQ which provides information for those within the child care setting relating to face coverings, COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan Template, child care employees returning from other states, and more. See the OCDEL COVID-19 FAQ for additional details.

OCDEL Covid-19 FAQ2020-07-20T15:03:16-04:00

Restoring CCW Payment Practices

The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has released the Announcement ELRC - 20 #11, Restoring Child Care Works Payment Practices Based on Attendance and Invoicing for All Children . The purpose of this announcement is to provide additional information to child care programs participating in Child Care Works (CCW) and the Early Learning [...]

Restoring CCW Payment Practices2020-07-17T15:12:46-04:00

Hazard Pay Grants

Hazard Pay Grants Now Available for Front-Line Workers in Life-Sustaining Industries Only July 16, 2020,Governor Tom Wolf announced the availability of $50 million in grant funding to help employers provide hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining occupations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hazard pay is intended to keep front-line employees working in vital industry sectors across Pennsylvania. Child care [...]

Hazard Pay Grants2020-07-17T09:13:33-04:00