Pennsylvania child care providers! OCDEL wants to hear about your successes & challenges as you operate during the pandemic. This survey is voluntary and takes less than 10 minutes. Your info is important! The survey is open until 9/8. Click here to take the survey.
Today, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, is the launch of the Licensed Facility COVID Data Collection Tool! Starting today, OCDEL is transitioning to the online Licensed Facility COVID Data Collection Tool for new cases/changes in status. Click here to find out what important information Pennsylvania child care providers need to know about this new tool.
Announcement C-20-11: Non-Licensed Part-Day School Age Child Care (SACC) Program or Learning Pod Notification of Operation
The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) collaborated with numerous agencies to development a comprehensive system to ensure school-age children can access reliable child care. The following announcement will help providers and families understand how to navigate where care can be found and expectations are for providing care. Non-Licensed Part-Day School Age Child Care Program [...]
If you're a Pennsylvania child care provider, there's important information you should know about the Licensed Facility COVID Data Collection Tool. Beginning Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, OCDEL will transition to an online response tool – the Licensed Facility COVID Data Collection Tool – for reporting of new active cases. You no longer need to notify [...]
Announcement C-2-04 Revised Suspension of Regulatory Requirements for Certified Child Care Facilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has released the Announcement C-2-04 Revised Suspension of Regulatory Requirements for Certified Child Care Facilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic. It announces that the Department of Human Services (Department) has suspended certain regulations in 55 Pa. Code Chapters 3270, 3280 and 3290 effective March 6, 2020. This [...]
Department of Human Services Releases Penn State Study on Impact of COVID-19 on Pennsylvania’s Child Care Providers
Harrisburg, PA - Today, Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller released a Penn State University study of COVID-19’s impact on Pennsylvania’s child care industry. The study, completed by researchers at Penn State Harrisburg’s Institute of State and Regional Affairs, includes recommendations for distribution of a third round of CARES Act funding to ensure that [...]
As part of the commonwealth’s response to the Novel Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) issued guidance to assist all local education agencies (LEAs) with developing and implementing local Health and Safety Plans to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Health and Safety Plans must take into consideration unique factors of each LEA related to the [...]