The Commonwealth recently announced (click here to access the press release) the selection of a vendor for the Resource Information and Services Enterprise – or RISE PA – the upcoming statewide resource and referral tool. When fully implemented, anyone in Pennsylvania will be able to access this tool from their personal computers, tablets, and mobile [...]
Everyone's story is unique, and hearing stories from other families and early childhood education (ECE) professionals can provide information, inspiration, encouragement and support. PA's Promise for Children wants to celebrate families and ECE professionals during April's Month of the Young Child. Sharing a story is easy! Please consider sharing your story and encouraging families within [...]
The Feb. 22, 2021 ECE Recap is now available. Get the latest early childhood education information!
The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), Bureau of Early Learning Policy and Professional Development, has released the Announcement ELRC 21-#02 Increase to Child Care Works Base Payment Rates. The Announcement announces an increase to base rates paid to providers participating in Child Care Works (CCW). Base payment rates are also known [...]
New Flowcharts: Keystone STARS Designation Maintenance for Facilities Temporarily Closed Due to COVID-19
Two flowcharts are now available to aid Pennsylvania early childhood educational programs in determining next steps when programs are temporarily closed due to COVID-19. View the Announcement from Dec. 21, 2020, then the Reopening of Certified Child Care Facilities Temporarily or Permanently Closed Due to COVID-19 Flowchart (PDF) or the Reopening of Keystone STARS [...]
The Feb. 8, 2021 ECE Recap is now available. Click here to read.
Better Kid Care Online Modules to Fulfill Health and Safety PD Requirement ¡Y también disponsible en Español! – Updated Feb. 2021
Better Kid Care Online Modules to Fulfill Health and Safety PD Requirement ¡Y también disponsible en Español! - Updated Feb. 2021 On behalf of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), the Pennsylvania Key and Penn State's Better Kid Care collaborated in 2018 to create new online courses to meet the requirements for [...]
Feb. 5, 2021: The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) released the Special Announcement: 2021-22 Governor’s Executive Budget Overview, Office of Child Development and Early Learning. Click to read.
The February 2021 Edition of the PA Early Ed News is now available. Click here to read.
The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has released the Announcement DS 21-01 Monitoring Coordination Across Dually Licensed Programs and Programs with PA Pre-K Counts and Head Start Supplemental Assistance Programs. The Announcement clarifies the distinction of and interaction between Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) licensed programs, PDE funded programs, and Department of [...]