Monthly Archives: March 2021

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Early Childhood Education COVID-19 Funding

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) was awarded funding from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSA). This funding will further support child care providers across Pennsylvania. Child Care Providers are authorized to use CRRSA funds to sustain business operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of uses to [...]

Early Childhood Education COVID-19 Funding2021-03-30T12:33:31-04:00

LearnERS and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)

By Tracy Walter Early in 2019, the PA Key Program Quality Assessment team began orientations in partnership with the Branagh Group to introduce the LearnERS platform. LearnERS helps guide programs through a quality improvement process using the Environment Rating Scales. LearnERS is an online platform offered to center-based programs through a limited number of LearnERS-PA [...]

LearnERS and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)2021-09-27T20:01:21-04:00

Special Initiative for Janssen, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

March 3, 2021: Governor Tom Wolf and the Legislative COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force announced a special initiative to prioritize vaccinating Pennsylvania’s education professionals, including early childhood educators and child care providers. Thank you to all early childhood education (ECE) professionals who participated in the ECE Special Initiative for Janssen, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 Vaccine by [...]

Special Initiative for Janssen, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine2021-03-24T14:29:21-04:00

Still time to register for the Special Initiative for Janssen, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Although the 5:00 pm March 19, 2021, deadline is fast approaching, there is still time for early childhood education (ECE) professionals to participate in the ECE Special Initiative for Janssen, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 Vaccine. ECE program directors should complete the Survey for Immunization Needs by 5:00 pm Friday, March 19, 2021, to provide a count of [...]

Still time to register for the Special Initiative for Janssen, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine2021-03-24T14:28:22-04:00

Deadline Extended for Special Initiative for Janssen, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Early Childhood Education (ECE) professionals who did not submit their information during the initial phase of the Special Initiative for Janssen, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 Vaccine will have the opportunity to register during a second survey collection phase that will be open until 5:00 pm on Friday, March 19, 2021. Information from providers who submitted their registration [...]

Deadline Extended for Special Initiative for Janssen, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine2021-03-18T15:37:53-04:00

PA Voluntary Lead in Child Care and School Drinking Water Testing Program

Governor Wolf will announce a free program that will help schools and child care facilities identify and address potentially harmful lead exposure to children. With federal funding from the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, the Office of Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) launched the Pennsylvania Voluntary Lead [...]

PA Voluntary Lead in Child Care and School Drinking Water Testing Program2021-03-09T07:43:45-05:00

Exclusive Access to PPP Supports for Family- and Center-Based Child Care Businesses With Fewer Than 20 Employees

Deadline for Exclusive Enrollment Period—March 9, 2021, 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) To reach small businesses, such as family- and center-based child care providers, President Biden announced an exclusive Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application period for loans to businesses with fewer than 20 employees and to sole proprietors. Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. [...]

Exclusive Access to PPP Supports for Family- and Center-Based Child Care Businesses With Fewer Than 20 Employees2021-03-09T14:56:30-05:00

Special Initiative ECE Registration Request Form

Thank you for submitting your response to the OCDEL Survey of Immunization Needs. Please forward the Initiative ECE Registration Request Form to all eligible and interested staff link: Click here to access the Special Initiative ECE Registration Request Form. Staff must complete and submit the online form by 12:00 noon, Friday, March 12, 2021, in order [...]

Special Initiative ECE Registration Request Form2021-03-03T15:32:22-05:00

Webinars: Keeping Child Cares Healthy & Safe

A two-part webinar series from the Children’s Environmental Health Network and Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units will be held in March. Both webinars will cover the latest science-based recommendations and best practices for keeping child care settings healthy and safe during the pandemic. The first webinar will cover how to safely clean, sanitize and disinfect [...]

Webinars: Keeping Child Cares Healthy & Safe2021-03-03T15:21:17-05:00

Child Care Ventilation Recommendations

CDC has a resource on ventilation in schools and child care facilities, which pulls information from across various CDC webpages to a centralized location. The resource covers five key strategies schools and child care programs can use to improve ventilation in their programs. Key strategies described in more detail include: 1) Bring in as much [...]

Child Care Ventilation Recommendations2021-03-03T15:20:05-05:00