Monthly Archives: June 2021

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Announcement C-21-04, Best Practices for Child Care Facilities Operating During the Novel Coronavirus

June 28, 2021: The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), Bureau of Early Learning Policy and Professional Development and Bureau of Certification, has released the Announcement C-21-04, Best Practices for Child Care Facilities Operating During the Novel Coronavirus. The purpose of this Announcement is to provide certified child care facilities with the [...]

Announcement C-21-04, Best Practices for Child Care Facilities Operating During the Novel Coronavirus2021-07-19T08:22:40-04:00

Help Recruit Families for Exciting Opportunity

Early Childhood Education Leader: Your assistance is requested to share information and assist in recruiting family members to participate in an exciting opportunity!  Pennsylvania families are needed to support and impact early childhood education coursework that is provided at colleges and universities across Pennsylvania. This opportunity is supported by Pennsylvania's Office of Child Development and Early [...]

Help Recruit Families for Exciting Opportunity2021-06-23T07:57:54-04:00

More than 9,000 Pennsylvania Early Childhood Education Professionals have Completed the COVID-19: Protecting Children and Ourselves Course

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, child care providers must pivot quickly and make changes to their policies and procedures, specifically those targeting health and safety, to protect children and themselves. The COVID-19 pandemic has also created a need for increased attention to the mental health and well-being of both children and adults. More than 9,000 [...]

More than 9,000 Pennsylvania Early Childhood Education Professionals have Completed the COVID-19: Protecting Children and Ourselves Course2021-06-17T11:11:20-04:00

Application Fee Refund

The Pennsylvania Key is offering an opportunity to receive a one-time refund of the application fee for any Director Credentials and School-Age Professional Credentials earned between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021. Applications must be submitted by 8AM EDT on Monday, June 28, 2021, for consideration and all applications are subject to approval. Click [...]

Application Fee Refund2021-06-16T13:02:16-04:00

Apply Now for CDA Scholarship

In recognition of the hardships and challenges that the past year has brought upon us, and in partnership with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), the Pennsylvania Key is offering 100 full scholarships to be used to complete Child Development Associate (CDA) coursework through Better Kid Care. To apply for your scholarship, [...]

Apply Now for CDA Scholarship2021-06-16T12:48:06-04:00

Children’s Trust Fund RFA

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) has announced the Request for Applications for Children's Trust Fund. Solicitation due date July 19, 2021. Learn more.

Children’s Trust Fund RFA2021-06-11T07:53:46-04:00

June 10, 2021: Updates on Face Coverings

All children two years and older, and staff must continue to wear face coverings to the extent possible during inside activities at child care while the Secretary of Health Order for Universal Face Coverings is in place. As a reminder, the Universal Face Covering Order is set to expire on June 28, 2021, or when 70 percent [...]

June 10, 2021: Updates on Face Coverings2021-06-10T09:11:26-04:00

Coming soon: Let’s Talk Quality Webinar Series

Let’s Talk Quality Webinar Series! The Pennsylvania Key announces the launch of a webinar series, scheduled to go live July 2021. Join the Program Quality Assessors each month as they discuss topics relevant to your work. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about program quality, ask questions, and share ideas. The series is scheduled [...]

Coming soon: Let’s Talk Quality Webinar Series2021-06-10T08:44:59-04:00

Now Offering Refunds of Director Credential and/or School-Age Professional Credential Application Fee(s)

In recognition of the hardships and challenges of the last year, the Pennsylvania Key is offering an opportunity to receive a one-time refund of the application fee for any Director Credentials and School-Age Professional Credentials earned between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. To apply for this refund, select the appropriate credential below and [...]

Now Offering Refunds of Director Credential and/or School-Age Professional Credential Application Fee(s)2021-06-03T16:20:08-04:00