The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) invites Administrators or Supervisors who provide supervision to early childhood professionals, working with or supporting children ages 0 through 8 and their families, to participate in the Attitudes Towards Trauma-Informed Care (ARTIC) Survey. The ARTIC Survey is a three-year project that will help guide [...]
Register for Upcoming Live Demonstration of New Streamlined Keystone STARS Designation System On October 1, 2021, the new process for Keystone STARS pre-designation and designation applications launches in to Pennsylvania’s Professional Development (PD) Registry. Moving more functionality into the PD Registry streamlines multiple processes into one system and designation for providers. The PD Registry team [...]
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This message is in English and Spanish. Para leer este mensaje en español, desplácese hasta la versión en inglés. Share Your Experience as a Child Care Professional during COVID-19 with Yale University School of Medicine for a Chance To Win $500! Dear Child Care Professional, Child care providers have had it rough during the COVID-19 [...]
The Guidance for Operating Child Care Programs during COVID-19 CDC page was created on July 9, 2021. and OCDEL has updated the CDC guidance links in C-21-04. For more info, please see the Announcement C-21-04, Best Practices for Child Care Facilities Operating During the Novel Coronavirus.
Now is the time for early childhood educators to register to participate in an Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs) Listening Session. The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) is seeking stakeholder input related to the ELRC model. What is working with ELRCs? Are there gaps in the current system of ELRCs? Early [...]
July 12, 2021: Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning, Bureau of Early Learning Policy and Professional Development and Bureau of Certification have released the Announcement C-21-05, Obsolete Certification Announcements for Certified Child Care Providers. This Announcement provides updated information to certified child care providers who are impacted by announcements issued as a result of [...]
As COVID-19 continues to impact the nation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to assess data and, as appropriate, update their guidance. New guidance was recently issued and we encourage everyone to take a moment to review the Key Takeaways - COVID-19 Guidance for Operating Early Care and Education/Child Care Programs [...]
July 7, 2021: The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning, Bureau of Early Learning Policy and Professional Development has released the Announcement 21 #05, Keystone STARS During the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Announcement provides updated information to all Licensed Child Care Facilities and other Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs participating in [...]
The enacted 2021-22 budget continues to demonstrate Governor Tom Wolf’s commitment to supporting early childhood care and education in the commonwealth. Below are details regarding OCDEL’s program budgets for 2021-22. In addition, available summary level detail regarding the amounts and uses of all federal stimulus dollars received related to the COVID-19 pandemic are included for each [...]
The July 2021 edition of the PA Early Ed News is now available. Get information on the 2021-22 Enacted Budget Overview for Office of Child Development and Early Learning, how the Child Tax Credit is helping families, best practices for child care facilities operating during the novel Coronavirus and more. Sign up to get the [...]