Monthly Archives: August 2021

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Announcement C-21-07: COVID-19 Policy Updates

The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), Bureau of Early Learning Policy and Professional Development and Bureau of Certification have released the Announcement C-21-07: COVID-19 Policy Updates. The purpose of this Announcement is to communicate the release of an Order of the Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Directing [...]

Announcement C-21-07: COVID-19 Policy Updates2021-11-12T10:42:20-05:00

DEADLINE EXTENDED to Participate in the ARTIC Survey

There is still time to participate in the ARTIC Survey! 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 [...]

DEADLINE EXTENDED to Participate in the ARTIC Survey2021-08-31T12:18:53-04:00

Did You Know ARPA Stabilization Grants are Coming?

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) is making American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Stabilization Grants available to eligible child care providers. These grants and the required reporting will be completed in the Professional Development (PD) Registry. Next steps, including eligibility and application details will be shared over the next several weeks. The application will [...]

Did You Know ARPA Stabilization Grants are Coming?2021-08-24T11:27:55-04:00

Farm to School Grant Program Now Open

The Pennsylvania Farm to School Grant Program is open! This program provides funding for schools to improve access to healthy, local foods and increase agriculture education opportunities for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. ARE YOU ELIGIBLE? Any school, program, or center with pre-kindergarten through fifth grade classes, located and operated in Pennsylvania is eligible to apply [...]

Farm to School Grant Program Now Open2021-08-18T10:35:37-04:00

ECE Opportunities

Are you interested in re-entering the work force? Early childhood education may be the right fit for you. As an early childhood education professional, you can make a positive impact on the lives of children and their families. You can help provide a safe and fun learning environment for children. If you would like to [...]

ECE Opportunities2021-08-13T08:24:05-04:00

Rental and Utility Assistance Available Now

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is available for renters of residential properties who are at risk of eviction or utility shutoffs due to hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Landlords can apply for assistance on behalf of tenants and receive assistance directly if the tenant is eligible. ERAP is an unprecedented investment in the [...]

Rental and Utility Assistance Available Now2021-08-13T07:29:53-04:00

Aug. 9 Edition of ECE Recap

Check out the 8/9/21 release of OCDEL's ECE Recap! Get info about PA's $1.2 Million Federal Grant to Promote Maternal and Child Health, Sunset Date for Announcement 20 #15 and more. Click to learn more.

Aug. 9 Edition of ECE Recap2021-08-09T07:18:56-04:00

Sunset Date for Announcement 20 #15

The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has announced the sunset date of Sept. 30, 2021, for Announcement 20 #15, Changes to Policy Regarding Parents/Caretakers Caring for Their Own Children in a Child Care Setting During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Read more.

Sunset Date for Announcement 20 #152021-08-06T12:01:21-04:00

August Edition of PA Early Ed News Now Available

The August 2021 Edition of the PA Early Ed News is now available! Get info on the Pennsylvania Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators (PA PSCECE), how to participate in the ARTIC Survey, watch a demonstration of the new streamlined Keystone STARS Designation System and more.

August Edition of PA Early Ed News Now Available2021-08-04T07:27:07-04:00

Recorded Demonstration of New Streamlined Keystone STARS Designation System Available Now

Recorded Demonstration of New Streamlined Keystone STARS Designation System Available Now 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 invited directors, administrators and owners of child care [...]

Recorded Demonstration of New Streamlined Keystone STARS Designation System Available Now2021-08-03T18:55:42-04:00