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 [...]
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 [...]
(Obsolete) Announcement C-21-07 Subject: COVID-19 Policy Updates To: Certified Child Care Providers Early Learning Resource Centers Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) Staff From: Tracey Campanini Deputy Secretary, Office of Child Development & Early Learning Issue Date: Aug. 31, 2021 Effective Date: Sept. 7, 2021 End Date: Dec. 10, 2021 (Obsolete) View full [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Early Childhood Education (ECE) Offers Work Force 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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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.
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.