Monthly Archives: February 2022

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Is Your Email Address Up to Date in Provider Self Service (PSS)?

OCDEL uses email communications targeted to child care operators for important communications. It is critical child care locations maintain an up-to-date email address for the primary point of contact at their program. Looking forward, OCDEL anticipates additional grant and award opportunities in the coming months. To ensure certified child care providers receive complete information on these opportunities, certified child care providers should visit Provider Self [...]

Is Your Email Address Up to Date in Provider Self Service (PSS)?2022-02-22T10:28:26-05:00

2022-23 PA Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program RFA – Action Required

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), through the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), is announcing a competitive Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP) Request for Application (RFA) for fiscal year 2022-23. HSSAP funding is awarded competitively on a five-year grant cycle. FY 2022-23 begins a new five-year cycle. All current HSSAP grantees, [...]

2022-23 PA Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program RFA – Action Required2022-02-15T16:21:28-05:00

Face Coverings: Best Practices and Resources for Child Care Providers Updates

The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) recognizes helping young children to be comfortable wearing face masks and to keep face masks on may be challenging. It is important to help children feel more secure wearing a face mask when around other children and adults. The CDC COVID resource pages are [...]

Face Coverings: Best Practices and Resources for Child Care Providers Updates2022-02-15T16:18:41-05:00

2022-23 Governor’s Executive Budget Overview: OCDEL

On February 8, 2022, Governor Tom Wolf provided his final Executive Budget Address. Over the past eight years, the Governor has included significant investments in early childhood programs. See this year's budget highlights for early childhood programs.

2022-23 Governor’s Executive Budget Overview: OCDEL2022-02-10T15:28:24-05:00

ELRC 22-01: Systems Alignment to the Pennsylvania Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators (PA PSCECE)

Announcement ELRC 22-01 Subject: Systems Alignment to the Pennsylvania Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators (PA PSCECE) To: All Department of Human Services (DHS) Certified Child Care Providers; Early Childhood Education Professionals; Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs); Career Pathway Verifiers and Career Pathway Staff at the Pennsylvania Key; PQAS Approved Instructors; Professional Development Organizations [...]

ELRC 22-01: Systems Alignment to the Pennsylvania Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators (PA PSCECE)2022-06-03T13:23:47-04:00

Register for the 2022 Career Pathway Updates Webinar

The Career Pathway Team at The Pennsylvania Key invites early childhood educators to participate in a brief webinar to be held Feb. 24, 2022, at 1:00pm, to address changes to and features of the Career Pathway verification process.  The webinar will include refresher items to make your process as easy as possible, as well as [...]

Register for the 2022 Career Pathway Updates Webinar2022-02-04T09:01:24-05:00

DOH Early Childhood Education COVID-19 Reporting Options

Department of Health (DOH) Early Childhood Education COVID-19 Reporting Options The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) has provided two (2) options for Department of Human Services (DHS) certified child care facilities to report positive COVID-19 cases, either by email or phone. This resource provides an outline of the process that should be followed when reporting [...]

DOH Early Childhood Education COVID-19 Reporting Options2022-02-15T21:35:52-05:00

Child Care Providers Needed for Online Focus Groups to Share Experiences in Keystone STARS

UPDATE 02/03/2022: SESSIONS ARE NOW FULL! Early childhood education providers working in Pennsylvania child care and having knowledge of, or experience with, the Keystone STARS system are invited to participate in an online focus group. The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) wants to learn more about the experience of leaders of center-based, [...]

Child Care Providers Needed for Online Focus Groups to Share Experiences in Keystone STARS2022-02-03T11:59:10-05:00