The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) announces the ability of the Rapid Response Team (RRT) Mini-Grant application. A grassroots and collaborative approach has emerged in several Pennsylvania communities to provide a cross-sector RRT deployed to early childhood education programs when an early care and education program is struggling with the challenging behavior of [...]
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Enrollment is now open for the Fall 2023 online Child Care Health Advocate course (EARL 160-01) offered by Northampton Community College. This unique three-credit hour college course is taught remotely over 10 weeks: October 2 through December 9, 2023, and prepares the Child Care Practitioner to function in the role of a Child Care Health [...]
Bureau of Certification Summer 2023 Newsletter Latest News and Regulatory Updates Disclaimer: Not all regulations are addressed in this newsletter. Providers are required to comply with ALL regulations associated with their facility. Click here to view and print this newsletter.
Getting Children’s Physical Examinations and Health Information Required for Child Care Enrollment: Resources for Parents, Child Care Operators and Partners The PA Health Access Network (PHAN) and the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council report that many individuals on Medical Assistance are currently impacted by waiting for a medical appointment for longer than 4 months New Report: Healthcare Provider Networks [...]
C-23-01: Fire Safety Requirements for Group Child Care Homes (in a residence) and Family Child Care Homes
Announcement C-23-01 Subject: Fire Safety Requirements for Group Child Care Homes (in a residence) and Family Child Care Homes To: Department of Human Services (DHS) Certified Group Child Care Homes (in a residence); Department of Human Services (DHS) Certified Family Child Care Homes; Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs); Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) [...]
PA NAP SACC Wellness Grant Application 2023-2024 Applications due September 15, 2023 PA NAP SACC is seeking licensed child care providers for Pennsylvania Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (PA NAPSACC) Wellness Grant Opportunity. This grant provides an opportunity to engage in a continuous quality improvement process focused on obesity prevention practices and [...]
Click here to view and share the following letter from DHS Acting Secretary Arkoosh and PID Acting Commissioner Humphreys. The Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) have put this survey together to gain an understanding of the insurance market for both foster care and childcare providers. Both Departments have heard about [...]
The Environmental Health Capacity (EHC) Program invites child care professionals to participate in a short nano learning course on air quality. The EHC program is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded program under the Division of Environmental Health Epidemiology (DEHE) with the Pennsylvania Department of Health. EHC seeks to provide outreach and [...]
WIDA Early Years as a membership program for Pennsylvania is ending June 30, 2023. The four current free one-hour, self-paced, WIDA Early Years trainings that are in the PD Registry will no longer be available as of July 1, 2023. WIDA Early Years training coursework must be completed by July 1, 2023, to receive credit [...]
The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) is providing commonsense tips to help people stay healthy while current weather patterns push smoke from wildfires in eastern Canada into communities across the Commonwealth, increasing the average concentrations of fine particulate matter in the air. “Many of us really enjoy spending time outside, however, while the smoke from Canadian wildfires is affecting our air [...]