The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) is offering Work Force Support Grants to Department of Human Services (DHS) certified child care providers through the Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRC). Information about the grant, grant funding, eligibility, how to apply, and the application, can be found on the Work Force Support Grants page on the [...]
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On May 16, 2022, the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL)'s Bureau of Early Learning Policy and Professional Development released the ELRC 22-04: 2022 Keystone STARS Performance Standards and Program Manual announcement. The full announcement breaks down the updates to the standards from 2020 and provides updated documents including: the 2022 Keystone [...]
On May 13, 2022, the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL's) Bureau of Early Learning Policy and Professional Development released an updated version of the ELRC 22-03: Streamlined Keystone STARS Designation System within the Pennsylvania (PA) Professional Development (PD) Registry announcement. Updates made to the original announcement are indicated in red text [...]
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is creating a strategic roadmap for embedding equity, inclusion and belonging into every aspect of our work. This work includes a partnership with you. There are amazing practices happening in early childhood, libraries, K-12, community organizations, and post-secondary institutions. PDE invites early childhood education (ECE) programs to consider submitting [...]
This year, it’s particularly critical to ensure families get back on track for routine checkups and recommended vaccinations following disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether a child is behind on a vaccine, missing several, or completely unvaccinated, now is the time to strongly encourage families to get their child caught up on childhood vaccinations. This [...]
Announcement C-22-04 Updated Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning Regulations and Requirements for Child Care Facilities
The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) Bureau of Early Learning Policy and Professional Development and Bureau of Certification Services have released the Announcement C-22-04 Updated Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning Regulations and Requirements for Child Care Facilities. This Announcement updates policy on federal requirements for Child Care and Development Block Grant [...]
The Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission PA ELIC) will feature leading expert, Dr. Jack Shonkoff, Director for the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, at this year's Early Learning Economic Summit on May 10. This year's summit is on May 10, 2022, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and will be held virtually. PA [...]
The Berks County Intermediate Unit is accepting applications for a Certification Bureau Manager. This full-time position is within the Bureau of Certification Services (BCS) under the direction of the Department of Human Services and the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL). The purpose of this position is to serve as a high-level support to the [...]
Is your child care or early learning program making it easy for families to contact you when they locate your information via the child care search in COMPASS? The COMPASS search feature provides information for quick and easy contact once a child care or early learning program is selected in a search. Did you know [...]
Free Webinar: Breastfeeding: Supporting Families in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Child Care Settings
Join this exciting opportunity for ECE providers as the PA AAP ECELS and First Food programs have collaborated to offer a FREE Webinar: Breastfeeding: Supporting Families in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Child Care Settings on Wednesday April 6, 2022, from 1-2:30pm. Designed for early care and education (child care) program directors and staff, group [...]