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Enroll in myTeachstone for Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) and the Pennsylvania Key invite early learning programs interested in implementing Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) as their chosen Program Observation Instrument (POI) to enroll in myTeachstone. myTeachstone is an online professional development platform that streamlines CLASS implementation. It enhances skills as seen through the lens [...]

Enroll in myTeachstone for Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)2021-04-15T15:57:15-04:00

Special Announcement: Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Update

April 15, 2021: The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) notified all vaccine providers to pause administering doses of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine until at least April 20, 2021. This pause applies to Retail Pharmacy Partners (RPP) who were working to schedule vaccine appointments for the Early Childhood Education (ECE) workforce as part of [...]

Special Announcement: Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Update2021-04-15T14:08:55-04:00

Announcement C-20-12 Revised Interim Guidance for Certified Child Care Facilities Operating During the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning, Bureau of Certification Services and Bureau of Early Learning Policy and Professional Development has released Announcement C-20-12 Revised, Interim Guidance for Certified Child Care Facilities Operating During the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic. This announcement updates Announcement C-20-12 with new content in red and provides certified child care facilities [...]

Announcement C-20-12 Revised Interim Guidance for Certified Child Care Facilities Operating During the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic2021-04-15T07:39:02-04:00

Register Now for Conversations to Support Continuous Quality Improvement

Throughout April and May 2021, the Office of Child Development and Early Learning’s (OCDEL) Bureau of Certification Services is sponsoring a series of virtual conversations with center, group and family child care administrators. These conversations will create a forum to envision opportunities that support the continuous quality improvement (CQI) of early childhood education in Pennsylvania. [...]

Register Now for Conversations to Support Continuous Quality Improvement2021-04-15T07:38:09-04:00

Announcement C-21-01 Waiver of Child Care Facility Regulations

April 1, 2021: The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning, Bureau of Certification Services and Bureau of Early Learning Policy and Professional Development has released Announcement C-21-01 Waiver of Child Care Facility Regulations. This announcement replaces Bulletin 00-11-01, Waiver of Child Care Facility Regulations and informs child care center, group child care home, [...]

Announcement C-21-01 Waiver of Child Care Facility Regulations2021-04-01T15:08:13-04:00

Early Childhood Education COVID-19 Funding

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) was awarded funding from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSA). This funding will further support child care providers across Pennsylvania. Child Care Providers are authorized to use CRRSA funds to sustain business operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of uses to [...]

Early Childhood Education COVID-19 Funding2021-03-30T12:33:31-04:00

Special Initiative for Janssen, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

March 3, 2021: Governor Tom Wolf and the Legislative COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force announced a special initiative to prioritize vaccinating Pennsylvania’s education professionals, including early childhood educators and child care providers. Thank you to all early childhood education (ECE) professionals who participated in the ECE Special Initiative for Janssen, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 Vaccine by [...]

Special Initiative for Janssen, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine2021-03-24T14:29:21-04:00

Still time to register for the Special Initiative for Janssen, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Although the 5:00 pm March 19, 2021, deadline is fast approaching, there is still time for early childhood education (ECE) professionals to participate in the ECE Special Initiative for Janssen, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 Vaccine. ECE program directors should complete the Survey for Immunization Needs by 5:00 pm Friday, March 19, 2021, to provide a count of [...]

Still time to register for the Special Initiative for Janssen, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine2021-03-24T14:28:22-04:00

Deadline Extended for Special Initiative for Janssen, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Early Childhood Education (ECE) professionals who did not submit their information during the initial phase of the Special Initiative for Janssen, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 Vaccine will have the opportunity to register during a second survey collection phase that will be open until 5:00 pm on Friday, March 19, 2021. Information from providers who submitted their registration [...]

Deadline Extended for Special Initiative for Janssen, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine2021-03-18T15:37:53-04:00

PA Voluntary Lead in Child Care and School Drinking Water Testing Program

Governor Wolf will announce a free program that will help schools and child care facilities identify and address potentially harmful lead exposure to children. With federal funding from the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, the Office of Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) launched the Pennsylvania Voluntary Lead [...]

PA Voluntary Lead in Child Care and School Drinking Water Testing Program2021-03-09T07:43:45-05:00