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Register for Live Demonstration of New Streamlined Keystone STARS Designation System

Register for Live Demonstration of New Streamlined Keystone STARS Designation System On July 1, 2022, the new process for Keystone STARS pre-designation and designation applications launches in Pennsylvania’s Professional Development (PD) Registry. Moving more functionality into the PD Registry streamlines multiple processes into one system and designation for providers. Read the full ELRC-22-03 (pakeys.org/elrc-22-03) Announcement. Attend [...]

Register for Live Demonstration of New Streamlined Keystone STARS Designation System2022-06-17T18:50:22-04:00

Available Now! 2022 Keystone STARS Performance Standards Recorded Webinar

Available Now! 2022 Keystone STARS Performance Standards Recorded Webinar A recorded webinar on the 2022 Keystone STARS Performance Standards has been developed and is now available on the Pennsylvania Key's YouTube.  The webinar provides information on the updates and edits that have been made to the 2022 Keystone STARS Performance Standards.  As a [...]

Available Now! 2022 Keystone STARS Performance Standards Recorded Webinar2022-06-06T09:39:33-04:00

Behavioral Help for Early Childhood Programs in PA to Prevent Suspension & Expulsion

May 31, 2022. The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has released two documents to support the efforts of Pennsylvania early childhood program leaders to eliminate suspension and expulsion for young children. Within the document, Preventing Suspension & Expulsion in Pennsylvania Early Childhood Programs, An Early Childhood Program Leader’s Guide, find resources addressing [...]

Behavioral Help for Early Childhood Programs in PA to Prevent Suspension & Expulsion2022-05-31T11:07:04-04:00

UPDATED: Important Info Regarding the Effect of Act 12 of 2022 on Provisional Hiring Practices

Important Information from the Bureau of Certification Services Regarding the Effect of Act 12 of 2022 on Provisional Hiring Practices (Updated May 27, 2022) On Feb. 17, 2022, Governor Tom Wolf signed HB 764 into law as Act 12 of 2022 (Act 12). Act 12 amended the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) to allow most employers to [...]

UPDATED: Important Info Regarding the Effect of Act 12 of 2022 on Provisional Hiring Practices2022-05-27T13:22:22-04:00

Submit Your T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Application for the Fall 2022 Semester

ECE Professionals interested in attending college for the Fall semester that begins this August should apply to T.E.A.C.H. now! T.E.A.C.H. applications must be complete and submitted with all required documentation/information by Friday, July 8, 2022, to be considered for the Fall 2022 semester. PACCA will continue to accept applications on an ongoing basis, however incomplete applications and applications [...]

Submit Your T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Application for the Fall 2022 Semester2022-05-24T12:33:28-04:00

Open Position: Pre-School Program Specialist at The Pennsylvania Key

Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU) is accepting applications for an open Preschool Program Specialist position with the Pennsylvania Key. This full-time position provides support and monitors preschool sites to help meet the quality standards established by Pennsylvania's Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL). This position serves Southeast Pennsylvania including Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware [...]

Open Position: Pre-School Program Specialist at The Pennsylvania Key2022-05-24T11:51:29-04:00

Work Force Support Grant Opportunity

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 [...]

Work Force Support Grant Opportunity2022-05-16T13:11:26-04:00

OCDEL Releases ELRC Announcement 22-04

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 [...]

OCDEL Releases ELRC Announcement 22-042022-05-23T17:21:08-04:00

ELRC 22-04: 2022 Keystone STARS Performance Standards and Program Manual

Announcement ELRC 22-04 Subject: 2022 Keystone STARS Performance Standards and Program Manual To: All Keystone STARS Providers; Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs); and the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) ELRC Program Representatives From:  Tracey Campanini Deputy Secretary, Office of Child Development & Early Learning Issue Date: May 16, 2022 Last Updated: May [...]

ELRC 22-04: 2022 Keystone STARS Performance Standards and Program Manual2022-05-25T09:32:20-04:00

OCDEL Provides Updates To ELRC 22-03 Announcement

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 [...]

OCDEL Provides Updates To ELRC 22-03 Announcement2022-05-23T20:26:24-04:00