Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts Request for Applications Announced-Action Required

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is seeking applicants for Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts. Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts was enacted into law by Act 45 of 2007 (and amended in 2008 and 2010) amending the Public School Code of 1949 (24 P.S. §§ 15- 1511-D—15-1516-D). Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts provides children with the opportunity to experience a high […]

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Recruitment for OCDEL Deputy Secretary

The Department of Human Services is recruiting for a Deputy Secretary for the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL). DHS is looking for a charismatic person with strong leadership skills who will be responsible for the oversight, development and implementation of the Commonwealth’s early childhood programs focusing on child development and early learning […]

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Important Change to Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program Beginning July 1, 2019

In an effort to prioritize limited funds, The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) will be revising eligibility requirements for the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance program. Rising STARS (administered by The Pennsylvania Key) helps cover a portion of tuition costs for early learning professionals. Beginning July 1, 2019, master level degrees will no […]

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P-3 Governor’s Institute Invitation to Apply

The Pennsylvania Department of Education Office of Child Development and Early Learning is pleased to announce the 2019 Prenatal to Grade 3 (P-3) Governor’s Institute: P-3 Collaboration – Working Together for Student Success. The purpose of Pennsylvania’s P-3 Governor’s Institute is to help school districts, early learning providers, and community organizations throughout the commonwealth make […]

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How to Select a High Quality Pediatric First Aid and Infant/Child CPR Training

Did you know: All Pediatric Infant/Child First Aid with CPR Courses should include the following content: Unresponsive infant (less than 1 year of age):  Compress the chest at least 100 times per minute. Unresponsive child 1-8 years of age:  Compress the chest 100 – 120 times per minute. CPR for unresponsive infants and any age […]

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Pennsylvania’s ESSA Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (B – 5)

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has been awarded a Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) grant of $10.5 million for one year. Pennsylvania’s new grant is one of 45 recently announced by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The priority populations for initiatives funded by the PDG are: infants and […]

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Redesigned Raise Your STAR Website Launches

Locating information about Pennsylvania’s Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRC) is now easier than ever. A newly redesigned Raise Your STAR website recently launched, allowing website visitors to search by county or zip code and locate the name, location–including a map–and contact information of their ELRC. Visit the new site at www.raiseyourstar.org.

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SMART Document Uploader Resource and Supporting Webinars

Are you a child care provider looking for an easy way to share documents and information with your Quality Coach or STAR Designator? The new Keystone STARS Document Uploader is a resource developed specifically for you and is designed to do just that: provide an efficient, convenient method to transmit documentation to a Quality Coach as you […]

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PA’s ECE PDO Request for Application #17-18 Released

Pennsylvania’s Early Care and Education Professional Development Organizations Request for Application (RFA) #17-18 Released Applications due March 19, 2019 The PA Department of Human Services has posted the following Solicitation RFA 17-18 . The objective of this RFA is to identify Early Care and Education Professional Development Organizations (“ECE PDOs”)to: Coordinate and facilitate access to credit-bearing, stackable, portable coursework […]

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Pennsylvania’s Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) Request for Application (RFA) #24-18 Released

Pennsylvania’s Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) Request for Application (RFA) #24-18 Released Applications due March 6, 2019 The PA Department of Human Services has posted the following Solicitation RFA 24-18. The purpose of the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) grants, which operate under the administration of the CTF Board and the Department of Human Services (DHS), is to […]

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