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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Pennsylvania’s Home Visiting Program for Families

Babies don’t come with instruction manuals, and sometimes it can be hard to make decisions when it comes to their care.  A new baby can be stressful if families don’t have help. In Pennsylvania, Home Visiting services can be a great answer for families who are looking for help. Visits are based on the needs […]

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Ready to Start Task Force Presents Initial Findings to Governor Wolf

Governor Tom Wolf’s Ready to Start Task Force, established in September to develop a four-year framework of strategies to address health, human services, and education policy for infants and toddlers age zero to three in Pennsylvania, announced its key themes and initial findings on December 18, 2018. The key themes and initial findings were developed following six […]

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A Leader’s Mind Matters

As a leader, do you walk the talk? This recent article by Dr. Marnie Aylesworth highlights what many leaders with good intentions might miss–A step that involves actively taking care of ourselves and one that can positively strengthen the area of the brain responsible for the executive functioning skills leaders need in order to really […]

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T.E.A.C.H. and Rising STARS Funding Update for 2018-2019

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) is deeply committed to investing in the early care and education workforce’s educational attainment.  OCDEL’s tuition assistance funds both the T.E.A.C.H. (administered by PACCA) and Rising STARS (administered by the PA Key) programs. Although OCDEL expanded funding for T.E.A.C.H. and Rising Stars this fiscal year, the demand for […]

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