PKC and HSSAP Advisory Committee Accepting Applications for New Members

The Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts/Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program Advisory Committee is currently accepting applications for new members. The committee is open to all who represent the interests of prekindergarten programs in Pennsylvania including Montessori, Private Pre-K, Religious affiliated programs and others as appropriate and works to coordinate statewide efforts. Application deadline July 26. Get more […]

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Upcoming Deadlines for Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Applications

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL)’s  Rising STARS Tuition Assistance (RSTA) program (administered by The Pennsylvania Key) helps cover a portion of tuition costs for early childhood professionals. This program has important deadlines quickly approaching for applications: For coursework beginning on or before June 30, 2019, applications must be submitted using the […]

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Online Lunch and Learn Webinar – NEW Features in Pennsylvania’s PD Registry

Thursday, June 27th at 12:00 -1:00 Please join us for a live webinar* to review the new enhancements to Pennsylvania’s online professional development and workforce registry on July 1. What is the PD Registry? The PD Registry is a technology system that functions as a workforce registry. A workforce registry increases the number of high-quality […]

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Inclusive Classroom Profile Professional Development (PD) Coming Soon!

Do you provide/want to provide programming to preschool children with special needs? Are you looking for strategies to successfully include ALL children? If you answered yes, then the Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP) Professional Development event may be just what you were looking for to support your work. The ICP is a Program Observation Instrument that […]

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There’s a new way to request Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC)!

The PA Key has streamlined the process for Keystone STARS programs to request Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) beginning July 1, 2019.  Programs and parents can contact the program leadership directly at PAIECMH@pakeys.org with questions, concerns and request for service forms.  Requests for service forms can also be faxed to (717) 213-3749.

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CDA VOUCHER DEADLINE REMINDERS AND CHANGES FOR FY 2019-20

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE. The Pennsylvania Key coordinates the CDA Assessment Fee Voucher Program, which supplies payment for the CDA Assessment Fee that is required to complete the […]

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Keystone Scholars Helps Families Invest in Child’s Future Education

Beginning in 2019, the Pennsylvania Treasury Department is investing $100 for every baby born or adopted to be used for the baby’s future higher education expenses through the new program, Keystone Scholars. To encourage families to plan early for their child’s future education, Keystone Scholars will provide $100 to all babies born or adopted in […]

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PKC RFA FAQ Now Available

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the PA Pre-K Counts Request for Applications (RFA) is now available on the PA Keys website.

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Changes to Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Beginning July 1, 2019

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) supports the degree attainment for early childhood educators through two scholarship programs in Pennsylvania, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhoodâ PENNSYLVANIA and Rising STARS Tuition Assistance (RSTA). In order to maximize Federal and State funding and streamline the scholarship options in PA, the requirements for eligibility under each program […]

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Application Deadline Extended

The application deadline for the Pennsylvania Department of Education Office of Child Development and Early Learning’s 2019 Prenatal to Grade 3 (P-3) Governor’s Institute: P-3 Collaboration – Working Together for Student Success has been extended to May 9! The P-3 Governor’s Institute can help school districts, early learning providers, and community organizations throughout the commonwealth […]

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