Important Update Regarding PA’s Certification Regulation Rewrite Project

OCDEL is now inviting the larger early childhood community to provide and submit feedback on the rewrite Pennsylvania’s child care certification regulations, using the OCDEL Certification Regulation Rewrite Project Feedback Tool by August 19, 2022. This is not a formal public comment period and is meant to be an extra level of engagement with the […]

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ELRC 22-05: Sunset or Obsolete Keystone STARS Policy Announcements

Announcement ELRC 22-05 Subject: Sunset or Obsolete Keystone STARS Policy Announcements To: All Department of Human Services (DHS) Certified Child Care Providers; All Keystone STARS Providers; Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs); the Pennsylvania Key (PA) Staff; and the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) ELRC Program Representatives From:  Tracey Campanini Deputy Secretary, Office […]

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No-Cost Early Literacy Materials for Pennsylvania Early Learning Programs from Office of Commonwealth Libraries

The Office of Commonwealth Libraries has developed a series of print resources to share early literacy tips with families and caregivers of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. These brochures are available at no cost to Pennsylvania early learning programs. The materials include: Healthy Bodies Brochure: A great selection of books that promote healthy eating or gives […]

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Changes to Environment Rating Scale (ERS) Self-Paced Professional Development in the PD Registry

As of July 1, 2022, the Pennsylvania Key no longer offers the self-paced Environment Rating Scale (ERS) online courses for ITERS-R, ECERS-R, ECERS-3, SACERS-U, FCCERS-R in Pennsylvania’s Professional Development (PD) Registry. ERS PD is still offered in-person and virtually through the Program Quality Assessment team. Anyone who purchased an ERS Online Course prior to June […]

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C-22-05: Obsolete Bureau of Certification Services Policy Announcements

Announcement C-22-05 Subject: Obsolete Bureau of Certification Services Policy Announcements To: All Department of Human Services (DHS) Certified Child Care Facilities; Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) Bureau of Certification Services Staff; and Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs) From:  Tracey Campanini Deputy Secretary, Office of Child Development & Early Learning Issue Date: July […]

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PQA Team to Host Business Administration Scale (BAS) Community of Practice (COP) Cohorts

The Pennsylvania Key’s Program Quality Assessment (PQA) team invites Family Child Care Providers and Group Child Care Providers in a residential building to join a Business Administration Scale (BAS) Community of Practice (CoP) cohort. This opportunity is for providers who want to enhance their knowledge of the Business Administration Scale (BAS), gain a deeper understanding […]

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2022 Child Care Market Rate Survey

The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) is asking all licensed child care facilities to share information about tuition rates and the true cost of care. OCDEL, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Key and the Institute of State and Regional Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg, invites all licensed child care facilities to […]

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Recorded Demonstration of New Streamlined Keystone STARS And More Resources Available Now!

Recorded Demonstration of New Streamlined Keystone STARS And More Resources Available Now!   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. […]

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FDA: Do Not Use Baby Neck Floats Due to the Risk of Death or Injury

June 28, 2022: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning parents, caregivers, and health care providers not to use neck floats with babies for water therapy interventions, especially with babies who have developmental delays or special needs, such as spina bifida, spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1, Down syndrome, or cerebral palsy. The use […]

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OCDEL Kicks Off the Summer Learning and Literacy Road Trip

On June 8, 2022, the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) kicked off the virtual Summer Learning and Literacy Road Trip. During June – August 2022, early childhood educators, community partners, and families with young children can discover highlighted Pennsylvania libraries and the resources available to support early literacy and learning. Early […]

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