The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has available the Toolkit: Opening a Pennsylvania Child Care Facility which can provide information and steps to becoming a certified child care facility.

All prospective providers wishing to start a child care facility, family child care providers, and current providers wanting to relocate their current facility or open a new location must attend an orientation tailored to the type of facility they wish to open. For a child care center or a group home child care, providers must complete an online orientation and contact their Regional OCDEL Certification office to register for the face-to-face orientation.

These orientations cover topics such as how to fill out the application, important necessary documents, clearances, health and safety regulations, and information on child care subsidy, Keystone STARS, and Early Intervention. For more information, read OCDEL’s current steps for the orientation process. Upon completion of these orientations, providers will be given a certificate of completion that is valid for one year.

For more information and help getting started, prospective providers should contact their Regional OCDEL Certification office.

Keystone STARS may also be able to help providers through the beginning stages of certification with Technical Assistance.