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OCDEL Deputy Secretary Brown Shares New Year Message

As we welcome 2024, I want to take the time to thank those who the work each and every day on behalf of the Commonwealth’s children, families and early learning professionals. Every day brings challenges, yet you all continue to show up for Pennsylvania’s children and families.

As the OCDEL Deputy Secretary, I appreciate every person who has provided professional care, safety and supportive learning environments to the Commonwealth’s young children and their families, and to those who have contributed efforts in getting resources and supports into the hands of families and providers. I see so many of you working collaboratively to create policies and regulations, and supports and services, while ensuring the health, safety and education for all of those in care. Your work and efforts do not go unrecognized! 

It is an honor to work beside so many dedicated Pennsylvania professionals to ensure our children and families have safe and reliable early learning opportunities. Throughout November and December 2023, OCDEL co-hosted listening sessions with the Start Strong campaign. I remain committed to hearing from early learning professionals and families, and providing opportunities to hear feedback and have honest conversations. As we move forward into the New Year, I want to wish you all the very best 2024! 


Shante’ A. Brown, OCDEL Deputy Secretary


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