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Everyone's story is unique, and hearing stories from other families and early childhood education (ECE) professionals can provide information, inspiration, encouragement and support. PA's Promise for Children wants to celebrate families and ECE professionals during April's Month of the Young Child. Sharing a story is easy! Please consider sharing your story and encouraging families within [...]
Effective Aug. 1, 2020, there is a new process for early childhood education (ECE) professionals and families to request supports for a child with unique needs or challenging behaviors to help prevent expulsion and/or suspension from ECE programs. In the past, providers and families would call the CONNECT Helpline. Starting Aug. 1, 2020, to request [...]
Beginning April 2020, the Pennsylvania Key will administer reimbursement stipends for foreign degree evaluations on behalf of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL). This stipend will cover any foreign transcripts that were processed through an evaluation service* between 7/1/2019 -6/30/2020 and will cover up to $150.00 per evaluation per individual. *Evaluation service [...]
The Pennsylvania Key will administer reimbursement stipends for foreign degree evaluations on behalf of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL). This stipend will cover any foreign transcripts that were processed through an evaluation service* since July 2019 and will cover up to $150.00 per evaluation per individual as long as funding is [...]
Did you know: 1,400+ early childhood education providers shared info in the June survey 1,200+ early childhood education providers shared info in the July survey 1,100+ early childhood education providers shared info in the August survey The 2019 novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has had significant impacts on the child care provider community beginning in March 2020. The Office of [...]
Early Childhood Education (ECE) Professionals Pennsylvania's Professional Development (PD) Registry supports the professional growth of Early Childhood and School-Age Professionals by serving as a one-stop shop to: Track employment, education and training history; Plan professional development including access to an easy to use self-assessment tool; and Find statewide quality professional [...]
Keystone STARS Eligibility Requirements - Making the Commitment to Quality All participating early care and education programs can receive technical assistance to support continuous quality improvement. Certified and compliant programs are welcomed to Keystone STARS by receiving STAR 1 designation. Programs such as Early Head Start and Head Start programs and Pennsylvania Department of Education [...]
Register for Upcoming Live Demonstration of New Streamlined Keystone STARS Designation System On October 1, 2021, the new process for Keystone STARS pre-designation and designation applications launches in to Pennsylvania’s Professional Development (PD) Registry. Moving more functionality into the PD Registry streamlines multiple processes into one system and designation for providers. The PD Registry team [...]
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that his administration will make a $10 million investment in Pennsylvania’s children through a workforce development program that will help early childhood workers gain valuable credentials and advance their professional careers. “It’s imperative that we support early childhood workers with career training and advancement opportunities,” Gov. Wolf said. [...]