If you would like to connect directly with the Bureau of Certification Services, all questions and correspondence should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can connect with your Regional Office. View the Regional Map here. The Bureau of Certification Services is responsible for the regulation of all child care centers, group day care [...]
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OCDEL has received numerous requests for clarification around the daily update provided by Governor Wolf and Secretary Levine related to COVID-19. Press announcements are posted on the Governor's website. Daily briefings are generally held at 2 p.m. and can be streamed here. On March 19, 2020 the Governor announced the Closure of All Businesses That Are Not [...]
The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has begun the planning process with the regional Professional Development Organizations (PDOs). The PDOs were created to coordinate and facilitate access to credit-bearing coursework and credentials for the early childhood education (ECE) workforce. Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) was selected for the Philadelphia and Southeast (Bucks, [...]
Now Offering Refunds of Director Credential and/or School-Age Professional Credential Application Fee(s)
In recognition of the hardships and challenges of the last year, the Pennsylvania Key is offering an opportunity to receive a one-time refund of the application fee for any Director Credentials and School-Age Professional Credentials earned between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. To apply for this refund, select the appropriate credential below and [...]
New CDA Cohorts While PDOs Implement in Pennsylvania Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) is implementing statewide Professional Development Organizations (PDOs). PDOs will specialize in access to credit-bearing coursework and credentials for the early childhood education (ECE) workforce. Shippensburg University and Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) were selected as the PDOs in [...]
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 [...]
Beginning August 2018, the Program Quality Assessment blog Let's Talk Quality! Program Quality Assessment in PA will have a new URL! Let's Talk Quality (www.letstalkqualitypa.com) is a shorter and easier URL to use. Please be sure to change bookmarks or clear any history in your browser using the old URL. What is Let's Talk Quality? [...]
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 [...]
On behalf of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), the Pennsylvania Key has compiled a list of resources for Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs and professionals impacted by COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Pennsylvania. COVID-19 Vaccination Information for Pennsylvanians (PA Department of Health) Coronavirus (World Health Organization) Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Center for Disease [...]
Share Your Experience as a Child Care Professional during COVID-19 with Yale University School of Medicine for a Chance To Win $500!
This message is in English and Spanish. Para leer este mensaje en español, desplácese hasta la versión en inglés. Share Your Experience as a Child Care Professional during COVID-19 with Yale University School of Medicine for a Chance To Win $500! Dear Child Care Professional, Child care providers have had it rough during the COVID-19 [...]