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, [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
March 3, 2021: Governor Tom Wolf and the Legislative COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force announced a special initiative to prioritize vaccinating Pennsylvania’s education professionals, including early childhood educators and child care providers. Thank you to all early childhood education (ECE) professionals who participated in the ECE Special Initiative for Janssen, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 Vaccine by [...]
The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE. The Pennsylvania Key coordinates the CDA Assessment Fee Voucher Program, which supplies payment for the CDA Assessment Fee that is required to complete the [...]
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. [...]
Pennsylvania's Early Childhood Education (ECE) Career Pathway in the Professional Development (PD) Registry For a full explanation of the Career Pathway levels, including plus levels, use Pennsylvania's ECE Career Pathway and Qualifying Achievements in a printable handout. (PDF) Recorded Webinar on Career Pathways for Directors View the recorded webinar from January [...]
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 [...]