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Mini-grants to higher ed to align coursework addressing needs of infants and toddlers 

The Pennsylvania Key on behalf of OCDEL has offered Institutions of Higher Education the opportunity to apply for mini-grants to align courses for early learning professionals working with infants and toddlers to Pennsylvania's Core Knowledge Competencies.

Higher Education Institutions could apply for up to $15,000 to complete this work. Eligible applicants included accredited institutions of higher education that offer infant/ toddler specific coursework. Institutions of Higher Education with Early Childhood Education (ECE), Child Development and or ECE Equivalent programs of study at the associate, baccalaureate or graduate levels and certificate programs.

  • Application Release March 15, 2017
  • Application questions due: 5:00 PM on March 25, 2017.
  • Application Due Date: April 14, 2017
  • Funding Approval Notification: Mailed out on May 15, 2017

This initiative is a part of Pennsylvania's Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge grant. For more information on other initiatives funded by this grant, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education website.


Director Credential: Application for Higher Education Institutions

The Pennsylvania Director Credential is designed as a standard to measure and validate the abilities and competencies of directors and administrators to manage high quality early childhood and school-age programs.  Additionally, it represents the level of personal and professional accomplishments of directors and administrators, their professional contributions through demonstrated leadership, and active engagement in professional endeavors beyond the scope of the daily operation of a program.

View and download the Director Credential: Application for Higher Education Institutions. 



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