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The role of the Pennsylvania Key is to work with the Office of Child Development & Early Learning (OCDEL) to provide statewide leadership in the development of an integrated and coordinated system of program quality improvements and professional development supports for early childhood education.



The Pennsylvania Key manages statewide professional development initiatives, such as Better Kid CareECELS, and Regional School-Age Initiatives. The PA Key also:

  • coordinates the Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Project,
  • coordinates work with the higher education community,
  • implements special quality improvement initiatives,
  • develops the career lattice,
  • coordinates and provides resources to support community engagement work around early learning
  • coordinates regional planning efforts with the Regional Keys,
  • manages Environment Rating Scale assessments,
  • administers the Head Start State Collaboration Office, and
  • administers PA Pre-K Counts.



200 North 3rd Street, 3rd Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101


717-213-0585 FAX
717-213-0584 FAX


        Pennsylvania Key

Marnie Aylesworth, Director of the PA Key marayl@pakeys.org 717.213.3736
        Community Initiatives

Roseann Manganell, Director of Workforce Development and CQI Initiatives roseman@pakeys.org 717.213.3735

PA Quality Assurance System (PQAS), Professional Development Instructor Institutes (more info)
Donna Wennerholt, Professional Development Project Manager  donwen@pakeys.org 717.213.3734

Project LAUNCH                                                              Brandy Fox, Project LAUNCH Coordinator/Young Child Wellness Expert brafox@pakeys.org 717.213.3740

Mind in the Making, Early Childhood Mental Health Project (more info)

Jennifer Murphy ECMH Coordinator jenmur@pakeys.org

Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program, CDA Assessment Fee Vouchers, (more info)  Pennsylvania Key Zendesk or 800.284.6031 press option 4

Environment Rating Scale (ERS) (more info)
Megan Showalter, Program Quality Assessment Manager, megsho@pakeys.org 412.860.5230

Southeast Region
Jill Kortright Wood, Supervisor jilkor@pakeys.org 215-884-0830

Northeast & Mid-State Regions
Ann Gula, Supervisor anngul@pakeys.org 570.325.3505

Northwest/Southwest Regions
Angie Marshall, Supervisor antmar@pakeys.org 412-224-3752

Business Partnerships

Please visit our website http://pa-elic.org/


Liz Knouse, Director of Communications elikno@pakeys.org

Mary P. Hall, Communication & Outreach Specialist marhal@pakeys.org 717.213.2077

PA Pre-K Counts, HSSAP, EHS, MIECHV (more info)
Marnie Aylesworth, Director of the PA Key marayl@pakeys.org 717.213.3736

Amber Repman, Admin. Assistant ambrep@pakeys.org 717.213.2071

Matthew J. Daughenbaugh, Director of Operations, matdau@pakeys.org 717.213.3732

Jim Powell, Data Specialist jampow@pakeys.org 717.213.2070

Infant/Toddler Credential/Rising STARS Mentor Certification
Michelle Zitsch, Workforce Development Specialist
miczit@pakeys.org 717.213.3738


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