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Office of Child Developmentand Early Learning

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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The Bigger Picture

  • Out of the 30 countries taking part in the 2003 Program for International Student Assessment, the average score of US students was only higher than students in five other countries. [Education Week, “Losing Global Ground,” January 2007]

  • China produced nearly 3 times more engineering and computer science graduates than the U.S. in 2004. [Source: Duke University]

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Things must change

  • “The growth in the quality of the workforce, which was a mainstay of economic growth until recently, has diminished. This trend must change or America’s economy will be undermined,” James Heckman, University of Chicago, press release, 11/15/06

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Why quality early learning matters: a snapshot of PA

  • In 2007:

    • 21.5% of 3rd graders not proficient in math (46.3% of 11th graders not proficient)

    • 27.2% of 3rd graders not proficient in reading (34.6% of 11th graders not proficient)

  • Approx. 20% of high school students fail to graduate

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Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Snapshot of PA’s investment in early education

  • Pennsylvania around the middle among U.S. states in investment in a quality early education system

  • About 26% of Pennsylvania’s children ages 0-5 have access to publicly-funded early education

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Benefits of quality early learning

  • Quality early learning:

    • Promotes positive brain development

    • Strengthens families

    • Promotes school readiness

    • Prepares today’s children for tomorrow’s competitive workforce

    • Saves tax dollars

    • Contributes to long-term economic growth

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Quality early learning promotes positive brain development

  • "The brain undergoes its most rapid development in the first three years of life, and in this development the environment plays a central role. Nerve connections that are associated with specific skills such as language are developed during this critical period." [Source: American Academy of Pediatrics]

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Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Neglect hurts brain development

  • “The systems in the human brain that allow us to form and maintain emotional relationships develop during infancy and the first years of life… with severe emotional neglect in early childhood the impact can be devastating.” [Source: Perry, B.D. (2002) Bonding and attachment in maltreated children: consequences of emotional neglect in childhood. Child Trauma Academy Press, 3, 1-30.]

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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How many words did you hear?

  • The average 4-year old hears how many spoken words?

    • In a family receiving welfare-13 million

    • In a working-class family - 26 million

    • In a professional family - almost 45 million

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Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Quality early learning strengthens families

  • “I’ve noticed that the parents of children from pre-kindergarten programs are more supportive of their children’s education. I have noticed that those parents have followed through on all work sent home this year and often went past what I asked for because they had ideas of what to do and knew that working with their child helped their child.” Susan Straley, kindergarten teacher, Bellefonte Elementary School

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Strengthens families, cont’d

  • High quality in-home parent coaching services that begin when the mother is pregnant, such as Pennsylvania’s Nurse Family Partnership, can cut cases of child abuse and neglect nearly in half. [Source: “Protect Kids: Reduce Crime: Save Money: Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect in Pennsylvania,” Fight Crime Invest in Kids, December 2006]

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Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Quality early learning promotes school readiness

  • Allegheny Early Childhood Initiative (ECI)

  • At risk children in quality pre-kindergarten in child care programs

  • Special education rates:

    • Pre-k children: 21%; ECI children: < 1%

  • Grade retention:

    • Pre-k children: 23%; ECI children: < 2%

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Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Promotes school readiness, cont’d

  • Pre K Counts Public-Private Partnership – Child Outcomes, Interim Report 2005-2007

    • Pre K Counts children showed significant progress in acquiring early learning skills during their participation, particularly those who were at risk of school failure.

    • The total number of children with at-risk or delayed development were reduced by 50% after participation in Pre K Counts.

www.prekcounts.org

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Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Quality early learning saves tax dollars

  • “Every $1 spent on high quality early education saves $7 in reduced future expenditures for special education, delinquency, crime control, welfare, and lost taxes (Reynolds AJ, Temple JA, Robertson DL, and EA Mann. 2002. Age 21 cost-benefit analysis of the Title I Chicago Child-Parent Centers. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 24, 267-303.)

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Quality early education prepares tomorrow’s workforce

  • Quality early education not only prepares children for success in school, it can instill values like personal responsibility and pride in one’s work that can make the difference between an average employee and a real achiever [Source: National Institute for Early Education Research, “Overlooked Benefits of Pre-kindergarten,” 2005.]

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Quality early education contributes to long-term economic growth

  • Children who attend quality pre-kindergarten are more likely to be employed and have higher earnings, thus positively contributing to the tax base. Annual rates of return on preschool investments are estimated at 10 percent or higher each year over the students’ lifetimes, exceeding the 6 to 7 percent average rate of return typically expected of government programs and the stock market. [Source: Committee for Economic Development, “The Economic Promise of Investing in High Quality Preschool,” 2006 www.ced.org/docs/report/report_prek_econpromise.pdf]

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Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Benefit Cost Analysis for Preschool Programs growth

Source: The Economic Promise of Investing in High Quality Preschool,”

Committee for Economic Development, 2006, pp 25-26

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Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Importance of public investment in quality early education growth

  • Quality early education provides public benefits

    • Higher academic achievement

    • Offset risk factors like child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency or criminal behavior

    • Greater tax base

  • Quality early education is workforce development

  • Early-childhood education can provide a return on investment greater than the stock market

  • A quality early education system cannot develop without public investment

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Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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“The best investment in economic development that government and the private sector can make is in the healthy development of children” Art Rolnick, Ph.D, senior vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

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Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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“Although education and the acquisition of skills is a lifelong process, starting early in life is crucial. Recent research has documented the high returns that early childhood programs can pay in terms of subsequent educational attainment and in lower rates of social problems, such as teenage pregnancy and welfare dependency.”Ben S. Bernanke, The Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board

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Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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"On the margin, if we're going to invest the next dollar in education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten." Rob Grunewald, associate economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Office of Child Development and Early Learning education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) promotes opportunities for all Pennsylvania children and families by building systems and providing supports that help ensure access to high quality child and family services.

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Creating an effective early education system education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Standards for Programs and Practitioners education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Certification

  • Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards

    • Infant/Toddler

    • Pre-Kindergarten

    • Kindergarten

  • Early Intervention Standards

  • Head Start Performance Standards

  • Keystone STARS standards

  • State Board of Education regulations

  • ECE Career Lattice

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Support to meet and maintain standards education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • PA Early Learning Keys to Quality

  • Early Intervention Technical Assistance

  • Head Start Collaboration Office

  • Pre-school Program Specialists

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Systems Planning, Monitoring, and Accountability education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • OCDEL Accountability

    • OCDEL Finance, Administration & Planning

    • Bureau Monitoring Tools

  • Provider and Practitioner Accountability

    • Certification

    • Environmental Rating Scales (ERS) assessors

    • Keystone STARS Designators

    • Preschool Program Specialists

    • Pelican Data System

    • Early Learning Network

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Financial Supports education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Federal

  • State

  • Public-Private Partnership

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Engagement & Outreach education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • OCDEL Advisory Committees

    • Child Certification Regulation Work Group

    • Children’s Trust Fund Board

    • OCDEL Advisory Committee

    • Keystone STARS Advisory Committee

    • Parent Advisory Council

    • State Interagency Coordinating Council

    • Subsidized Child Care Advisory Committee

  • Community Engagement Groups

  • Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

  • Public-Private Partnerships

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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What makes up an effective early education system? education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Quality

  • Access

  • Capacity

  • Leadership at all levels

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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OCDEL Highlights: Improved quality education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Keystone STARS

  • Early Learning Standards

  • State Board of Education regulations

  • Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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OCDEL Highlights: education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten." Increased access

  • Broadened eligibility requirements for receiving Child Care Works

  • Increased reimbursement rate ceiling (Maximum Child Care Allowance) for child care programs to at least the 62nd percentile for full-time care and to at least the 58th percentile for part-time care.

  • Unification of child care services under CCIS

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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OCDEL Highlights: education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten." Increased capacity

  • More children*, in high quality programs overall:

  • 2002-2003:18%

  • 2005-2006: 25%

  • 2006-2007: 28%

  • Creation of Office of Child Development and Early Learning between the PA Departments of Education and Public Welfare

*based on the percentage of 3 and 4 year olds with access to Head Start, STAR 3 & 4 programs, Preschool Early Intervention and state-funded pre-k.

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Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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OCDEL Highlights: Leadership at all levels education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Early Childhood Community Engagement Groups (CEG)

  • Professional Credential Programs

  • Pre K Counts Public-Private Partnership for Educational Success Leadership Network Teams and Executive Leadership Council


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Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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OCDEL: Helping children reach their promise education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Certifying health and safety of early learning programs

  • Setting the standard for quality early learning

  • Supporting the continuous quality improvement of early learning programs

  • Providing children with special needs and their families supports to grow and develop

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Helping families reach their promise education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Helping parents access and choose quality early learning programs

  • Partnering with parents to support their child’s healthy development

  • Supporting early learning programs to engage parents in their child’s learning

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Helping teachers reach their promise education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Providing a career lattice for early childhood professionals

  • Providing financial and other supports to send teachers to school for college degrees

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Helping communities reach their promise education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Building leadership at all levels – children’s champions

  • Building early learning systems- statewide and locally

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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OCDEL Programs education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

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Certification education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

Services


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Why Certification Services? education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • More than 350,000 children in PA receive child care from certified or registered child care programs at some point in their lives.

    • 4,105 registered family child care homes

    • 805 certified group child care

    • 4,001 certified child care centers

  • Important to protect the health and safety of our young children

  • Meeting health & safety requirements a necessary foundation to build quality early learning opportunities

Certification Services


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Certification Services education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten." at a Glance

  • Helping children and families reach their promise by certifying the health and safety of certified child care centers, group child care homes and family child care homes.

  • Four regional offices provide certification services and conduct inspections

  • Information source for starting up child care programs and for families wanting information on certified child care programs

Certification Services


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Types of facilities regulated by OCDEL education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Child Care Center

  • Group Child Care Home

  • Family Child Care Home

Certification Services


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Child Care Center education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • A child care facility in which 7 or more children who are not related to the operator receive child care.

  • Requires certificate of compliance to legally operate.

  • Inspected on an annual basis

  • 55 Pa. Code, Chapter 3270, Child Care Centers, available at www.pacode.com.

Certification Services


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Group Child Care Home education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • A child care facility in which 7 - 12 children of various ages or in which 7-15 children from 4th grade through 15 years of age who are not related to the operator receive child care.

  • Requires certificate of compliance to legally operate.

  • Inspected on an annual basis

  • 55 Pa. Code, Chapter 3280, Group Child Care Homes, available at www.pacode.com

Certification Services


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Family Child Care Home education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • A child care facility located in a home in which 4, 5 or 6 children who are not related to the caregiver receive child care.

  • Requires certificate of registration to legally operate

  • Inspected every 2 years and subject to random sample inspections

  • 55 Pa. Code, Chapter 3290, Family Child Care Homes, available at www.pacode.com

Certification Services


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Regional Offices of Child Development and Early Learning education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Four regional field offices

  • Inspections of child care programs

  • Technical assistance to programs

  • Orientation to new programs

  • Information to potential programs

  • Information to parents and the public on DPW’s certification regulations and the certification history of child care programs (i.e., complaints, provisional certification)

  • Complaint investigations

Certification Services


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Info on certified child care facilities education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • To find out about certified child care facilities in your area:

    • View a listing of facilities online or Contact your local Child Care Information Services (CCIS) agency

    • www.dpw.state.pa.us

    • For information on a child care program’s certification history (complaints, etc.) contact your Regional Office of Child Development and Early Learning

Certification Services


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Info on starting a child care facility education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Contact your Regional Office of Child Development and Early Learning

  • Attend Orientation Session with regional office

  • Receive info on regulations pertaining to child care facilities

Certification Services


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Regional Offices of Child Development and Early Learning education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Western region - 1-800-222-2149

  • Central region - 1-800-222-2117

  • Northeast region - 1-800-222-2108

  • Southeast region - 1-800-346-2929

  • More info online at www.dpw.state.pa.us

Certification Services


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Division of Regulatory Administration education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • The Division of Regulatory Administration (DRA), located in Harrisburg, is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, analyzing, coordinating, monitoring and evaluating regulation, policy procedures and operations relating to the certification and registration of child care facilities

Certification Services


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Certification: Achievements 2006-2007 education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Joint orientation video with Better Kid Care

  • Child Care Provider Certification (CCPC) database

  • “Motion tablets” – electronic facility inspection

  • Quality assurance evaluation

Certification Services


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Certification: What’s ahead 2007-2008 education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Pelican Provider Certification to go live in 2008

  • Family child care home pre-registration orientation video

Certification Services


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Subsidy education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

Services


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Why Subsidy Services? education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Eligible families obtain the financial assistance to supplement the high cost of child care

  • Parents receive parent counseling and information on Early Childhood Education (ECE) options and finding high quality child care

  • Families gain the assistance needed to become self-sufficient and the knowledge of the full range of ECE choices for their child

Subsidy Services


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Subsidy Services at a Glance education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Child Care Works provides financial assistance to income eligible parents so they can afford quality child care

  • Child Care Information Services (CCIS) enroll families in Child Care Works and provide parent counseling services to all families wanting to learn about the full range of their early care and education opportunities for their child.

Subsidy Services


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Child Care Works education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Distributes subsidy reimbursements to child care programs enrolling subsidy children

  • Parents pay a co-payment to the child care program based on family size and income

  • Child Care Works reimburses the program for the subsidy child up to the rate ceiling, minus the parent’s co-pay

  • Subsidy payment rates paid are based on Market Rate Surveys up to the Maximum Child Care Allowance (MCCA)

  • More than 120,000 children served each month

Subsidy Services


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Who’s eligible to receive Child Care Works education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

May 2007

Subsidy Services


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How to apply for education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten." Child Care Works

  • Visit your county Child Care Information Services (CCIS) agency to apply

  • Find agencies online at www.dpw.state.pa.us

  • Beginning January 2008, parents will be able to apply online through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Access to Social Services (COMPASS).

Subsidy Services


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Child Care Works: Achievements in 06-07 education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Increased access to Child Care Works; approximately 10,000 more children each month than in 05-06

  • Child care unification – one door for families seeking financial assistance and information about child care, as well as all early care and education programs.

Subsidy Services


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Unification of child care services education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Before 2006

    • TANF families CAO Offices

    • Low income and Former TANF families CCIS Offices

  • Today:

    • All families  CCIS Offices

  • Huge benefit to vulnerable families, greater access to information on quality child care

Subsidy Services


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Child Care Works: What’s New in 07-08 education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Additional children to receive Child Care Works subsidy than in 06-07

  • Child Care Works online Increased MCCA rate ceilings

  • Keystone STARS add-on rate

Subsidy Services


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Child Care Information Services education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Acts as the hub of early care and education information for all families, assisting and counseling parents on quality child care and early learning options that best meet their needs

  • Determine eligibility and sign up income eligible families for Child Care Works

  • Enroll program participating children with child care providers

  • Distribute subsidy payments to child care providers

Subsidy Services


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How to use your CCIS education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Learn about quality child care, Keystone STARS, PA Pre-K Counts, Early Intervention, Head Start, and more.

  • Request listing of child care programs in your area, based on wide variety of criteria to meet a parent’s needs.

  • Request information on other family services such as: Nurse-Family Partnership; Women, Infants and Children (WIC); Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); and more.

  • Apply for subsidy services

Subsidy Services


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CCIS: What’s New in 07-08 education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Online self-service initiatives for parents & providers including: Applying for the Child Care Works Program; A Child Care provider search for parents; Child Care provider access to maintain their data

  • Enhanced parent counseling services including: Head Start; Early Intervention; PA Pre-K Counts

Subsidy Services


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Early Intervention education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

Services


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Why Early Intervention Services? education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Provides resources and supports to families so children with special needs can reach their promise.

  • Assures that all eligible children from birth to five with developmental delays receive services and supports that maximize their development so they are successful in any early education setting

Early Intervention Services


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Early Intervention Services at a Glance education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Builds upon the natural learning occurring in the first few years.

  • Promotes collaboration between parents, service providers, and others who impact children’s lives.

  • Serve children ages birth – 5:

    • 29,848 children served in Infant/Toddler Early Intervention (ages birth – 3) in 06-07

    • 41,772 children served in Preschool Early Intervention (ages 3-5) in 06-07

Early Intervention Services


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EI Services education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Meet the developmental needs of children with a disability and the needs of the family related to enhancing the child’s development in one or more of the following areas:

    • Physical development, including vision and hearing

    • Cognitive development

    • Communication development

    • Social or emotional development

    • Adaptive development

  • Promote collaboration among parents, service providers and other important people in the child’s life.

Early Intervention Services


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EI Services, cont’d education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Enhances family/caregiver relationships with children, building on their strengths, and strives to maximize the experiences, opportunities, and resources within the routines and activities unique to each family and community.

  • Services are based on the child’s Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individual Education Plan (IEP), developed by a team of professionals including the family, and are delivered at no cost to families.

Early Intervention Services


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EI: Achievements in 06-07 education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Greater coordination between Infant/Toddler and Preschool Early Intervention programs

    • Both now administered by OCDEL

    • Joint professional development and leadership opportunities

    • Linking of data between programs

Early Intervention Services


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Who is eligible for EI services education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • A child (birth – 5) who has:

    • a significant delay in one or more areas of development;

    • known physical or mental conditions which have a high probability for developmental delays

  • Children from birth-3 may also be eligible if they have a specialist's determination that there is a delay even though it doesn't show up on the assessments (called informed clinical opinion)

Early Intervention Services


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How to receive EI services education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Parents: contact CONNECT Helpline, 1-800-692-7288.

  • Early learning programs that feel a child may need EI Services: Discuss with parents and have parents contact the CONNECT Helpline to access services.

  • Visit www.dpw.state.pa.us for Parents guides and other resources on EI

Early Intervention Services


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EI: What’s New for 07-08 education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Development of joint evaluation and monitoring forms for Infant/Toddler and Preschool Early Intervention

  • Implementation of ECAP-Early Childhood Accountability Program, statewide system to:

    • document positive impacts in the lives of children and families.

    • gather information about the amount and type of progress that children are making.

    • improve the early childhood learning experiences in the lives of children and families in Pennsylvania.

Early Intervention Services


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Early Learning education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

Services


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Why Early Learning Services? education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Helps children reach their promise by promoting quality learning opportunities in the home and in early learning programs

  • Helps families reach their promise by partnering with parents to promote the healthy development of their child

  • Quality early learning helps prepare children for success in school and in life

Early Learning Services


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Early Learning Services at a Glance education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Develop and implement standards for early learning programs and professionals to improve the quality of early learning for our young children

  • Provide financial supports and technical assistance for programs and professionals to improve quality

  • Provide family support programs that strengthen families, reduce risk and increase early learning opportunities for children

Early Learning Services


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Early Learning Services programs education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • PA Early Learning Standards

  • Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts

  • Keystone STARS

  • PA Early Learning Keys to Quality

  • Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

  • Accountability Block Grants

    • Pre-kindergarten

    • Full-day kindergarten

    • Reduced class size K-3

  • Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program

  • Family Support Programs

    • Nurse Family Partnership

    • Children’s Trust Fund

    • Parent-Child Home Program

Early Learning Services


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PA Early Learning Standards education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Helps teachers and parents work together to promote a child’s development

  • Provides a continuum of quality learning from birth through school age

  • Early learning standards available for

    • Infant/Toddler

    • Pre-kindergarten

    • Kindergarten

    • 1st and 2nd grade - coming in 2008

Early Learning Services


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PA Early Learning Standards Resources education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Early Learning Standards booklets with pull out posters for classroom

  • Guidance to aligning curriculum and assessment with early learning standards

  • Professional development on using the Early Learning Standards

  • “Kindergarten Here I Come!” calendars for parents

  • Available online at www.pde.state.pa.us

Early Learning Services


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PA Pre-K Counts education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • High quality pre-kindergarten education for 3 and 4 year olds in Pennsylvania which is free to families, with a focus on children at risk of academic failure

  • Full or half-day pre-kindergarten classes in schools, Head Start, Keystone STARS child care programs with a STAR 2 level or higher, or nursery schools

Early Learning Services


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PA Pre-K Counts, cont’d education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • More than 140 grantees (lead agencies) with more than 300 early learning programs participating

  • 80 of 140 grantees are partnerships

  • Classrooms available in most of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties

  • $75 million public investment for the 2007-2008 school year

  • First year focus in enrollment and translating quality design into quality implementation


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PA PKC: Quality standards education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Teachers with education in early childhood

  • Small class size (no more than 20 children per teacher & teacher’s aide)

  • Curriculum aligns with PA Early Learning Standards

  • Child assessment (Work Sampling)

  • Program assessment (ERS)

Early Learning Services


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How to enroll in PA Pre-K Counts education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Families with children between ages three until kindergarten who are at risk of school failure due to income (300% FPL), language, cultural or special needs issues are eligible

  • Contact programs directly for enrollment information

  • Listing of PA Pre-K Counts grantees available on PDE website, www.pde.state.pa.us

Early Learning Services


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Keystone STARS education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Promotes continuous quality improvement in early learning and school age environments

  • Proven to improve the quality of child care programs in PA

  • Provide parents with a tool to gauge the quality of care and early education their child will receive

  • Nearly 4,000 child care programs participating in Keystone STARS (6/07)

  • Approximately 138,000 children enrolled in STARS programs

Early Learning Services


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STARS: How it works education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Builds on the health & safety requirements of certification

  • Early learning programs apply at Start with STARS or STAR level 1-4

  • Must meet research-based performance standards for

    • Staff qualifications and professional development

    • Early learning program (child observation, curriculum, classroom environment)

    • Partnerships with family and community

    • Leadership and management (business practices)

Early Learning Services


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How STARS works, cont’d education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Based on subsidy enrollment, may be eligible for support grants, merit awards and education & retention awards

  • Monitoring, accountability, and supports conducted through the PA Early Learning Keys to Quality System

Early Learning Services


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STARS standards education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

Early Learning Services


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STARS: How to enroll education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Certified or registered child care programs and Head Start programs may apply for a STARS rating

  • Standards and application forms available on PA Key website: www.pakeys.org/stars/

  • Submit application to your Regional Key

  • Regional Key info available at www.pakeys.org.

Early Learning Services


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How can parents locate STARS programs education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • County Child Care Information Services (CCIS) agencies can provide listing of programs and STAR level

    • Find your local CCIS online at www.dpw.state.pa.us

  • Search STARS programs by county or zip at http://www.pakeys.org/stars/centers.aspx

Early Learning Services


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STARS: Achievements in 06-07 education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Enhancements of STARS standards

  • First STAR 4 awarded to Head Start program

  • Increased capacity to complete Environment Rating Scales (ERS) assessments

  • Crosswalk STARS standards for a school age setting

Early Learning Services


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STARS: New award amounts education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • New support, merit and ERA amounts (7/07)

Note: Top award is for programs enrolling 5% - 25% subsidy children

Bottom award is for programs enrolling 26% - 100% subsidy children

Early Learning Services


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STARS: New award amounts, cont’d education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

* Award 2 additional years with CQI Plan and demonstrated progress

Note: Top award is for programs enrolling 5% - 25% subsidy children

Bottom award is for programs enrolling 26% - 100% subsidy children

Early Learning Services


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Keystone STARS education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten." subsidy add-on

  • Programs with STAR 2 and above receive a per-child add on to Child Care Works subsidy rate as of Sept. 2007

Early Learning Services


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STARS: What’s New in 07-08 education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • STARS Advisory Listening Tours

  • Revision of the Group Childcare Standards

  • Provider Survey

  • Building capacity

    • Leadership at all levels

    • Addressing diversity

    • Supporting continuous quality improvement

Early Learning Services


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PA Early Learning Keys to Quality education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • A system of supports for Keystone STARS, including

    • professional development opportunities for early childhood and school-age

    • independent Environment Rating Scale (ERS) assessments for early learning and school-age programs

    • community engagement and outreach

  • Consists of central PA Key, and six Regional Keys

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PA Keys System: Regional Keys education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Six Regional Keys across PA

  • Implement regional quality improvement plan for professional development

  • Encourage participation and provide TA for Keystone STARS

  • Conduct STARS Designation visits

  • Provide regional professional development opportunities

  • Access contact info at www.pakeys.org

Early Learning Services


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Regional Keys map education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

Early Learning Services


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PA Keys to Quality Programs education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Professional development initiatives

  • Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

  • Mind in the Making

  • Early Childhood Community Engagement Groups

  • Pre K Counts Public Private Partnership

  • Head Start State Collaboration Office

  • School Age Child Care Projects

  • Better Kid Care

  • Early Childhood Education Linkage System (ECELS)

Early Learning Services


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PA Keys: Professional Development Initiatives education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Early Childhood Education Career Lattice

  • Professional Development Advisory Committee

  • More than 1,500 T.E.A.C.H. scholarships in 06-07

  • More than 1,100 professionals earned or renewed their Child Development Associate (CDA) credentials

  • Pennsylvania Director and School-Age Professional Credential programs

  • PQAS System for quality professional development

    • More than 1300 instructors across PA

  • Professional Development Voucher Program

Early Learning Services


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PA Director Credential education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • For early childhood education directors and administrators

  • Provides a standard for management and leadership skills of directors and administrators in early childhood and school-age programs

  • Requirement for Keystone STAR 3 rating

  • Applicants take specific courses or complete portfolio of education and experience

  • 193 professionals earned their Directors Credential in 06-07

  • Information and forms available at www.pakeys.org

Early Learning Services


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PA School-Age Professional Credential education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Piloted through six regional School Age Projects

  • Credential aligns with Early Childhood Education Career Lattice and Keystone STARS

  • In 06-07

    • 10 teachers awarded credential

    • 78 teachers complete coursework requirements.

    • 858 school-age children impacted.

    • 9 colleges and universities either offer credential coursework for credit or recognize the credential for credit when an individual matriculates.

Early Learning Services


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PA School-Age Professional Credential education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Awardees complete 120 hours of coursework; create a personal portfolio highlighting their professional achievements are evaluated by families and other professionals.

  • During the credential process candidates are also observed working with children several times by members of a local assessment team.

Early Learning Services


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Eligibility for PA School-Age Professional Credential education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Individuals interested in obtaining the credential must:

    • Be working in a Department of Public Welfare-certified facility working with school-age children (5-12 years-old);

    • Have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED;

    • Have completed a Professional Development Record (PDR); and

    • Have worked at least 480 hours with school-age children in the past 5 years

  • To apply, contact your Regional Key

Early Learning Services


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PA Keys: What’s New for Professional Development in 07-08 education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • The Ages and Stages screening tool introduced and implemented in STAR 2 and above programs.

  • Work Sampling assessment tool introduced and practitioners participate in workshops to learn about tool.

  • Three new modules are created for Keystone STAR sites to encourage and support continuous quality improvement.

  • A 30 hour curriculum aligned with Level 2 on the Career Lattice is piloted in 4 locations for 80 practitioners.

  • Additional supports are created for practitioners to implement the Early Learning Standards.

  • PA adopts guiding principles for cross system technical assistance.

Early Learning Services


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PA Keys: ECE and Higher Ed education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Work group completing guidance for higher education about new teaching certificate prek through 4th grade

  • Focus on articulation and transfer


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PA Keys: Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Previously named Infant Toddler Mental Health Project

  • Assists teachers and parents to understand the importance of early childhood mental health, recognize and address mental health challenges as they relate to specific children and their needs.

  • Pilot projects in Northwest, Southwest, and South Central regions, began in Spring 2006

  • Partly funded by the Heinz Endowments

Early Learning Services


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PA Keys: Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Services education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Providers request an ECMH specialist to

    • Observe a child in their early learning classroom

    • Identify strengths/needs and develop an individual plan that addresses the child’s social emotional development

    • Work with the family to explain the child’s needs and refer them to resources

  • Contact your Regional Key to request services

Early Learning Services


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PA Keys: Mind in the Making education and workforce development, we're going to see the highest return if that dollar's invested before children reach kindergarten."

  • Enhance the teaching practices of early childhood teachers to improve quality early education.

  • Helping families reach their promise by communicating the science of early learning to the general public, families and early learning professionals.

  • Created by Families and Work Institute

  • Nearly 1,200 early childhood practitioners from 79 early learning sites participated in the program. Approximately 5,400 children impacted.

Early Learning Services


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“Teachers who participated in MITM Modules increased their overall classroom quality through better communication with the children that enriches language, better learning opportunities for the children through the use of play and materials, and more activities to increase the social development of children in the classroom.”

Early Learning Services


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Mind in the Making overall classroom quality through better communication with the children that enriches language, better learning opportunities for the children through the use of play and materials, and more activities to increase the social development of children in the classroom.”

  • 12-part facilitated research-based learning process designed to help teachers:

    • Become engaged in understanding their own and their children’s learning process;

    • Become more mindful of their own teaching practice; and

    • Have a working knowledge of the significant research in child development and be able to translate this knowledge into their teaching practice

  • Train the trainer workshops available

  • Contact your Regional Key for training opportunities

Early Learning Services


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PA Keys: Early Childhood Community Engagement Groups (CEG) overall classroom quality through better communication with the children that enriches language, better learning opportunities for the children through the use of play and materials, and more activities to increase the social development of children in the classroom.”

  • Providing framework and support to build leadership at all levels

  • In 06-07, 58 Community Engagement Groups across PA:

    • Reached more than 500,000 people in public events

    • Distributed Community Report Cards to more than 430,000 people

    • Volunteers contributed over 13,920 hours to community engagement work

Early Learning Services


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CEG deliverables overall classroom quality through better communication with the children that enriches language, better learning opportunities for the children through the use of play and materials, and more activities to increase the social development of children in the classroom.”

  • Convene all ECE stakeholders to discuss ways to improve quality and increase access to early education opportunities

  • Promote kindergarten transition activities between child, family, and schools

  • Conduct community outreach activities to build support for early childhood initiatives

  • Create a early childhood education community report card

  • Promote Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children public awareness campaign

Early Learning Services


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How to find your CEG overall classroom quality through better communication with the children that enriches language, better learning opportunities for the children through the use of play and materials, and more activities to increase the social development of children in the classroom.”

  • Listing of Community Engagement Groups is available online at www.pakeys.org

Early Learning Services


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PA Keys: Pre K Counts Public-Private Partnership for Educational Success

  • Started in 2004

  • Pilot project to facilitate pre-kindergarten partnerships in local communities

  • 26 partnerships which include school districts, Head Start, child care, Early Intervention

  • Funding provided by leading PA private foundations and Commonwealth of PA

  • More than 7,000 children impacted in 06-07

  • Results informed the development of PA Pre-K Counts

Early Learning Services


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Public-Private Partnership supports Educational Success

  • Pre K Counts Coordinator

  • Pre K Counts Coach/Mentor

  • Professional Development

  • Leadership Network Team

  • Executive Leadership Council

Early Learning Services


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Public-Private Partnership: Early Child Outcomes Educational Success

  • Before entering the Public-Private partnership pre-kindergarten program, students were in the low average to average range for developmental skills. Within three months, all students in the Public-Private Partnership programs had reached at least the average range for age-appropriate development.

  • For more information, visit www.prekcounts.org

Early Learning Services


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PA Keys: School Age Child Care (SACC) Projects Educational Success

  • Provide professional development and technical assistance supporting both public and private after-school programs across the state.

  • Children and youth who regularly attend high-quality afterschool programs have better grades and conduct in school; more academic and enrichment opportunities; better peer relations and emotional adjustment and lower incidences of drug-us, violence and pregnancy. (Source: US Dept. of Education)

  • Regional SACC Projects at each Regional Key

Early Learning Services


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PA Keys: Better Kid Care Educational Success

  • Provides extensive, nationally-recognized distance learning opportunities to early childhood professionals in rural communities and others interested in distance learning. Free to early learning professionals in PA.

  • Web-based and mail-based programs available.

  • Professional development available to meet the requirements of

    • PA Department of Public Welfare certification

    • Keystone STARS

    • Child Development Associate (CDA) credential

    • Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

    • Act 48 hours

  • Register for classes and subscribe to the BKC newsletter at www.betterkidcare.psu.edu/index.html

Early Learning Services


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PA Keys: Early Childhood Education Linkage System (ECELS) Educational Success

  • ECELS offers telephone advice to practitioners and advises health and safely instructors and private and public health professionals.

  • Well Tracker system makes it easy for early childhood programs to track the health and immunization records of children enrolled.

  • 24 self-learning modules available on a number of health & safety topics such as Active Play Environments, Child Abuse and Neglect, Illness in Child Care, and Food Allergies.

  • Additional health-related resources

  • www.ecels-healthychildcarepa.org/

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Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children Educational Success

  • Campaign to raise awareness about the importance of providing every young child in Pennsylvania with access to quality early learning opportunities

  • Sponsored by PA Build Initiative and PA Key

  • Coordinated locally by Early Childhood Community Engagement Groups

Early Learning Services


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PA Promise materials Educational Success

  • Website – www.papromiseforchildren.com

  • Trifold brochures

  • Folders

  • Fact sheets

  • Posters – coming soon

  • Magnet/photo frames – coming soon

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PA Promise declaration Educational Success

  • I believe that quality early learning and child development play a major role in a child’s future success in school and in life.

  • I believe young children learn best when they have proper health and nutrition, a safe and stable family and home life, and activities that stimulate creativity, curiosity, and all the skills they will need to succeed in school and life.

  • I believe that every child in Pennsylvania deserves access to quality early learning opportunities and that it is the responsibility of every Pennsylvanian to help our children reach their promise.

  • I support Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children because every child is Pennsylvania’s future.

  • Sign online at www.papromiseforchildren.com

Early Learning Services


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Accountability Block Grant Educational Success

  • Funds for school districts to improve academic performance

  • 11 options; three related to early childhood education:

    • Quality pre-kindergarten

    • Full-day kindergarten

    • Reduced class size K – 3rd Grade

  • Approximately 2/3 of ABG funds spent on ECE options

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ABG: Pre-kindergarten Educational Success

  • 3 and 4 year old children are offered programs from 2.5 to 5 hours a day for a minimum of 180 days.

  • Instructional delivery is based on scientific research and Early Childhood Education best practices.

  • Assessment tools are used to review the environment and the teacher/child interaction.

  • Family-community partnerships and cultural diversity are encouraged

  • Highly qualified teachers who will have EC certification by Dec. 2011

  • In 06-07 4,287 children in 45 school districts were enrolled in PreK programs through ABG funds

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ABG: Full-day kindergarten Educational Success

  • Studies show that students who attend full-day kindergarten perform significantly better in reading and math achievement at the end of kindergarten and continued to show better performance into first grade.

  • In 06-07, 55% of all children in kindergarten, participated in full day kindergarten programs

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What is Full-day K? Educational Success

  • Full Day Kindergarten provides children with at least a 5 hour school day for a minimum of 180 days.

  • Children are transported to and from school, fed a hot lunch and participate in special subjects such as art, PE, and music. Because of the additional time children spending in school, school districts have made their core subjects more rigorous.

  • Contact your school district to enroll.

Early Learning Services


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ABG Full-day K Supplemental Funding Educational Success

  • $20 million in 2007-2008 in addition to ABG

  • Allocated to all school districts who submitted plan for full-day kindergarten or offer some full-day kindergarten

  • Estimate nearly 7,600 more children will gain access to full day kindergarten

Early Learning Services


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Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP) Educational Success

  • Head Start programs can serve additional children through HSSAP

    • Comprehensive early learning services to children at 100% of FPL or less

    • Strong parent involvement and serving the whole child

  • Encourages partnerships between Head Start and other early learning programs (child care, school districts)

  • Offer half-day or full-day classrooms

  • 57 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties served

  • Nearly 5,800 3-5 year olds served in 06-07


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Family Support Programs Educational Success

  • Nurse Family Partnership

  • Children’s Trust Fund

  • Parent-Child Home Program

Early Learning Services


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Nurse Family Partnership Educational Success

  • Helps children and families reach their promise by giving first time mothers the supports necessary to provide an excellent start for their children.

  • High quality in-home parent coaching services that begin when the mother is pregnant, such as Pennsylvania’s Nurse Family Partnership, can cut cases of child abuse and neglect nearly in half. (Source: “Protect Kids: Reduce Crime: Save Money: Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect in Pennsylvania,” Fight Crime Invest in Kids, December 2006)

Early Learning Services


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Nurse Family Partnership Educational Success

  • Registered nurses work with the expectant mothers to ensure a healthy pregnancy, to engage in activities with the baby that will promote healthy development, and to make plans for the future.

  • Nurses meet with mothers until the child is two years old.

  • Piloted in 39 counties

  • Nearly 4,000 families served in 06-07

Early Learning Services


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PA Children’s Trust Fund Educational Success

  • Early childhood programs can play pivotal role in preventing child abuse and neglect

  • Grants given to early childhood programs that can build protective factors for children to prevent abuse and neglect

  • Involved in the national Strengthening Families Learning Community of the Center for the Study of Social Policy

  • 31 programs reached approximately 2,500 families and 190 early childhood education practitioners in 06-07

  • Friends of the Children’s Trust fund created in 3/07

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CTF: What are protective factors? Educational Success

  • Skills or supports that help keep adults from getting to the point of child abuse and neglect, such as:

  • Parental resilience

  • Social connections

  • Knowledge of parenting and child development

  • Concrete support in times of need

  • Social and emotional competence of children

Early Learning Services


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CTF: How early learning programs can build protective factors

  • Program strategies that

    • Facilitate friendships and mutual support

    • Strengthen parenting

    • Respond to family crises

    • Link families to services and opportunities

    • Facilitate children’s social and emotional development

    • Observe and respond to early warning signed of child abuse or neglect

    • Value and support parents

    • Support the health social/emotional development of the child

Early Learning Services


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PA Parent-Child Home Program factors

  • Home visitor helps parents learn how to read to and play with their children in a way in a way that strengthens verbal interaction and language development, builds a positive parent-child bond and provides a quality learning experience.

  • Visits continue until child is 2 years old

  • More than 1300 families served in 23 counties.

Early Learning Services


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OCDEL: factorsChildren Served


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Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children factors

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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Amounts are in thousands factors

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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What’s next for OCDEL factors

  • As we focus this year on…..

  • Building a comprehensive, education continuum

  • Increasing program and vendor accountability

  • Building support for public investment in quality early education

  • Creating a comprehensive child outcome data system

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future


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What’s next for OCDEL factors

  • …. We will

  • Bring quality to early learning opportunities

  • Bring access to these opportunities for children and families

  • Have a system that can expand and improve

  • Have effective children’s advocates and leaders at all levels


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Useful links factors

  • Pennsylvania Department of Education – www.pde.state.pa.us

  • Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare – www.dpw.state.pa.us

  • Pennsylvania Keys – www.pakeys.org

  • Pre K Counts Public Private Partnership – www.prekcounts.org

  • Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children – www.papromiseforchildren.com

Helping fulfill Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

Because every child is Pennsylvania’s future