The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) is making some changes to the Rising STAR Tuition Assistance program. Rising STARS helps cover a portion of tuition costs for early learning professionals. Funding has been secured through June 30, 2019.

Beginning immediately, degree waivers for programs outside of the approved degree list (PDF) will no longer be accepted. If you are already enrolled in a program with a previously approved degree waiver, your funding will continue until your program is completed.

Applications for out-of-state institutions will also no longer be accepted. If you are enrolled in a program at an out-of-state institution, your funding will continue until your program is completed.

To learn more, visit the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance.

In 2019, the Pennsylvania One Book Program will adapt to meet the increasing need to support early literacy to Pennsylvania’s youngest learners. These changes include a shift in focus to get more books into the hands and homes of more children, and there will be two books available for purchase.

   

·   Barnyard Banter, by Denise Fleming, for infants and toddlers (available in English)

·   Not a Box, by Antoinette Portis, for children ages three to five (available in English and Spanish)

There are no minimum or fixed quantities required! Early learning providers, library staff and community partners can purchase the exact number of books needed. To keep costs more affordable, paperback options are the only available option.
 
Purchasing of the two titles are through Scholastic Publishing Family and Community Engagement (FACE) program. If your organization already participates in the FACE or Scholastic Literacy Partners Program, you will just need to complete the order form available from Scholastic Publishing. Click here for the order form.
 
A two-page Family Fun Guide for both titles will be available on the PA One Book website (www.paonebook.org) by January 2019. Other guides aligned with the Pennsylvania Standards for Early Childhood will also be available with activities for use by early childhood educators and families.
 
With this change, copies of the One Book titles will no longer be mailed to early learning programs, however anyone may purchase and donate copies to child care homes and centers, as well as families.

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December 5th, 2018
Philadelphia Provider Network Meeting
PHMC
1500 Market Street. Philadelphia, PA 19102
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December 8th, 2018
Philadelphia Provider Network Meeting-Family Child Care Homes
PHMC
1500 Market Street. Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Solicitation for New PHLpreK Providers FY20 and the City of Philadelphia: Child Care Facility Fund Kickoff Event

The PHLpreK initiative provides access to quality pre-kindergarten programming in the City of Philadelphia. The Mayor’s Office of Education plans to expand the number of PHLpreK slots in September 2019 to 3,300 slots. Grant awards of $8,500 per child will be available to eligible applicants to provide a minimum of 5.5 hours of instructional time per school day for 180 days in school year 2019-2020. A Letter of Interest for new providers will be available November 7, 2018. Completion of the Letter of Interest is mandatory for providers who are not currently contracted as a PHLpreK provider and are interested in participating in the full application process.
To learn more about PHLpreK and the application process, join us at one of the scheduled information sessions on either November 9th or 10th at Public Health and Management Corporation. Questions may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The City of Philadelphia: Child Care Facility Fund provides facility improvement support to high-quality Early Childhood Education facilities located in the City of Philadelphia. The Fund is open to STAR 3 and 4 Center, Group and Family Child Care providers in Philadelphia, with a maximum grant of up to $25,000*. STAR 2 facilities may also be eligible based on participation in quality improvement activities and the ability to meet other eligibility criteria. The City of Philadelphia: Child Care Facility Fund FY19 grant application will be released on November 5, 2018. Eligible providers interested in applying are encouraged to attend one of the Fund’s informational kick-off events on either November 9th or 10th at Public Health and Management Corporation. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get more information.
 
Friday, November 9, 2018 @ 2:00-3:30pm
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PHMC, 1500 Market Street, East Tower
Lower Mezzanine Conference Rooms
Agenda
2:00 – 2:45   Child Care Facility Fund
2:45 – 3:30   PHLpreK Letter of Interest
 
Saturday, November 10, 2018 @ 9:00-10:30am
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PHMC, 1500 Market Street, East Tower
Lower Mezzanine Conference Rooms
Agenda
9:00 – 9:45   Child Care Facility Fund
9:45 – 10:30   PHLpreK Letter of Interest

The PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has announced that effective August 1, 2018, the Child Care Works (CCW) program will both lift the base rate freeze for STAR 1 and STAR 2 providers, as well as, apply a general Maximum Child Care Allowance (MCCA) base rate increase of 2.5% across all counties, provider types, STAR levels, and care levels.

Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) will contact providers in July or August to both gather their program’s current private pay rates and to sign updated provider agreements. If a program serves children in Philadelphia or Allegheny County, they will receive this information through their Child Care Information Service Office. OCDEL is requesting that early learning providers be responsive to the ELRCs when they outreach around the provider agreements.

CLICK HERE for more information about Early Learning Resource Centers.

The PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has released the revised Keystone STARS Performance Standards, effective beginning July 1, 2018.

CLICK HERE to visit the PA Keys website to view the performance standards, the revised Keystone STARS Program Manual.

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