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Title: Office of Child Development and Early Learning


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Office of Child Developmentand Early Learning
Because every child is Pennsylvanias 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

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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 Americas economy will be undermined, James
    Heckman, University of Chicago, press release,
    11/15/06

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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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Snapshot of PAs investment in early education
  • Pennsylvania around the middle among U.S. states
    in investment in a quality early education system
  • About 26 of Pennsylvanias children ages 0-5
    have access to publicly-funded early education

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Benefits of quality early learning
  • Quality early learning
  • Promotes positive brain development
  • Strengthens families
  • Promotes school readiness
  • Prepares todays children for tomorrows
    competitive workforce
  • Saves tax dollars
  • Contributes to long-term economic growth

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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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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.

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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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Quality early learning strengthens families
  • Ive noticed that the parents of children from
    pre-kindergarten programs are more supportive of
    their childrens 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

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Strengthens families, contd
  • High quality in-home parent coaching services
    that begin when the mother is pregnant, such as
    Pennsylvanias 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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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 lt 1
  • Grade retention
  • Pre-k children 23 ECI children lt 2

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Promotes school readiness, contd
  • 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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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.)

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Quality early education prepares tomorrows
workforce
  • Quality early education not only prepares
    children for success in school, it can instill
    values like personal responsibility and pride in
    ones 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.

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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.pd
    f

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Benefit Cost Analysis for Preschool Programs
Source The Economic Promise of Investing in High
Quality Preschool, Committee for Economic
Development, 2006, pp 25-26
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Importance of public investment in quality early
education
  • 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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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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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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  • "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

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Office of Child Development and Early Learning
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.
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Creating an effective early education system
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Standards for Programs and Practitioners
  • 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

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Support to meet and maintain standards
  • PA Early Learning Keys to Quality
  • Early Intervention Technical Assistance
  • Head Start Collaboration Office
  • Pre-school Program Specialists

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Systems Planning, Monitoring, and Accountability
  • 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

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Financial Supports
  • Federal
  • State
  • Public-Private Partnership

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Engagement Outreach
  • OCDEL Advisory Committees
  • Child Certification Regulation Work Group
  • Childrens 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
  • Pennsylvanias Promise for Children
  • Public-Private Partnerships

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What makes up an effective early education system?
  • Quality
  • Access
  • Capacity
  • Leadership at all levels

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OCDEL Highlights Improved quality
  • Keystone STARS
  • Early Learning Standards
  • State Board of Education regulations
  • Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts

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OCDEL Highlights 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

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OCDEL Highlights Increased capacity
  • More children, in high quality programs overall
  • 2002-200318
  • 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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OCDEL Highlights Leadership at all levels
  • 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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OCDEL Helping children reach their promise
  • 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

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Helping families reach their promise
  • Helping parents access and choose quality early
    learning programs
  • Partnering with parents to support their childs
    healthy development
  • Supporting early learning programs to engage
    parents in their childs learning

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Helping teachers reach their promise
  • Providing a career lattice for early childhood
    professionals
  • Providing financial and other supports to send
    teachers to school for college degrees

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Helping communities reach their promise
  • Building leadership at all levels childrens
    champions
  • Building early learning systems- statewide and
    locally

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OCDEL Programs
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  • Certification
  • Services

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Why Certification Services?
  • 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

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Certification Services 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

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Types of facilities regulated by OCDEL
  • Child Care Center
  • Group Child Care Home
  • Family Child Care Home

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Child Care Center
  • 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.

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Group Child Care Home
  • 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

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Family Child Care Home
  • 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

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Regional Offices of Child Development and Early
Learning
  • 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 DPWs
    certification regulations and the certification
    history of child care programs (i.e., complaints,
    provisional certification)
  • Complaint investigations

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Info on certified child care facilities
  • 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 programs
    certification history (complaints, etc.) contact
    your Regional Office of Child Development and
    Early Learning

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Info on starting a child care facility
  • 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

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Regional Offices of Child Development and Early
Learning
  • 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

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Division of Regulatory Administration
  • 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

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Certification Achievements 2006-2007
  • Joint orientation video with Better Kid Care
  • Child Care Provider Certification (CCPC) database
  • Motion tablets electronic facility inspection
  • Quality assurance evaluation

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Certification Whats ahead 2007-2008
  • Pelican Provider Certification to go live in 2008
  • Family child care home pre-registration
    orientation video

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Subsidy Services
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Why Subsidy Services?
  • 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

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Subsidy Services at a Glance
  • 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.

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Child Care Works
  • 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
    parents 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

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Whos eligible to receive Child Care Works
May 2007
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How to apply forChild 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).

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Child Care Works Achievements in 06-07
  • 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.

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Unification of child care services
  • 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

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Child Care Works Whats New in 07-08
  • 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

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Child Care Information Services
  • 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

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How to use your CCIS
  • 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
    parents needs.
  • Request information on other family services such
    as Nurse-Family Partnership Women, Infants and
    Children (WIC) Childrens Health Insurance
    Program (CHIP) and more.
  • Apply for subsidy services

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CCIS Whats New in 07-08
  • 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

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Early Intervention Services
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Why Early Intervention Services?
  • 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

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Early Intervention Services at a Glance
  • Builds upon the natural learning occurring in the
    first few years.
  • Promotes collaboration between parents, service
    providers, and others who impact childrens
    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

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EI Services
  • Meet the developmental needs of children with a
    disability and the needs of the family related to
    enhancing the childs 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
    childs life.

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EI Services, contd
  • 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 childs 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.

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EI Achievements in 06-07
  • 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

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Who is eligible for EI services
  • 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)

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How to receive EI services
  • 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

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EI Whats New for 07-08
  • 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.

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  • Early Learning
  • Services

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Why Early Learning Services?
  • 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

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Early Learning Services at a Glance
  • 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

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Early Learning Services programs
  • PA Early Learning Standards
  • Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts
  • Keystone STARS
  • PA Early Learning Keys to Quality
  • Pennsylvanias 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
  • Childrens Trust Fund
  • Parent-Child Home Program

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PA Early Learning Standards
  • Helps teachers and parents work together to
    promote a childs 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

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PA Early Learning Standards Resources
  • 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

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PA Pre-K Counts
  • 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

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PA Pre-K Counts, contd
  • 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 Pennsylvanias 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
  • Teachers with education in early childhood
  • Small class size (no more than 20 children per
    teacher teachers aide)
  • Curriculum aligns with PA Early Learning
    Standards
  • Child assessment (Work Sampling)
  • Program assessment (ERS)

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How to enroll in PA Pre-K Counts
  • 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

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Keystone STARS
  • 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

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STARS How it works
  • 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)

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How STARS works, contd
  • 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

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STARS standards
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STARS How to enroll
  • 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.

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How can parents locate STARS programs
  • 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

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STARS Achievements in 06-07
  • 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

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STARS New award amounts
  • 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
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STARS New award amounts, contd
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
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Keystone STARS 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

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STARS Whats New in 07-08
  • STARS Advisory Listening Tours
  • Revision of the Group Childcare Standards
  • Provider Survey
  • Building capacity
  • Leadership at all levels
  • Addressing diversity
  • Supporting continuous quality improvement

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PA Early Learning Keys to Quality
  • 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
  • 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

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Regional Keys map
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PA Keys to Quality Programs
  • 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)

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PA Keys Professional Development Initiatives
  • 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

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PA Director Credential
  • 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

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PA School-Age Professional Credential
  • 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.

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PA School-Age Professional Credential
  • 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.

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Eligibility for PA School-Age Professional
Credential
  • 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

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PA Keys Whats New for Professional Development
in 07-08
  • 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.

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PA Keys ECE and Higher Ed
  • 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
  • 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

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PA Keys Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH)
Services
  • 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 childs social
    emotional development
  • Work with the family to explain the childs needs
    and refer them to resources
  • Contact your Regional Key to request services

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PA Keys Mind in the Making
  • 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.

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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.
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Mind in the Making
  • 12-part facilitated research-based learning
    process designed to help teachers
  • Become engaged in understanding their own and
    their childrens 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

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PA Keys Early Childhood Community Engagement
Groups (CEG)
  • 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

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CEG deliverables
  • 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 Pennsylvanias Promise for Children
    public awareness campaign

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How to find your CEG
  • Listing of Community Engagement Groups is
    available online at www.pakeys.org

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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

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Public-Private Partnership supports
  • Pre K Counts Coordinator
  • Pre K Counts Coach/Mentor
  • Professional Development
  • Leadership Network Team
  • Executive Leadership Council

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Public-Private Partnership Early Child Outcomes
  • 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

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PA Keys School Age Child Care (SACC) Projects
  • 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

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PA Keys Better Kid Care
  • 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

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PA Keys Early Childhood Education Linkage System
(ECELS)
  • 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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Pennsylvanias Promise for Children
  • 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

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PA Promise materials
  • Website www.papromiseforchildren.com
  • Trifold brochures
  • Folders
  • Fact sheets
  • Posters coming soon
  • Magnet/photo frames coming soon

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PA Promise declaration
  • I believe that quality early learning and child
    development play a major role in a childs 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 Pennsylvanias Promise for Children
    because every child is Pennsylvanias future.
  • Sign online at www.papromiseforchildren.com

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Accountability Block Grant
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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?
  • 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.

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ABG Full-day K Supplemental Funding
  • 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

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Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP)
  • 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 Pennsylvanias 67 counties served
  • Nearly 5,800 3-5 year olds served in 06-07

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Family Support Programs
  • Nurse Family Partnership
  • Childrens Trust Fund
  • Parent-Child Home Program

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Nurse Family Partnership
  • 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
    Pennsylvanias 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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Nurse Family Partnership
  • 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

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PA Childrens Trust Fund
  • 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 Childrens Trust fund created in
    3/07

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CTF What are protective factors?
  • 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

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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 childrens 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

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PA Parent-Child Home Program
  • 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.

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Amounts are in thousands
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Whats next for OCDEL
  • 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

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Whats next for OCDEL
  • . 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 childrens advocates and leaders
    at all levels

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Useful links
  • 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
  • Pennsylvanias Promise for Children
    www.papromiseforchildren.com

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