OCDEL’s Keystone STARS Program supports all early care and education programs to improve program quality. We encourage programs to think about the Keystone STARS Performance Standards as a tool to support continuous quality improvement (CQI) that impacts services to the children and families in your care. For more information, please visit PA Key or access the Standards and Program Manual.
Early Intervention supports and services are designed to meet the developmental needs of children with a disability as well as the needs of the family related to enhancing the child’s development. Visit PA Key for more information or call the Connect Helpline at (800) 692-7288 to find the Early Intervention Program in your area.
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The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) is focused on ensuring the early childhood education (ECE) workforce is well equipped to support the growth development of today’s youngest children and their families. Visit PA Key for more information.
Keeping children safe and healthy is important in a child care setting. Certification regulations focus on health and safety concerns when caring for children because they understand that children learn best in a secure and healthy environment. When good health practices are modeled for children, they can take these practices with them into other activities and their everyday life.
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The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now accepting applications.
They should apply via the COMPASS website and DHS will determine eligibility.
www.compass.state.pa.us or by phone at 1-866-550-4355. On-site County Assistance Office (CAO) services are available if clients cannot access online services or need assistance that cannot be accessed through the COMPASS website, the myCOMPASS PA mobile app, or by calling the Customer Service Centers at 215-560-7226 for Philadelphia clients or 1-877-395-8930 for clients in all other counties.