For Providers

Our early learning providers are at the heart of what we do.

The Early Learning Resource Center partners with the PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning to support all early care and quality education providers and continuous quality improvement programs that impact services to families and children.

Interested in becoming an early learning child care provider? Or are you already a child care provider and wish to learn more about enhancing your early learning program?

Licensed Providers

For information about becoming a licensed child care provider contact your ELRC or your Regional Day Care Office. The below links also contain information regarding becoming a licensed child care provider.

Keystone Stars

Keystone Stars promotes continued quality improvement in child care and Head Start programs.  Providers can earn a STAR 2 to STAR 4 rating by meeting the Keystone STARS quality standards.  All providers who earn a full Certificate start with a STAR 1 rating. The STARS program supports early learning programs in their commitment to continuous quality improvement. Programs that participate in Keystone STARS care about providing quality early learning to your child.  As programs move up the STARS rating ladder, they are providing even higher quality experiences so your child benefits even more from the program. At each level, programs have to meet certain research-based quality standards that measure four areas that a difference in the quality of care your child receives:

  1. Staff Education
  2. Learning Environment
  3. Leadership Management
  4. Family and Community Partnerships

To learn more, contact us or call our Hotline 1 888 461-KIDS (5437).

COVID-19 UPDATE:
We’re Opening Back Up!
The Early Learning Resource Center Region 18 will be reopening to the public.
Starting on Monday, May 2nd, 2022 all ELRC Region 18 offices will be open to the public from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Mondays-Fridays.
For your safety and that of our employees, we ask that you continue to mask up when visiting our offices.
We look forward to seeing you in person!

Parents and Providers can continue to drop off information Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for processing at the following locations:
Northeast Philadelphia: 2361-2373 Welsh Road, Philadelphia, PA 19114.
North Philadelphia: 2816 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19133.
West Philadelphia: 5548 Chestnut Street, Second Floor, Philadelphia, PA, 19139.
Check the COVID-19 Newsletter for the latest updates.
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