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).

UPDATE: Holiday Schedule
Due to the upcoming Holiday, all ELRC 18 offices will close at 3:00 pm on Friday 5/24/24.
Our offices will be closed on Saturday 5/25/24, and Monday 5/27/24.
ELRC 18 offices will reopen at 8:00 am on Tuesday 5/28/24.

Open for Face-to-Face & Drop Offs at all 3 locations
Monday – Friday 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Saturday 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. – MAIN OFFICE ONLY

(Main Office: 2361-2373 Welsh Road, Philadelphia, PA 19114)