Providers Corner

Provider Attendance Sheet and Check Schedule

ELRC 18 Updates

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Orientation

If you are thinking about growing your program, please consider joining us on Tuesday, May 17th at 1p for an orientation to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. Although not specific to child care programs, GS10KSB is an awesome opportunity for many business owners. The deadline to apply for their fall cohort is the end of May. Come learn more and find out it you’re a good fit for this nationally-recognized program. Register here.

ARPA Stabilization Grant Reporting – There continue to be questions about the reporting for the first round of the ARPA grant.

  • You can START your reporting now.
  • To access the reporting, go back into your ARPA Stabilization Grant in the PD Registration. After you login on the PD Registry:
    • Click on the dropdown where your name is and select the name of your child care program (purple background)
    • On the left side of the screen click on the star icon (Quality Overview)
    • Then scroll down to the ARPA Stabilization Grant. Click on the blue bar that reads CASE DETAILS.
    • Scroll down to the Grant Usage box, and on the right slide, click on the blue box with the pencil icon.
    • Select the Categories where you spent funds, and enter the total amount for each area.
    • When done, click SAVE.
  • Eight months after your first ARPA installment was paid, you will need to go back into the PD Registry and FINALIZE your grant reporting.
  • There are some great tools on the PA Keys website to guide you in your reporting:
  • I’m happy to answer questions and help those who need more personalized assistance with technology. You can reach me at dgetzinger@caringepeoplealliance.org or (267) 504-4179.

Technology Grant – Hopefully you have received your e-mail from Kaplan about the recently released Technology Grant. Be sure to check your spam/junk mail folder if you did not. If you did not receive it or have questions, you can either call Kaplan at 1-800-334-2014 or e-mail OCDEL at RA-ocdelsubchildcare@pa.gov. (Please note that ELRC 18 staff cannot directly assist you with this grant.)

Prepare NOW for the Next Grant – We are expecting that another grant will be announced in the coming weeks. In order to prepare, you should complete the following now:

  1. Create an account in the PD Registry;
  2. Complete your profile; and
  3. Add your employment.

Directors and/or owners should complete the steps above for themselves and assist their staff to complete them as well. Directors must also verify all staff who have added their employment to their profile and are able to invite any staff who have not added their employment. Verifying employment is important to ensure everyone is eligible for upcoming grant opportunities in the PD Registry. For additional assistance with the PD Registry, please reach out to your quality coach at ELRC 18. Here is a link to the updated caseload list: https://www.dropbox.com/s/84ym612lwrcnvgy/QC%20list%20-%205-7-2022.pdf?dl=0

 Register by Monday for Children’s Village Beginning Business Series for FCCH – ELRC 18 is thrilled to bring this opportunity to you FREE of charge. Join your colleagues for this professional development series that will transform your business! Sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 6-8p starting 5/10/2022 via Zoom. See the attached flyer and submit the application by Monday, May 9th!

 Determining True Cost of Care Workshops

OCDEL will be conducting a Market Rate Survey later this year. ELRC18 is pleased to again offer you the opportunity to attend Childspace’s Determining Your True Cost of Care workshop. Participate in one of the sessions below and learn how to establish rates that more accurately reflect what it costs to run your business. Thanks to a partnership with First Up, Temple University business students will be available to provide one-on-one consultation to assist with your calculations following the workshop sessions. Register for the Zoom sessions using this link: https://form.jotform.com/221266281184050

  • Center-based: Monday, 5/16/2022 (1-3p)
  • Center-based: Wednesday, 5/18/2022 (10-12p)
  • Center-based: Thursday, 5/19/2022 (6-8p)
  • Home-based: Saturday, 5/21/2022 (1-3p)
  • Home-based: Monday, 5/21/2022 (6-8p)
  • Home-based: Wednesday, 5/25/2022 (1-3p)

 Upcoming Provider Networking Meetings

Join the virtual conversation and get updates, share resources and ideas with your peers and more! Representatives from OCDEL’s Southeast Region Certification Office and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health will be participating in many of the upcoming meetings!

Filling Your STARS Bucket

Join us for a monthly virtual open forum discussing “all things STARS.” In this open forum, we will be asking and answering questions related to providing support with Sources of Evidence to fill your bucket! These “virtual open forums” will take place on last the Tuesday of each month at 1 pm. Our facilitators are 3 Keystone STAR Quality Coaches.  So come, join us each month to unpack some stuff and make room to continue, “Filling Your STARS Bucket!” Mark your calendars!!

May SEPECC Meeting

Join SEPECC for announcements from OCDEL and local ELRC agencies, budget updates, advocacy opportunities, perspectives from early learning providers, and resources from community organizations. Pre-register for the May 17th SEPECC Virtual Meeting here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwoc-GtqTssH9JQ5NrJJUrt1C-9SoUkUclO; you can now submit your questions and comments when registering.

Lastly, please look for an announcement from OCDEL about the next grant opportunity next week. NOTE: For this grant, once you submit your application, it cannot be changed. Be sure to make sure your application is correct and complete before submitting it! (Did I mention, DO NOT SUBMIT IT UNTIL YOU CHECK AND MAKE SURE IT’S CORRECT AND COMPLETE??? 😊)

COVID Corner

With COVID cases on the rise again, now is a good time to go over the following important reminders/resources!

Reporting COVID Cases – Remember that OCDEL requires you to report all cases of COVID-19 in your program to both Certification and the Department of Public Health. In Philadelphia, the easiest way to do this is to use the following link: https://phillyhs.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1NWgJ7yfK46dXMi. You will also need to submit the daily RedCap survey that you receive in your e-mail. If you are not receiving the RedCap survey, e-mail COVID.schools@phila.gov for assistance.

Test Kits Update – If you previously received at-home test kits, please check to make sure they are not expired. DO NOT USE EXPIRED TEST KITS! The PDPH Pediatric Partnership Team and ELRC 18 continue to partner to distribute COVID-19 At-home Test Kits to the ECE Community.  Self-Test Kits will be available for pick up by appointment only at Early Learning Resource Center Region 18, 2361-2373 Welsh Road (19114). Use the following link to request Covid-19 Self-test kits: https://form.jotform.com/213097807632055. Once you submit the request, please be sure to reply to the follow-up e-mail to actually schedule your pick-time date/time.

Outbreak Testing from PDPH – If you have a positive case, you can request PDPH to come to your location and do outbreak testing. For additional information, e-mail COVID.schools@phila.gov.

Office Basics PPE/Cleaning Supplies – If you didn’t receive an e-mail from Laura Hollingsworth at Office Basics, please check your spam/junk mail box. If you cannot find it, e-mail dgetzinger@caringpeoplealliance.org. We doubled the amount available at the end of April! If you recently placed an order, please check back to see if your account has additional funds available. Total credit amounts range from $800 to $1,450 depending upon the size of your program.

Door Signs regarding masking (and other resources) –  https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/guidance/guidance-documents/resources-for-schools-and-early-childhood-education/

Guidance from PDPH (updated 4/29/2022): https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/guidance/guidance-documents/early-childhood-education-ece-guidance/

Family Childcare Awareness Day

Saturday, May 14th from 11a-2p     REGISTER HERE

Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Drive, 19121

The Family Child Care Advisory Council is hosting a day of family fun to help raise awareness about the importance of family childcare programs across the city. Please share the flyer with your families, so they can come play, too!!

Next SEPECC Meeting

Tuesday, May 17th – 9a-11a     REGISTER HERE

Join SEPECC for announcements from OCDEL and local ELRC agencies, budget updates, advocacy opportunities, perspectives from early learning providers and resources from community organizations. You can now submit your questions and comments when registering.

Working Together: Inclusivity Training!

If you are interested in making your classroom more inclusive, join First Up’s “Work Together” Training series! Activities throughout the training will strive to create understanding and promote abilities to implement inclusive experiences for children and their families. Click the links below to register for this FREE training and earn PQAS credits:

Voices from the Front Line!

Friday, May 20th from 9:30a-11a     REGISTER NOW

The Children’s Work Group Early Childhood Conference will feature a ‘Fishbowl Activity’ in which four shelter staff will discuss their challenges and successes of supporting young children experiencing homeless, especially during the Covid pandemic.

PEC’s Dawn Nock will moderate the Fishbowl Activity which will feature Aishia Childs of HELP Philadelphia Transitional Housing, Darlene Morris of Love and Care Emergency Housing, Beth McLean of the Drueding Center transitional housing, Sadie Sprague-Lott of Families Forward Philadelphia emergency housing, and Tambra Hall of Stenton Family Manor emergency housing.

We will also provide updates on the Children Cannot Wait and the Pre K for All campaigns.

Are You Applying for PreK Counts Expansion Slots?

Updated Document Available to Support PA Pre-K Counts RFA

Required Letters of Intent due May 11, 2022

Entities who anticipate applying for the PA Pre-K Counts RFA now have available an updated Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts Statute, Regulations and Guidelines, Effective July 1, 2022 that is part of the application process. The updated document provides program requirements for PA Pre-K Counts programs.

As a reminder, applicants must submit Letters of Intent (LOI) to RA-PAPreKCounts@pa.gov by 3 PM on May 11, 2022. Only applicants that submit a complete Letter of Intent by the deadline will be permitted to apply for funding. This RFA is intended to support providers in preparing to serve and enroll children by September 2022.

Please visit the Pennsylvania Key website for additional details, LOI instructions, and to find all related documents required for the RFA.

CDA Opportunity for Family and Group Child Care Providers

Deadline May 15, 2022

On behalf of Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), the Pennsylvania Key invites Family Child Care Home and Group Child Care Home providers to apply for a scholarship to complete a Child Development Associate (CDA) through Better Kid Care. Better Kid Care’s CDA coursework is independent, self-paced and exclusively online. This scholarship opportunity cannot be used for CDA renewals.

Once awarded, recipients will receive a payment code to access the online coursework through Better Kid Care. This program also requires the purchase of a CDA textbook package and this cost can be reimbursed through the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance program. The Pennsylvania Key will provide instructions for all of this and offer ongoing logistical support.

All coursework must be completed on or before Nov. 30, 2022.

 If you are a Family Child Care Home or Group Child Care Home provider interested in this opportunity, submit your completed application via Microsoft Forms for consideration by May 15, 2022. Questions? Contact Amy Barrett at amybar@pakeys.org.

Connect with the ECE PDO at PHMC Today

Early childhood education professionals interested in advancing their placement on Pennsylvania’s Career Pathway through obtaining their CDA credential or enrolling in an AA or BA degree program are encouraged to contact the ECE PDO at PHMC to learn about available PDO-funded course offerings. Visit ecepdo.phmc.org’s Career Advising webpage for more information and complete an intake form to get started. Direct all general questions to ECEPDO@phmc.org.

Engaging Young Children in the Learning Process

Community College of Philadelphia is offering a virtual 10-week PHMC-funded 3 credit course meeting once a week on Tuesdays starting June 7th, 6:30-9:30pm: ED 204: Curriculum & Instruction: Engaging Young Children in the Learning Process. For more information and to register email Bryan Burns at bburns@ccp.edu.

Chestnut Hill College — Accelerated Adult Degree Program

NEW! B.S. degree in Early Childhood Studies with Infant/Toddler Montessori Credential (students can also pursue the credential only, or the credential for non-credit). Scholarship grants available for eligible students. CLICK HERE for full details or contact Marjorie Horton, Director, 610.349.7574 or hortonm1@chc.edu.

Preventing Infectious Diseases in Early Childhood Programs

(From the National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety)

This interactive, two-part course explores policies, practices, and environments that reduce the risk of infectious diseases in Head Start and child care settings. Preventing Infectious Diseases in Early Childhood Programs presents basic infection control strategies that every early childhood educator needs to follow to ensure a healthy and safe environment for children and staff. Part 1 explores disease transmission routes and identifies policies to reduce the spread of infectious diseases. Part 2 looks at practices, routines, habits, and components of the early childhood environment that reduce the risk of spreading diseases.

 Access the Course

Log into the Individualized Professional Development (iPD) Portfolio to complete each module and earn continuing education units (CEUs) for professional development.

You must finish the module, pass the knowledge check with a score of 80% or higher, and complete the evaluation to earn CEU credit.

Please note: Course authors have affirmed that they do not have proprietary interest in products, instruments, devices, services, or materials discussed in this course, and have confirmed that they have not been compensated in relation to this training.

 Related Resources

Explore related resources on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) to learn more.

FREE Integrated Arts Curriculum and PD

A note from the Executive Director

 As a former early childhood teacher when I began incorporating music, visual art and creative movement alongside my lessons it impacted the way I viewed teaching young children from that moment moving forward. This form of art integration as an addition focuses on the natural ways children learn. The great thing is it can easily be used alongside what a teacher is already implementing, and an additional approach to learning that is fun and mimics various learning styles, thus making information easier to comprehend and strengthens retention for children. I was always excited about lesson planning because the arts opened a whole new world of ways to look at teaching and planning.

 Research has been conducted on arts integration in the Kaleidoscope Program at Settlement Music School  for over 10 years and some studies have been published. It was found that children coming from an economic disadvantage have entered kindergarten on the same level as their counterparts who have not come from an economic disadvantage or living in poverty. The Kaleidoscope children have entered kindergarten knowing just as much or more compared to those children in literacy, math, regulation, and social awareness to name a few, and we know this is a direct connection from the collaboration between the arts and early childhood learning concepts. 

Settlement Music School is presenting an opportunity to acquire this knowledge and give the gift of art integration to teachers, children and parents within your programs by participating in a project called, “KWEST”- Kaleidoscope Wants Everyone Succeeding Together. We know the leaps and bounds the Kaleidoscope children make each year, and the opportunity has come for us to share. We believe every child should have these experiences seeing how successful it’s been for the children in Kaleidoscope. It doesn’t matter the size of your program because the arts can be done anywhere.

 This is no charge for your participation in testing out an art integrated model that we will provide as well as onsite training. I welcome you all to sign up and those who will be participating will be contacted with further details on next steps. The first step is to let us know you’re interested. Please see attached flier for details on how to get started and complete the interest form to be submitted by email. Thank you so much for your time.

 Our team looks forward to meeting and working with you!

 Best,

Executive Director, ECE

Tarrell Davis

Settlement Music School

215-320-2670

settlementmusic.org

Apply to be Members of the Commission on Professional Excellence in Early Childhood Education

Application deadline May 27, 2022

Seventeen national organizations dedicated to young children have come together to form a new Commission on Professional Excellence in Early Childhood Education.

The Commission’s mission, as originally outlined in the Unifying Framework for the Early Childhood Education Profession, is to develop and promote the framework for a unified, cohesive, and equitable early childhood education profession informed by and in partnership with early childhood educators across states and settings.

Upon launch and in ongoing recognition of the importance of educators’ voices, the Commission is opening an application process for individual early childhood educators to apply to be co-equal, full voting members of the Commission. Applications are open until Friday, May 27, 2022, and all associated expenses for early childhood educators to participate will be covered by the Commission’s organizational members. The Commission will appoint up to seven early childhood educators, representing a diverse cross-section of the profession.

NAEYC members can apply to serve! Here are links to additional details:

Application-Spanish

Devereux Adult Resilience Survey (DARS) Packet

a free tool designed to support adult resilience/wellness

The DARS is a 23-item reflective checklist that provides adults with information about their personal strengths. The information can be used to help individuals build on these strengths, such as creativity and setting limits, so that they can better cope with adversity and the stresses of daily life. In addition to the checklist, this packet includes space for reflection and planning, as well as sample strategies for building upon strengths.

Families First May Virtual Training Sessions

Help families learn the Early Intervention system and be an informed, active part of their child’s team. Share the Families First calendar of events with them! You’ll find it here: https://mailchi.mp/236f5de66632/families-first-virtual-trainings-in-may?e=55610eb784. Sessions include:

  • May 17th – Potty Training
  • May 25th – How Can I Engage in Therapeutic Play with My Child?

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge!

(From The Philadelphia Free Library)

 What is 1000 Books Before Kindergarten?

We know you can read that many books before kindergarten! It doesn’t matter if your child is three, or just three months–there’s no better time to start than right now. Reading with babies, toddlers, and young children promotes bonding, sparks creativity, and helps kids do well overall in school. This virtual challenge is on-going so that you and your little one can pace yourselves. And we’re here to celebrate your reading milestones along the way.

Sign up online to log your progress. Make reading together part of your regular routine, and let the magic of stories do the rest! Visit Read, Baby, Read or check out their blog series for fun and easy ideas to inspire the youngest readers in your life! Or make your own Reading Promise.

Play & Learning: Fund for Families and the Developing Child!

(From the People’s Emergency Center)

Rescheduled to May 24th (2-3:30p) on Zoom     REGISTER HERE

Join us for games and prizes as we discover how learning through play is fun and beneficial for both children and adults! We encourage parents staying in housing programs, and staff from housing and early education programs to attend!

Sharing SOWN

SOWN is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization that provides innovative solutions so adults 50+ lead independent, healthy lives and age in place in their homes and communities. SOWN’s services prevent and reduce isolation, protecting older adults from depression and related serious health consequences. Please see the attached brochure and share it with families in your program!

  • The GrandFamily Resource Center provides a network of services to grandparents raising grandchildren, including weekly support groups, parenting education programs, nutrition education and wellness programs, crisis intervention and individual counseling. In Philadelphia, there are more than 15,000 grandparents who are raising their grandchildren full time.
  • Philly Families Read Together is a multi-generational family literacy program for grandparent-headed families designed to give grandparents the skills to help their grandchildren build a strong early learning foundation.

Job Openings

  • ELRC 18 is Hiring:  Provider/STARS Quality Coach
    Do you have the skills and enthusiasm to coach child care programs in meeting STARS standards? Philadelphia’s Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC 18) is hiring for the position of STARS Quality Coach. Degree in ECE or related field plus at least five years in early childhood programs is preferred. Must be comfortable with technology. To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to Sheila Colon, scolon@caringpeoplealliance.org.
  • Alphabet Alley Child Care Center is seeking applicants to fill a full-time daycare teacher position. Located in the Northeast section of Philadelphia and serving infants through age 5, Alphabet Alley strives to establish a happy and nurturing environment that both promotes and cultivates a positive learning experience for our children. By involving teaching staff, children, and parents we create a challenging and supportive environment where our children can learn and grow. See the full listing here.

SSIC You Later!

Finally, here’s another tip on using Sesame Street in Communities (www.ssic.org) in your program…

Practicing Patience! Young children don’t understand time the way grown-ups do. Minutes might seem like hours! And it can be hard to wait. But we can teach kids playful strategies to help them practice patience.

Resources to help:

  • Do the Freeze Dance – Following directions and practicing self-control help kids build patience. Watch this video Then try your own version!
  • Elmo Says Movement Squares – Games encourage kids to wait their turn and listen closely to instructions. Play this classic game—with a Sesame twist—to help kids build these skills.
  • I Can Be Patient – Patience takes practice! Watch this video with children, and point out some of the ways the kids are passing the time

Sign up for your free SSIC account now! Reach out to ELRC 18’s Abby Ambassadors – Cheri HowardGladys Leon and Sherell Hamilton – for help navigating the website or to explore other ideas on ways to use this FREE and fun resource to help meet your STAR standards!

  • The Philadelphia Health Department has prepared this flyer to help you, your staff and families better understand the need for continued masking in early childhood settings.

Guidance for Tuberculin Skin Testing (TST) and COVID-19 Vaccinations: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has released the Guidance for Tuberculin Skin Testing (TST) and COVID-19 Vaccinations: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which provides information for those within the child care setting relating to TST requirements and COVID-19 vaccinations.

The Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan provides the largest Child Tax Credit ever and historic relief to families with low incomes. The City of Philadelphia projects that in Philadelphia alone, the Child Tax Credit will raise 75,000 families from poverty, cut deep child poverty in half, and reduce racial disparities in household resources. That’s why today, June 21st — National Child Tax Credit Awareness Day — is so important! The new credit allows families to receive monthly payments of $250 or $300 per child. If families filed income taxes in 2019 or 2020 or signed up to receive their federal stimulus payment, they will automatically receive the monthly payments. If they have not filed income taxes in the last two years because they made little or no income, they can use an easy sign-up tool created by the IRS. The first payments will be issued next month, so we need to get the word out quickly to ensure families receive this relief as soon as possible!

Other Resources

  • For more information on the Child Tax Credit, visit the City of Philadelphia’s Child Tax Credit page.
  • City Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson will host an information session on Wednesday, June 23rd at 5 pm. Email Dornell Burrell to register.
  • Follow the Philadelphia Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity on Twitter and Facebook to share our posts with your networks.

With all of us working together, we can help families get the relief they deserve.

I’m thrilled to announce a new report, Philadelphia Early Learning Community Speaks Out: An Action Plan for Quality Improvement. The report includes input from more than 300 Philadelphia providers, 16 quality improvement organizations – including ELRC 18 – and 4 public and private funders. It offers recommendations for quality improvement in Philadelphia child care centers, home-based child care, and pre-K programs.

Public and private funders support a multitude of initiatives to improve the quality of early care and education programs in Philadelphia. The city is fortunate to have a long history of quality improvement supports, financed through both philanthropy and state and local government. There is an active interest in ensuring that Philadelphia’s youngest children and their families be able to equitably secure high-quality early learning services for their children. Capitalizing on this strong commitment, Vanguard Strong Start for Kids Program™ and the William Penn Foundation commissioned this report to learn more about opportunities to further develop and improve a system of quality improvement supports in Philadelphia.

To produce this report and its recommendations, BUILD worked closely with three key sets of stakeholders in Philadelphia—early learning providers, organizations that deliver quality improvement services, and public and private funders of these services. This highly interactive process ensured that those affected by the recommendations played a key role in shaping them.

Click here to read Philadelphia Early Learning Community Speaks Out: An Action Plan for Quality Improvement.

This summer, join Teaching Strategies for a series of free webinars designed specifically for school and program leaders. Each week, we’ll be joined by experts in the field of early childhood education to explore topics such as data, professional development, family engagement, social–emotional learning, and more to improve your program. Register for the series.

  • Make a Plan to Understand Your DataTuesday, June 22 | 3:30pm ET – Early learning program administrators routinely collect and use data to make decisions about everything from which services to offer to what professional development to provide to teachers. Your data can also be used to understand the story of your program. Since data is used in such important ways, you want to be sure you are collecting the right data and that all data is accurate. Having a plan in place for data collection at the beginning of the year can help you make the most of your data.
  • Hire and Inspire Great Early Childhood EducatorsTuesday, June 29 | 3:30pm ET – Leading a dynamic learning community begins with selecting and retaining effective early childhood teachers. How does a school leader develop a strong team? How does a leader choose the right people to add to that team? Then, how does that leader keep those people and keep them growing? In this webinar former elementary school principal, Beth White, and current Edmonds College Head Start Coach, Aaron Franco-Ross, will explain how you can create a culture that ensures early childhood educators want to come to work every day.
  • Developing Great CoachesTuesday, July 6 | 3:30pm ET – Great coaches encourage and support great educators to ensure sustainability and scalability of your program. As a leader, how can you create an environment that allows coaches to thrive? Join Donna Fowler, Senior Manager of Learning and Solutions Implementation at Teaching Strategies, and members of Teaching Strategies’s “Coaches Town Hall” for a free webinar in which they will discuss strategies for evaluating the skills that are needed to be a great coach, identifying your role in supporting the growth of your coaches and teachers, and playing the role of both a coach and a supervisor.
  • Leading Change When People Are Tired of ChangeTuesday, July 13 | 3:30pm ET – Though schools and families are anxious to return to “normal,” there is still a lot of change happening within schools and early childhood programs. As a leader, how can you establish change as a process that includes all your teachers and staff? Join us for this one-hour webinar, in which we’ll talk with education and change management experts to understand the fundamentals of change management. Leaders who attend this webinar will leave with a blueprint to create their own change communication plan, which will share your vision and bring everyone along for the change process.
  • A Program-Wide Approach for Strong Family PartnershipsTuesday, July 20 | 3:30pm ET – Strong and reciprocal family relationships create intentional connections between school and home and reinforce learning. As children return to the classroom and families return to work, how can schools and programs continue to foster strong family partnerships? Join ReadyRosie founder, Emily Roden, and Teaching Strategies Dual-Language Content Manager, Clarissa Martinez, as they explore the critical role school and program leaders play in creating space for strong family partnerships.
  • A Rigorous Commitment to Social-Emotional WellbeingTuesday, July 27 | 3:30pm ET – Research increasingly finds the powerful effect of high-quality early learning on long-term benefits for children. As a leader, properly supporting the well-being of children and teachers may in turn support the success of your program. How can you provide the support that teachers need to deliver rigorous social–emotional education to the children in your program? Leaders who join us for this webinar will leave empowered to prioritize an investment in social–emotional learning for their program and equipped with an action plan for doing so.

Thursday, June 24th from 1-2p

The Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health) is hosting open ended CACFP community conversations! Held from 1-2p on the last Thursday of the month. Please reach out to Shannon Dryden if you have questions or click HERE to join the conversation on Thursday!

Thursday, June 24th, 11a-12p          Register Here

Do you have legal questions regarding your current HR practices and policies? Are you unsure about requiring vaccinations for your staff? Please join us for Q&A session with our legal expert, Jennifer Myers Chalal, Esquire, as she answers your important legal questions. Please join us for this very important conversation! If you have questions you would like to get answered during the session, please send them to eceprovidersupport@phmc.org

June 24th at 1p     Register Now

Join Teachstone for their upcoming Story time Live! This month they are celebrating Pride month with stories you can use in your classroom to help children understand and celebrate other people, no matter their differences. With the right prompting and instructional support, story time is the perfect way to introduce new topics to children, encourage them to ask the right questions, and teach them to have meaningful interactions with all types of people. You, your class, your families, and your littles are invited to join us to celebrate Pride month at Story Time Live on June 24th at 1pm EST. This event comes with free downloadable reading guides with CLASS® concepts to help you enhance the experience of reading to children on your own.

National Webinar – June 26rd 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time)

Click on this Web link to register for the webinar.

 In response to the urgent need to stabilize the child care sector, the American Rescue Plan Act (Public Law 117-2), signed on March 11, 2021, included nearly $24 billion in child care stabilization grants for states, territories, and Tribes. The goal of these grants is to address the financial burdens child care providers faced during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency. By offering much needed, immediate economic relief to child care providers, this funding aims to help stabilize the child care market so that families have better access to child care that meets their needs.

Please join the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance and our partner Tom Copeland for a webinar to learn about the stabilization grants coming to your state/territory/Tribe. This webinar will highlight tools to help you apply for the stabilization grants, potential uses for the stabilization grant funds, and information about how to access the grant funds.

Who Should Attend

The webinar will benefit family child care providers interested in learning more about this much needed support.

How to Register

You can register for the webinar via this Web link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Application deadline June 28, 2021

In recognition of the hardships and challenges the past year has brought upon us, and in partnership with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), the Pennsylvania Key is offering 100 full scholarships to be used to complete Child Development Associate (CDA) coursework through Better Kid Care. To apply for a scholarship, please see the Frequently Asked Questions and complete the brief online application. Applications are subject to approval. Upon approval of a scholarship application, a one-time use code will be sent to the applicant to be used during the payment process through Better Kid Care. Applications must be submitted by 8:00 am June 28, 2021. For more information, please refer to the FAQ document. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Amy Barrett at amybar@pakeys.org.

Application deadline June 28, 2021

The Pennsylvania Key is offering an opportunity to receive a one-time refund of the application fee for any Director Credentials and School-Age Professional Credentials earned between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021. Applications must be submitted by 8AM EDT on Monday, June 28, 2021, for consideration and all applications are subject to approval. Click here for more information.

Deadline to Apply: June 30th           Request TA

PHMC has partnered with Women for a Healthy Environment to offer technical assistance to Philadelphia childcare providers in the following areas:

  • Outdoor & Indoor Air Quality
  • Green Cleaning for safer environments
  • Managing Chemicals Safely
  • Lead Exposure from paint, dust, soil and drinking water
  • Radon testing
  • Integrated pest management

 All TA recipients will be eligible to receive a free Filtration Pitcher and a Green Cleaning Starter Kit.

All request for Technical Assistance must be received by June 30, 2021. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to improve the environmental health of your program!

All Sessions Eligible for PQAS Credits

  • Administrative Planning for Summer – Available through June 30th – $10 – Register Here

A well planned summer will help things run with ease. A panel of specialists will share ideas on how to plan for summer in the midst of COVID-19. Topics to be shared will be how to execute virtual summer planning, things to consider as it pertains to field trips, swimming, the day ins and outs of administration and lastly, how to create a makerspace.

  • SAC Program Planning for Summer – Available through July 15th – $10 – Register Here

Summer in the midst of COVID-19 may require some new ways of practices. A panel of specialists will share ideas on things to do with some of the COVID-19 limitations, including room set up, outdoor opportunities, virtual field trips, linking learning opportunities to students’ needs, STEM and Social Emotional needs and skill teaching.

  • SAC Provider Health and Safety Prep – Available through July 30th – $10 – Register Here

This professional development event will provide summer staff with the necessary health and safety prep, including COVID-19 practices, DHS recognized Water Safety Training and Supervision.

  • Understanding the American Rescue Plan Dollars – Available FREE through August 31stRegister Here

Federal funding through the American Rescue Plan includes the use of money for supporting extra learning opportunities in the out of school time space. This professional development event will provide details on what this means, ways to use the funds and ways to partner with your school district in order to access these funds.

  • The Summer Resiliency Series is facilitated by Rebecca Bryan, DNP, who has years of experience in medical settings, schools, and in the community; her experience as an adult educator in diverse settings; and passion for raising awareness about trauma-informed care across social sectors utilizes rapidly evolving research into understandable, immediately applicable knowledge for you to use. Register Here
    • Fatigue + Burnout = Moral Injury

    Thursday, July 1, 2021, 10 – 11:15 am

     

    • The Neuroscience of Community

    Thursday, July 15, 2021, 10 – 11:15 am

     

    • Find the Freedom that Comes with NOT Knowing What Comes Next!

    Thursday, July 29, 2021, 10 – 11:15 am

The Anti-Bias Learning Circle is a virtual 6-part series that will thoughtfully engage early childhood educators in exploring and addressing issues around bias, equity, family engagement and culturally responsive practices.  They will collectively read the book, Don’t Look Away, Embracing Anti Bias Classrooms with a goal to identify and unpack unconscious bias in early childhood classrooms and schools.  The series will take place on Wednesdays, July 14, July 28, Aug 11, Aug 25, Sep 1 and Sep 15 from 6pm – 7:30pm EST. To participate in this Anti-Bias Learning Circle, please email Lisa Browne. Register now, spaces are limited.

Application deadline July 26, 2021

The Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts (PKC)/Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP) Advisory Committee is currently accepting applications for new members. Committee members will reflect diverse geographic regions of the state and have a range of attributes, collective skills, and experiences. The application process is open to individuals who possess practical program content knowledge, skills, and experiences, including those of family members whose child(ren) or grandchild(ren) have participated in early learning experiences that will enable the Committee to achieve its goals. Application deadline is July 26, 2021. All those who wish to strengthen and advance the PA Pre-K Counts and Head Start Supplemental initiatives are encouraged to apply. More information on the roles/responsibilities of committee members and the application can be found here (scroll to the bottom of the webpage). Direct questions to Deb Wise at dewise@pa.gov.

Get your scuba gear on and get ready for a deep dive into appropriate planning. In this course, we will explore how to utilize the early learning standards and create developmentally appropriate lesson plans that will make an impact inside of your classroom. This is a self-paced web-based training that is available until December 31, 2021. Click here to register on the PD Registry.

This page is an easy-to-navigate, repository holding everything about the Pennsylvania Registered ECE Apprenticeship in one place! PA’s Apprenticeship program allows early childhood educators to pursue CDA, associate and bachelor’s degrees while employed in childcare centers. This website has the information educators need to know about everything apprenticeship-related. Click here to visit the page now.

  • The Diversifying Early Education Leadership (DEEL) project, funded by the William Penn Foundation, supports 20 mid-career early childhood education professionals of color in Philadelphia, building their content knowledge, networking, and leadership skills so that they are prepared to assume positions of leadership in the city. The first cohort of 10 Fellows is participating from January 2020-December 2021, and the second cohort of 10 Fellows will participate from September 2021-August 2023.Become a DEEL Fellow!There are several parts to the Fellowship:
    • Fellows take two graduate courses at Temple, leading to a certificate in Diversity Leadership.
    • Fellows attend monthly seminars hosted by Temple, focused on understanding the ECE landscape in Philadelphia and across the country.
    • Fellows receive individualized leadership coaching from a professional coach.
    • Fellows spend approx. 1 day per month as interns in a local ECE organization. The Fellow and the Project Site will together decide on a project for the Fellow to oversee, with a DEI focus.
    • Fellows receive a $5,000 stipend.

    To nominate a Fellow or to apply, visit: https://sites.temple.edu/ecediversityfellowship/about-the-deel-fellowship

    Become a DEI Partner Organization!

    Local ECE organizations can become Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Partner Organization. DEI Partner Organizations host a Fellow for approx. 1 / month. One member of their organization is the Fellow’s primary mentor, helping the Fellow to develop and carry out a project with a DEI focus that benefits the organization. Fellows have access to funds ($1,000) to support their project. Projects might include:

    • Developing culturally relevant and sensitive family outreach materials, or
    • Establishing an advisory board of diverse stakeholders.

    DEI Partner Organizations choose a representative to conduct a DEI self-study guided by Temple faculty. Funds ($1,000) will be provided to support this organizational equity work.

    To apply as a DEI Partner, visit: https://sites.temple.edu/ecediversityfellowship/about-the-deel-fellowship/

The ECE Summit will be a fully Virtual Experience again this year bringing you great content in a robust and engaging way. Each day will feature a Keynote session and four tracks of workshop sessions. We learned a lot from last year’s event. Our Summit platform has added some new ways to connect you with other attendees. As always, Summit is designed to create opportunities for you to gain the knowledge you need to enrich your professional development in the care and education of young children. Three days, 3 keynotes, 12 sessions, 60 workshops, break & learn with sponsors and the Summit Marketplace.

As COVID-19 vaccines slowly help us return to doing the things we love and seeing the people we care about, you might find that your child has questions—some of which may be more difficult to respond to. Sesame Street in Communities launched some new resources to inform and answer questions that you or your family may have about COVID-19 vaccines, as well as to explain the vaccine’s importance. They partnered with the Ad Council, COVID Collaborative, and the CDC to create 3 new PSAs. In addition to these spots, SSIC is releasing additional bilingual resources for parents, caregivers, and providers to explain why grownups are getting vaccinated against COVID-19, answer common questions in age-appropriate ways. Visit SesameStreetInCommunities.org/subtopics/vaccines to explore these free materials (available in both English and Spanish).

  • Click here for a link to Parent Cafes in 10 different neighborhoods throughout the city. Parent Cafes are safe spaces where parents can share a meal and learn from each other.

If you are experiencing distress, have safety concerns, or need assistance with resources, such as food, transportation, or medications, the Penn Medicine COVID-19 Social Needs Response Team can help. Please click here for more information and please share this information with your families.

A year ago, when we were all dealing with the challenging reality of a global pandemic, we sent you a survey asking how we could help you the most. It was invaluable in helping us create new resources to meet your requests and needs. Now, a year later, we would really like to find out what your current needs are. Please take a moment to let us know what resources would be valuable in supporting your work. And please share the survey with others who might benefit from learning about Exchange resources. To thank you for your time, we are providing $5 off a future Exchange purchase for anyone who completes the survey. And you can enter to win a $75 VISA gift card, or a variety of Exchange products. (Details are in the survey). Thank you so much for helping us help you!

  • ELRC of Region 18 continues to have positions open in our Eligibility, Finance and Provider departments. To apply, please forward your resume to Sheila Colon at scolon@caringpeoplealliance.org.
  • Position Available on the ECE PDO Team at PHMC! – Ready to provide extraordinary customer service and administrative services to support our goal of helping the early childhood education (ECE) workforce in Philadelphia and the Southeast Region pursue career pathways that lead to degrees or credentials? Consider joining our team and experience a fulfilling career as an ECE PDO Workforce Specialist! CLICK HERE to view the full job description and apply for this unique opportunity.

If you missed the SEPECC Roundtable on June 15th with OCDEL Deputy Secretary Tracey Campinini, you can view it here: https://www.firstup.org/SEPECC/.

Past issues of the ELRC 18 E-bulletin are now available in section below

Philadelphia's Informal Child Care Project

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.
+