Provider Attendance Sheet and Check Schedule
We are collecting data to share with OCDEL about the number of school-age children needing and receiving full-time care during virtual education. If your program provides school-age care, please complete the following short survey: https://form.jotform.com/220101874819151. Your input will help inform the State about both the need for care and your ability to provide the care. This survey is for informational purposes only and WILL NOT impact your enrollments, invoice or payment. Thanks, in advance, for your cooperation.
And since I have you…here are a few timely items that didn’t make it into yesterday’s ELRC 18 Updates.
Provider Networking Meeting for Spanish-speaking providers
Hosted by ELRC 18, this monthly meeting is set for this Thursday – January 13th at 6p. Join us on Teams: Click here to join the meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Gladys Leon (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lilly Olivo (email@example.com).
Child Care Facilities Fund Deadline Extended
Deadline: Friday, January 14th
The Child Care Facilities Fund knows that you are working diligently on your application(s). We also understand that there have been covid related delays with obtaining comparable quotes. So, we are extending the application deadline until Friday, January 14, 2022, at 5 pm. All applications and supporting documents are to be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each requested project or purchase must have comparable quotes when submitted. The CCFF application, project budget template, and supporting document template are on our website. If you have already submitted your application, you should’ve received an email stating that we have received your application(s).
- Currently licensed STAR 3 or STAR 4 operator in Philadelphia
- Long-term commitment to providing high quality child care services
STAR 2 Eligibility
- Proof that the site is currently receiving TA through the ELRC to move the site up from STAR 2 to STAR 3 within the next 12 months or participating in a quality improvement initiative such as EQUIP.
- At least 65% of enrolled children that receive a subsidy
- Minor to mid-level facility renovation project
- Not a recipient of City of Philadelphia: Child Care Facility Fund in FY21
- Less than two-time recipient of CCFF funding at location
- Provider owned property or lease in place expiring no less than 3 years from application date
- Project budget falls within the grant funding limits or proof of cash on hand for projects above grant max
- Facility must be free from city, state, federal tax liens and be current with mortgage or lease payments
PHMC ECE Business Supports Virtual Open Office
HR Practices Legal Do’s and Don’ts
Thursday, January 20, 1:30-2:30
Human resources is one of your most valuable assets as a child care business. Are you following the best HR practices for you, your staff, and your business? Do you know what determines whether an employee is exempt or nonexempt and who qualifies for overtime pay? Do you know the factors that determine whether someone is an employee or a consultant/independent contractor? Join us for an interactive open office with Jennifer Myers-Chalal, Esquire, Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C., to discuss these topics and more. CLICK HERE to register. After registration you’ll receive and email with a link to join the session. Have a specific question or concern you’d like to discuss? You can email questions in advance to Melissa Stueck, email@example.com
Lastly, yesterday’s ECE Recap had even more important information than usual. If you missed it, please click here to read it: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/OCDEL-ECE-Recap-Jan–10–2022.html?soid=1112117859299&aid=WG45vECbIAA
- Message from Deputy Secretary Campanini
- Concerns Related to Announcement C-21-11 (Addition of COVID-19 to List of Reportable Communicable Diseases)
- CDC Guidelines
- Applications Open for the 2022 Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards
- Flyer/Addendum to Solicitation RFA 17-21 (Children’s Trust Fund Grants)
- Free Child Care Health Advocate Course
- 2022 GroMoreGood Grassroots Grant
- And more…
ELRC 18 Updates
I have lots of reminders and updates to share with you, so let’s get right to it…
Base Rate Increase – As I hope you remember, the State increased the Maximum Child Care Reimbursement Rates (base rates) effective January 1st. You’ll find a copy of the new maximums for Philadelphia County here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/npl4uu62r717mti/FYI%20-%20Maximum%20Child%20Care%20Rates%20-%201-1-2022.pdf?dl=0
- If your current private pay rates are higher than the new maximum, you do not need to do anything to receive the increase.
- All providers will receive an updated Appendix C2 (subsidy reimbursement rates) in the mail later this month.
- If you would like to update your private pay rates:
- Do not worry about updating PELICAN Provider Self Service. It’s just extra work for us both!
- You must submit an updated Appendix C1 with a copy of your published rates (typically a flyer or page from your handbook used to inform the public about your fees).
- You can find a blank Appendix C1 here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/qwvkpsl5p7gaudj/Regulated%20-%20Appendix%20C1%20-%20FY2021-2022.pdf?dl=0
- If we receive your documents by 1/31/2022, the new rates will be effective 1/1/2022.
- You can send in your Appendix C1 and published rates any of the following ways:
- Email to ELRC18providers@caringpeoplealliance.org
- Fax to (215) 940-0226
- Drop off at any of ELRC 18’s locations, Monday-Friday 8a-5p. For a list of locations, visit our website at www.philadelphiaelrc18.org.
- Mail your documents to: Provider/STARS, ELRC 18 of Philadelphia, 2361-2373 Welsh Road, Philadelphia, PA 19114.
Non-Traditional Add-on – Also effective January 1st, a 25% increase over your base rate is being added for non-traditional care.
- Non-traditional hours are between 6p and 6a Monday through Friday, or anytime on Saturday/Sunday.
- The non-traditional add-on will be added for enrollments that have at least 2 hours of care during non-traditional hours during the week or anytime on the weekend.
- Enrollments that are eligible for the non-traditional add-on will show “NFT” or “NPT” on both your enrollment summary and attendance invoice.
- Please be sure to check any enrollments that you believe should be paid the non-traditional add-on. If you do not see the non-traditional indicator, send an e-mail including the child’s name and record number, along with the hours of care, to ELRC18providers@caringpeoplealliance.org.
Co-payment Decrease – On January 17th, many families will receive a decrease in their weekly co-payment as a result of the State’s COVID relief efforts. Families and providers who are impacted will receive an updated Enrollment Summary. You will also see the update reflected on your attendance invoice on PELICAN Provider Self Service.
Charging Fees Above Subsidy – If you currently charge subsidy families the difference between your private pay rate and what ELRC pays you, you MUST recalculate this amount effective January 1st and again January 17th if the parent receives a co-payment decrease. Remember that you must include your Keystone STARS add-on when calculating the fees above subsidy. If you have any questions or need help calculating this amount, please contact the provider services team, either at ELRC18providers@caringpeoplealliance.org or by calling (215) 382-4762 ext. 2980.
Full-time care of school-age children during virtual education – Per OCDEL, we cannot pay for full-time care of school-age children during their virtual education. There has been no change on this policy.
ARPA Stabilization Grant – ELRC 18 has approved 1,230 applications (82.27% of eligible providers in Philadelphia). The deadline to apply for the ARPA Stabilization Grant is 1/31/2022. If you have not yet applied, please be sure to at least access the application in the PD Registry and review the pre-populated information to make sure no data fixes are needed. If you have questions or need any help, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (267) 504-4179.
- The State has not yet released information on reporting how you spent the grant. We will send it out right away when they do.
- If you have questions about your payment, please contact our finance team at (215) 382-4762, ext. 2206.
Keystone STAR Extensions – OCDEL has approved one year extensions of all STAR expirations from 10/1/2021 through 9/30/2022. For additional information, please contact your ELRC 18 quality coach.
PHLpreK, PreK Counts and Head Start – Hopefully, by now, if you provide subsidized wrap-around care to children enrolled in one of these programs, you have already submitted the appropriate enrollment verification form to ELRC. If you have not, please see the following links, complete and return them as soon as possible. Please contact me if you have questions – email@example.com or (267) 504-4179
Provider Networking Meetings
- QIP January Monthly Meeting 2022!!
Jan 15, 2022, 09:00 AM
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82367787666
Meeting ID: 823 6778 7666
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- Northwest Directors Networking Meeting hosted by Childspace
Wednesday, January 19th at 1p
Email Janet Filante for the link: firstname.lastname@example.org
- North Philadelphia Directors Networking Meeting hosted by ELRC 18
Thursday, January 20th at 1p
Join Teams Meeting: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_YjZiNmFmNTctZWM3ZC00ZDJiLTllYjItNDQ5MjQ5NmVkMGU1%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%2212b3abd7-e406-4fb3-b3f4-d04f7eee2472%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%2289e21239-e245-4969-9709-6886ebe85734%22%7d
COVID Updates and Reminders
Guidance re: masking in Philadelphia ECE Programs: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ndddu28najxzgyz/Philly%20mask%20letter.pdf?dl=0
From the COVID Schools Team at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health
- We recommend reviewing PDPH’s Schools and early childhood education guidance, in particular the section “Plan for when someone becomes sick or potentially exposed to COVID-19.”
- We also recommend as resources. Please note that all guidance is subject to ongoing review as conditions change. Please do not hesitate to reach out should you need further assistance.
- PDPH Resources for schools and childcare operators– which includes:
- PDPH: Calculating isolation, quarantine, and testing period (PDF)
- Feel free to reply or call our PDPH COVID-19 hotline at 215-685-5488 with any other questions or concerns. This line is available:
- Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM (EST)
- Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (EST)
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
How to reflect COVID-related closures/absences on your CCW invoice
If you close due to COVID-19, do not enter closure (paid or unpaid) through PELICAN Provider Self Service. Instead, all COVID-related closures/absences should be recorded on your invoicing as follows. As long as you report as required (see above), ELRC can pay you for up to 14 consecutive business days of COVID-related closure or absence.
Mark the children absent and enter the “COVID-related absence” comment by clicking on the hyperlink under each child’s name. The comment is very important to make sure you are paid correctly and that the absences aren’t counted toward the children’s annual cap.
Mark the children absent using the code CA. This is very important to make sure you are paid correctly and that the absences aren’t counted toward the children’s annual cap.
Co-payments during COVID-related closure/absence
Please remember that subsidy co-payments are not to be collected when there is a full week of COVID-related absence or closure. Co-payments are not prorated, so if even one day of care is provided, the full co-payment is due. If you have any questions, please reach out to ELRC18providers@caringpeoplealliance.org or at (215) 382-4762 ext. 2980.
Register for Penn State Better Kid Care webinar: COVID Vaccines for Children in Early Care and Education
January 26, 2022, 1:00 p.m. (EST)
What do we know about the COVID vaccine for children ages 6 months up to 4 years of age? What role might early care and education professionals serve in promoting vaccine confidence with families such as offering vaccine clinics on site? Should COVID vaccines be required in ECE settings? Join Penn State Better Kid Care along with Dr. Timothy Shope for a one-hour free webinar to explore the answers to these questions and many more. To register for the webinar: https://bit.ly/ECEVax
Important reminders: Certificates will not be issued for attending the webinar. Attendees will receive a confirmation email as proof of their participation. They must attend from their own device in order to receive the confirmation email.
From Certification: Announcement C-21-11, Addition of COVID-19 to List of Reportable Communicable Diseases
The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning Bureau of Early Learning Policy and Professional Development and Bureau of Certification have released the Announcement C-21-11, Addition of COVID-19 to List of Reportable Communicable Diseases. This Announcement notifies child care facilities that the Pennsylvania (PA) Department of Health (DOH) has added COVID-19 to the list of reportable communicable diseases. To provide guidance on the requirements of child care providers for child or facility person return to the child care facility after having a communicable disease, specifically COVID-19. For full details, see Announcement C-21-11, Addition of COVID-19 to List of Reportable Communicable Diseases.
Next Children’s Village Beginner Business Series Starts Soon!!
ELRC Region 18 is very pleased to again sponsor the Children’s Village Beginner Business Series (both for centers and family child care providers). These series have been wildly popular among child care providers – both those who are new to the field and those who have been operating for many years. (“I didn’t know what I didn’t know!” is a frequent response.) The series normally costs $300, but we are providing it to you FREE OF CHARGE, plus you will earn 12 PQAS hours for participating in this highly interactive virtual series! If you are interested, email Huan Chen at email@example.com for an application and more information.
Business Series for Family Child Care Providers
- Thursdays from 6 to 8p – January 13, 20, 27 and February 3
- Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2:30p – March 9, 16, 30 and April 6
- Tuesdays from 6 to 8p – May 10, 17, 24 and 31
Business Series for Centers
- Thursdays from 1p to 3:30p – February 24 and March 3, 10 and 17
- Wednesdays from 9:30a to 12p – May 4, 11, 18 and 25
Register for the Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards Info Sessions Today!
First Up will be hosting two Information sessions Tuesday, Jan. 11th at 6:00pm EST and Thursday, Jan. 13th at 3:00pm EST to help those interested in applying for the 2022 Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards. If you are having trouble applying, don’t know if you or someone you know qualifies, or if you want to learn more about the awards, please use the links below to sign up for the free Information sessions.
Information session #1: Tuesday, Jan. 11th at 6:00pm EST
Information session #2: Thursday, Jan. 13th at 3:00pm EST
Supporting Infants’ and Toddlers’ Cognitive Self-regulation
Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, 3–4 p.m.
Cognitive self-regulation skills — often referred to as executive functioning — are key school readiness skills. These skills include infants’ and toddlers’ ability to maintain focus with adult support during interactions, show persistence when working toward a goal or solving a problem, and demonstrate flexibility in actions and behavior. Join this webinar to discuss the importance of cognitive self-regulation for infants and toddlers and learn ways to support their development.
This webinar will have English and Spanish captioning.
Topics for the webinar include:
- How cognitive self-regulation supports infants’ and toddlers’ learning and positive engagement with their learning environment
- Strategies and teaching practices that help all infants and toddlers learn cognitive self-regulation skills
- Modifications and activities that support individual infant’s and toddler’s cognitive self-regulation skills
This webinar will benefit:
- Teachers and family child care providers who interact daily with infants and toddlers
- Education managers, coaches, and child development specialists
- Support staff
How to Register
Select the link to register: https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/3348145/B6C7923118F742C4AE10626352733954
Certificates of completion are available for this webinar.
Watch all of the Teacher Time webinars on-demand: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/teaching-practices/teacher-time-series/teacher-time-series
Explore related resources on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) to learn more.
- Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Approaches to Learning
- Cognitive Self-regulation Effective Practice Guide
- Brilliant Bilingual Babies
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21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant 2022-23
Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is pleased to announce a coming release of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant for 2022-23. To clearly communicate and inform potential grant applicants, PDE will be conducting 21st CCLC informational webinars.
These webinars will:
- Outline the application process. Applications for the 21st CCLC grant will be created, submitted, collected and competed via the commonwealth’s e-grant system.
- Summarize information about the available funding source.S. Department of Education allocates federal funds for the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers program on a formula basis to enable PDE to manage and monitor this competitive grant program.
- Explain the program’s purpose. This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math, offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs, and offers educational services to the families of participating children.
Examples of student opportunities (particularly students who attend low-performing schools): academic enrichment, tutorial services, youth development activities, service learning, nutrition and health education, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, arts, music, physical fitness and wellness programs, technology education programs, financial literacy programs, environmental literacy programs, mathematics, science, programs with ties to in-demand occupations, career and technical programs, parental engagement, family literacy, family educational development.
- Introduce Pennsylvania Program Funding Priorities. English language learners, workforce/career /college readiness and tech service planning, environmental literacy STEM/STEAM.
- Register now for one of the Pre-Release Webinars!
Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, 8 a.m. ET
Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, 12 p.m. ET
For additional program information, please contact N. Craig Scott, 21st CCLC Program Supervisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Coaching to Success- SAVE THE DATE- Zoom link to follow
- 01/14/2021 The Compass Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS), presented by Kimberly Rogers, Program Director
- 01/28/2021 Retirement Strategies for the Self Employed, presented by Ka’Neda Bullock, MBA, CFP, and President of Master Plan Investment Group Inc.
Free Online Series from the Health Federation of Philadelphia
- Gratitude Practice for Well-Being
Friday, January 14, 2022, 10:00 -11:00 AM
Gratitude is a healing practice that creates positive changes in the brain over time, moving our internal focus to health and well-being. In this practice workshop, we will explore three gratitude practices together and learn how they impact our brains and our well-being. For this workshop, you will want to be in a private and safe enough space to engage fully in the exercises.
Presenter: Monica Sullivan
- Boundaries: How Setting Limits Supports Healthy Relationships
Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Boundaries – physical, emotional, and spiritual – define where one person ends, and another begins. Healthy boundaries are important in creating good relationships on both the personal and professional levels. This workshop will examine how to identify healthy and unhealthy boundaries and how to communicate (and enforce) boundaries to family members, colleagues, and consumers/clients.
Presenter: Beth Bitler, MSA
- Getting Organized for 2022
Friday, January 21, 2022, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Having a fresh start to a new year is something many of us aspire to and we begin by thinking about changes we’d like to make in our lives. Whether it’s directing more focus back to your work or hobbies, being more intentional about adding exercise into your day or adapting to a new hybrid model of work, the beginning of a new year offers opportunities to reset and reenergize. Organizational skills are crucial to meeting our goals and aspirations. Within this workshop, we will discuss effective organizational strategies that can assist with better time management and prioritization. Participants will leave this workshop with an action plan for making change as 2022 begins.
Presenters: Ashleigh Ryans, MSW and Donald Jackson
- Embracing Wellness: Creating Intentions for 2022
Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 1:00 – 2:30 PM
What does it look like to set reasonable intentions for yourself as the new year begins? What’s the difference between setting resolutions and setting intentions? During this workshop, we will explore the impact of creating kind and thoughtful intentions for 2022, so that our year begins with commitment to supporting one’s best self. During this workshop, you will engage in reflection activities and peer conversations.
Presenter: Donald Jackson
First Up Presents Flourishing Together’s MLK Training
Join First Up on January 17th for a special Foundation Series training blitz to celebrate Martin Luther King Day! Participants will earn 4.5 PQAS hours for this training and is open to anyone! Click here to register today!
FREE Professional Development for School-Age Providers
Please click on the link for details and registration information.
- Enhancing Your School Age Care or Out of School Program (SAC/OST) with Social Justice Standards
- School-age Care Spotlight on Social Emotional Standards
- School-age Care and Out of School Time Trauma Informed Series
NAEYC 10 Minute Check-In Survey | Closing 1/17/2022
To continue showing policymakers and the media what’s happening on the ground in ECE programs right now, and help them stay urgently focused on child care & early learning programs’ needs and strengths, we are asking the ECE field to participate in a 10-minute check-in survey, with a current deadline of midnight ET on Monday, January 17. The survey is available in English and in Spanish and can be accessed via www.naeyc.org/pandemic-surveys. It is important for the number of educators across all states and settings completing this survey to be as high as possible. State specific information will be shared once it is compiled
Children’s Work Group Early Childhood Conference
The next conference will be Friday, January 21, 2022, 9:30 to 11:00 AM with guests Sarah Lytle and Ally Masters of the Playful Learning Landscape Network. They will present about PEC’s Everyday Learning Play Spaces projects. PLLAN works with communities, researchers, architects, and designers to implement playful learning across the United States and internationally. In addition, we will discuss the topic of homeless young children who are not in shelter and how to reach them, the Children Cannot Wait Campaign and recent reports on young children experiencing homelessness.
Next SEPECC Meeting: Tuesday, January 25, 2022 9:00 – 11:00am
Join us for updates from OCDEL and local ELRC agencies, funding updates, advocacy opportunities, perspectives from early learning providers, and information from community organizations. Pre-register for the January 25th meeting here; you can also submit your questions & comments when registering.
The Voice of ECE Provider Check-in Survey
The Voice of ECE is conducting a second survey to inform OCDEL, legislators and other organizations on the current state of ECE to collectively impact funding and policy priorities.
The Philadelphia Maternal and Infant Community Action Network is offering $35,000 to Philadelphia Black, Indigenous, People of Color-led groups with budgets under $500,000 whose work falls in line with the Community Action Network’s mission of reducing infant mortality and decreasing racial disparities in infant and maternal health.Each selected group will receive a minimum of $2,500 and a maximum of $20,000. The selected groups can use the funding to enhance current services or create a new pilot program. The deadline for submissions is January 14th, 2022. To apply, please fill out this form.
Grant Opportunity for Non-Profits
The Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial Foundation is a charitable foundation formed to carry out the wishes of Henrietta Tower Wurts, who passed away in 1933. It supports programs in which a modest grant can play a significant part and which have meaningful goals in relation to the total resources committed to them. The Philadelphia Foundation provides administrative and management support services for the memorial. We receive grant applications and distribute grants approved by the Wurts Memorial’s Board of Directors.
FOR NONPROFITS SERVING THIS POPULATION:
Disadvantaged children and youth and/or the elderly in the City of Philadelphia.
COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL GRANT APPLICANTS:
- Operating budget under $2.5 million
- 501c3 status
- One year of financial data
AMOUNTS OF GRANTS:
$1,000 to $5,000
TYPES OF PROJECTS FUNDED:
Programs or General Operating Support for organizations serving disadvantaged children and youth and/or the elderly.
Two cycles: Feb. 1 and Sept. 1 deadlines
Kindergarten Registration Resources
It’s that time! Kindergarten registration for the Philadelphia School District starts this month!
- You’ll find a short PowerPoint with key dates and contact information here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1dZdiqrIDn8ojWX1A-8UmHt5MsrFutfMc/edit#slide=id.p23
- Please share the Kindergarten registration flyer with families. You’ll find it available in multiple languages here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KuXfiampe6SrqH_Zb6HkTReRjBNhQw6q-u09PevM0Cg/edit
- If you’re interested in participating in Building Bridges, please see the following to register: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1dZdiqrIDn8ojWX1A-8UmHt5MsrFutfMc/edit#slide=id.p23
First Up Presents Kindergarten Transition Information Sessions
Entering Kindergarten is a big change for children and for families! Families of rising Kindergarteners are invited to attend a short information session to learn what they will need to do in the coming year, from the child’s last preschool year until Kindergarten.
Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at 1 or 7 pm EST
- 1:00-1:30PM – Click Here to Register https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZModeysrjItGNVdO-eOwnTKxfiTZbTOo_tg
- 7:00-7:30PM –Click Here to Register https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpfuGgrz8pHNyfGAINJf2AibqZFMx6bQLp
ParentChild+ Windows, Mirrors and Doors – January 27th @ 8p
Windows, Mirrors & Doors: The Importance of First Nations Representation in Children’s Literature
Click here to register for this free event.
We invite you to ParentChild+’s virtual series on representation in children’s literature, Windows, Mirrors & Doors. Join children’s book authors, storytellers, and advocates for a compelling discussion on indigenous representation in the stories children read and hear. This session will be introduced by ParentChild+ site coordinator, Rose McKenney. The discussion will focus on First Nations people, highlighting the importance of all children and families learning about indigenous peoples, beliefs, and culture; the importance of indigenous children seeing themselves in the books they encounter and the stories they hear; the ways in which we can equip parents and caregivers to access these books and stories and share them with the children in their lives, and how we can all advocate for improvements in indigenous representation. At ParentChild+, we believe representation and book selection can be a powerful step toward building a stronger, more equitable world.
La Fuerza de Familias Latinas
Please see the attached for a flyer about offering unique workshops for staff and families.
Low-income families struggling with utility bills can look to new program for help
Access to clean drinking water and wastewater services that keep our homes safe are important to our daily lives and a family’s ongoing health and wellbeing. The Department of Human Services (DHS) and Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced the launch of the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP), which will help Pennsylvanians with low incomes maintain access to drinking and wastewater services. Applications for water assistance opened January 4, 2022.
Philly Families CAN
Philly Families CAN connects pregnant and parenting families with children 0-3 to voluntary home visiting programs for extra support, all at the family’s choice. This personalized support comes at no cost to families. They’ve been connecting families to support for over a year now! Based on their pilot survey, families have rated their experience with us 4.8/5 stars, saying that they felt listened to, heard, and that they “connected them with the resources we needed.”
Phone number: 215.685.4701
Request Philly Families CAN materials through this form (posters, flyers, pens, etc.)
To connect interested families, visit the Provider section of the Philly Families CAN website and select the green “Get Started” button.
They are happy to share a program update or tutorial for anyone who would like to learn how to refer families. If you would like to learn more or want to connect with their wonderful Coordinators, please email Stephanie Foster (Stephanie.Foster@Phila.gov) and/or Miya Cooley-Donaldson (Miya.Cooley-Donaldson@Phila.gov).
CPR/First Aid Resource
Dymira Gary-Davis from Development of Greatness is a certified CPR/First Aid instructor with the American Red Cross and offers online, in-person and same day training. See the attached flyer for additional information.
Daycare For Sale (Business only, not building!)
Fully established business, Star 4 Facility. Capacity is 70+ kids, currently operating with 35 children enrolled.
Center comes fully furnished, all you need is to complete the steps for Licensing.
If interested contact Zinberg Group Real Estate
Nathan Zinberg @ 215-884-5050
East Frankford Child Care Center Closeout Sale
Please call for an appointment: Karen Slocumb, 215-370-0113 or Claudia Griggs, 215-510-4460
- Cleaning Supplies
- Stainless Steel Double Door Refrigerator
- Construction Paper
- Laminating Machine
- Stainless Steel Double Door Freezer
- Portable Projection Screen
- Art Supplies
- Manipulative Toys
- Office Supplies
- Riding Toys
- Musical Instruments
- Professional Books
- Fifteen Passenger Van
- New Kitchen Supplies
- Metal Cabinets
- Little Miss Muffins Learning Academy is currently seeking :
1 Lead Teacher for our Preschool class .
1 Teacher for our Young Toddler class.
We recently received our third star. We offer competitive wages and paid holidays
Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org or call for an interview at 215-224-0400
- Yaya Daycare Center – Now Hiring!!!! If you love working with children and helping them reach their fullest potential, while providing a nurturing and safe environment, Yaya Daycare Center, LLC has a great opportunity for you to join our team as an Assistant Lead Teacher. Candidates MUST have the following:
- Child Abuse Clearance
- Criminal Background Check Clearance
- FBI Clearance
- National Sex Offender Registry Clearance
- (2) letters of recommendation
- A valid Photo ID
- HS diploma or CDA Certification
Serious inquires only. Send resumes to Yayadaycare@yahoo.com
- Your Child and Mine – Are you ready to become a YCAM Educator?! We are seeking passionate people who are interested in making a positive difference in the lives of students! Interested in joining our team? Apply today? Please click the link below.
Sesame Street in Communities
In case you’re not aware of SSIC (Sesame Street in Communities), it is a FANTASTIC website that you can use with your teachers and parents to address a wide range of issues using the familiar characters of Sesame Street. Moving forward, in each issue of the ELRC 18 E-bulletin, we will share a quick tip to show you how some of the resources can help you meet the Keystone STAR performance standards. For now, please take a minute and visit www.ssic.org and sign up for a free account. If you have any questions and would like to talk with one of ELRC 18’s Abby Ambassadors about ways to use SSIC in your program, please reach out to Cheri Howard, Gladys Leon or Sherell Hamilton.
Finally, If you have a few minutes and are in the mood for a good laugh, please check out the following: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/a-note-of-reassurance-from-your-school-district-regarding-our-updated-omicron-policies. Thanks to Mary Graham from Children’s Village for sharing!
Stay safe and have a great week,
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!
- 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 Data – Tuesday, 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 Educators – Tuesday, 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 Coaches – Tuesday, 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 Change – Tuesday, 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 Partnerships – Tuesday, 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 Wellbeing – Tuesday, 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 31st – Register 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 email@example.com.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.