Providers Corner

Provider Attendance Sheet and Check Schedule

Hi everyone,

I hope that you enjoyed the weekend, especially the extra hour of sleep! J I’m hoping to keep this one short, but there are lots of important updates, so let’s dive right in…

COVID-19 Update

Dear Philadelphia Childcare Providers,

We are reaching out to ensure you have seen the Philadelphia Department of Public Health updated guidance for continuing or pausing in-person early childhood education and an update on centralized reporting.

We have updated our centralized reporting form for any for any COVID-19 positive cases for your children, teachers, and/or staff to simplify reporting and next steps. Effective November 5, 2021, report any new positive cases to: https://phillyhs.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1NWgJ7yfK46dXMi.

To help control the spread of the disease, please be sure to complete the above form with accurate contact information (e-mail and phone number) and be sure to complete the Redcap survey from PDPH when it is received.

In addition, OCDEL’s Bureau of Certification, Early Learning Resource Center #18, the School District of Philadelphia, and the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Children and Families will receive a copy of the reported case(s) to reduce the number of agencies you need to call and file reports. There still may be additional agencies with whom you need to report positive cases, but you will be provided a copy of the report filed above to help share with all other agencies.

Additional Resources:  

For immediate questions, please contact PDPH at Covid.Schools@phila.gov.

Kindest regards,

School District of Philadelphia

Philadelphia Department of Public Health

OCDEL Bureau of Certification

Early Learning Resource Center #18

City of Philadelphia Office of Children and Families: Early Childhood Education

Don’t Miss These Upcoming Provider Networking Meetings

  • Segundo Jueves – Proveedores de habla hispana de 6p-8p (Noviembre 11) Haga clic aquí para unirse
  • Quality Influential Professionals (QIP) family child care networking – open to all – Saturday, November 13th at 9a via Zoom. Here is the link to the meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87274148279 (Meeting ID: 872 7414 8279.) If you need additional call-in information, please let me know, and I’ll send you the full Zoom information.
  • Northwest Directors Meeting – November 17th at 1p – NOTE: This Zoom meeting is hosted by Childspace Centers and is open to all providers in the community. To RSVP and receive the meeting link, please e-mail jfilante@childspacecenters.org.
  • North Directors Meeting from 1-3p (October 21st) Click here to join the meeting

The Pennsylvania Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childcare Educators

From the November 2021 edition of the PA Early Ed News. In response to the recent national context, Pennsylvania is adopting a new set of professional standards for Early Childhood Educators. The Pennsylvania Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators are the general knowledge and skills that educators need to know and be able to demonstrate as they work with children and families. This set of standards and competencies are replacing the Pennsylvania Core Knowledge Competencies (CKCs) and have been adopted from the National Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators.

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) is now offering an asynchronous course to introduce the new set of Professional Standards to anyone interested in learning more. The course covers the following:

  • Why a new set of standards for early childhood educators is being implemented;
  • The development of the Pennsylvania Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators;
  • The main aspects and components of the PA Professional Standards; and
  • The key shifts found throughout the PA Professional Standards

The course is available within the PD Registry using this link or by searching the training calendar for The Pennsylvania Professional Standards for Early Childhood Educators. To access the course using the link you must be logged into the PD Registry. All early learning educators, program administrators, professional development instructors, IHE faculty, and anyone interested in learning about the new Professional Standards are encourages to take this free course. A Registry login is required to access the course. Information on how to log into the PD Registry is available here.

Providers, we need your input!

From Children First: 

Hello trusted providers!

As you well know, the decisions made in Harrisburg and Washington have a major impact on the child care sector. We need to make sure that elected officials always work to improve child care and the child care sector for all Pennsylvanians.

To that end, Children First and the Children Matter Action Fund are working to identify parents who are willing to commit to being child care voters.

We need your help! Please join us for one of the upcoming Zoom meetings and give us your ideas and opinions. In return, each participant receives a $50 gift card.  

We want to “pick your brain” about successful ways to connect with parents and motivate them to be a child care voter.  You know your parents best so your expertise should lead the way!

Please sign up below. Each group is capped at 15 people so make your choice soon.
Tuesday, Nov. 9th from 1:00 to 1:45 PM
Register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApcuGopj4sHdC3yoZaPatT5pMpnfz9YLRN
Wednesday, Nov. 10th from 1:00 to 1:45 PM
Register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwsdOGuqDktH90eok6Iov1DsiEBf_BjeatF
Thursday, Nov. 11th from 1:00 to 1:45 PM
Register in advance:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMlcO-vqjsjHtYUHAnh-HmV7r5PGEiCF9bT

Friday, Nov. 12th from 6:00 to 6:45 PM
Register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrdO6trzwiG9MoSrvbIlRn2eEmj-IOUhn4

Monday, Nov. 15th from 6:00 to 6:45 PM
Register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAudemrqT4iG9DIrU9XuFlqWtSUx7g13tX6

After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email with info about joining the meeting. Thanks in advance for helping us out and we look forward to seeing you soon! 

Here to Serve You, Too: Immigrant and Refugee Resource Fair

Saturday, November 13th (10a-1p)

Kinder Academy, 6901 Rising Sun Ave.

Participants will receive a free PHL ID, access to legal information, and get resources form local agencies that are here to help you. Fresh fruits, vegetables and non-perishables will also be distributed. All ages welcome. See the attached flyer for more details.

PACCA: T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Applications for the Spring 2022 Semester

ECE Professionals interested in attending college for the Spring semester that begins in January should apply to T.E.A.C.H. now!  T.E.A.C.H. applications must be complete and submitted with all required documentation/ information by Friday, November 14, 2021 in order to be considered for the Spring 2022 semester. PACCA will continue to accept applications on an ongoing basis, however incomplete applications and applications received after this date will not receive priority for consideration. New scholarship awards for the Spring 2022 semester will be dependent upon funding availability at that time.

Interested applicants should also begin the college admissions process now and contact an ECE advisor at their college/university.  This helps to ensure that scholarship applicants are admitted to their college/university and can register for courses if/when they receive a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship. T.E.A.C.H. can provide contact information for ECE advisors at partnering institutions if needed – just contact the PACCA  office and ask to be connected with a T.E.A.C.H. Counselor.

Click here to download a scholarship application.

Questions? Click here to contact a T.E.A.C.H. Counselor

Families to the Max Offers Family Virtual Drop In’s

The Philadelphia sessions of Family Virtual Drop In’s – informal gatherings and networking for families with students transitioning from early intervention to kindergarten – is set for November 16th at 7p. Register at https://bit.ly/EIDropInPhila. Download the flyer (English and Spanish) and share with your families who may be interested!

Facilities Fund FY22 Grant Application

The City of Philadelphia: Child Care Facilities Fund (CCFF) FY22 grant application will be released soon. Application materials and supporting resources will be available by November 15, 2021 at philafacilityfund.org. Eligible providers interested in applying are encouraged to attend the virtual informational kick-off event: The City of Philadelphia: Child Care Facilities Fund Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. To register, please click here. Recording will be made available.

PHMC Business Supports

  • Virtual Business Supports Open Office: COVID 19 Vaccination Policies and Practices for ECE Employers – Thursday, November 18, 1:30-2:30
    As an employer, do you have questions about COVID 19 vaccinations? Join us for a discussion co-hosted by Mary Graham, Executive Director, Children’s Village and Jennifer Myers-Chalal, Esquire, Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C.
    CLICK HERE to register.
  • One-on-One TA
    Limited individualized TA (2-20 hours) is available to those providers needing additional help. Providers must operate at least one facility in Philadelphia to participate in cohort learning or one-on-one TA. Our consultants are prepared to support you in:

    • reducing operating costs with reduced enrollment, continued enrollment volatility, and increased overhead to meet health and safety protocol;
    • developing systems for tracking and quantifying total losses during pandemic recovery;
    • making the best staffing decisions with reduced enrollment, continued workforce volatility, and classroom cohort implementation;
    • assistance in loan, grant, and contract applications
    • service demand assessment, targeted recruitment, enrollment forecasting, restructuring after staff and/or leadership transition.

CLICK HERE to complete an intake form if you are interested in receiving TA in any of the areas listed above or another relevant topic related to the recovery and stabilization of your child care business.

Early Intervention Topic at November 19th CWGEC Conference

Friday, November 19, 2021 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM EST

Register Now

Learn about Philly’s infant toddler early intervention program and EI-FIT (Early Intervention for Families in Transition). We will share about what early intervention is, how to access it, and how it can support families with children birth-36 months who are experiencing homelessness.

CACFP Community Conversations – Next Session 11/19/21 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Come to the next Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Community Conversations Session on Friday, November 19th from 1:30 -2:30 pm. Feel free to join for all or part of the time to connect with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, get CACFP resources, hear updates, and ask questions! The Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Division of the Philadelphia Department of Health is excited to continue this series with the Pennsylvania Department of Education to continue to bring you all the CACFP information and resources. Join here.

ServSafe Manage Certification

Acclaim Academy (561 S. Germantown Ave., 19144) will host two sessions of the ServSafe Manager Certification training – November 20th and December 11th. See the attached flyer for details and registration information.

Children’s Village Beginner Business Series

The next center-based cohort starts in just a few weeks! These series have been popular among new and seasoned child care providers. (“I didn’t know what I didn’t know!” is a frequent response.) The series normally costs $300, but ELRC 18 is 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 huanc@childrensvillagephila.org for an application and more information.

Business Series for Centers

  • Tuesdays from 1p to 3:30p – November 23, 30 and December 7 and 14
  • 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

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

Social Justice Trainings Funded by ELRC 18

The histories, stories and voices of Black people should be uplifted in our school curriculum every day. Join First Up for these engaging professional development sessions and explore Black history and resources for young children (0-8 years old).

Black History Month is coming, planning that is grounded in Black intersectional joy and power

Dec.1sthttps://www.papdregistry.org/v7/trainings/334105/detail

Feb.2nd:https://www.papdregistry.org/v7/trainings/334106/detail

There’s a Book for That: Using Children’s Books to Support Social Justice Education in the Early Years

Jan.5th:https://www.papdregistry.org/v7/trainings/334107/detail

May 4th:https://www.papdregistry.org/v7/trainings/334109/detail

Love is in the hair, celebrating Black hair in Early Childhood Programs

March 2nd: https://www.papdregistry.org/v7/trainings/334111/detail

April 6th: https://www.papdregistry.org/v7/trainings/334110/detail

Building Your Bounce: a three-part webinar series from Devereux

December 6, 13 and 20, 2021     Register @ https://dcrc.me/3bdazuz

Join Early Childhood Specialist and National Trainer Dr. Nefertiti Poyner for three webinar sessions. During these sessions, we’ll help participants unfold the concepts of risk, resilience, protective factors and overcoming obstacles – big and small. We’ll provide you with an opportunity to reflect on your own well-being, and with guidance as you take action to better support your resilience. Register now or check out what to expect…

Part 1 on December 6, 2021 from 1:00pm-2:15pm ET

Unpack the meaning of resilience and the powerful connection between your resilience and the quality of the care you provide as a child-serving professional.

Part 2 on December 13, 2021 from 1:00pm-2:15pm ET

Your past and present risk factors matter, and so too do your protective factors. Our risks do not have to dictate our life outcomes. Discover the important role protective factors play in contributing to your resilience.

Part 3 on December 20, 2021 from 1:00pm-2:30pm ET

We’ve saved the best for last. Reflect on your personal strengths and areas for growth as you learn about four key protective factors of resilient adults. Take action and begin to create your personal resilience-building plan. Learn a few protective factor-building strategies and how to create a life-long, resilience-building action plan.

Individual: $129 per person

Group of 2-3: $119 per person

Group of 4 or more: $109 per person

Register by December 5, 2021

Free Trauma Training from First Up

We are excited to launch our re-designed Flourishing Together Trauma Foundation Series! The series will operate in cohorts throughout the year. Each cohort begins with self-care followed by the connection between childhood trauma and your practice as an ECE professional. Cohort sizes are limited and spots fill up fast! Contact James Nicholson if you have any questions at 267-934-4158. We look forward to seeing you soon! Click here to complete our interest form.

Turnkey Childcare Facility for Sale

Peas In A Pod learning center LLC,  is licensed for 34 children. Looking for an experienced childcare provider who is financially able to take over the rental cost, after the purchase of the business. THIS IS NOT A LEASE TO OWN. This is a sale! You will be responsible for signing a 3 and a half years lease in addition to the purchase.

Prospective owner will be responsible for obtaining all necessary licensing through OCDEL and City of Philadelphia before operating.  This location has all the bells and whistles that you need to attract parents. You can simply move right in. This includes: a parking lot, outdoor signage,  fenced in outdoor space, new carpeting, up-to-date fire extinguishers, furnishings, fully operable kitchen that includes NSF Refrigerator & Freezer, NSF Confection oven.

Completely decorated, changing stations, portable sink, wall mounted TV and more. ADA bathrooms as well as entry and exits. The facility has forced central air and heat. This center is priced to sale. Childcare center will remain open until final sale is complete.

If interest is found, please forward an email with a short bio, and include name, telephone number and name of business if you own a childcare facility.

Email: peasinapodlearningcenter@hotmail.com

NO PHONE CALLS 

Job Openings

  • A Child’s Dream World Academy is looking for a full-time teacher’s assistant and a part-time teacher’s aide. Please see the attached flyer for requirements and application information.
  • Amazing Creations 1 and 2 – Call 267-971-0617
  • Bee’Nee’s Babies (803 N. 15th St.) Hiring Cook, Toddler Teacher, Aftercare Teacher, Infant Teacher. We are a Star 4 Center. 215-235-8490
  • Bel-Air Academy – Please call 917-434-9556
  • Candy’s Kids Learning Academy, LLC is hiring teachers. Contact Natrice Johnson, M.Ed, Owner/Director – (215)820-6567(mobile), 215-289-5437(work), 267-388-6705(fax)
  • Hasan’s Interactive Learning Center is hiring – 215-533-5437
  • Kinder Academycareers@kinderacademy.com
  • Little Einsteins ELC is hiring at all 3 locations – PreK, Toddler and Infant teachers, and a cook. 215-688-1069
    • 2030 Cottman Ave.
    • 398 E. Godfrey Ave
    • 6316 Germantown Ave.
  • Oasis Development and Learning Center – (215)455-4595. We are looking for a maintenance person, kitchen aid, and teachers.
  • Seasons Child Development Center is hiring for a teacher’s assistant. 267-388-6015
  • Suga Mama’s Daycare & Preschool is hiring 215-450-0707
  • Young Achievers is looking for part-time staff to work in school district buildings in our before and after school programs – 267-679-1213
  • Zion Childcare – 215-801-6113

Sharing Corner:

  • From Gail Carter-Hamilton at the PDPH: I have a church member (Great Commission Church Philadelphia)  going home to Brazil in a few weeks.  We are looking for laptops that are no longer needed for gifting two to 4 students in a town called Belo Horizonte.  If you would be willing to donate computers that are no longer working for their needs, please e-mail gail.carter-hamilton@phila.gov.
  • From OCDEL Program Representative Lillie Guytonwallace: United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Team Nutrition has more than 100 Spanish language materials that support healthy eating and physical activity. Visit their website for more Spanish Materials Available from Team Nutrition. Spanish Materials Available from Team Nutrition | Food and Nutrition Service (usda.gov)
  • Here are a couple of good resources to help you understand President Biden’s Build Back Better Plan:
    • From NAEYC: So much to know, so much to share! To learn more about how ECE is getting ready to build back better, make sure you check out the early childhood field webinar from earlier this week, “The New Federal Investment: A Child Care Entitlement, Universal PreK, and What Next?,” featuring NAEYC’s Managing Director of Policy and Professional Advancement, Lauren Hogan, as well as amazing educators and partners from a dozen national organizational hosts – it’s available right now in English and in Spanish.
    • The Hunt Institute has released Childcare and Prekindergarten in The Build Back Better Act: A Guide for Policymakerswhich condenses roughly 100 pages of pertinent bill language into 6 pages of question and answer-style summary.
  • From the CDC Foundation: Here are some key resources with science-based guidance to read and share:

Lastly, those of us attending the NAEYC Annual Conference had the great pleasure of hearing from award winning children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales during Sunday’s opening plenary session. Although I can’t share her full message with you, I was able to find this short clip on YouTube. ENJOY!! https://youtu.be/CAiTFJaNiD8

That’s all for now. As always, please reach out if you have any questions, and have a GREAT week!

Take good care,

Diane

  • 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

Due to COVID-19:
The Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 18 will be closed to the public until further notice.
ELRC Region 18 will continue to work with State and local government as well as community resources to provide services to parents and providers remotely.
Parents and Providers can drop off information Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for processing at the following locations:
Northeast Philadelphia: 2361-2373 Welsh Road, Philadelphia, PA 19114.
North Philadelphia: 2816 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19133.
West Philadelphia: 5548 Chestnut Street, Second Floor, Philadelphia, PA, 19139.
Check the COVID-19 Newsletter for the latest updates.
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