Providers Corner

Provider Attendance Sheet and Check Schedule

Hi everyone,

I hope you’re doing well and had a great weekend! There continues to be a lot of important activity in the ECE field. So, get comfy, take a deep breath, and let’s go!

Please note: ELRC 18 offices will be closed to the public on Monday, October 11, 2021. There will be no drop off service available at any of our three locations on this date.

ARPA Stabilization Grant Updates/Reminders

  • ELRC 18 has processed almost 500 applications with 150 more ready to be processed. There are also 93 applications “in process.” This means that they have not yet been submitted to the ELRC. You can check the status of your application in the PD Registry. If the Quality Dashboard lists your grant as “Under Review” or “Approved,” you’re good. If it lists “No Cases in Progress,” then you still have to complete and submit your application.
  • Once you apply, if you happen to again click Applications on the Quality Dashboard, you will see “Your program does not meet the requirements for this case” under the ARPA Stabilization Grant. This is because you have already applied! Close that screen and return to the Quality Dashboard to see your ARPA grant status under Most Recent Cases.
  • ELRC 18 sponsored Children’s Village to present a webinar to help providers maximize their grant, think about potential uses, tax consequences, and reporting/tracking In case you missed it, links to the recording and slides are listed below. (NOTE: To view the webinar, you must download it from our Dropbox. Otherwise the webinar will cut off after 15 minutes.)
  • Your grant will be paid out over 6 monthly payments, and you will receive your first payment within approximately 30 days of submitting your application. Payments will be made in the same way you receive your CCW payments (i.e. Direct Deposit or paper check), but will not be combined with your monthly subsidy payment. Once you receive your first payment, you can expect remaining payments on the same date each month until your grant is paid in full.
  • If you have any questions, please contact me directly (dgetzinger@caringpeoplealliance.org or 267-504-4179).

COVID Updates

  • Masking: Everyone age 2 and over inside child care settings is required to mask. For details, please see the Announcement C-21-07: COVID-19 Policy Updates and Answers to FAQs (PA Department of Education). Certification staff will cite programs for non-compliance in this area.
  • Reporting: You must report all positive COVID cases to both Certification and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. The easiest way to do this is to use the following link: https://form.jotform.com/203145664181149
  • Subsidy Payment: ELRC 18 continues to be able to pay for 14 consecutive business days of COVID-related closure or absence (as long as you report appropriately). Do NOT enter closed days on your provider profile or invoice. You should mark your invoicing as follows:
    • Online: 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.
    • Paper: 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.
  • PDPH Resources:
    • The Philadelphia Department of Public Health continues to provide updated guidance to child care programs, which can be found here.
    • The Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s COVID Schools team is a great resource for you. They are available to participate in back-to-school events (in-person or virtual), parent/staff meetings, etc. At your request, they will also come out to your program and help evaluate, suggest improvements, and even provide you with free PPE. Contact:
  • Vaccination: OCDEL does not require individuals to be vaccinated. ECE programs should not ask certification representatives, early intervention staff and therapists or other Direct Service Providers, for proof of COVID-19 vaccination.  Vaccination records are protected health information that are not required to be disclosed at this time outside of decisions implemented between employers and employees. Continued screening of individuals’ health upon entrance to a facility, wearing a mask, continued good hygiene, and vaccination will help to mitigate COVID-19.
  • BDCC COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing for this Week: The Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium (BDCC) will continue offering booster vaccines for immunocompromised people who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine 2nd dose a minimum of 4 weeks ago. BDCC will continue offering vaccines to individuals 12 years and older; and Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for those 18 years and older. BDCC will continue home vaccinations to meet the continued demand.

DATE:              Tuesday, October 12, 2021 and Thursday, October 14, 2021

TIME:               10a-4p

LOCATION:      Deliverance Evangelistic Church, 2001 West Lehigh Avenue, 19132

COVID-19:       BOOSTER Vaccine, Pfizer (12+), Moderna (18+), Johnson & Johnson (18+) Vaccines, and COVID-19 Testing

Keystone STARS Update

  • As announced on September 30th, OCDEL approved one-year extensions of all STAR expirations from 10/1/2021 through 9/30/2022. Read the full announcement here. ELRC 18 quality coaches will reach out to you in advance of your renewal to find out if you would like to renew now or accept the extension. If you choose to renew with your current expiration date, your renewal must be completed timely. One week prior to expiration, your extension will be processed in PELICAN (unless you renew timely).
  • The ability to extend designations by one year is allowing ELRC 18 quality coaches more time to be able to work with providers who are interested in moving to a higher STAR level. If you’re interested in pursuing movement, reach out to your quality coach. You will find a listing here.

Upcoming Provider Networking Meetings

Join us for updates from ELRC 18’s eligibility, finance, provider services and STARS teams. This is a great opportunity to ask your questions, meet with like-minded providers and get the information you need FIRST HAND! All meetings will be held virtually on Microsoft Teams. No need to pre-register; just click on the date below when it’s time to join the meeting.

  • Segundo Jueves – Proveedores de habla hispana de 6p-8p (Octubre 14)
  • Northwest Directors Meeting – October 20thNOTE: 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.
  • Third Thursday – North Directors from 1-3p (October 21st)

Early Childhood Provider Council Update

Over the next two weeks, Children First (formerly Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY)) will host four Zoom sessions for providers who may be interested in joining the Provider Council. Members of the Early Childhood Provider Council will represent a variety of early childhood programs from the southeast region of Pennsylvania, including ethnic, linguistic, and immigration backgrounds. Watch the YouTube video: Formation of the Early Childhood Provider Council Announcement

10/8 – 2pm– 2:30pm

Topic: Early Childhood Provider Council -Open Forum/Interest Session- 2

Time: Oct 8, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88462587360?pwd=QkszOWk3N09uNjZ6SXFJTmtBZHdGQT09

Meeting ID: 884 6258 7360

Passcode: 448356

Trouble with video? Join by phone: 929 205 6099 using the same Meeting ID and Passcode above

10/12 – 1pm – 1:30pm

Topic: Early Childhood Provider Council – Open Forum/Interest Session – 3

Time: Oct 12, 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87469060787?pwd=KzNGblRnRVU3cTJLMkhrb09TMk1xdz09

Meeting ID: 874 6906 0787

Passcode: 534298

Trouble with video? Join by phone: 929 205 6099 using the same Meeting ID and Passcode above

10/13 – 6pm – 6:30pm

Topic: Early Childhood Provider Council -Open Forum/InterestSession

Time: Oct 13, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81828015184?pwd=eStZL1VoRzVIRUFKOGpiWVFZMnJiUT09

Meeting ID: 818 2801 5184

Passcode: 535679

Trouble with video? Join by phone: 929 205 6099 using the same Meeting ID and Passcode above

10/14 – 1pm – 1:30pm

Topic: Early Childhood Provider Council -Open Forum/InterestSession – 4

Time: Oct 14, 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88939035252?pwd=Um1jQjhqQUQyamRjM3ZHbEMwMnRjdz09

Meeting ID: 889 3903 5252

Passcode: 149236

Trouble with video? Join by phone: 929 205 6099 using the same Meeting ID and Passcode above.

Host a Family Literacy Event in Your Neighborhood

Mark your calendar! Reading Promise Week is October 11-17. Philly’s second annual family literacy festival is set to bring books, resources, and family fun to neighborhoods citywide. All events are free, highlight local resources, and are designed for and by the community. Read by 4th is here to help by providing books, giveaways, and support to those hosting literacy events during the week. Click here to learn more.

Next SEPECC Meeting: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 9:00 – 11:00am

Join SEPECC for updates from OCDEL and local ELRC agencies, funding updates, advocacy opportunities, perspectives from early learning providers, information from community organizations and a special presentation by Amy Requa, Senior Health Manager with The PA Key.  Use the links below to register for upcoming meetings.

Register for the October 12th SEPECC Virtual Meeting

Register for the November 16th SEPECC Virtual Meeting

Register for the December 21st SEPECC Virtual Meeting

View materials from September 21: Meeting Recording and Meeting Slides

Opportunity for STAR 2 Providers

EQUIP (Early Childhood Quality Improvement Project) supports Philadelphia ECE centers and family childcare programs desiring to move from STAR level 2 to STAR level 3 or 4 through coaching, training, and program evaluation. There will be three information sessions held in October to provide more details about the benefits and support that the initiative provides. In order to be considered, providers must attend one of the information sessions listed below.

October 13th 1:30pm – 2:30 pm

EQUIP information session 1- October 13th 1:30 – 2:30

October 13th 6:30pm – 7:30 pm

EQUIP Information Evening Session October 13th 6:30 – 7:30

October 15th 1:30pm – 2:30pm

EQUIP Information Session 2 October 15th 1:30 – 2:30

Next CWGEC Conference – Friday, October 15th 9:30a-11a

The September 29th BELL Summit identified key recommendations for increasing support for young children residing in shelter or living doubled up. Come help develop policy briefs that can be shared with policy makers. Specifically, they intend to develop a set of recommendations from the BELL Summit: Children Can’t Wait. They can get those recommendations to be considered by Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial and United States Senate campaign races next year. In this way, they hope to educate the candidates and encourage them to support young children who experience homelessness.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwocOuurDkiE9UYLA67BmFJullqlTPFna6K

Free Business Series Start Soon!

The Children’s Village Beginner Business Series (both for centers and family child care providers) start this month! 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! Please see the flyers below for the application and pre-assessment. Space is limited.

Business Series for Centers

Business Series for Family Child Care Providers

Museums 2 Go:

First Up is proud to announce that they have been selected to continue the legacy of The Terry Lynn Lokoff / Lois B. Cohan Museums to Go (M2G) program. Childcare centers, group, and family providers in Philadelphia serving low-income families and at-risk children are given the opportunity to apply. Grant awardees may select from participating age-appropriate, community arts, cultural and educational offerings. First Up will provide awards up to $500 in funding toward program costs on the list of pre-approved participating organizations.  Spaces are limited. Please see the flyer for details: https://www.dropbox.com/s/d3rhwc0e8c0wr1k/M2G%20Flyer%20FINAL.pdf?dl=0

ParentChild+ for FCCH

ParentChild+ is a terrific resource for family child care providers. Now, because services are provided virtually, all FCCHs in Philadelphia can participate!!  ParentChild+ preempts the achievement gap by providing young children and their parents with learning tools and skills. For more information, reach out to Monica Allison at parentchild+mallison@phmc.org.

ECE Career Planning Supports Available Now Through the ECE PDO at PHMC

Contact the ECE PDO at PHMC to learn about their Career Advising services. Get matched with a PDO-funded degree or credentialing program today. CLICK HERE to complete an intake form to access their Career Advising supports. Direct all general questions to their ECE Workforce Specialist at ecepdo@phmc.org.

CLICK HERE to learn more about their Infant Toddler Mental Health Certificate, PA Director Credential courses, and the Master of Education in Early Childhood Education (ONLINE, 1/3 Tuition Discount)

Drexel Research Project

Greetings,

You are invited to participate in an international study that examines how pedagogical perspectives and practices related to neuroscience, psychology, and education may inform teaching, learning, and administration. The study also seeks to explore the types of professional development you engaged in from March 1, 2020 to October 1, 2021. This study is being led by Drexel University (United States) and the Education, Learning and Brain Sciences (E-LaBS) Research Collaborative in partnership with research team members at North-West University (South Africa).

We are inviting pre-service teachers, teachers, and administrators who work in PK-12 education to participate in this study. If you work in one of these roles, please complete the survey using the link below. We also ask that you share this email invitation worldwide with both (a) colleagues in your school/district and (b) contacts at other schools/districts who work at pre-service teachers, teachers, and administrators.

Survey: https://drexel.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2mJpLAQZ9xzebzg
Survey Completion DateMonday, November 22, 2021

Estimated Time of Completion: 12-15 minutes

When you click on the Qualtrics survey link above, you will be asked to provide consent to participate in this study. The results of the study will be used to inform professional development and instructional practice. At the end of the survey, you will have the option to be included in a drawing for one of four $50 Amazon eGift cards.

If you have questions about the interpretation of a question or the survey, contact Dr. Kristen Betts or Dr. Constance Lyttle.

On behalf of Drexel University and the research team, THANK YOU!

Kristen Betts, Ed.D.
Drexel University, School of Education
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Constance Lyttle, Ph.D., J.D.
Drexel University, School of Education
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Larry Keiser, Ph.D.
Drexel University, School of Education
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Mariette Fourie, Ph.D.
North-West University
Potchefstroom, South Africa

Tamara Galoyan, Ph.D.
Drexel University, School of Education
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Melissa Schmitz, Ed.D.
Monarch Academy
Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Annapolis, Maryland, USA

Denise Ford, Ph.D.
North Kirkwood Middle School
Kirkwood School District
Kirkwood, Missouri, USA

Tanya McCreary Ardoin, Ed.D. Candidate

Drexel University, School of Education

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

2021 Out-of-School Time Professionals Survey

From PSAYDN

Anyone who works in afterschool programs, PSAYDN needs to hear from you! Your responses will help them understand trends and conditions in OST across Pennsylvania, and will inform new strategies, identify potential career pathways, and support advocacy for the profession. With only five minutes of your time, you will help uncover trends and identify opportunities and gaps in the OST field that will inform new strategies, support professional growth, improve representation in advocacy efforts, and help to advance equity within the field.

Complete the survey by Nov. 19, 2021, and you are eligible to win a new Chromebook! Be sure to share the survey link with your colleagues so they can contribute to this important dataset.

Contact Winnie Black if you have any questions.

Take the OST Survey: https://eval.center-school.org/perlex/remark/rws5.pl?FORM=ost_adminFall2021

The Teaching with CLASS® Podcast is Back!

Are you looking for an easy way to learn how to improve interactions with the children in your classroom? Between creating lesson plans and sparking children’s imagination, you don’t have much time to look for tactical resources that can help you improve your teaching practice.

That’s why Teachstone is excited to announce the return of their Teaching with CLASS® Podcast!

In these 20-minute episodes, you’ll learn:

  • strategies that you can use right away in your classroom,
  • ways to deepen your connections with children and,
  • how to enhance children’s social, emotional and cognitive growth and development.

After each episode, you can continue the conversation in the CLASS Learning Community and share your own strategies with thousands of other early education teachers around the world.

Subscribe here: https://teachstone.com/teaching/?utm_campaign=2021_content_teachingwithclasspodcast&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=166510271&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_StpoRbsXP9WXH_13WZJ7EQEKrlGuxx0amqtOeKSG1YqQnluSmoOTUhrr4bp7f7c4wuQ8E2MGOt4h_hiZmTfC-EXoCKXMQB1AANgIBo7OTy3QoFhA&utm_content=165469669&utm_source=hs_email

First Up Partners with P.R.I.D.E. Program

With support for this program provided by William Penn Foundation, First Up is pleased to announce that they have partnered with the P.R.I.D.E (Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education) program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education! The program is geared to help young Black children aged 0 to 8 develop a positive racial identity. Click here to read more.

In case you missed it:

Lastly, with credit to John Sperduto from CCPN, I would like to share a wonderful Alicia Keys song to say thank you and encourage you as you start a new week: https://youtu.be/ighFo0i0nrA. Enjoy!!!

Best always,

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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