Providers Corner

Provider Attendance Sheet and Check Schedule

ELRC Updates

 

Workforce Support Grant

  • The Workforce Support Grant is intended for providers to apply for staff retention grant funds on behalf of their current staff, as well as an option to request additional funds for staff-related expenses to help maintain current staff and recruit new staff.
  • I apologize, but I misunderstood, and there is not going to be a provider-facing FAQ document released for this grant. Please refer to the instructions here: https://s35729.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/2a.-Work-Force-Support-Grant-Instructions-05.13.2022.pdf
  • ELRC 18 is going to host a Workforce Support Grant Discussion on Tuesday, June 7th at 6p. We are expecting an update to the internal FAQ from OCDEL on Monday and hope to have more answers for you in time for this discussion. I know that this is short notice, so we will record the discussion in case you are unable to attend. Register for the discussion here: https://form.jotform.com/221548621880155
  • Please read the grant instructions before continuing:
    • A list of current staff in Group A from the Professional Development (PD) Registry must be included with the completed application. The easiest way to do this is to print your Staff Report from the PD Registry. This is required even if you are a family child care provider and are the only staff person. If you already submitted your grant application without the printout from the PD Registry, please resubmit your grant application with the printout as soon as possible. If you choose not to submit the Staff Report, please be sure that the printout you submit includes both your organization name and profile number, as well as the employees’ names, positions and status dates.
    • Your staff in Group B do not need to be included in the PD Registry, but it’s okay if they are. If they are, please just indicate which staff are included in Group A and which ones are in Group B. You can indicate this on the PD Registry printout or in the e-mail when you send your application, whichever is easier for you. If you already submitted your application with the printout, but did not include these comments, don’t worry; we will reach out to you for clarification when processing the application.
    • There is confusion about how FCCH providers with no staff can use the staff related expenses. I hope to have more information for you by Tuesday’s meeting, but the information we previously shared about being able to use it for your own benefits MAY be incorrect. Again, I apologize, and please know that we will work diligently with you to make sure you have accurate information before the grant is processed.
    • For providers who close for the summer months, such as school-age only providers, your employees who meet all staff eligibility criteria at the time of application submission and will return to work in the fall, are eligible to receive the Staff Retention funds work force grant fund bonus. These employees should be included on your application. If you didn’t include these employees on your original application, you can resubmit the application with these employees added.
    • These grants are to benefit staff who continued to work through the pandemic and continue to work at the provider location. They are not based on performance standards of staff or whether the provider thinks staff deserve it or not. If the staff meets the staff eligibility criteria, the provider should include them on the application.
    • For audit purposes, these funds are coded as CFDA #93.575.
    • Staff Related Expenses can pay for staff hourly wage if employees have to work additional hours so other staff can take trainings.
    • The Payroll Tax Assistance portion of the grant is intended to cover only state and federal employment taxes. Providers can use the Staff Related Expenses portion to pay for City wage taxes.
  • Be sure to download the application, then complete, save and send it. There have been reports of “glitchy” things happening if you attempt to simply complete the application online and then save it.

 

Following is a reminder of information about the Workforce Support Grant that ran in the 5/21/2022 e-bulletin (corrections have been made/removed):

This is what we had been referring to as “the next round of ARPA funding.” You will find information and the application here: https://www.pakeys.org/workforcesupportgrants/. BE SURE TO NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

  • Once you submit your application, it cannot be modified. If your application is incomplete, it will be denied. If your application is denied because it is incomplete, you can reapply (as long as it is before the deadline).
  • The deadline to submit your application is June 17, 2022.
  • No payments will be made until after July 1, 2022.
  • READ THE four-page instruction document on the website CAREFULLY! If you fill out the application without reading the instructions, your application will almost surely be incomplete!
  • Submitting your application:
    • PREFERRED: Email to ELRC18grants@caringpeoplealliance.org
    • Fax to 215-940-0226
    • Drop off at one of our locations: M-F 8a-5p
      • 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.
    • Mail to ELRC 18, 2361-2373 Welsh Road, Philadelphia, PA 19114
  • Please do not submit multiple copies of your application or e-mail it to multiple addresses/staff. This causes chaos, confusion and processing delays.
  • PLEASE BE PATIENT! Repeated calls and e-mails about the status of your application delays our ability to process your application. Remember, no payments are going out until after July 1st!
  • We will process applications in the order received.
    • If your application is incomplete or you are not eligible, you will receive a Denial Letter
    • If you are eligible and the application is complete, you will receive an Award Letter to include the total amount of your grant.

 

A few more notes in response to questions we’ve receive this week:

  • If you need help updating your staff on the PD Registry, reach out to your quality coach for assistance.

 

Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation and understanding as we work diligently to get you this important funding.

 

ARPA Stabilization Grant Spending Report

  • Starting at 6 months after your first payment, you will have the ability to enter and save your spending report.
  • To access your spending report, log in to the PD Registry and navigate to your Organization Profile. Click on the Quality Overview (star icon), scroll down to Most Recent Cases, and click on the Case Details bar in the ARPA Child Care Stabilization box. Scroll down to the Grant Usage box and click on the pencil icon to begin updating your spending report. As long as you click Save before exiting, you will continue to be able to go in and edit your spending report.
  • Starting at 8 months after your first payment, you will have the ability to SUBMIT your spending report. It is critical that you do NOT click on SUBMIT until you have completed your spending report. Once you click SUBMIT, you will no longer have access to update your spending report. If you hit SUBMIT by accident, please e-mail registry@pakeys.org to request that the status of your ARPA Stabilization Grant be changed from Completed to Approved.
  • At 10 months after your first payment, any information you have entered (or not) into your spending report will be locked, and you will be unable to edit it.

 

School-age Flip

You will soon receive a list of school-age children enrolled in your program whose schedule will flip from part-time to full-time on 6/13/2022. Please remember the following:

  • This is only a point-in-time listing and will not include recent enrollments or terminations.
  • The e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address on file with Certification.
  • If you participate in PELICAN Provider Self Service, please check your June invoice for the same information contained in the e-mail.
  • The e-mail is for informational purposes only and does not require any action on your part.
  • If you have any questions or information on your e-mail is incorrect please e-mail both Adrianne Dumpson-Diggs (adumpson-diggs@caringpeoplealliance.org) and Michele Robson (mrobson@caringpeoplealliance.org).

 

Test Kits and Masks – NEW RESOURCE!!

ELRC 18 continues to partner with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to distribute COVID-19 home test kits, as well as children’s and adult face masks, to child care programs in Philadelphia. I know that for many of you, pick-up at our Welsh Road location has been a challenge. I am very excited to announce that PDPH has opened community resource hubs where you can walk in and pick-up these materials (except for Tuesday). Please see the following flyer for locations and addresses: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5ezw45eteqpndl4/PDPH%20Resource%20Hubs.pdf?dl=0. If you would still like to schedule a pick-up from ELRC 18, please use the following link: https://form.jotform.com/213097807632055.

 

Office Basics PPE/Cleaning Supplies – If you didn’t receive an e-mail from Laura Hollingsworth at Office Basics, please check your spam/junk mail box. If you cannot find it, e-mail dgetzinger@caringpeoplealliance.org. This opportunity will be available only until 6/30/2022.

 

Updated Fire Drill Log – During our recent South/West Directors networking meeting, Certification representative Gwen Brown shared the updated Fire Drill Log.

 

Upcoming Provider Networking Meetings:

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

 

New Grant for Child Care Centers

Announcing the PHL Child Care CACFP Grants program, administered by Reinvestment Fund. The one-time $5,000 grants are available for licensed child care providers in Philadelphia who participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). To learn more about the program, eligibility, and how to apply, visit: https://bit.ly/3Gz7C6D.

  • Eligible Uses of Funds: general CACFP meal program needs, including equipment, materials and supplies, food, and staffing
  • Application Window: Wednesday, June 8th – Thursday, June 30th  
  • Learn more on our webpage and reach out to PHLCNF@reinvestment.com with any questions.

 

From PennAEYC: FREE Summer Lesson Plans for PA Child Care Teachers

Our partners at The Learning Lamp have created a series of lesson plans for preschool and school-age students called Best Day Ever! They aim to reduce stress of staffing issues by offering easy-to-access summer camp lesson plans that use readily available, affordable materials. Each weekly themed unit features high-interest topics, engaging hands-on activities, and opportunities for children to learn and grow. Lessons are aligned with the PA learning standards and can be adapted to meet the needs and interests of individual students.

 

There are six preschool and six school-age lesson plans available to all licensed child care programs in Pennsylvania this summer at no cost. The lessons were written and tested by The Learning Lamp, a non-profit provider in Johnstown, Pennsylvania that has offered summer camps for children since 2006. The Learning Lamp will offer all 12 Best Day Ever! units for FREE through August 2022. The curriculum was partially funded by the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and was written in partnership with the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Professional Development Organization (PDO) at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

 

Summer Safety Tips

Special thanks to Jill Kortright from the PA Key for sharing the following summer safety tips from the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7guq6sf0oqtgg8v/summer-safety-tips-early-care-education-programs.pdf?dl=0

 

Access Free Pediatric First Aid and CPR Training Through the ECE PDO at PHMC
The ECE PDO at PHMC coordinates free training for Pediatric First Aid and Pediatric CPR, based on the prioritization outlined in OCDEL’s recent announcement.  Programs located in Philadelphia or the Southeast Region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware and  Montgomery counties) who have staff that qualify for training are encouraged to contact the ECE PDO at ecepdo@phmc.org or 267-773-4400. Please note that the approved list of current Pediatric First Aid and Pediatric CPR providers and curriculums has been updated on the PA Key website.

 

Opportunities from the Free Library

  • Summer of Wonder: Everyone. Everywhere.

June 6 – August 12, 2022

The Free Library’s Summer of Wonder is for everyone. Children can ask a Librarian for an Activity Passport and set a goal for reading and activities to accomplish over the summer. Teens and Adults can enter raffles at a neighborhood library by reading, attending library programs, and much more. Sign up online for the Virtual Reading Challenge or try a virtual Activity Adventure. Wherever you are, the Free Library has an experience just for you. From June 6 – August 12, stop by your neighborhood library to ask about summer programming and ways to participate in -person. From June 1 – August 31, caregivers of children ages 0-5, kids, teens, and adults can sign up online to track progress, participate in themed challenges and earn badges. Whether you participate online or on paper at your neighborhood library, the Free Library will keep your summer fun!

  • Online Summer Reading Challenge

June 1 – August 31, 2022

EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE can be part of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Summer of Wonder from June 1 to August 31. To keep reading and energize your mind, we challenge you to read for 30 minutes every day or complete cool activities to earn 1000 points! You will earn 5 points for every 30 minutes you read and contribute to the citywide reading challenge. You can earn additional points by doing fun learning activities. To earn even more points and get bonus badges, log the titles of the books you finish and write book reviews for them. Watch your reading streak grow and unlock special surprise badges all summer long! Register for the Online Summer Reading Challenge today!

  • 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge!

What is 1000 Books Before Kindergarten?

We know you can read that many books before kindergarten! It doesn’t matter if your child is three, or just three months–there’s no better time to start than right now. Reading with babies, toddlers, and young children promotes bonding, sparks creativity, and helps kids do well overall in school. This virtual challenge is on-going so that you and your little one can pace yourselves. And we’re here to celebrate your reading milestones along the way. Sign up online to log your progress. Make reading together part of your regular routine, and let the magic of stories do the rest! Visit Read, Baby, Read or check out their blog series for fun and easy ideas to inspire the youngest readers in your life! Or make your own Reading Promise.

 

Power of Us 2022 Workforce Survey

The American Institutes for Research developed a survey to learn more about youth-serving professionals and volunteers in the youth fields. These are adults who work with young people in any capacity outside of the regular school day. Examples include summer camp counselors, sports coaches, music teachers, museum educators, youth librarians, and afterschool program staff. Through the Power of Us Workforce Survey, youth-serving professionals and volunteers can contribute to a national effort to explore, define, and elevate their work with youth. The resulting data from this survey can be used to inform policy, practice, and research to support the youth-fields workforce. Adults who have worked in paid and/or volunteer positions in the youth fields within the last 5 years should complete the survey.

 

ZERO TO THREE Fellowship Call for Applications

Are you a champion for babies?

Do you aspire to be an innovative, transformative leader

Do you have an aspirational vision that can change the world for infants and toddlers?

Join more than 300 alumni around the world who have used the ZERO TO THREE Fellowship as a spring board to advance systems and policy change for infants and toddlers. With our extensive network of diverse expert leaders and robust professional development opportunities—infused with your unique skills and passion for change—our impact is infinite!! The ZERO TO THREE Fellowship is accepting applications for the 2022-2024 Fellowship Class through Monday, June 13, 2022 at 12 a.m. (MIDNIGHT) EDT. Submit your application.

 

SSIC You Later!

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

 

You are not alone ❤️- Regardless of where they live, all children need to know that they are precious and valued, that they matter, and that they are an important part of their communities. We can also help them understand that they are key in building a kinder, more peaceful world.

Resources to help:

  • What is Violence? – It can be hard to explain violence to young children, but there are age-appropriate ways to do so. Read More>>
  • Big Bird’s Comfy-Cozy Nest – The presence of a caring adult makes all the difference in the life of a child coping with the effects of trauma. Read More>>
  • 1, 2, 3, Color Me – Sitting quietly and coloring together is a stress-reliever for adults and children alike. Combining it with a conversation about the people in children’s “circle of care” can help them remember they’re not alone.
    Read More>>

 

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

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

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

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

Other Resources

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, June 24th from 1-2p

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

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

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

June 24th at 1p     Register Now

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

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

Click on this Web link to register for the webinar.

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

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

Who Should Attend

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

How to Register

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

Application deadline June 28, 2021

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

Application deadline June 28, 2021

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

Deadline to Apply: June 30th           Request TA

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

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

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

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

All Sessions Eligible for PQAS Credits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

    • The Neuroscience of Community

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

     

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

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

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

Application deadline July 26, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

    Become a DEI Partner Organization!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Philadelphia's Informal Child Care Project

COVID-19 UPDATE:
We’re Opening Back Up!
The Early Learning Resource Center Region 18 will be reopening to the public.
Starting on Monday, May 2nd, 2022 all ELRC Region 18 offices will be open to the public from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Mondays-Fridays.
For your safety and that of our employees, we ask that you continue to mask up when visiting our offices.
We look forward to seeing you in person!

Parents and Providers can continue to drop off information Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for processing at the following locations:
Northeast Philadelphia: 2361-2373 Welsh Road, Philadelphia, PA 19114.
North Philadelphia: 2816 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19133.
West Philadelphia: 5548 Chestnut Street, Second Floor, Philadelphia, PA, 19139.
Check the COVID-19 Newsletter for the latest updates.
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