Providers Corner

Provider Attendance Sheet and Check Schedule

ELRC 18 and OCDEL Updates

Hi everyone, I have lots (and LOTS!!!) to share with you. So, grab something to drink, get comfy and let’s dive right in…

Provider Networking Meetings

ELRC 18 hosts a variety of monthly provider networking meetings and participates in several others. These meetings are a great opportunity to learn about important resources, to discuss changes in the field, and get to know and explore collaborations with your peers. Here is a list of upcoming meetings. If you facilitate a provider networking meeting that is not on this list and would like to include it, please let me know!

  • 1/26/2023 – Fourth Thursday – ELRC 18 South/West Directors from 1-3p. (Click here to join the meeting).
  • 2/2/2023 – First Thursday – ELRC 18 Northeast Directors from 1-3p (Click HERE to join the Teams meeting at 1p)
  • 2/8/2023 – Second Wednesday at 1p – Motivation for Movement – designed for STAR 1 programs who have an interest in moving up in Keystone STARS, but have been out of the loop for some time. Hosted by ELRC STAR 1 quality coaches, this series will take a deep dive into the STAR 1 Standards and discuss the Sources of Evidence required to meet the STARS Standards. We will discuss “Best Practice” in everything STARS. Providers will have an opportunity to network with other providers who augment the quality in their programs. Click here to join the meeting and motivate your STARS journey.
  • 2/9/2023 – Segundo Jueves – ELRC 18 Proveedores de habla hispana de 6p-8p (Click HERE to join the Teams meeting at 6p) – Meeting on the second Thursday of the month for Spanish-speaking providers.
  • 2/11/2023 – Second Saturday at 9a – Quality Influential Professionals (QIP) family child care networking – open to all FCCH/GCCH providers. E-mail QIP Quality Influential Professionals at qipforu@gmail.com for the Zoom link to the upcoming meeting.
  • 2/15/2023 – Third Wednesday at 1p – Northwest Directors MeetingNOTE: 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.
  • 2/16/2023 – Third Thursday – ELRC 18 North Directors from 1-3p (Click HERE to join the Teams meeting at 1p).
  • 2/21/2023 – Third Tuesday at 1p – Filling Your STARS Bucket – Join us for a monthly “virtual open forum” discussing “all things STARS.” This is a place for you to: ask questions, tell us what’s on your mind, talk about your challenges, get help brainstorming solutions and receive support from other providers. Facilitated by 3 ELRC 18 Quality Coaches and a Designator, join us each month to unpack some stuff and make room to continue “Filling Your STARS Bucket!” Click here to join the meeting
  • 2/28/2023 – virtually from 9a-11a – Monthly SEPECC meeting. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Early Childhood Coalition is an umbrella of organizations supporting the mission of providing high quality early childhood services to all families. It represents child care centers, family child care programs, advocacy groups, training agencies, early care support agencies, and funders who share the goal of coordinating and increasing public support for early care and education.  Register Here

PHLpreK Reminder

As a reminder, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Children and Families (OCF) is currently accepting provider applications for the 2023-2024 PHLpreK program. The submission deadline for applications is 12:00 p.m. ET on January 31, 2023.  Please note: The new application portal will not accept submissions past 12:00 p.m. even if the application is in process, so please plan to submit your application ahead of time.  See the attached letter for more information.

Children’s Village Business Administration Series Scheduled

ELRC 18 is pleased to again bring you the widely acclaimed Children’s Village Business Administration Series free of charge. No matter what your experience level, this is a great opportunity for hands-on work to improve the stability and profitability of your program. Click on the link below for a flyer and registration form. Be sure to register early; space is limited!

Beginner Series for Center Directors

Beginner Series for FCCH

You must have already taken the Children’s Village Business Administration Series in order to enroll in the following:

HR Series for Center Directors – March 21 – May 16

Intermediate Series for Center Directors – May 11 – June 8

Advanced Series for Center Directors – April 15 – May 24

Funk not Fight – January 26th

You are cordially invited to attend the upcoming comprehensive, collaborative approach to address gun violence in our community.

Funk not Fight

January 26, 2023

Mount Airy Church of God in Christ

Doors Open at 9a

Conference 10-4

  • Plenary Speakers
  • Workshops
  • All Inclusive
  • Solution Oriented

Your participation is welcome to ensure a positive outcome. Please find the registration link at https://www.eventcreate.com/e/funknotfight.

No Small Matter Screening- 1/31/2023

Acclaim Academy would like to invite all of the community to participate in a live screening of “Early Learning is No Small Matter” on Tuesday, January 31st at 6:45pm sponsored by First Up Champions for Early Education.

This invitation is open to current/former families and anyone interested in learning how to support their child’s education. Refreshments, door prizes, and free child care will be offered during the screening with a brief discussion of the 30 minute movie at the end. Please RSVP by calling/texting Ms. Douglass at 267-257-1163 OR e-mail: kiadouglass@yahoo.com by Monday, January 23rd. See and share the attached flyer!

Early Intervention Discussion Group

February 1, 2023 at 11am

Join us via zoom for a lively discussion around the current supports and systems of early intervention in Philadelphia. We will create a plan to address the current state of early intervention supports and develop suggestions to advocate for a system that will support the needs of the children and families we serve. Click here to join the zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87686048965?pwd=WnlKR0hRYXpIWnUxSXYxZ1ZlZFNMdz09. Please reach out with any questions to: Melissa Blatz (mkovach.beautifulbeginnings@verizon.net) or Leslie Spina (lspina@kinderacademy.com).

Trainings at Acclaim Academy

Acclaim Academy, 5615 Germantown Ave 19144, is again hosting a full year of trainings open to all child care providers. Enter through the rear (where there is limited parking) for all trainings. See the attached flyers for:

From ECELS: Caring for Children with Special Health Care Needs

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023  – 1–2 p.m. ET

Register Online Now!

Child care health consultants (CCHCs) give unique support to early childhood programs as staff manages children’s health conditions. Many factors — including race and ethnicity and where children live and play — affect positive health outcomes for children with special health care needs. CCHCs who understand social determinants of health and differences in health care access can work strategically with programs to address new or chronic health conditions by developing care plans and by training staff. This webinar explores strategies CCHCs can use to support staff and families in caring for children with special health care needs. Learn how managing chronic health conditions helps prepare children for success in school.

 Key Topics 

In this webinar, we’re discussing:

  • Factors, such as social determinants of health, that affect health outcomes for young children with special health care needs
  • Considerations for health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, seizures, and sickle cell disease
  • Interactive strategies to improve your work with early care and education programs

Target Audience

This webinar benefits:

  • CCHCs
  • Head Start and Early Head Start health services staff and other service area managers
  • Child care directors
  • School nurses working with pre-K programs
  • Child care resource and referral agency personnel

How to Register 

Select the link to register: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pcq4tSpMT6uIysX0CHiTbQ 

Watch other webinars in the CCHC series on-demand.

Related Resources

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

From Devereux Center for Resilient Children: Resilience and Racial Equity

Thursday, February 2, 2023 from 1:00pm-2:15pm ET         

Free     Sign Up

In this webinar, we will learn to use a resilience framework to combat racism and promote social justice in early care and education. If we are going to protect and promote the resilience of Black and Brown children, we each have to fight fearlessly against racial injustice. What will you do differently?

Problem-solving and Relationship Skills with Infants and Toddlers

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, 3–4 p.m. ET

Register Online Now!

Children are born ready to solve problems! Infants and toddlers rely on supportive relationships to learn how to recognize a problem and find a solution. Problem-solving involves patience, persistence, and creativity from both the child and the adults in their lives. As infants and toddlers explore their world and engage in play with peers, challenges and conflicts provide opportunities to learn and grow. Join this webinar to discuss practical strategies to foster problem-solving and relationship-building skills with infants and toddlers.

This webinar is offered with English and Spanish captioning.

 Key Topics 

In this webinar, we’re discussing:

  • Why problem-solving is an essential part of learning and building relationships
  • Practical strategies to use problems to support children in developing friendship and problem-solving skills

Target Audience

This webinar benefits:

  • Teachers and family child care providers who interact daily with infants and toddlers
  • Education managers, coaches, and child development specialists
  • Support staff

How to Register

Select the link to register: https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/3917240/7C8D5C487804FBCCEDE1639F0399FE2F

Certificates of completion are available for this webinar.

Watch all of the Teacher Time Series videos on-demand.

 Related Resources

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

All ECLKC pages are translated into Spanish. Select the Español button on the top right corner to see the Spanish translation.

Two Program Offerings for Directors, Owners and Leaders

Aliya Johnson Roberts is offering an 8-week virtual coaching Child Care Business Accelerator program starting 2/8/23.  There’s also a 10-week option which includes a tour of my site and an individual plan for your program.

  • Below is the link for more information about the program or the link to schedule time to talk about it further.

https://aliya-johnson-roberts.mykajabi.com/pl/2147644689

  • We also have cohort 2 starting on 1/23/23 for the Exceptional Bilingual Leadership Fellowship.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf9fJC1J9-tNJaCsar-kaP-wtJrcmzJwJ-1Sbm7GFBsA2_viw/viewform?usp=sf_link
See the attached flyer for additional information.

Let’s Talk Quality: Resilience: Bouncing Back When Faced With Adversity

The Program Quality Assessment team will be hosting another Let’s Talk Quality webinar/spotlight discussion on February 9th from 1-2pm. The topic Resilience: Bouncing Back When Faced With Adversity. This is a time for providers to learn and engage in conversations about this month’s topic and other PQA-related topics. The flyer is attached for your convenience.

From First Up: P.R.I.D.E Project Philly Teacher Cohort is Accepting Applications

As we continue our partnership with the P.R.I.D.E Program (Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education) at the University of Pittsburgh, First Up is thrilled to present the P.R.I.D.E. Project Philly Teacher Cohort! The cohort is a forum for enabling teachers to support young children’s positive racial identity development. Our goal is to help implement a model that will educate teachers, program directors, families, and system leaders in Philadelphia regarding racism and inequity.

The cohort will begin Wednesday, March 15th, 2023 and the deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 15th. Don’t miss out on this powerful opportunity! Support for the P.R.I.D.E Project Philly Teacher Cohort is provided by the William Penn Foundation.

Apply today or share the attached flyer with your staff.

Virtual Monthly Wellness Series

For people of all ages and stages of life

Third Thursday of every month at 11a

Being healthy isn’t just about eating healthy and exercising. We’ll discuss ways to not only be the healthiest version of yourself but to embrace wellness in all areas of your life. Facilitated by Galissa Jones, BA, CLC, Birth & Post Partum Doula, Wellness Coach, Health Equity and Community Outreach Coordinator. See the attached flyer for dates and registration information.

Understanding Trauma, Bouncing Back with Resilience

February 16, 2023, 1-2:30pm

Thanks to generous funding from William Penn Foundation, PHMC and First Up are partnering to offer free tiered supports to providers in Philadelphia to increase social emotional learning in their programs and classrooms.

Practitioners will discuss the impact of adversities and trauma through four different perspectives: the child’s lens, the adult/teacher lens, the adult/parent lens, and the family. Teachers will understand different types of stress and the impact on a child and specifically on a child’s brain development and explore the meaning of resilience and strategies within a classroom that can be used to help a child develop resilience. CLICK HERE to register.

From CHOP: Community Health Partnership Clinic

Sunday, February 26, 2023, 11a-2p

Community of Compassion, 6150 Cedar Ave 19143

Join us for free CPR training, Stop the Bleed training, connections to substance use treatment, gun locks and training, credit counseling, trauma focused education and more. More info to come! Walk-ins welcome. Please be sure to share the attached flyer.

From Devereux Center for Resilient Children: SEL Day 2023

The fourth annual International SEL Day is March 10, 2023! SEL Day is an opportunity to collectively spread the word about the importance and impact of social emotional learning. Working together, we can raise awareness for SEL, bring on new SEL stakeholders, create artifacts that demonstrate SEL in action, share SEL best practices… and more!

RSVP Here

Join us in celebrating International SEL Day on March 10, 2023. Sign up today to showcase, promote, advocate and support SEL in your community.

Please help spread the word by sharing this announcement with your networks!

Sincerely,

The DCRC Team

Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List Lottery

The HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER (HCV) PROGRAM WAITING LIST LOTTERY IS OPEN STARTING MONDAY, January 23, 2023 AT 6:00 A.M. ENDING SUNDAY, February 5, 2023 AT 5:59 P.M.

PHA is accepting online applications for individuals and families to participate in a lottery for a position on the HCV waiting list. The HCV Program offers housing assistance to families by paying a portion of their rent to private property owners. Any income-eligible family or individual can apply and someone in your household must have legal residency, even if the legal resident is a minor child. To learn more, click FAQs.

Individuals and families can apply online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, during the two week application period using a smartphone, computer, or other mobile device with Internet access. Paper applications will not be accepted in-person or by mail or email.

Applications to apply for the lottery will be accepted online from Monday, January 23, 2023, at 6:00 A.M. through Sunday, February 5, 2023 at 5:59 P.M. The HCV Program provides income-based assistance to eligible participants.

Applicants must apply online at WWW.PHA.PHILA.GOV. PHA will not provide or accept paper applications.

Kindergarten Registration: January 17 to May 31, 2023

Families with children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2023, can now register for Kindergarten online or by contacting their catchment (neighborhood) school for support.

See the flyer and website below for detailed information.

Click here for Kindergarten Registration Flyers (English and translations)

Click here to register for Kindergarten

From Home Grown: 2022 Tax Workbook for Home-based Child Care Providers

Home-based child care providers will likely have questions about how to prepare for the upcoming tax season. This tax workbook was designed to simplify the process of completing 2022 taxes and alleviate some of the stress by providing step-by-step guidance. Download the 2022 Tax Workbook (English and Spanish)

Racial Equity Early Childhood Provider Council

The Provider Council is an organization that allows childcare providers to:

  1. Become Empowered
  2. Allow their VOICES to be heard, shared and understood
  3. Front-row seat at the TABLE with decision-makers

Please see the attached flyer for additional information and for opportunities to become involved!

Why Be a Healthy Childcare Champion?

  • Earn 2 points in Leadership and Management for Keystone STARS
  • Receive one-on-one training, guidance and resources from WHE staff to address potential exposures due to poor indoor air quality
  • FREE STUFF – WHE will work with you to supplement your center, as needed, with walk-off-mats, green cleaning supplies, glass microwave containers, no smoking and anti-idling signage and more

This is a great opportunity for 200 child care programs to become Eco Safe Certified. For a consultation, contact Lorna Rosenberg, 215-779-1953 or lorna@womenforahealthyenvironment.org.

Family Health Training Academy

The Family Health Training Academy showcases brief e-modules covering topics related to family health created by Philadelphia experts. The purpose is to provide client-facing staff (caseworkers, frontline staff) with tools to support the needs their clients face, as well as information about community resources and referrals.

From First Up: Apply to Learn and Earn Career Pathway Program!

First Up is currently seeking a cohort of 15 teachers that are interested in obtaining their Associates Degree in ECE at Community College of Philadelphia. The goal of the program is to offer employed ECE professionals support that will allow them to attain an ECE associate (AA) or bachelor’s (BA) degree.

 Learn and Earn offers support such as:

  • Tuition Assistance
  • Career pathway guidance
  • Coaching stipend
  • PQAS training on Wellness for the entire program
  • Employer Support
  • PQAS coaching training and mentoring for qualified staff

The cohort will begin May 2023. If you are interested, please apply today. Space is limited so we encourage applicants to act fast! LEARN MORE

Invitation to Participate in a Research Study

Early learning programs serving preschoolers (children ages 3 through 5, in child care centers, schools and family child care programs) are invited to take part in an exciting research opportunity with the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University in partnership with the City of Philadelphia funded by the William Penn Foundation! Participating programs will receive $100 as a token of appreciation.  NIEER is working to evaluate program components, program quality, and children’s learning and development in preschools in Philadelphia. Participating programs will be visited in the fall and spring for child assessments (for four randomly selected children, whose parents have consented), and once over the winter for a classroom observation. If you are interested in participating, please email Erin Harmeyer at NIEER at eharmeyer@nieer.org, or call NIEER at 848-932-4350. 

Resources to Promote ECE Staff Well-being

The Office of Head Start has several resources to promote the wellbeing of the ECE workforce. These resources help in developing a culture of wellness for ECE staff by focusing on overall organizational wellness.

  • 8 Dimensions of Staff Wellbeing
  • Creating a Staff Wellness Action Plan
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Healthy Food Environments
  • Improving Head Start Workforce Compensation, Wellness, and Career Advancement
  • Supporting a Strong Education Workforce

Apply for the 2023 PA Equity in ECE Champion Awards

Application Deadline- February 1

The Pennsylvania Equity in Early Childhood Education Champion Awards bring awareness to and highlight the equity work being done within Pennsylvania’s early childhood education and afterschool settings, by child care, evidence-based home visiting and early intervention professionals, and organizations which support Pennsylvania’s Early Childhood Education programs and individuals, as it aligns with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Equity and Inclusion Toolkit, and with the position statement of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education Position Statement. Applications are now open for the Office of Child Development and Early Learning’s 2023 Pennsylvania Equity in Early Childhood Education Champion Awards.  Visit the Pennsylvania Key website for more information and how to apply.

Lead Poisoning Trainings

Dear Daycare Director/Manager:

The Lead and Healthy Homes Program (LHHP) of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health will be providing free virtual trainings for childcare facility staff on preventing lead poisoning in your facility and being in compliance with the Philadelphia Lead Ordinances. The City of Philadelphia requires all childcare facilities (providing care for 13 or more children) to test all potable (drinkable) water outlets for lead, and to ensure that the building is safe from lead paint hazards. Our goal is to reduce the number of childhood lead poisoning cases in the city, and we would like your help and support.

If you have any questions, or want to schedule your training please reach out to:

Veronica Giraldo                    Michael Bailey

Health Educator        or         Program Coordinator

215-685-2783                        215-685-2345

Department of Public Health

Public Health Services

Lead and Healthy Homes Program

P: (215) 685-2788

Please upload all documents : https://leadcertification.phila.gov

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Teens_ Do you know a young boss?!

Norris Square Community Alliance is excited to share with you a new project they are launching with youth between the ages of 14-18. This is a great opportunity for our youth and would love if you could help spread the word. Please see and share the attached flyer. If you have any questions, please reach out to Gaby Monje <gmonje@nscaphila.org>, Director of Workforce Development for more information.

Job Openings

  • Parent Infant Center is hiring a School-age Program Coordinator. See the attached flyer for details.

SSIC You Later

As children grow from infancy through toddlerhood, and then to preschool age, they begin to develop their preferences for many things – food included. Often, this can lead to frustration for both children and adults at mealtimes. But the early years are important for developing lifelong healthy habits, and there are fun and simple ways to help young children feel empowered to make their own healthy food choices. This month, we’re sharing resources for easy, nutritious recipes and ways to help children build healthy relationships with food – today and every day.

Learning about where food comes from can help kids make healthy choices to last a lifetime. In this video, The Kafarski family shows what it’s like to live on a farm and grow your own fresh produce – including eggs! Check out the video!

5 Healthy, Easy, Kid-Pleasing Recipes 
Did someone say snack time?! Print and try these quick, inexpensive, and healthy recipes with children. They can even help with many of the steps, such as measuring, stirring, and mashing.

Chef Lily’s Tip: Lime It Up 
Trying new foods and flavors can be hard for children. Share this video with children to encourage them to try new tastes by combining them with familiar ones – just like Lily!

Happy, Healthy, Hopeful 
Caring grown-ups take joy in seeing children grow healthy and strong, and eating nutritious food is one important way to do that. Check out this activity book or share with families for tips and strategies on accessing healthy food on a budget.

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!

That’s all for now! Take good care, and as always, please reach out if you have questions or if we can help in any way!

  • 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

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