Providers Corner

Provider Attendance Sheet and Check Schedule

ELRC 18 News and Updates

Wrapping up the fiscal year – While it’s always important to check your monthly attendance invoice and payment summary to make sure you’re being paid correctly for all of the children you believe we’ve enrolled, it’s CRITICAL that you do it now. Right now… Go ahead… I’ll wait… 😊 Seriously, we are in the process of closing the books on the fiscal year that ended 6/30/2022. We need to have all outstanding invoices and adjustments processed by the end of next week. So please check right away and e-mail any outstanding questions to ELRC18providers@caringpeoplealliance.org. If you’re sending invoices, please send them directly to ELRC18invs@caringpeoplealliance.org.

ARPA Stabilization Grant Reporting – Many of you are getting strongly worded system generated e-mails. Remember that when you initially entered your spending report, you were only able to update and save your spending report. There was no Submit button at that time (for most providers). Pressing the Submit button completes the process. However, be sure you have submitted ALL of your spending BEFORE hitting the Submit button. If you hit it too soon, please e-mail registry@pakeys.org and request that your grant status be reset from Completed to Approved. (Approved allows you to edit your spending report.) The other wrinkle is that some providers are clicking on the link in their e-mail, but cannot see their spending report. If this happens:

  • Click on your name in the upper right corner, and then click on your organization name from the dropdown.
  • This will take you to either your Program Profile Review page or Organization Profile page. If you get the Program Profile Review page, click on Review next to any item and then click on Manage.
  • Once you are on the Organization Profile page, click on the star symbol off to the left (Quality Overview). Then you should see the ARPA Stabilization Grant.
  • Click on Case Details and scroll down to begin the reporting.

If you have additional questions, please call me at (267) 504-4179 while you’re in front of your computer.

Workforce Support Grants – We received applications from almost 1,200 providers. Unfortunately, we receive MANY multiple applications, updated applications and incomplete applications.  We greatly appreciate your patience as we process all of the e-mails, faxes and paper applications that were received. If we have any questions when processing your application, we will reach out to you directly. (Please respond timely!) At this time, we anticipate that payments will go out to all providers on August 31, 2022, and you will receive an Award Letter via e-mail prior to that date. Again, we greatly appreciate your patience as repeated calls/emails to check on the status of grant processing continues to slow our ability to process your grants.

  • Also, OCDEL has provided the attached tip sheet for FCCH providers on allowable uses of the Staff Related Expenses portion of the grant.
  • We also received clarification that all providers can use the staff related expenses to pay for PTO (paid time off) for staff.

COVID Reminders

COVID-19 at-home test kits and masks (children and adult) –

Reporting COVID Cases – Remember that OCDEL continues to require you to report all cases of COVID-19 in your program to both Certification and the Department of Public Health. In Philadelphia, the easiest way to do this is to use the following link: https://phillyhs.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1NWgJ7yfK46dXMi. You will also need to submit the daily RedCap survey that you receive in your e-mail. If you are not receiving the RedCap survey, e-mail COVID.schools@phila.gov for assistance.

 Door Signs regarding masking (and other resources) –  https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/guidance/guidance-documents/resources-for-schools-and-early-childhood-education/

 Guidance from PDPH (updated 4/29/2022): https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/guidance/guidance-documents/early-childhood-education-ece-guidance/

ECE programs can register to be vaccine sites. The link to sign up is here: https://redcap.phila.gov/surveys/?s=LPXLP8RDN7. Please see and share the attached flyers with information about vaccinations for children age 6 months and older:

Active Shooter Training

The City of Philadelphia-Office of Children and Families, ELRC 18, School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Early Childhood, and local law enforcement are partnering to provide free active shooter training to early learning programs in Philadelphia. The trainings will last approximately two hours and will be held at centralized locations in August and October. We will continue to work with local law enforcement agencies to schedule site-specific trainings during the school year.

To best develop a series of dates, times, and locations, please complete the below survey (1 per location) by August 3rd to indicate your interest. All trainings will occur in person.
We will work to provide further details in the first week of August.

Here is a link to the survey: https://phillyhs.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6y5NRfu7ILFyXWe

Market Rate Survey – info and resources

Pennsylvania’s early childhood educators should soon receive a letter via the United States Postal Service (USPS) to complete the official OCDEL’s Market Rate Survey. As a reminder, the official Market Rate Survey will be sent from Penn State Harrisburg and OCDEL and will be arriving in the mail (NOT via email). This survey is being mailed to all licensed child care facilities in Pennsylvania and may be completed online OR on paper. The letter was printed on light purple / lilac paper and the envelope looks like this. The letter and the online survey will contain OCDEL’s logo (as shown in this email.) Check your postal system’s mail box for your letter with additional instructions. Get more info.

 Upcoming Webinar: Rate Setting and the Market Rate Survey
Tuesday, July 26, 1-3:00 PM

Hosted by Mary Graham, Executive Director, Children’s Village
Learn how to set your rates to more accurately cover your cost of care and why the rates you report in the 2022 Child Care Market Rate Survey today, impact your Child Care Works (CCW) reimbursement rates tomorrow. OCDEL, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Key and the Institute of State and Regional Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg, invites all licensed child care facilities to complete the 2022 Child Care Market Rate Survey. Deadline to complete the survey is October 11, 2022. CLICK HERE to register. After registering, you’ll receive an email with a link to join the webinar.

First Up offers assistance with rate calculations

First Up is working with Temple University Economics students to provide free one-on-one help to providers who need assistance completing their Market Rate Survey. Please see the attached flyer for details.

FREE PACCA Business Webinar – Staying Power: Employee Retention Strategies, by FocusHRO

Tuesday, July 26, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM     REGISTER HERE

Join Beth Boger of PACCA business partner FocusHRO as she discusses how employee feedback can be used through all stages of the employment cycle to keep employees engaged in their work and connected to the mission of the company. Also, in this time where employee retention is more of a challenge than ever, we will explore strategies that employers can use to help keep the employees they have.

Registration Deadline: 12:00 noon, July 25

A Zoom link will be sent to your email following your registration

Webinar: Reduce Stress and Plan for Success – Planning the new school year

When: Jul 25, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Aliya Johnson-Roberts for a webinar to help you plan for the upcoming school year! By the end of the webinar, you will have:

1) Answered key reflection questions to avoid mistakes from last school year,
2) Created a list of ideas and events that you will execute this year,
3) Learned about tools you use for productivity, planning and execution
4) Drafted your 2022-2023 school year ensuring a strong start

Bring your calendar for 2022-2023, school year events, and ideas to plan out the school year! We are intentionally planning for success.
Register today! https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zj6I22OOTHCZylA9TtQhpg
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

New Community of Practice Opportunities for Providers

The PQA Team is pleased to announce an opportunity for Child Care Center Directors/Administrators to participate in a Program Administration Scale (PAS) Community of Practice (COP) Pilot. Family Child Care Providers have two opportunities to participate in a Business Administration Scale (BAS) Community of Practice Cohort. Please use the links above for additional information.

Opportunity for STAR 2 Programs

First Up believes every early learner deserves access to high-quality early education, and that starts with empowering ECE providers with tools they need to excel. If you are a Keystone STAR 2 center looking to improve your STAR level and continue your quality improvement journey, EQUIP can help! EQUIP (Early Education Quality Improvement Program) assists STAR 2 providers through coaching, training, and program evaluation. For more information, visit https://www.firstup.org/equip.

Trainings at Acclaim Academy

Acclaim Academy, located at 5615 Germantown Ave., is hosting ServSafe Certification Training, as well as Tri-State’s Fire Safety and Pediatric CPR/AED/First Aid Training. Click on the links for dates and registration information.

Registration Now Open – 4th BCDI Annual Conference

The 4th annual Black Child Development Institute Annual Conference is scheduled for Saturday, September 10th from 7:30a-4:45p at Boys Latin School of Philadelphia, 5501 Cedar Ave., 19143. You must register to attend; registration is open now through August 27th. Register online at www.bcdiphiladelphia.org or see the attached flyer for details.

DCRC Free Webinars

The Devereux Center for Resilient Children announces a series of FREE webinars. Although credit is not provided for these, did I mention that they’re FREE!!!

  • FLIP IT! Transforming Challenging Behavior

Thursday, August 4, 2022 from 1:00pm-2:00pm Eastern     SIGN UP

Working with children that use challenging behavior is no easy task! While there are endless amounts of strategies out there to help reduce challenging behaviors, very few are as simple as the FLIP IT strategy. In this webinar, hear all about the creation of the FLIP IT strategy, which is designed to help young children (ages 3-8) learn about their feelings, gain self-control, and reduce challenging behavior. Learn the four steps of FLIP IT from the author herself, embodied in the mnemonic: F-Feelings, L-Limits, I-Inquiries, P-Prompts. These simple, kind, strengths-based, commonsense, and effective four steps will be discussed, as well as the research behind FLIP IT.

  • Building Your Bounce: Simple Strategies for a Resilient You

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 from 1:00pm-2:00pm Eastern     SIGN UP

“If you get up one time more than you fall, you will make it through.” – Chinese Proverb. In this webinar, learn how to take care of YOU so you can better take care of the children whose lives you touch. This webinar will help adults reflect on their own resilience and explore ways to “build their bounce” through simple, easy-to-use strategies. The importance of staff wellness is clear. Join co-author of the book, Building Your Bounce: Simple Strategies for a Resilient You, Dr. Nefertiti Poyner as she shares her insights on this very important topic!

For a list of additional free webinar opportunities, visit https://centerforresilientchildren.org/home/webinars/

PHMC ECE Business Supports

Thanks to generous funding from the Vanguard Strong Start for Kids Program™ PHMC is offering free one-on-one technical assistance (TA) and group learning opportunities to providers in Philadelphia to support them through pandemic recovery and business stabilization. Don’t miss the RESOURCES page with general business templates and forms, grant opportunities, COVID related resources, and more!

Need An Extra Hand? SEPECC Can Help

Are you looking for more administrative/marketing support for your Early Childhood Education Center or Program? Many young professionals gaining their degrees are looking to help! By sponsoring a College-Credit Internship Opportunity you provide young professionals a chance to build their career while being provided an extra helping hand. Interested in learning more – reach out today! To request more information, click here.

Health Department Website for Families

The Philadelphia Division of Maternal, Child, and Family Health is excited to share that we have launched a new website: PhillyLovesFamilies.com (Spanish language version)! This is a comprehensive destination for all MCFH programs and resources, including breastfeeding/chestfeeding & infant feeding support, safe sleep, the Doula Support Program, mental & emotional support, and more. There is also a dedicated For Providers page with links directly to referral forms, printable flyers, and other educational resources.

USDA’s Summer Meals Program

The USDA’s Summer Meals Program provides free meals and snacks to kids 18 and younger from families with low incomes, and some students with disabilities. Summer meal sites provide a safe environment for kids. Sites include schools, parks, churches, community centers, camps, and libraries. Find a summer meal service site near you:

CHOP Policy Lab Childcare Survey for Families

CHOP Policy Lab is working with CHOP doctors who provide primary care to help them support families in finding childcare.  They want to know more about how families make decisions about the childcare they use. They are interested in learning both about the things that have helped and the challenges that they have faced. They have created a survey for families to take and the information collected will be used to improve the patient resource materials at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  We are hoping that providers will pass along this opportunity to families. It will be especially important to hear about their experiences.

There is no compensation for completing this survey, however families can volunteer to participate in a follow-up interview where they will be compensated $50 gift cards for their time if chosen. The survey can be found here:  https://redcap.link/ge2b7mvz or you can share the attached flyer with families, as well as use the social media template.

Sholypop Daycare Summer Block Party

August 6th from 11a-3p

2910 N. 57th Street

Free gifts for kids / Popcorn, Ice Cream, Cotton Candy / Music / Hair cut / Books / Backpacks / Diapers and more.

Please share the attached flyer with families

Equipment and Supplies Available – Saturday, 7/23/2022 only!

Peaks Little Angels has day care furniture, cots, rugs, supplies, cubbies that are available to donate on a first come first serve basis on Saturday, July 23, 2002. Please contact Thelma Peake at Peak’s Little Angels Daycare by e-mail at thelmapeake@yahoo.com or text her to 215-287-6373. Pick up location: 5200-06 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19143. No delivery or holding.

Job Openings

  • ELRC 18 has several positions available. Please share with families who have customer service experience who may be in need of employment. Sent an e-mail with resume to Sheila Colon at scolon@caringpeoplealliance.org or visit www.indeed.com and search “Caring People Alliance.”
  • Children’s Village, a NAEYC accredited, Keystone Star 4 program, has a number of positions available as we have expanded our program in the past year.   Positions are posted on our website. All postings include qualifications and job descriptions.    Children’s Village provides highly competitive wages for all positions.   Full time staff receive comprehensive health benefits, paid leave time (15 sick day, 5 personal days and between 1- and 25 days vacation per year).  We support staff in their educational career through T.E.A.C.H.  Teaching staff are members of the PA Federation of Teachers Union.  Open positions include:

Full Time Positions:

Program Director

Early Childhood Coordinator

Toddler Lead Teacher

Preschool Lead Teacher

School. Age Lead Teacher

School Age Assistants

We are also looking for Part time teaching staff. Starting wage for part time teaching staff is $15.00 an hour.

To view details, please go to our website and click on the Career page.  Follow this link:

https://www.childrensvillagephila.org/careers

SSIC You Later!

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

Bendy Brains – Sometimes things don’t work out. Even some of our best-laid plans fall through. Fortunately, flexible thinking allows us to make the best of bad situations, come up with new solutions to try, and helps us see things from others’ perspectives. Keeping our brains “bendy” can help us be resilient in life! This week, explore different ways to accomplish daily tasks. Ask, “How else could we do this?”

Resources to help:

  • Learning the Word “Transform” – Kids can learn big words—like “transform”—through hands-on experience. Watch this video and then think about how to make the word “flexible” more tangible for kids. Talk about flexible things like rubber bands, and talk about flexible thinking like different ways to show a friend you care.
  • We’re Alike and We’re Different – Noticing how friends can be similar and different can help kids see things from other people’s perspectives. Use this printable to get started.
  • Train Track Engineers – Designing is a great way to learn about flexibility. Help Elmo build tracks to move his train around and through different objects to reach his goal!

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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