Professional Development Coordinators

Any one of these ECE PDO Professional Development Coordinators is ready to help you apply for PDO-funded tuition, technology and other supports, and to help you decide which PDO education partner best suits your needs.

Apprenticeship Coordinators

Apprenticeship Coordinators are valuable resources to help student workers learn while they earn!

Success Coaches

Success Coaches are time management mentors, navigators to services and career options, and dedicated cheerleaders. These PDO resources are dedicated to keeping you on your professional development pathway!

Imagine a tutor to help you with writing, math, and test preparation! Well, imagine no more! is a free service available to all PDO students! It’s one of the many benefits that will help you keep pushing forward in your early childhood education career. 
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OCDEL (PA Department of Education)

The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) administers home visiting, child care, child care assistance, early intervention and pre-kindergarten programs funded through the Pennsylvania Departments of Education  and Human Services.

In its efforts to increase access to high-quality early learning services, OCDEL sets quality programs standards, comprehensive accountability, and family engagement to help children and families reach their full potential.


The Pennsylvania Key (PA Key) is a business partner with the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) and is administered by the Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU). 
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T.E.A.C.H Funding Program

The T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education And Compensation Helps) Early Childhood PENNSYLVANIA Scholarship Program works with early childhood providers, colleges and child care staff to offer scholarship programs and support systems that improve the education and compensation of child care workers. Funding for T.E.A.C.H Early Childhood PENNSYLVANIA comes from foundations, United Ways, Corporations, School Districts, the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), which have contributed both state and federal funds. Scholarship recipients and their sponsoring childcare programs also pay a portion of scholarship costs. Scholarships have been made possible in Pennsylvania through funding provided by:

American Business Collaboration (ABC), Child Care Matters (CCM), Department of Human Services (DHS) & The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), Focus on Our Future, York County, Heinz Endowments, Pennsylvania Home-Based Child Care Provider Association (PHBCCPA), School District of Philadelphia, Terri Lynn Lokoff Child Care Foundation (TLLCCF), United Way of Greater Lehigh Valley, Wawa Corporation

Source: Funding – Pennsylvania Child Care Association (

Rising Stars Funding Program

The Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program pays 95% of tuition costs and fees for eligible college coursework taken by early learning professionals, with a maximum benefit of $8,000 per individual each fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). Tuition costs and fees net of other funding sources such as scholarships, stipends, discounts or grants (except the Pell Grant) are used to determine the amount of assistance. It is recommended completed applications be submitted at least four weeks prior to the start of the course, or prior to the tuition due date, whichever is first. Submit your completed application by June 30, 2022, for consideration.

T.E.A.C.H. may be a better financial assistance option for you.

As of July 1, 2020, the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance program no longer funds degree programs including Associates (outside of the Child Development Associate (CDA), Bachelors, Masters or Teacher Certification coursework.

  • For approved CDA or Credential Coursework, individuals will receive 95% of tuition costs and fees net of other funding sources for approved credential or CDA coursework up to eighteen (18) credits.
  • Individuals approved to receive Rising STARS Tuition Assistance for appropriate CDA or Credential Coursework are eligible to apply for the Book Reimbursement program by submitting a completed request form (PDF), W-9 (PDF), their required book list, and receipt (proof of purchase) for reimbursement.