Best Day Ever
Early childhood teachers can make each summer day a young child’s “Best Day Ever!” The Learning Lamp offers 24, NO COST summer camp lesson plans for Pennsylvania child care providers! Written by certified teachers, lessons include child-tested activities for preschoolers (ages 3-5) for 3 hours/day, 5 days/week, and are aligned with learning standards. Lessons include activities tested with children, a daily schedule, and supply lists; most activities use items teachers likely already have in their supply closets! Set up a free account and access plans using this link: https://thelearninglamp.org/shared-services-child-care-providers/best-day-ever/
Affordable Connectivity Program | Federal Communications Commission
The Affordable Connectivity Program is a long-term, $14 billion program to help ensure we can afford the internet connections we need for work, school, health care and more. Eligible households can receive a monthly discount of up to $30 per month on their internet service bill and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time …
[email protected] Professional Development Coordinators
ECEPDO Professional Development Coordinators are ready to help you apply for PDO-funded tuition, as well as technology and other supports, and to guide you to the PDO educational partner that’s right for you!
Workforce Coordinators are valuable resources to help student-employees learn while they earn!
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 pathway!
PDO Sponsors FREE Pediatric First Aid/CPR Training
The Early Childhood Education Professional Development Organization the [email protected] wants to help all state‐licensed child care centers/programs in counties served by the PDO to meet state requirements for this essential training!
Healthy Minds Program
Feeling stressed or burned out? Try the free Healthy Minds Program. With 5 minutes a day, some have been able to reduce depression, anxiety, and stress by as much as 70%.
Growing Edges No-Cost Counseling Support
Many of us who spend so much of our lives caring for others are not nearly as good at self care as we should be. PDO students are encouraged to take advantage of confidential, no-cost counseling support services available through our partner program, Growing Edges.
Email: [email protected]
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.
- Learn more about OCDEL’s regional partners.
- Visit the Early Learning Programs page for more details on OCDEL programs.
- OCDEL’s presence on the PA Department of Human Services website
- OCDEL’s presence on the PA Department of Education website
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).
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 (pacca.org)
Addressing Family and Community Engagement Content through a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lens
Access valuable, information guidance on “Addressing Family and Community Engagement Content through a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lens”