Several grants are offered to programs who are working toward Continuous Quality Improvement through Keystone STARS. Click on the link for the most current forms.
Learning standards are developmentally appropriate research based standards that help guide programs with curriculum and lesson planning. Beginning at a STAR 2, programs integrate the standards within their curriculum and maintain on-site as a resource for teachers and families.
Approved curriculum – Quality Early Learning environments are essential for children’s growth and development in such areas as cognitive, social-emotional, language, and fine and gross motor areas. The intent of a curriculum is to provide a framework for each classroom. To learn more about OCDEL approved curriculums click here:
Assessment Tools – Completing authentic developmentally appropriate assessments is a critical piece in high quality early learning programs. Pennsylvania state-funded programs are required to use an approved assessment to assess and monitor a child’s developmental progress. This link provides a list of OCDEL approved assessment tools:
PA Key supports to reduce suspension and expulsion in childcare
Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) provides on-site support including observation, social and emotional and/or development screening, development of an individualized action plan, referral to additional community supports, and facility-wide professional development.
Prevent Expulsions – A Program Leaders Guide to Supporting All Childrens’ Success