Compass Website – Compass is an online portal to allow families to apply for several Pennsylvania benefits. Families can apply for subsidized childcare, Medical Assistance, Cash Assistance, SNAP, LIHEAP and CHIP.
PA Promise for Children – All the tools you need to know to help your child learn and grow from the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL)
Early Learning GPS – Access resources according to the age and developmental stage of your child.
Certification – All licensed childcare providers are regulated through the Department of Human Welfare. View childcare provider regulations:
Keystone STARS is Pennsylvania’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). A QRIS is a continuous quality improvement systemic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early and school-age care and education programs. Keystone STARS is a program of Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL).
Our Guiding Principles
Keystone STARS is a responsive system to improve, support, and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania. Our system is guided by three core principles:
We believe inclusion, diversity, equity and respect are foundational values embedded in these principles.
Keystone STARS has four primary goals:
OCDEL’s Keystone STARS Program supports all early care and education programs to improve program quality. We encourage programs to think about the Keystone STARS Performance Standards as a tool to support continuous quality improvement (CQI) that impacts services to the children and families in your care.
Keystone STARS – Improving the quality through:
ChildLine is part of a mandated statewide child protective services program designed to accept child abuse referrals and general child well-being concerns.