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PD Registry Updates

Why Your Complete Profile Is Locked
If you have completed your profile on the PD Registry, you may notice that your account is “locked” after submitting your information. This does not prevent you from registering for training and you will only need to unlock your profile if you need to update or change your information. Contact the PD Registry team if you need your profile unlocked.

Add Employment to Your PD Registry Profile
Have you added your employment to your account in the PD Registry? This is different than updating your profile. For Directors, it is important so that designators (such as STARS) can access the professional development for your entire center(s). For Instructors and PDOs, it allows you to access the courses in your organization. Please update this information if you have not already.
1.  Login to the PD Registry from
2.  Select the Employment tab from the homepage.

Certificates Are A Thing of the Past!
Certificates are no longer issued in the PD Registry after being marked as attending an event. DHS and Keystone STARS will see all events marked as verified in the Learning Record.

To access your Learning Record:
1.  Login to your PD Registry account at .
2.  Go to the Reports Tab in the top navigation bar.
3.  Click My Professional Development Learning Record.
Time to Reflect

As the school year winds to a close, most School Age programs transition from their after school programs to their full day summer programs. In the frenzy to prepare for the summer program to come, it is easy to forget to evaluate the after school program that is ending. Because the school year has a clear beginning and end, afterschool programs are well situated to evaluate their progress from one year to the next. The end of the year is the perfect time to reflect on your after school program and set goals for the future while this year is still fresh in your memory.
This can begin simply as gathering information from your staff, children, families, school officials, host organizations and stakeholders about what went well, what didn’t and what ideas they have for the next school year. You can do this informally through discussions with individuals or in meetings, or you can be more formal and data oriented by surveying your staff and childcare community. Through this process, you may discover a professional development need, a new idea for family involvement idea, or that you may need to rearrange your staff due to a large influx of kindergartners in afterschool in August. 
Take time to inventory your program supplies to determine what is ready for the next year, what you need to restock and what is ready for the trash heap. Also, touch base with your school leadership to find out about any changes in the upcoming school year that would affect your program, like changes to the school configuration or even bus routes. Your SACC TA can provide resources and support to help you in this process.
Once you have this information, you can use it to begin setting goals for next school year in staffing, professional development, scheduling, resources or any area where needs emerge. This then becomes a part of your program’s CQI plan.
So even as you plan for summer, taking time to reflect on the past year can be a first important step in making your next afterschool program year a success. 
Fun Facts About Infants & Toddlers

At Child Care Consultants, we are doing something fun every month. Our Health and Wellness committee posts fun facts on the bathroom door (or somewhere they can be seen when you are using the facilities).
Don’t forget to share with your families and other caregivers!
Safety and Injury Prevention

As part of the Healthy Futures: Improving Health Outcomes for Young Children initiative, the American Academy of Pediatrics has designed a new Safety and Injury Prevention Curriculum for Early Care and Education Settings. Read more here.
Activities to Promote Preschool Cognitive Development

It's been well documented that the preschool years are critical for building the foundation for learning in the K-12 school years. During the foundation building preschool time, your child will begin to engage in ...

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Better Kid Care Brochures

The Penn State Extension Better Kid Care program has many resources to support your professional development. To make it easier for you to find relevant training, we’ve developed three summary resource brochures that highlight our offerings:
These brochures are for your use—feel free to share with others! The brochure can be accessed by clicking the resource title in the list above.
If you could use quantities of these printed brochures for staff or conferences, please contact Better Kid Care at 800-452-9108.
Join us for a STARS Networking Meeting!    

Director Networking & Shared Services
May 23rd from 12-2 at  Lancaster Farm and Home Center

Certification and Program Quality Assessment Networking
May 23rd from 1-3 at  CAECTI

Inclusion, Suspension, & Expulsion Policies
May 24th from 1-3 at  Capital City Mall

ERS Discussions with the Assessors
May 30th from 10-12 at  Lewisburg Children's Center
June 1st from 10-12 at  Fun Academy
Community Meetings & Events
Professional Development Updates 
Register on the  PD Registry
FLIP IT | Addressing Challenging Behavior

FLIP IT® is a strategy that offers a simple, kind, strength-based, commonsense and effective four step process to address children's day to day challenging behavior. The four steps are embodied in the FLIP IT mnemonic which stands for F -...

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Pennsylvania Shared Service Conference: June 20th

Growing Stronger Together-Shared Services in PA! A strong early childhood system in PA depends on the sustainability of quality early care and education programs. Working together in a shared service allows programs to build a strong and...

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Luthercare for Kids: Assistant Director/Group Supervisor, Full-Time. This position will serve time in both classroom and office. The candidate must meet one of the following criteria: 1) A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field and 1 year experience with children. 2) Currently enrolled in an associate’s degree program from an accredited college or university in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field and 2 years of experience with children.
Substitute Teachers, hours are as needed. Need to be AGS qualified and willing to travel to other locations in Lancaster County.
Inquiries and resumes can be sent to

We are hiring at Daybridge Child Development Center , a STAR 4 NAEYC Accredited facility! All interested applicants can apply through the following website: . We are looking for energetic, dedicated teachers! Please be sure to complete the gallup survey on the website as this must be completed before we can move forward with interviews. 
Thank you for all you do for children, families, and your community by being part of the STARS program!
Mid-State Regional Key/Child Care Consultants
(717) 854-2273 or (800) 864-4925