Welcome to the ECE Recap where you can find the
most recent and important information from the
Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL).
CDA Scholarship Opportunity for Family Child Care Home and Group Child Care Home Providers
Deadline May 15, 2022

Family Child Care Home and Group Child Care Home providers are invited to apply for a scholarship to complete a Child Development Associate (CDA) through Better Kid Care. Better Kid Care’s CDA coursework is independent, self-paced and exclusively online. This scholarship opportunity cannot be used for CDA renewals.

Once awarded, recipients will receive a payment code to access the online coursework through Better Kid Care. This program also requires the purchase of a CDA textbook package and this cost can be reimbursed through the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance program. The Pennsylvania Key will provide instructions for all of this and offer ongoing logistical support.

All coursework must be completed on or before Nov. 30, 2022.
If you are a Family Child Care Home or Group Child Care Home provider interested in this opportunity, submit your completed application via Microsoft Forms for consideration by May 15, 2022. Questions? Contact Amy Barrett at amybar@pakeys.org.
Gov. Wolf Announces Education Secretary Dr. Noe Ortega to Depart Wolf Administration, Names Eric Hagarty as New Acting Secretary

On April 22, 2022, Governor Tom Wolf announced Department of Education Secretary Dr. Noe Ortega resigned his position with the commonwealth, effective April 29. The governor also announced his intention to name Eric Hagarty to serve as Acting Secretary. Hagarty currently serves as Governor Wolf’s Deputy Chief of Staff responsible for implementing the governor’s priorities and policies relating to education. Read more.

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) is a dual office of Departments of Education and Human Services.