Welcome to the Mid-State Regional Key STARS Newsletter!! 
OCDEL News & Updates

P-3 Governor's Institute Invitation to Apply 

Application deadline February 28, 2017 
The Pennsylvania Department of Education Office of Child Development and Early Learning announces the 2017 Prenatal to Grade 3 (P-3) Governor's Institute: P-3 Collaboration - Working Together for Student Success. The Pennsylvania's P-3 Governor's Institute aims to help school districts, early learning providers, and community organizations throughout the commonwealth make the vital connections and collaborations necessary for student success from prenatal through grade 3. The 2017 P-3 Governor's Institutes are being offered regionally: 

  • June 27-29 Marriott in Cranberry; 
  • July 11-13 Sky Top Lodge in the Poconos; 
  • July 31- August 2 Hershey Lodge in Hershey. 

School districts, birth-5 early learning programs, and community organizations may submit an application. Find additional details and how your team can apply to participate.

STARS Re-Visioning Updates 

STARS Re-visioning January 19 Update Webinar
Watch the recording or download the powerpoint of the January 19 webinar with updates on the Keystone STARS Re-visioning.

STARS Updates from the Mid-State RK

Save the Date!

for our PA One Book event on March 23rd from 8:00-12:15, as part of a Month/Week of the Young Child celebration.  The event will be held at PaTTAN in Harrisburg, and will offer 4 hours of training. 

Health & Safety News 

Highmark Announces Creating A Healthy School Environment Grant Awards Program

Creating a Healthy School Environment Grant and Awards Program addresses six areas that shape the health, education, and well-being of our children through grants, partnerships, social media, school updates, professional development for teachers, administrators, and school nurses, and publishing or presenting findings from evidence-based interventions.  Get more info.
Family Provider News

February 25th in Camp Hill 

Topics include Outdoor Activities, Powerful Interactions, Using Photos & Visuals, Fulfilling your Potential, Money Management, and Unlimited Play.

Infant & Toddler News - Kim Alloway 

 “More Than Words” Part One

“More Than Words” isn’t just a song from the 90’s. It is an idea that Early Childhood Educators need to really think about every day in their classroom.  How you say something and what you say has more influence than you may realize:
  • “You have to say you’re sorry” – Often children are not really sorry because they do not have the social and emotional development yet to fully understand this concept. Forcing a child to say “I’m sorry” teaches the child that they just need to say the words for a “”Get out of jail free” card. Instead, let the child choose what they want to say or do. Prompt them with “What can you do or say that would help your friend feel better?” But also remember, experiencing conflict and seeing what happens before you jump is a way that children can develop their social coping skills.
  • “Get off my table”, “Don’t rip my books” – This type of language can undermine the feel of community in the classroom. Instead say, “Please take your feet off of our table”, or better yet, “Feet stay on the floor”.
  • “I don’t want to hear it” – You are taking away the child’s opinion. Instead, pause and take a moment to really hear what the child is saying or showing. Acknowledge what is being communicated.
These are just a few ideas…..more to come in the next edition.
SACC News - Rhea Simmons 

SACC Mini-Conference

Registration is now open for our Spring Into Summer SACC Mini-conference. Excite and  engage your children through this spring, summer and beyond!   Get professional development credit and SACC resources. Door Prizes and Giveaways too! Register by March 24th by completing the attached registration form. 

Movement During Winter Months

If your school agers are stuck inside due to the weather, or just stuck waiting around, these short dance activities can really get them moving. What’s great about these YouTube videos is the popular music and authentic hip hop dance moves that appeal to older kids. The step by step instruction allows kids to be successful and  gets  kids moving. The videos are short (4-5 minutes) so you can do as few or as many as your available time allows. To get to the videos, follow this link:

Join us for a STARS Networking Meeting!

Grant Closure - join us to review the Receipt Splitting Chart, learn how to keep your receipts organized, and to find out what you need to do to CLOSE your grant!

  • 2/11/17 at Panera Bread on Queen St in York from 10-12 with Jen D.  
  • 2/22/17 at Panera Bread on Carlisle Rd in York from 9-10:30 - with Carrie 
  • 2/28/17 at Perkins in Mansfield from 9-10:30 - with Erica G. & Jenn
  • 2/28/17 at Child Development and Family Council in State College from 1-2:30 - with Elizabeth & Jenn 
  • 3/9/17 at Lebanon YMCA from 1-3 - with Corrie 

Care Plans with Anne Dodds - 2/15/17 at Union County Library at 10:00 - with Michaelle 

Adams County Birth to 5 Committee - 2/14/17 at Gettysburg Head Start at 10:00.  We'll review program reports and watch the next segment on the Raising of America DVD titled “Wounded Places”, which addresses some of the causes of unacceptable behavior in our preschool students. The segment is 42 minutes long and sobering as well as hopeful.

Lycoming Early Learning Team Meeting - 2/16/17 at Step in Williamsport at 11:00 - with Erica G. & Bea 

Prepping for Summer Camp with Rhea Simmons - 3/8/17 at Panera on Carlisle Rd in York at 10 - with Carrie

Professional Development Updates - register on the PD Registry at the PA Keys website

Training Lists & Updated Events 

Core Series Training

  • STARS Orientation at CAECTI 2/21/17
    Part I from 9-12 and Part II from 12:30-3:30
  • ERS Foundations in Lititz on 2/20/17 from 10-12
  • ECERS-3 in Lititz on 2/20/17 from 1-4 
  • ECERS-3 in York on 2/20/17 from 9:30-12:30

Other Training Organizations & Online Training 

Training Highlights

CSEFEL I/T Module 3: Individualized Interventions with Infants/Toddlers: Determining the Meaning of Behavior/Developing Appropriate Responses 6 Hours  

Tuesday, 2/21/17 through Tuesday, 3/14/17 

Location:  Online, 6 hrs. over 3 weeks, with a 1 hour live webinar on Tues., 02/28/17 from 1-2 pm EST 

Description: Discover how early childhood educators can implement intentional approaches to support the development of social and emotional skills with young children.  Understand and address challenging behaviors that impact families, care setting, and relationships.  Strategies will be explored through observation and multiple perspective techniques to enhance problem solving.   

Enroll By: Tuesday, 2/14/17 by noon - Login information will be provided after deadline 

PBIS Professional Development Days

If your program is currently implementing PBIS or, is
interested in learning more  about PBIS, this day is for
you!  Sessions include a focus on  various aspects of promoting  children’s social skills and emotional competencies as  well as practices to prevent  and respond to challenging  behavior. Registration ends February 27th. 

March 6th at Penn State University 
March 25th at Penn College in Williamsport 
Grant Reminders
The deadline to submit your MERA grant request is 10 days after your STARS Renewal or Move up date. If you have already renewed your STAR level for 2016-17, please submit your grant request  electronically  to your specialist ASAP. If you have not yet renewed and plan on requesting a grant, please contact your specialist to renew now!

Grant Closures – If you have received your grant funds, please keep in mind that you must CLOSE your grant within 90 days of the date on the check that you received. There are several Grant closure meetings scheduled (see above).  If you would like to set up an individual Grant Closure meeting, please contact your specialist to do so.  This should be done no later than 3 weeks prior to your deadline date (in case you need to get more receipts/documentation).

Resources from our other ECE Partners

PennAEYC VOICE for Children Awards

This year, PennAEYC is pleased to have Janlei Li, co-director of the Fred Rogers Center and Rita M. McGinley, Professor of Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College as our keynote speakers at the VOICE for Children Awards celebration. The event will be held on Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Hershey Lodge.

Register here for both individual and group tickets. Individual tickets are $85 before March 1, 2017 and $95 after March 1. Visit the VOICE website for full details on registering for the event, reserving a table for your group and reserving hotel rooms at the Hershey Lodge. 

NAEYC recently entered a partnership with Walden University to support all members who are interested in seeking opportunities for career growth through continuing education. Walden University offers a number of accredited online programs at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degree levels. Through the sponsorship, all members and affiliate employees will be eligible to receive discounts on Walden’s programs . For more details, call1-855-591-7858 or visit
Newsletters and Community Resources 
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