Mid-State Regional Key
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PA Early Ed News March 2018

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) is excited to announce a new resource for families and communities to improve the quality and accessibility of early learning services in Pennsylvania.

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REMINDER - Grant Expense Reports Due

See below for the documentation explaining what you will need to do to close your STARS Grants. If you received multiple grants this year, you will need to do each process separately. There is also a receipt chart attached for those of you that received Merit or Rising STARS Awards.

PLEASE READ the directions attached and make sure we have your grant closure by the date listed on your grant agreement packet .

If you do not think you have the   Final Approved grant documents, please reach out to your Quality Coach, and they will send them to you. These are the documents you  must  use for your grant closure.

Please contact your Quality Coach  with any questions.

If you received a Special Initiatives grant, please contact your Quality Coach for assistance with closure.   

This 25 minute, self-paced video with Deputy Secretary Suzann Morris is designed to assist programs as they develop their own policies surrounding expulsion and suspension of children. Watch the February 20, 2018 recorded webinar

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Rush Hour

The daily transition between dismissal and arrival to your afterschool program can present unique challenges. Unlike the slow steady arrival of school-agers in the morning, the afternoon is a mad dash as dozens of children arrive from school all at once, often full of pent-up energy ready to be released in your program. Scheduling and staffing this time properly can really set the tone for the entire afternoon, and for your school age program as a whole. 
HiMama - How To Identify Stress in a Child

How To Identify Stress in a Child - First identify if an issue is present, then work to resolve

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ASERT PA Autism - Autism Services, Education, Resources...

A Website for Pennsylvanians with Autism. We Provide Autism Services, Education, Resources, Training, Family Support, Community Support and Provider Support. There are many resources, including Tips for Picky Eaters (link included below).

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Time for a Safety Check

Make safety your first priority by setting aside time to review important safety topics, policies & procedures. Whether in preparation for a licensing check or just peace of mind, safety should be a priority for all.

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PA Inspired Leadership (PIL) Program

To expand the opportunities for PD within the PIL Program, a series of blended courses aligned to the PA Framework for Leadership is being offered; focusing on effective prenatal-grade 3 planning & implementation.

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The Foundation understands the importance of assistive technology as a treatment tool for those with intellectual, sensory, or physical disabilities such as robotic-assisted physical therapy for children with cerebral palsy, telemonitoring of...

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Join us for a STARS Networking Meeting!     

Drop In STARS Q&A Session
March 13th from 12:30-2:30 at    Panera in Lancaster

Summer SACC Planning
March 21st at 9:30 at   Newport Assembly of God

Understanding Generational Differences
March 21st 9:30-12:30 at  United Way of York
Other Community Meetings & Events

Thursday, April 5, 2018 This seminar is designed for preschool educators, kindergarten teachers and agency employees working with children. The agenda includes professional development and networking opportunities. 6 professional development...

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2018 PennAEYC VOICE for Children Award Celebration

The PennAEYC VOICE for Children Award Celebration will feature a reception, dinner and a presentation of the 2018 VOICE for Children Awards. Please join us on April 13, 2018 at the beautiful Hershey Lodge as we recognize grassroots advocacy...

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Professional Development Updates 
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Extending the Book Experience: Strategies That Promote...

This session is sponsored by Nemours Bright Start! Dual language learners (DLLs), one of the largest growing populations in the U.S., will enter classrooms with little to no exposure to the English language. March 14th online.

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Nutrition Education for Young Children

Hear about tips and strategies to support education staff to incorporate more health content into their existing curricula and support healthy environments and habits in their program. March 15th online.

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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    info@childcareconsultants.org