Mid-State Regional Key
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Welcome to the Mid-State Regional Key STARS Newsletter!!
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Register Now for the Shared Services Pilot Webinar
There is still time to register for the Webinar to be held on March 15!

The Tuscarora Intermediate Unit (TIU), on behalf of the PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), has issued a Request for Proposals for a new Shared Services Pilot. With funding from The Heinz Endowments, the goal of the initiative is to build both pedagogical and business capacity in early childhood programs so programs can provide quality staff support.
The project includes three key components:
1. Identification of further policy and structural opportunities for OCDEL to operationalize the shared services model within the framework of the new Keystone STARS and Early Learning Resource Center structure;
2. Identification, planning, and implementation of sustainable shared services practice at the local level; and,
3. Evaluation of the pilot phase of the shared service project to ensure the developed policy recommendations fully support scaling of statewide shared service implementation.
This Request for Proposal (RFP) is designed to identify shared services practice at the local level, and to support planning around and implementation of these practices. RFPs will be due April 13, 2018 at 5 pm.
For more information on the shared services RFP process, please read the documents and join the Shared Services RFP webinar on Thursday, March 15 at 10:00 am.  Register here for the webinar .
REMINDER - Grant Expense Reports Due

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.

Unspent funds must be returned as soon as possible. 

Providers on our Fiscal Monitoring list will be receiving notification soon, and monitoring visits will take place during the months of April and early May.  

Please  contact your Quality Coach  with any questions.

Incorporating Math In Dramatic Play

In school age, dramatic play provides opportunities to make math come alive. With intentional planning, math concepts may be seamlessly incorporated into children’s dramatic play. Just placing certain props in the dramatic play area lead children to incorporating math into their scenes.

Below are just a few ideas to get things started. 
Cooking Show - Math concepts: measurement, fractions, temperature, time Props: measuring cups/spoons, kitchen timer
Store/Shop - Math concepts: addition and subtraction, problem solving, money and making change, fractions and percentages
Props: cash register & play money, Sale signs, price tags, receipts
Doctor/Vet - Math concepts: measurement, money and making change
Props: measuring tape, scale, thermometer, syringes
Office - Math concepts: time/elapsed time; place value
Props: clocks, checks,

Children will come up with their own ways of playing that may lend themselves to math, however, if you are looking for more ideas for dramatic play themes, you can contact your SACC TA, So put aside homework drill sheets and basic flash cards, and help make math child’s play! 
Did you know…
ECELS has valuable tools to help you meet the new STARS Standard LM.2.5 Program uses Caring for Our Children to establish policies and practices regarding care plans for children with special needs, asthma, medical needs, food allergies, and medication administration. 

  1. Use Model Child Care Health Policies, 5th Ed. form-field version to adapt a policy for your program. See Section 10-Health Plan, items E, F, and Appendix X - Medication Administration Packet. Model Child Care Health Policies, 5th Ed. is consistent with Caring for Our Children, 3rd Ed. online (CFOC3).
  2. Use the ECELS Care Plan for Children with Special Needs and Process to Enroll documents. 
  3. Use the ECELS Self-Learning Module, Children with Medical and Developmental Special Needs, Inclusive Practices to educate staff about caring for children with special needs, using care plans and making adaptations. (2 hours credit)

If you have questions about these tools, please send an email with your contact information to Sandy Sandos. We will respond as soon as possible.
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Join us for a STARS Networking Meeting!     

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

STARS Drop In Workgroup
March 22nd from 1-3 at Panera in Hershey

Certification and Program Quality Assessor Panel
April 12th at 1 at Lancaster Farm and Home Center
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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