Mid-State Regional Key
A Leader In Community Services

Welcome to the Mid-State Regional Key STARS Newsletter!!
Check out our MSRK Contact List & Facebook Page !!
You are Invited to a Sneak Peek of the new PD Registry

The PA Key will host a series of FREE webinars in January 2018 to introduce the new system. The “New PD Registry Tutorial” session is for everyone and will cover topics such as updating profiles and finding professional development.

Instructors, Regional Keys, and PDO’s are invited to “New PD Registry Tutorial for Instructors, Regional Keys, PDO’s” to cover topics such as reporting and scheduling trainings. They are also encouraged to register for the general session as well.

Spaces in these webinars are limited. Register today to reserve a spot!
Have questions? Contact registry@pakeys.org or 1-800-284-6031.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM EST

Friday, January 19, 2018
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM EST

Monday, January 22, 2018
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM EST

PD Registry - Dates to Remember

  • On December 20th, a temporary hold on new courses began in the PD Registry. Course submission will start again in February 2018.
  • All open courses in the current system need to be closed by January 15, 2018, to ensure that students who have completed these courses receive credit.
  • The temporary hold on NEW PQAS applications began December 15th. New applications can be accepted after February 15, 2018. Renewal application forms will continue to be accepted throughout this transition process.
Paving the Way to 2018 Success

 Set aside time for 2018 strategic planning and pave your way to a successful future. Understanding your market, opportunities and challenges, and how your business is poised to respond is critical to future financial stability. Start the New Year strong, with the help of the easy-to-follow strategic planning tools on SharedSourcePA .
Have a "SACC"essful New Year!

If your New Year’s resolutions include improving the quality of your School Age program, you may be ready for SACC Technical Assistance. School-age children have unique needs, and providing environments that support their positive development is important as they transition from childhood to adolescence. Your SACC Specialist can provide support to help you develop solutions for challenges unique to School Age care. Your SACC TA can provide assistance with:

  • Professional development in developmentally appropriate practices for staff that are new or transitioning to SACC,
  • Aligning with your program’s vision and policies with your children’s academic, physical, emotional and creative needs,
  • Helping staff implement effective behavior guidance and positive social interactions among children,
  • Implementing engaging activities for mixed age groups, including STEM learning,
  • Supporting supervision and planning for smooth transitions,
  • Effective room arrangement for temporary, mobile or permanent spaces,
  • Planning for full day or summer School Age care.

These are just some of the ways your School Age Specialist can support your program. All Technical Assistance is available to School Age programs at no cost. If you are interested in receiving SACC TA, contact your STARS quality coach or complete a TA request form .
Self-Assessment Checklist  to Support Certification Compliance

OCDEL has released new user-friendly tools, designed to assist Child Care Center, Family and Group Child Care Home Providers in performing periodic reviews of their facility operations to achieve compliance with OCDEL certification regulations. When used regularly, these checklists can help to identify program strengths and gaps in the understanding of and compliance with OCDEL regulations. 

Language Castle

If you have children of any age in your program that are bi-lingual or multi-lingual, check out the Language Castle website from Karen Nemeth.

The vast majority of Early Childhood Programs have at least one child who may be from a family that does not use English as their first language. As teachers and directors, we can make sure that we are prepared and educated about what we can do to provide success for both the child and the family.

Language Castle is a website that provides information and has a link that you can use to subscribe to their newsletter. Take a moment to check it out.
Do you have a PA One Book Story?

The PA Promise for Children website is running an OCDEL campaign where they will be highlighting a different OCDEL program each week and PA One Book is one of the programs.
They are looking for stories/testimonials from you, providers, and families regarding the impact or importance of the PA One Book program. Please also pass this information along to any providers or families that you work with.
All stories would be published to the PA Promise for Children website and used in social media. If you could submit at least one photo with your story it would be greatly appreciated.
All stories can be sent directly to Mary Hall at marhal@pakeys.org.
Step Stool Recall
"Christmas Tree" Syndrome

If you notice that you or someone in your family has started coughing and sneezing since you put up your Christmas tree, the cause could be Christmas tree syndrome, an allergic reaction to mold spores that hang around on live trees. It causes an upper respiratory reaction and can become quite severe .
Quorum Courses - now available in Spanish

Quorum memberships include UNLIMITED access to over 140 hours of interactive and engaging online training, that can be utilized by all early educators to meet:

·    State early education training requirements.

·    Federal health and safety training requirements.

· All of the 120 training hours needed to earn or renew a Child Development Associate Credential.
Join us for a STARS Networking Meeting!        Email to RSVP

Certification Workgroup January 12th at 9:30
Other Community Meetings & Events

LICC Meeting

Adams County Directors Roundtable
January 4th at 1 at   The Mill-Sozzaro's - New Oxford
Discussion and information regarding TSS RSVP to Diane

Tioga ECE Coalition Meeting
January 10th at 1 at  BLaST IU Canton

Lycoming Early Learning Team Meeting
January 18th at 11 at   East Lycoming School District
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