The PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) have released the revised Keystone STARS Performance Standards, June 2017, effective beginning July 1, 2017.

CLICK HERE to visit the PA Keys website to view the performance standards, the new Keystone STARS Program Manual and learn more about the revisioning of Keystone STARS

As part of Keystone STARS Revisioning, OCDEL and stakeholders involved in the process want to make sure that limited resources are being used as effectively as possible to provide quality early learning opportunities especially to at-risk children.

As a result, OCDEL has proposed adjustments to financial supports. 

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Reminder: Complete the New Health & Safety Training Requirements by September 2017 

Free online training is available now for 9 of 10 required topics.

One new requirement of the federal Child Care Development Block Grant is for all child care directors and staff to complete training on 10 health and safety topics by September 30, 2017. Please see OCDEL's Announcement for more information.

In order to meet the new requirements:

  • Take a free, six-hour "Health & Safety Basics: Requirements for Certification" course online through Better Kid Care or in person through the Regional Key, or provide transcript of courses already taken that meet the requirements.


  • Must take face-to-face Pediatric First Aid and CPR training.

Child care certification representatives are checking professional development records for these topics as part of inspections and new providers must complete pre-service training on the 10 topics before submitting an application.

Visit the PA Key website  or contact your Regional Certification Office for more details.

Attn: New Legislation to be Enacted Affecting All Current and Future Child Care Providers!

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Updated PA Position Statements for use with the ERS scales are now available.

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Keystone STARS Environment Rating Scale Assessment Processes for 2016-2017

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