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Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL)
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Deputy Secretary
Barb Minzenberg's
Webcast on PELICAN and
Child Outcomes Reporting

Links of Interest

OCDEL Bureaus

OCDEL 2010-2011
Annual Report
(PDF)

OCDEL Research

Early Childhood
Care and Research

Pennsylvania Early
Learning Standards

Programs

Early Intervention
(Birth-Five)

Pennsylvania
Pre-K Counts

Head Start Supplemental
Assistance Program

Family Support Programs

Child Care Works

Keystone Stars

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) is focused on creating opportunities for the Commonwealth's youngest children to develop and learn to their fullest potential. By developing an effective early childhood education system with high standards for programs and professionals, supports to meet these standards, accountability and community engagement, OCDEL is helping our children, families, teachers and communities reach their promise. Parents, schools, child care providers, Early Intervention, Head Start, libraries, community organizations, and other stakeholders have joined with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning to provide high quality early childhood programs and effective family support programs to address challenges faced by families that affect school readiness and academic success.

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning strives to build a strong foundation for children, starting at birth, through the establishment of a quality education continuum from birth to five. The success of our efforts today will translate into a brighter future for tomorrow, with citizens who are strong, independent, and well-prepared for the future.

OCDEL Certifications

There are two CSPGs, or Certification and Staffing Policy Guidelines, relevant for Early Childhood Education. One is CSPG #39 for Pre-K to Grade Three, and the other is CSPG #41 for Elementary Education, or Kindergarten through grade six. Both of these CSPGs were revised as of July 1, 2004. These Guidelines describe the important requirements for teaching in each assignment area.

OCDEL Codes and Regulations

The early childhood learning standards provide guidance for the development of programs' continuum of learning. They are also aligned with higher grade level content, beginning with third grade. They provide a framework that can be used by practitioners to assess children's learning and plan appropriate lessons and strategies for the population they serve. Families along with early childhood practitioners can work as a team to build upon knowledge and enhance the development of new understandings.

OCDEL Data and Statistics

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning strives to build a strong foundation for children, starting at birth, through the establishment of a quality education continuum from birth to five. The success of our efforts today will translate into a brighter future for tomorrow, with citizens who are strong, independent, and well-prepared for the future.


For additional information, please contact:

Office of Child Development and Early Learning |
Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.346.9320
RA-dpwocdnet@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us