Pennsylvania's Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS)
is Keystone STARS
STARS is an initiative of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) to improve, support, and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania.

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RE-Visioning Keystone STARS
Pennsylvania’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, Keystone STARS, is one of the most mature systems in the country to improve quality in child care/early learning programs. As Pennsylvania strives to increase access to high-quality services, now is the time to refine Keystone STARS so that it is more efficient for providers to participate and more effective at improving child outcomes. Revisions to the Keystone STARS system will begin roll-out for the 2017-18 program year. For all the latest updates on what is happening with STARS Revisioning click here

New Programs Eligible for STARS
Private Academic Schools
(PDE Licensed Preschools)
School District Pre Kindergarten Programs

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Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG)
Changes are coming for Family Child Care & Friend Neighbor Care. The Startup TA Mentoring Program can provide one on one support throughout this transition
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Child Care Expansion

Expansion opportunities exist for newly certified childcare providers or if you are considering opening a new site or expanding, special initiative grants may be available to you.
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Governor Wolf’s Budget to Strengthen Early Childhood Programs...Read more

Wolf Administration Advocates for Legislative Support of Funding for Intellectual Disabilities Waitlist...Read more

Wolf Administration Discusses Negative Impact of Proposed Cuts to Early Childhood Programs...Read more

DHS' Intellectual Disabilities Waitlist- Who is waiting for services...Read more

Wolf Administration Calls for Increased Early Childhood Education Funding at Schools That Teach Visit...Read more

Impact of Cuts to Child Care in House Republican Budget... Read more

Department of Human Services Issues Statement on Philadelphia Department of Human Services...Read more

HEALTH CAPSULE: Emergency Food and Water Supplies...Read more

New American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Recommendation on Juice...Read more

Wolf Administration Discusses Heroin and Opioid Epidemic Effects on Children and Families...Read more

Wolf Administration Announces Medicaid Policy Change for Individuals Suffering from Hepatitis C Virus...Read more

House Republican Budget Proposal Would Have Serious Impact on the Department of Human Services...Read more

Wolf Administration Continues Effort to Revoke License of Berks County Residential Center...Read more

DHS Hosts Mental Health Awareness Fair...Read more

DHS Releases 2016 Child Protective Services Report...Read more

Health Capsule:  Early Brain Development -  What Pediatricians Recommend...Read more

Wolf Administration Launches Health and Human Services Unification Informational Website...Read more

HEALTH CAPSULE: Anaphylaxis - What is it and How is it Treated?..Read more

HEALTH CAPSULE: Caring for a Child with Diabetes...Read more

ChildLine Staff Recognized for Child Abuse Prevention Efforts...Read more

Pennsylvania Invites Artists with a Disability to Submit Their Visions of Pennsylvania...Read more

Action Required: Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts Request for Applications Announced...Read more

HEALTH CAPSULE: How Do You Know When Exclusion for Illness is Needed...Read more

Action Required: Pennsylvania Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program Request for Applications Announced...Read more

Wolf Administration Extends PA Home Heating Assistance Program Deadline...Read more

Alcohol Hand Sanitizer Risks for Young Children...Read more

NEW!  Click here for the 17-18 RFI for PD

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County Provider Receives Bright STAR Award - Pre K Kids Learning Center, Inc.,  has been selected as the recipient of the 2016-2017 second quarter "Bright STAR" Award....Read more

Click here for the Bright STAR Award Recipients for FY 16-17
Click here for the Bright STAR Award Recipients for FY 15-16
Click here for the Bright STAR Award Recipients for FY 14-15

Change Impacts ERS Visits for STARS Providers...Read more

Let's Talk Quality! Program Quality Assessment Team Blog Goes Live...Read more

T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships Available....Read more

NEW Professional Development Registry: An Introductory Guide...Read more

PA Launches Early Learning Provider Tool...Read  more

Pennsylvania's 2014-2015 Program Reach and Risk Assessment Report...Read more

NWRK Twitter Timeline

FREE Health and Safety Courses...Read more

NEW AHA Heart Saver Pediatric First Aid with Child-Infant CPR...Read more

June 2nd Yogarate®:Yoga and Martial Arts for the 21st Century Child...Read more

Supervision Courses for this Spring...Read more

Registration Opens for the National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute...Read more

FREE STEM PD Opportunities...Read more

NEW Core Series Course Available Online...Read more

Learn More About T.E.A.C.H....Read more

NEW PD/TA Blended Model Opportunity...Read more

School-Age Professional Credential Online...Read more

New Courses, CDA and DC Opportunities available for this fall.....Read more

Edinboro University Offering Arts Infusion Certificate for Graduate Students...Read more

CQI is now online...Read more

New Online PD for STARS Directors - Keystone STARS Directors who complete the online course “Using Keystone STARS to Market your Program to Families” in the PD Registry can request a free supply of STARS window clings for the families they serve...Read more

Do you have staff members who need Child Abuse and Neglect (Mandated Reporter) Training? Read more

Don't forget to check our other courses being offered online.

For more upcoming Needs-Based Professional Development here

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Congratulations to our New STARS featuring newbies as well as move ups for Quarter 3.

Click here to read our list for Quarter 2.
Click here to read our list for Quarter 1.
  • Quarter 3- Sixteen early learning and child care programs of the Northwest achieved highest Keystone STARS state quality ratings since more
  • Quarter 2 - Four early learning and child care programs of the Northwest achieved highest Keystone STARS state quality ratings since more
  • Quarter 1 - Six early learning and child care programs of the Northwest achieved highest Keystone STARS state quality ratings since more