Meeting New Federal Requirements for Health & Safety Training
The Federal Reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) will require all staff in certified child care programs to participate in trainings on 10 critical health and safety topics by September 30, 2017. Child Care Certification Representatives will be available to help programs meet this deadline. Learn about the options available for child care staff to meet this new federal training requirement.
Announcement for Family Child Care Homes:
Effective December 28, 2015, Governor Wolf signed a law that requires family child care homes to become certified or licensed. A family child care homes' current certificate of registration is valid until replaced by a certificate of compliance or license. In addition, the federal law that oversees and provides funding for child care assistance (Child Care Development Block Grant - CCDBG) was reauthorized for the first time since 1996. In an effort to support families with access to safe, reliable child care, the federal law also requires family child care homes to become certified. Find out more about the steps and resources available to help Family Child Care Homes become certified here.
Announcement for Friend/Neighbor Caregivers receiving child care subsidy:
In 2014, the federal law that oversees and provides funding for child care assistance (Child Care Development Block Grant- CCDBG) was reauthorized for the first time since 1996. In an effort to support families with access to safe, reliable child care, the law will require family child care homes and friend/neighbor caregivers receiving child care subsidy to become certified by November 2016. Find out more about the steps and resources available to help Friend/Neighbor caregivers become certified here.
Apply for or Renew a Child Care Certification online with Provider Self Service (PSS):
New and existing Child Care Providers can now use Provider Self Service (PSS) to apply for or renew child care licensing, submit online attendance invoices, update provider profiles, and much more. Find out more about Provider Self Services.
The Renewal Inspection Process: What to Expect
All certified child care providers in Pennsylvania are subject to an annual inspection of the facility. A certification representative with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning will conduct a renewal inspection of the facility at least once every 12 months.
Upon completion of the inspection, the provider will be notified of the Department’s findings on an inspection summary report. Please see the following video for more information on what to expect during the renewal inspection process
Opening a Child Care Program
If you are interested in opening a child care program, view the provider requirements and child care forms in the list of links below.
Becoming an Early Intervention Service Provider
Interested parties should approach the County EI program and express an interest in becoming an Early Intervention provider. The County EI program will assure that interested parties meet state approved/recognized certification or licensing requirements and that the required pre-service training requirements are met. Interested parties must obtain the necessary background clearances, including child abuse and criminal history clearances. Potential waiver providers must complete a Provider Agreement for Participation in the Medical Assistance program for Early Interventions services in the Infants, Toddlers and Families Waiver.
All family child care homes in Pennsylvania will soon be required to earn a Certificate of Compliance as a CERTIFIED, also called LICENSED, child care provider. The process to get certified/licensed includes annual unannounced inspections of family child care homes.
Conducted by Certification Representatives from the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), under the Department of Human Services (DHS), the annual unannounced inspections will help family child care homes meet regulatory standards for providing safe and healthy environments for children.
OCDEL worked with the Pennsylvania Key, Better Kid Care and several experienced family child care programs to produce this introductory video on what providers can expect during an inspection.