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Keystone STARS Resources

Since its inception in 2007, the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has focused on creating opportunities for the commonwealth's youngest children to develop and learn to their fullest potential.

Pennsylvania Community Colleges
Locate a community college in Pennsylvania that offers early childhood or school-age specific programming

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE)
Locate a state supported four year college or university that offers early childhood or school-age specific programming

Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP)
For a list of all of the private colleges or universities in Pennsylvania and to access the college/university websites to find types of degrees offered

Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) Certification
Locate a Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) approved teacher certification program in Pennsylvania

Non-Certification Degree Programs/ECE Equivalent Degrees
For a list of approved institutions of higher education with degrees with ECE core content and equivalent to an ECE degree

Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs
U.S. Department of Education listing for additional Pennsylvania business, technical and trade colleges.

Strengthening Families Evaluation
Programs assess their existing practice in the Strengthening Families programs areas and identify small but significant changes they can make to enhance their ability to build protective factors.

Keystone STARS Assessment Tools

Early Childhood Environment Rating Scales
Assessment Instruments for Early Childhood and Child Care Program Quality

Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)
A two-page guide on the CLASS tool domains and dimensions

The Environment Rating Scales Institute (ERSI)
The Environment Rating Scales Institute (ERSI) is an organization that was started by Thelma Harms and Debby Cryer when they retired from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

After School Quality
After-School Quality:The Process of Program Improvement. A guide for facilitating a 5-step, team-based approach to improving program quality.

Encourage positive parenting interactions
The Parenting Interactions with Children: Checklist of Observations Linked to Outcomes (PICCOLO) is a checklist of 29 observable developmentally supportive parenting behaviors ...

Program Evaluation (PAS,BAS)
Engage in quality improvement. The McCormick Center offers professional learning, expert guidance, and support for program evaluation. Professional learning opportunities on the following three tools are user-friendly and designed to help ...

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