Pennsylvania Organizations

Devereux Center for Resilient Children is part of a large non-profit educational and behavioral health organization. Their activities include providing behavioral health and rehabilitation services, special education support as well as promoting resilience of all children. One part of their website offers 50 activities to promote resilience in young children. Reviewed and reaffirmed 12/2012

PEMA has planning guidelines specific to child care found by clicking here, and then putting "child care" in the PEMA website search box. This site has a 2012 update of the 2009 Child Care Emergency Planning Guide, a set of supporting forms and checklists as well as a fill-in-th-blank basic emergency plan. Other good information is available at  12/2012

The PA Keystone STARS program encourages professional development and provides incentives for Pennsylvania early education and child care programs to improve the quality of their programs.

Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children is a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of providing Pennsylvania’s young children with access to quality early learning opportunities. It is sponsored by the PA Build Initiative, Pennsylvania Early Learning Keys to Quality, The Grable Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, and William Penn Foundation, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL)

Early Learning GPS (Guiding Parents Smoothly) is an online tool that professionals can recommend to families with young children. The information on the website is a good way to start meaningful conversations with caregivers about how to help young children grow and develop well. The Early Learning GPS is an interactive quiz that helps think about how to foster life-long wellbeing for children.
• The child’s brain
• The child’s development
• Relationships between family members and children; and
• When the child is with people other than family members.

The GPS addresses the development of children, including nutrition, physical activity, visiting the doctor, and social-emotional health. After answering a question, families receive simple tips and links to reliable resources. More than 3,000 people have visited the GPS site since its launch in late January 2013. The site has excellent reviews.  Watch a 2 minute introduction to the GPS, access and view all the links at
All of the content in the GPS has been vetted by child development staff at the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning and reviewed by 40 focus groups across the state. Updated 11/2013.


Pennsylvania's County Children and Youth Service Offices and their phone numbers are available at

The PA Department of Health has information on many health topics. From the home page, select the tab "Quick Links" and the A-Z list of topics to locate fact sheets and updated information. Reviewed 12/2012

PA Head Start Association organizes conferences and has useful tools on their website about PA Head Start grantees and programs.

Common myths and scientific evidence about currently recommended vaccines are discussed on the website of the Vaccine Education Center of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The Vaccine Education Center is funded by civic-minded donors, not pharmaceutical companies. View the facts about vaccines. Download information sheets for staff and parents, including one about common vaccine myths.  12/4/2012