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 children and adults. Reviewed and reaffirmed 4/2018.

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 the Child Care Emergency Planning Guide, a set of supporting forms and checklists as well as a fill-in-the-blank basic emergency plan. Other good information is available at www.readypa.org.  Reviewed and reaffirmed 4/2018.

Keystone STARS is Pennsylvania's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).  Keystone STARS is a continous quality improvement approach to assess, improve and communicate the level of quality in early and school age - care and education programs.  The crosswalk document identifies ECELS resources that relate to specific standards.  The Steps for Early Care and Education Programs to Reduce Illness and Injury address STARS Standard LM. 2.3.   Check out the resources and tools available to help your program advance in STARS.  9/2018.

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).

Pennsylvania's County Children and Youth Service Offices and their phone numbers are available at http://www.pcya.org/Pages/Contactyouragency.aspx Reviewed and reaffirmed 4/2018.

The PA Department of Health  has information on many health topics. From the home page, select the tab "My Health" and the A-Z list of topics to locate fact sheets and updated information. Reviewed and reaffirmed 3/2018.

PA Head Start Association organizes conferences and has useful tools on their website about PA Head Start grantees and programs. Reviewed and reaffirmed 4/2018.

The Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR) provides resources for parents and educational agencies to resolve educational disputes for children served by the early intervention system, students who are gifted (or thought to be gifted), and students with disabilities (or thought to have disabilities), including a parent/family engagement project. Publications are available about our services.  Contact Information:  Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR) Voice: 800-222-3353 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Fax: 717-657-5983 Website: www.odr-pa.org    Reviewed and reaffirmed 4/2018

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. Reviewed and reaffirmed 4/2018.