The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), released the Special Announcement - 10/18/21 Update- Subject: Extended Suspension of Regulatory Provisions, STARS Designation Extensions, and Delay of New Streamlined Keystone STARS Designation System
• Suspended Regulations Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Pursuant to Act 73 of 2021, the suspension of various regulatory provisions under the state disaster emergency declaration that are currently in effect and which were set to expire on September 30, 2021, are now extended until further notice. A list of the regulations that were suspended in whole or in part and their current status is available here. Some regulations were reinstated prior to September 30, 2021 and are not subject to Act 73 of 2021. Act 73 of 2021 only affects state regulations that were suspended under the state disaster emergency declaration and were to be reinstated on 9/30/2021.
o Effective October, 18, 2021, the following regulatory statutes and regulations are reinstated: 62 P.S. § 911(a)(2) - Visitation and Inspection; 62 P.S. § 1016 - Right to Enter and Inspect; 55 Pa. Code § 20.31 - Annual Inspection. This means that licensed child care center, group child care, and family child care homes should expect onsite inspections, renewals and complaint investigations to continue.
• ELRC Policy Announcement 21 #08 Keystone STARS Designation Extensions: The Announcement provides information regarding granting one-year extensions to all Keystone STARS Designations effective Oct. 1, 2021 through Sept. 30, 2022, as providers navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant early childhood education (ECE) staffing crisis.
• Delayed New Streamlined Keystone STARS Designation System Rollout Message: In response to the increasing demands on early learning programs across PA due to the rise in COVID-19 cases and pandemic conditions, OCDEL is delaying Keystone STARS designations for one year and the go-live date for the new streamlined Keystone STARS Designation System in the PD Registry.
Posted 10-8-21 updated 11-2-21