OCDEL Releases Special Announcement on 10-4-21

The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), released the Special Announcement on 10-4-21 - Subject: Extended Suspension of Regulatory Provisions, STARS Designation Extensions, and Delay of  New Streamlined Keystone STARS Designation System

Extended Suspension of Regulatory Provisions: 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.
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.