PA Keys


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The role of the Pennsylvania Key is to work with the Office of Child Development & Early Learning (OCDEL) to provide statewide leadership in the development of an integrated and coordinated system of program quality improvements and professional development supports for early childhood education.

The Pennsylvania Key manages statewide professional development initiatives, such as Better Kid Care, ECELS, and Regional School-Age Initiatives. The PA Key also:

  • coordinates the Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Project,
  • coordinates work with the higher education community,
  • implements special quality improvement initiatives,
  • develops the career lattice,
  • coordinates and provides resources to support community engagement work around early learning
  • coordinates regional planning efforts with the Regional Keys,
  • manages Environment Rating Scale assessments,
  • administers the Head Start State Collaboration Office, and
  • administers PA Pre-K Counts.