Early Childhood News
PHLpreK Administrative Intermediary
Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), in partnership with Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC), serves as the Administrative Intermediary for PHLpreK, the City of Philadelphia’s pre-kindergarten program. PHMC and UAC support the delivery of high-quality, accessible pre-K for children in Philadelphia, manage provider payments, and monitor contract deliverables. PHMC provides project oversight and integration and quality assurance support to providers while managing and reviewing data on program progress. The UAC team offers back-office technical assistance to providers as well. Rutgers University’s National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) has been selected as the external evaluator for the PHLpreK program. NIEER’s work will be funded by the William Penn Foundation.
OCDEL Wants Your Input on Suspension, Expulsion, and Inclusion Policies
The PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) recently released two draft announcements aimed at increasing inclusion, and reducing suspension and expulsion in early learning settings.
Reduction of Expulsion and Suspension in Early Childhood Programs in Pennsylvania reflects OCDEL's response to the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education (ED) released policy statement recommending that states develop policies and practices to significantly limit the practice of expulsion and suspension of young children due to challenging behaviors in all early childhood programs.
Inclusion of All Children in Early Childhood Programs in Pennsylvania reflects OCDEL's response to the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education (ED) policy statement recommending that states develop policies and practices to increase the inclusion of infants, toddlers, and preschool children with disabilities in high-quality early childhood programs.
The deadline to submit comments is April 28, 2017. Read the policy statements and how to submit comments on the PA Key website.
Zero to Three Twitter chat
Next Thursday, April 6 at 12:00 PM ET, Zero to Three is having their first-ever #ThinkBabies chat, focused on baby brain development and the importance of early nurturing relationships. Whether you’re a researcher, early childhood professional, parent, or advocate, you have a vested interest in babies and should join the discussion.
To participate, all you need is a Twitter account. You can sign up for one here. Follow @ZEROTOTHREE and, on the day of the chat (4/6 12 PM ET), enter #ThinkBabies in the search bar in the upper right hand corner of your Twitter screen, select the “latest” tab, and start chatting. Remember to include the hashtag #ThinkBabies in your replies to be included.