Early Care & Education

Infants, toddlers and young children experience phenomenal growth intellectually, emotionally and physically prior to entering kindergarten. As their child’s first and most influential teacher parents are engaged with their child’s learning. Families provide opportunities for learning in many ways. Families may be involved with home visitation services that promote healthy child development, school readiness and strong families. They may utilize child care services in their own home, with family and neighbor care settings or in child care and nursery school programs. Children who have demonstrated developmental delays may be involved with an early intervention service.


Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL)
OCDEL works with many partners to create opportunities for the commonwealth’s children. Parents, schools, child care, early intervention, Head Start, libraries, community organizations and other stakeholders have joined with OCDEL to provide high quality early childhood programs and effective prevention strategies to mitigate challenges faced by families that affect school readiness and academic success.

ZERO TO THREE National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families
ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development. Their mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.

Head Start Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development. Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services. Head Start services are designed to be responsive to each child and family's ethnic, cultural and linguistic heritage.

Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers helps organizations and professionals work with parents during the critical early years of their children's lives, from conception to kindergarten—and the results are powerful. They develop curricula, train professionals, advocate for children and families, and set high standards.

Nurse Family Partnership
Nurse-Family Partnership, a maternal and early childhood health program, fosters long-term success for first-time moms, their babies, and society.

PA Child Care Association
The Pennsylvania Child Care Association is a statewide nonprofit organization. They exist to be a strong and effective voice for quality early care and education programs, and to give leadership and support to those organizations that assist the Early Childhood Education community, families and children in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Department of Education's Division of Federal Programs

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