You want to succeed. We want to make it easy for you to find that path. Whether you wish to improve an area of curriculum, achieve NAEYC/NAFCC accreditation or increase your PA Keystone STARS rating, we can help you meet your goals. We offer an exceptional array of workshops, leading-edge conferences, and programs of the highest quality to help you to achieve best practice.

Professional Development

We provide professional development opportunities to the early childhood community throughout Delaware, Chester, Bucks and Montgomery Counties and the City of Philadelphia.

In order for children to receive a high quality early childhood experience, ECE Practitioners must be knowledgeable in the field of early childhood education. Our Professional Development opportunities provide the forum for ECE Practitioners to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence that they will need to be successful.

We pride ourselves on delivering quality, reflective professional development opportunities that foster a positive learning experience.  We enable practitioners to confidently implement the latest educational strategies, provide developmentally appropriate activities and provide continuous quality improvement within their classrooms and most importantly within themselves.

Are you trying to find Professional Development opportunities for yourself or your staff? Contact Caroline Campana, Professional Development Manager, to learn more about our current offerings and how they can fulfill your Keystone STARS requirements. 

Career Advising

The backbone of quality early childhood education is directly linked to the quality of the educators and staff. Unfortunately, there are not resources available to either require or adequately compensate teacher certification and higher degrees, which slows progress toward access to quality.

With expansion efforts underway, now more than ever, the need for staff education resources and support is an urgent necessity.

We have experience delivering a career advising project to more than 400 educators working in PA Pre-K Counts sites through a partnership with the Philadelphia and Pottstown School Districts.

Participant benefits include:

  • Individual career advising sessions to move teachers forward on the PA Career Lattice and help them enroll in appropriate credential programs.
  • Director training to ensure administrators are well-informed about requirements and resources for staff development, budgeting for the true cost of quality child care, and recruitment and retention of qualified staff.
  • Meetings with representatives of higher education institutions to expand their early childhood course offerings and support them as they become T.E.A.C.H. scholarship schools.
  • Professional development to TA providers, consultants, coaches, and directors in order to infuse the quality improvement system with a strong focus on career advisement.

Leadership Development & Advocacy Training

Not everyone is born with strong leadership skills. But we can help you build on the ones you have and learn new ones. Become the leader you were destined to be by joining the Leadership Empowerment Action Project (LEAP)

LEAP is a leadership-training program that provides an outstanding overview on the components of leadership, skill-building exercises, and precious insights into understanding individual and organizational change, economic and political issues in child care, building alliances and more.

LEAP participants are encouraged to tell their own stories, understand these experiences in the context of our history and our community, and use this knowledge to identify steps toward change.

PA Early Childhood Fellowship

Grow with your community. Build the connections you need to make your voice heard.

A joint effort with PennAEYC, the PA Early Childhood Fellowship program was launched in 2009 to train a new generation of early childhood leaders.

Over the course of five two-day sessions, the Fellowship is designed to educate, connect, and support emerging leaders working to effect positive change in the field of early childhood education.

Fellowship members participate in 90 hours of group work, engage in local and statewide ECE advocacy campaigns, and complete an individualized action plan. The Fellowship can be used for professional development in a variety of ways—Act 48 credits, Directors Credential renewal and PA Keys professional development hours—with undergraduate and graduate credit a future possibility.

For more information, download the PA Early Childhood Fellowship Application or contact Pamela Haines.