Our expert staff is eager to help you in all these areas.

NAEYC Accreditation Support
NAEYC’s voluntary accreditation system sets professional standards for early childhood education programs and helps families identify high-quality programs. Seeking first time or re-accreditation? We provide coaching and resources to help your program gain accreditation. Contact Lisa Schultz for more information.

Family Child Care Accreditation Program
Being accredited is an indicator for children, parents, employers and communities that family child care homes offer safe, nurturing and educational experiences that meet the needs of individual children. We are pleased to offer professional development, technical assistance for PA Keystone STARS and technical support to achieve national accreditation through the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC). This project is generously supported by the Pew Charitable Trust and other local foundations. To learn more, contact Kendra Thomas.

PA Keystone STARS Technical Assistance
PA Keystone STARS is an initiative of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) to improve, support and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania.

Looking to achieve higher STAR levels? First you must complete the Core Series (a series of professional development sessions) and apply for technical assistance through your STAR Specialist. STARS technical assistance may take many forms, including mentoring, demonstrating and one-on-one consulting. Our experienced staff works closely with your organization to develop an individualized service plan that outlines goals and objectives aimed at achieving a specified knowledge area or STAR performance standard. Our staff is professionally trained in: Early Learning Program /Curriculum, Partnerships with Families and Community, Leadership/Management, and Staff Qualifications.

For more information, contact Lisa Schultz. Note: PA Keystone STARS Practitioners must contact their PA Keystone STAR Specialist or Manager to request Technical Assistance.

Success by Six Initiative
Coordinated by United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, this project combines the resources of DVAEYC, Montgomery Early Learning Centers (MELC) and the Southeastern Regional Key to help programs move through the PA Keystone STARS system to achieve at least a Star Three designation. Our goal is to help at least 320 programs over the next five years move to a STAR 3 or higher level. For more information, contact Tara Dwyer.