This information pertains to Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program, and Keystone STARS 3 and 4 family, group and center facilities and will be posted on the PA Key website at www.pakeys.org.
The purpose of this announcement is to announce the approved on-line assessment tools for the 2015-16 program year.
CLICK HERE to view the list of approved assessment tools.
In order for an assessment tool to be approved, the vendor must demonstrate that the tool is valid and reliable; demonstrate alignment with the Pennsylvania Early Learning Outcomes Reporting frameworks; develop scoring method that produces individual outcomes for each framework indicator; and establish a process for reporting outcomes data to OCDEL.
The Office of Child Development and Early Learning strongly encourages programs to select an approved on-line assessment tool for the 2015-16 program year by July 1, 2015. Programs should begin using the tool at least 60 days before the first outcomes reporting deadline. Operationalizing assessment costs is a priority; however, STARS providers are encouraged to work with their selected vendor to make payment arrangements based on grant receipt.
The School Age Child Care (SAC) project provides targeted technical assistance and professional development to school age providers. SAC professional development focuses on the unique environments where school age programs operate as well as the learning needs of older children. SAC technical assistance helps sites implement the concepts learned in professional development and supports staff advancement in the field of out-of-school time and school age care.
Do you wonder how to make the most of your shared space at an elementary school or church facility?
Do you feel like your before and after school children are an “afterthought” at your program?
Do you struggle to develop a schedule that provides meaningful opportunities for children who arrive and leave at so many different times?
How can a SAC Technical Assistance Consultant help you?
To request SAC STARS TA for your site, please download the request form by clicking here.
“We have had a website for many years but never tracked how people had heard of us. When I hired a company to survey site visitors to find out how people have been directed to us, the results showed that 73% say they’ve heard about it through the STARS program. People clearly know the reputation the STARS program has for ensuring high-quality child care.”