On August 12, the PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) announced the Workforce Development and Program Quality Supports to early learning providers for 2016-2017. Highlights include the restoration of T.E.A.C.H. scholarships and adjustments of STARS grants and awards. CLICK HERE to read the full announcement.
Adjusting STARS Grants and Awards. 2016-2017 STARS grants and awards are being adjusted to reflect budget constraints. CLICK HERE to view the grants and awards structure for 2016-2017. Eligible programs currently waitlisted for 2015-2016 STARS Merit Awards will receive 2015-2016 amounts. The 2016-2017 Merit Awards for STAR 2-4 center-based programs have been reduced by 35%. The methodology used to adjust the grants and awards was provided by the STARS Stakeholders group.
All 2016-2017 Grant Requests will be posted as they become available from OCDEL.
The Rising STARS Application window is now closed.
All applications will be reviewed and scored by the Regional Key. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with Rising STARS Support Grant Request paperwork on or around September 23, 2016. Contact your STARS Specialist with questions regarding the RISING STARS Support Grant.
Who Is Eligible?
To be eligible, all providers described below may not have received more than two previous support grants or a previous Rising STARS Support Grant unless they successfully moved from STAR 1 to STAR 2 using the Rising STARS Support Grant. Eligibility exclusions include STARS Head Start, PA Pre-K Counts, Private Academic Schools (PDE licensed preschool) and School District Pre-K.
Beginning in 2015-16, providers will not submit receipts to the Regional Key. Providers must keep original receipts for their records and for review by Regional Keys and state/federal agents who may need to review receipts for auditing/monitoring purposes. All grant related documents must be maintained for seven years.
For monitoring purposes original receipts must have at a minimum:
A purchase date (within the current Fiscal Year July 1– June 30);
The name of the vendor or supplier;
Descriptions of purchased items;
Cost of each item and evidence of payment – the receipt must indicate balance due or, if paid, a balance due of $-0-. If the receipt or invoice shows a balance due, proof of payment must be provided either by cancelled check or a document indicating balance due of $-0-;
Dollar figures for total purchases must equal or exceed the requested Merit Award subcategory (and care levels) indicated for each item (Classroom Furnishings / Learning Materials / Minor Renovations / Gross Motor Equipment / DHS Certification Business Practices, Computer Technology / Professional Development, Accreditation Costs, Staff Benefitsand Other Expenses).
Please refer to the document Best Practices in Keystone STARS Financial Award Spending.
SERK wants to help practitioners receive their grant payments as quickly as possible, in part through direct deposit payment. Payments will be transferred directly to your bank accounts and providers will be notified by email when the transaction occurs. CLICK HERE to download the direct deposit form.
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