On the heels of Mayor Kenney signing the sweetened beverage tax legislation into law, the Mayor’s Office of Education (MOE) formally launched its pre-K initiative to expand affordable, quality pre-K citywide. MOE released two Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) inviting all quality pre-K providers and providers striving for quality to apply to partner with the City.
The first RFQ (RFQ for Quality Providers) supports the expansion of pre-K seats at existing quality pre-K programs. Early childhood education providers designated STAR 3 or STAR 4, or are NAEYC-accredited, are eligible to apply for city funding. The application deadline for this RFQ has been extended to August 1, 2016.
The second RFQ (RFQ for Provisional Growth) supports pre-K providers that are not STAR 3, STAR 4, or NAEYC-accreditation, but are committed to improving the quality of their pre-K program. The application deadline for this RFQ has been extended to August 8, 2016.
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SERK provides a wide variety of professional development opportunities to Keystone STARS practitioners. These opportunities include training on issues related to childcare as well as credit bearing opportunities at regional colleges and universities. SERK supports both Child Development Associate (CDA) and Director’s Credential course work.Read more...
"Being in Keystone STARS confirms and substantiates the quality of programming that we provide to parents.”