On July 1, 2014, early learning and school-age professionals new have access to the PA Keys to Quality Professional Development Registry (PD Registry) after logging in at www.pakeys.org. A replacement for the PD Calendar, the PD Registry provides a new online system with robust technology features to empower early childhood educators in making more intentional choices that address their professional development needs.
Instructional videos and online resources, in addition to phone and email support, will be available to help staff, directors and instructors familiarize themselves with how to do things in the system.
Completing the Core Knowledge Competencies Self-Assessment
Searching for a course
Registering for a course and its scheduled event instance
Paying for a course
Finding PQAS hours and certificates (Hours taken/awarded before July 1, 2014 will remain to be saved in the user's PD History in the PA Keys Portal.)
Early learning and school-age professionals are encouraged to log into the PA Keys Portal at www.pakeys.org and update their profiles in the Update My Info section. They should pay special attention to indicating all of the program types that they work in because this information impacts the courses available to them in the PD Registry.
All professional development events that took place prior to July 1, 2014 will continue to be saved and available to the individual practitioner - to view these events, log on at www.pakeys.org, then click on "PD History" on the Portal navigation menu located on the left-hand side of the screen. The PA Key is asking that everyone take time to make sure their PD History is accurate and complete. Please take a few minutes to go into your PD History and make sure all events you expect to see are appearing. If you are missing any events, please contact the "Registration Contact" person identified for that event in order to make sure your attendance is documented. After September 30, 2014, no changes will be able to be made to any events from the PD Calendar system.
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.
To request SAC STARS TA for your site, please download the request form by clicking here.
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