Early Learning Resource Center Region 17
Due to the Coronavirus crisis, all ELRC staff are working remotely. The Human Services Center, including the ELRC Region 17 office, is closed to the public. We remain fully operational and are providing all services and programs to our clients and providers. Please feel free to contact our office by email, by phone (610-278-3707), or by fax (610-278-5161).
Important information for our providers and families:
- Effective March 13, 2020 through August 31, 2020 all CCW payments to child care providers will be made regardless of program operation or reason for closure.
- Families needing to enroll their children with an open provider should contact the ELRC. An online provider search may be found at findchildcare.pa.gov.
- Child absences will not count toward the annual 40-day limit.
- CCW payment will not be made based on children’s attendance in the program but will be made based on current enrollment.
- The ELRC will not suspend children due to the closing of the facility and will allow all children who are enrolled in CCW at the time of the closing to remain enrolled.
- Child care providers who are closed should not collect the family co-pays for CCW for the period of the closure due to Coronavirus. A provider who remains open may not collect the copayments from families whose children are not currently receiving care.
Please review recent announcements from the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) and contact our office with questions:
Across Pennsylvania, ELRCs administer over $680 million in child care subsidy and supports. This state and federal investment in Pennsylvania’s working families enables parents to maintain employment while creating opportunities for the commonwealth’s children to develop and learn to their fullest potential. Research has shown that children's learning opportunities in the years before kindergarten have an important effect on their performance in school and beyond.
Through ELRC Region 17, child care professionals can obtain support in building quality outcomes for children by working with quality coaches to achieve Keystone STAR 3 and 4 status, building connections with community partners, and supporting children and families in accessing additional services, such as PA Pre-K Counts, Head Start, home-visiting, and Early Intervention. A Keystone STARS designation informs parents that their children are in a safe, respectful environment in which they are learning new things every day to support their current and future successes in school and in life.
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2020 PA One Books
The 2020 PA One Books have been selected! The birth to age 3 book is Freight Train and the age 3 to 5 book is Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!. Books may be ordered through the Scholastic FACE program or look for a copy at your local library. Included below are Fun Guides for each selection; just click on the picture. Visit paonebook.org for more information and let us know how your classrooms enjoyed the books!