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.
- Effective September 1, 2020, CCW provider payments will be based on attendance and we will be reverting back to all of our pre-COVID regulations including:
- Absences will count towards annual 40-day limit
- ELRC will suspend children not attending care
- Families of school-age children needing additional child care hours for the 2020/2021 school year due to virtual and hybrid learning options must submit this Virtual Learning form (also available in Spanish).
- Families needing to change their child care provider should contact the ELRC. An online provider search may be found at findchildcare.pa.gov.
Please review recent announcements from the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) and contact our office with questions:
- Announcement 20 #09 - Child Care Works Payment Modifications Due to Impacts related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Announcement 20 #10 - Payment for Child Care Providers Closing Due to a Positive COVID-19 Case
- Announcement 20 #11 - Restoring Child Care Works Payment Practices, effective 9-1-2020
- Announcement 20 #13 - Updates to the Child Care Works School-Age Blended Rate Payment Policy for the 2020-21 School Year
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.
Contact our office today!