April 19, 2023

OCDEL Announces 2023 Equity in Early Childhood Education Champion Award Recipients

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) recently announced the recipients of the 2023 Equity in Early Childhood Education (ECE) Champion Award. Among them are several local child care providers.

About the Equity in ECE Champion Award

The Equity in Early Childhood Education Champion Award recognizes the equity work of Pennsylvania early childhood education (ECE) programs and professionals, and highlights the vital impact of that work on staff, children, and families within early childhood education settings.

The work recipients do aligns with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Equity and Inclusion Toolkit, and with the position statement of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education Position Statement.

Local Award Recipients

Local awardees include:

Gold Level

  • Early Head Start, Pittsburgh Public, Pittsburgh
  • The Growing Garden Child Care Center, LLC, Tarentum

Silver Level

  • The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh – Child’s Way, Pittsburgh

Bronze Level

  • Amanda Serra, Crayon Clubhouse II, Connellsville
  • Kiddieland Child Care & Learning Center, Tarentum
  • Two Hands Are Better Than One Learning Center, Pittsburgh

Learn More

OCDEL received 97 applications for the 2023 Equity in (ECE) Champion Award.

An appreciation event was held at the Pennsylvania State Capitol Rotunda at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18.

To learn more, visit the Pennsylvania Keys website.