December 7, 2022

Applications Open for 2023 Pennsylvania Equity in ECE Champion Awards

Applications are now open for the Office of Child Development and Early Learning’s (OCDEL) 2023 Pennsylvania Equity in Early Childhood Education Champion Awards.

About the Awards

The Pennsylvania Equity in Early Childhood Education Champion Awards bring awareness to and highlight the equity work being done within Pennsylvania’s early childhood education and afterschool settings, by child care, evidence-based home visiting and early intervention professionals, and organizations which support Pennsylvania’s Early Childhood Education programs and individuals, as it aligns with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Equity and Inclusion Toolkit, and with the position statement of the National Association for the Education for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education Position Statement.


Submissions can be an application (apply on your own or a program/organization’s behalf), or nomination (submit another individual or program/organization) to be acknowledged for their work around equity.

Self-applications are accepted. Applications should be submitted electronically by 5 p.m. on February 1, 2023, and can be submitted in English or Spanish.

Eligibility information and application details are available on the PA Keys website. For questions or concerns, email Mary Hall at

Image: Several young children play together in an early learning classroom. Two children gather together to play with a doll house. Several other children gather to play on a table that features a map.