September 8, 2021

Join the Early Learning Council

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) is seeking members for the Pennsylvania Early Learning Council Executive and Subcommittees.

Pennsylvania Early Learning Council

The Pennsylvania Early Learning Council is a governor-appointed council that advises the work of the OCDEL by providing feedback on current and proposed initiatives and policies.

What is the council devoted to?

The Council is devoted to identifying and recommending opportunities to the Governor and Pennsylvania State Agencies for the elimination of disparities (e.g. race/ethnicity, social class, gender), due to systemic factors that may hinder the development of young children.

What principles guide this work?

Inclusion, diversity, equity, and respect are embedded in the three principles that guide the work and recommendations made by the Early Learning Council. These core principles include:

    • A whole-child approach to education is essential to meeting the holistic and individual needs of each and every child and family.
    • Knowledgeable and responsive early care and education professionals are essential to the development of children and the support of families.
    • Building and sustaining ongoing positive relationships among children, families, early care and education professionals, and community stakeholders is essential for the growth and development of every child.

How to Apply

To apply, complete this online application by September 30, 2021. All applications must include a resume/curriculum vita and your contact information.

More Information

For questions, contact Karen Grimm-Thomas, OCDEL Director of External Relations, at For more news, visit our news page or subscribe to our newsletters.

Image: Two early learning professionals stand side-by-side, holding paper airplanes up, ready to throw.