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January 22, 2024

Child Care Career Openings in Pittsburgh

Are you looking for open child care positions? Early learning programs in the Greater Pittsburgh Area are hiring! See featured jobs for this week.

Child Care Positions in Pittsburgh

 Director

Elizabeth United Methodist Early Learning Center is seeking a Director to manage the child care center; administer all financial, personnel, maintenance, program activities, and objectives; and maintain compliance to Department of Human Services and Keystone STARS standards and regulations.

Candidates are required to have an Associate’s or Bachelors degree, two years experience working with children, and clearances. Interested applicants should send a resume to eum317office@gmail.com.

Teacher

Glenshaw Presbyterian Early Learning Center is accepting resumes for a Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher. Interested applicants should reach out to Fawn at fawn@glenshawchurch.org.

Youth Sports Instructor

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western PA is seeking a Youth Sports Instructor responsible for working with youth to educate them on a skillset in a specified sport. The instructor is responsible for supervising, coordinating, and promoting the athletics program for BGCWPA. At times, the instructor may be the referee for game play in addition to the instructor. Apply online.

Summer Camp Youth Development Instructor

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western PA is seeking a Youth Development Professional that will be hands on with the youth to implement curriculum and programming on a day to day basis. This role is responsible for the supervision and safety of all program participants as well as relationship building. This role will ensure that they follow all DHS Chapter 3270 Regulations and BGCA Safety requirements. Apply online.

STEAM Ambassador

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western PA is seeking a STEAM Ambassador for its STEM program. This position is a perfect fit for someone looking to take a first step in their career to work with youth in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics education setting. With the No. 1 priority being their work with the kids during program hours. Apply online.

Career Development Coordinator

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western PA is seeking a Career Development Coordinator who will be responsible for youth development through career exposure and preparation; support the career development program/curriculum across five teen locations in Allegheny County; support internships, certifications; and understands the needs and demographics of under-served communities. This position reports to the Manager of Career Development. Apply online.

Submit a Job

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All jobs submitted after Tuesday each week will be published in the following week’s news post. Publication dates may vary due to state and federal holidays. Unrelated jobs will not be included.

For questions, contact Heidi Winkler at heidi@tryingtogether.org.

Other Jobs in Early Childhood

ECE HIRE

Visit the ECE Hire website to view early childhood education job listings and helpful tips on interviewing, resumes, and more.

Submit a Job to PACCA

Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA) offers a Job Board for its members to post jobs for free and sends out submitted jobs via their Facebook page and e-newsletter. PACCA members can submit jobs online after signing into their membership account. For questions, contact Maureen Murphy at maureen.murphy@pacca.org.

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July 12, 2023

DHS Requests Feedback on Corrective Action Process Resources

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) is requesting feedback from child care providers on recently developed corrective action process (CAP) resources through a new survey.

About Corrective Action Process Resources & CAP Resources Survey

In recognizing the importance of corrective action processes in human services licensing, DHS released its, “Developing a Plan of Correction,” webinar in 2019. That same year, they released a corresponding, “Plan of Correction Quick Reference Guide,” (available as a PowerPoint presentation and PDF).

The webinar aimed to assist providers with the successful development and implementation of acceptable plans of correction. The guide, consequently, was issued as a tool to assist providers with this process.

Now the department seeks to understand the efficacy of these tools. Survey results will provide needed insight and help determine additionally needed resources.

Access and Take the Survey

Utilize the following link to access and take the survey:

The survey closes Wednesday, July 26. DHS must receive all responses on or before that date.

Learn More

To learn more, visit the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) webpage.

Source

Trying Together took the information in this post directly from the Department of Human Services announcement. Some text may have been added, paraphrased, or adapted for readability and comprehension.

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State Departments Extend Insurance Survey Deadline, Add Spanish Option

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) have extended the deadline for child care providers to complete their survey on health insurance in the child care industry.

Entitled, “Child Care Liability Insurance Survey,” the questionnaire is aimed at improving state understanding of the insurance market, and will now close on Friday, August 4.

(Trying Together updated this article on Tuesday, July 11, 2023 to reflect the extended deadline and addition of the Spanish survey option). 

About the Child Care Liability Insurance Survey

PID and DHS have become aware of difficulties child care providers now face in securing health insurance for themselves and their employees, given the rising cost of care. Though PID previously sent out a similar survey, the limited response inhibited the department’s ability to fully understand the scope of the insurance market. Because of this, they have partnered with DHS to release the Child Care Liability Insurance Survey.

This survey will help PID and DHS understand availability and affordability of insurance and assist in determining next steps.

Responses are confidential. Also, DIP and DHS will only share general, aggregated results.

Access and Take the Survey

Utilize the links below to access and take the survey:

The survey closes on Friday, August 4. Please complete the survey on or before that date.

Learn More

To learn more, visit the Pennsylvania Key website. Please contact Caolinn Martin at caolmartin@pa.gov or Jameekia Barnett at jamebarnet@pa.gov with questions.

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July 5, 2023

New Nationwide Report Ranks Pennsylvania 22nd in Child Well-Being

The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently released its 2023 KIDS COUNT Data Book on state trends in child well-being. The 50-state report ranks Pennsylvania 22nd overall in child well-being, showing declines in major indicators of child health, safety, education, support, and happiness.

About the Kids Count Data Book

Since 1990, the Casey Foundation has ranked states annually on overall child well-being using a selection of indicators. Called the KIDS COUNT index, these indicators capture what children and youth need most to thrive in four domains:

  1. economic well-being,
  2. education,
  3. health, and
  4. family and community.

Each domain has four indicators, for a total of 16. These indicators represent the best available data to measure the status of child well-being at the state and national levels. Indicators include:

Economic Well-Being

  • children in poverty
  • children whose parents lack secure employment
  • children living in households with a high housing cost burden
  • teens not in school and not working

Education

  • young children (ages 3 and 4) not in school
  • fourth-graders not proficient in reading
  • eighth-graders not proficient in math
  • high school students not graduating on time

Health

  • low birth-weight babies
  • children without health insurance
  • children and teen deaths per 100,000
  • children and teens (ages 10-17) overweight or obese

Family and Community

  • children in single-parent families
  • children in families where the household head lacks a high school diploma
  • children living in high-poverty areas
  • teen births per 1,000

This year’s Data Book presents a picture of how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted child well-being in the United States.

Foundational Information & Report Context

Importance of Child Care

  • According to one estimate, shortcomings of the child care system cost the U.S. economy $122 billion a year through lost earnings, productivity and tax revenue.

Access & Barriers to Child Care

  • Despite gains in recent years, the United States is still failing to deliver early childhood education to more than half of its children (54%).
  • The National Survey of Children’s Health reports that 13% of children birth to age 5 (2.8 million) had a family member who faced work challenges due to child care. More than half of working parents with infants or toddlers reported having been late to work or leaving early at least once in the previous three months due to child care problems, and almost a quarter (23%) have, at some point, been fired for it.
  • According to an analysis by the advocacy organization Child Care Aware, the average annual cost of care for one child in America
    was $10,600 in 2021—one-tenth of a couple’s average income or more than a third (35%) of a single parent’s income.
  • Child Care Aware also has estimated that center-based infant care costs more per year than in-state tuition at a public university
    in 34 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Child care costs have risen 220% since the publication of the first KIDS COUNT Data Book in 1990, significantly outpacing inflation.

Issues & Inequities Within Child Care

  • Of children eligible for subsidies under federal rules, only 1 in 6 receives them.
  • The shortcomings of the child care system disproportionately affect the financial well-being of women, single parents, parents in poverty, families of color, and immigrant families.
  • Parents tend to need child care earlier in their career when lower salaries match their limited experience. Young parents spend
    an average of 14% of their household income on child care, twice the share the federal government recommends.
  • Researchers estimate women were five to eight times more likely than men to experience negative employment consequences related to caregiving in 2022.

Cost of Providing Child Care

  • Labor costs can account for more than 80% of a child care provider’s expenses.
  • Child care workers make less than workers in 98% of our nation’s other professions, despite the vital role they play in preparing the next generation to thrive.
  • The median pay for child care workers, who typically must hold a range of credentials, was $28,520 per year or $13.71 an hour in
    2022. That’s less than the median pay for:

    • customer service representatives ($18.16),
    • retail sales positions ($14.26), and
    • restaurant jobs ($14) that don’t require the same level of education.
  • Ninety-four percent of child care workers are women; 14% are Black and 4% are Asian, and across all races, 24% described their ethnicity as Hispanic or Latino.
  • Staffing shortages have left those within the field “more stressed” (85%) and “exhausted/burnt out” (75%). These shortages were a factor for the more than one-third of owners and operators who said they were considering shutting down.

Key Findings

Nationwide Data

Negative Trends
  • Half of the indicators tracked in the 2023 Data Book worsened since before the pandemic, while four stayed the same, and only four saw improvement. The most recent data available show that fewer parents were economically secure, educational achievement declined, and more children died young than ever before.
  • In 2022, 74% of eighth-graders were not proficient in math, the worst figure in the last two decades. Also, more young children did not attend school, and the percentage of high school students graduating on time stalled.
  • In 2021, the child and teen death rate was 30 deaths per 100,000 children and youths ages 1 to 19, the highest rate seen since 2007, with continued increases in deaths by suicides, homicides, drug overdoses, firearms, and traffic accidents.
Positive Trends
  • The number and percentage of children without health insurance improved between 2019 and 2021. Thus, efforts to expand access to stable and affordable coverage helped children and families.
  • Over the last two years, the teen birth rate improved, a smaller percentage of children lived with parents who lacked a high school diploma and there was improvement in the number of children living in high-poverty communities.
Racial Inequities in Child Well-Being
  • Data suggest that the United States fails to provide American Indian, Black and Latino children with the opportunities and support they
    need to thrive, and to remove the obstacles they encounter disproportionately on the road to adulthood.
  • Nearly all index measures show that children with the same potential are experiencing disparate outcomes by race and ethnicity. A few notable exceptions:
    • Black children were more likely than the national average to be in school as young children and to live in families in which the head of the household has at least a high school diploma.
    • American Indian and Latino kids were more likely to be born at a healthy birth weight.
    • Latino children and teens had a lower death rate than the national average.
  • However:
    • Black children were significantly more likely to live in single-parent families and in poverty.
    • American Indian kids were more than twice as likely to lack health insurance and almost three times as likely to live in neighborhoods with more limited resources than the average child.
    • And Latino children were the most likely to be overweight or obese and live with a head of household who lacked a high school diploma.

State Data

  • New Hampshire ranks first in overall child well-being, followed by Utah and Massachusetts. Mississippi (at 48th place), Louisiana (49th) and New Mexico (50th) are the three lowest-ranked states.
  • States in Appalachia, as well as the Southeast and Southwest (where families have the lowest levels of household income) populate
    the bottom of the overall rankings. In fact, except for Alaska, the 15 lowest-ranked states are in these regions.
  • Although they are not ranked against states, children in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico experienced some of the worst outcomes on many of the indicators the Foundation tracks.

Pennsylvania Data

Negative Trends
  • The number of children whose parents lack secure employment and the number of teens not in school and not working increased over the last two years.
  • Additionally, fewer than half of:
    • young children are in school,
    • fourth-graders are proficient in reading, and
    • eighth-graders are proficient in math.
  • Statistically:
    • 55% (up from 53% in 2016) of 3-4 year olds are not in school.
    • 66% (up from 60% in 2019) of fourth-graders are not proficient at reading.
    • 73% (up from 61% in 2019) of eighth-graders are not proficient in math.
  • More children and teens are:
    • dying,
    • overweight or obese, and
    • in families where the household head lacks a high school diploma.
Positive Trends
  • Though Pennsylvania’s rate of uninsured children is 4% and approximately 126,000 children cannot access affordable, quality health care coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), more Pennsylvania children are insured now than in 2019. Additionally, the percentage of low birth-weight babies is down from 2019.
  • Fewer children are:
    • living in households with a high housing cost burden (25% from 27% in 2019),
    • in single-parent families (34% from 35% in 2019), and
    • living in high-poverty areas (9% from 12% in 2016).
  • Also, fewer teenagers are giving birth (12% from 13% in 2019).
  • Despite significant drops in indicators, Pennsylvania outranked most states in education.

For more detailed Pennsylvania data, view the KIDS COUNT Data Book state profile.

Policy Recommendations

The Annie E. Casey Foundation encourages policymakers to take the following actions:

  • Federal, state and local governments should invest more money in child care.
  • Public and private leaders should work together to improve the infrastructure for home-based child care, beginning by increasing access to startup and expansion capital for new providers.
  • To help young parents, Congress should expand the federal Child Care Access Means Parents in School program, which serves student parents.

Learn More

To learn more, read the full report or visit the Annie E. Casey Foundation website.

Source

Information for this post was taken directly from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2023 KIDS COUNT Data Book. Some text may have been added, paraphrased, or adapted for readability and comprehension.

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June 28, 2023

Allegheny County Family Resource Map Highlights Supports for Locals

Did you know the Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 5 offers an interactive, online tool to help families navigate area programs and services?

The Allegheny County Family Resource Map provides caregivers of young children and other residents in Allegheny County the opportunity to locate available supports closest to them.

About the Allegheny County Family Resource Map

Launched in 2020, the map highlights the addresses, phone numbers, and websites of a variety of family supports, including those on:

  • aging
  • care and education
  • employment
  • family activities
  • food
  • health
  • housing
  • new parents
  • outdoors and recreation
  • transportation, and
  • wi-fi locations

Through the map, families can find countywide resources and services closest to them, such as senior community centers, family centers, early learning programs, public schools, WIC offices, parks, libraries, food pantries, diaper banks, clinics, public housing, Port Authority bus stops, and more.

Access the Map

Access the map here or visit the ELRC Region 5 website.

Learn More

For questions or to submit a map suggestion, please contact ELRC Region 5 at 412.350.3577 or elrc5@alleghenycounty.us.

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June 21, 2023

OCDEL Releases 2022 Market Rate Survey Report

The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) recently released their 2022 Child Care Market Rate Survey (MRS) Report.

Data in the report reflects a challenging operating and economic environment, which child care providers continually navigate.

About the MRS Report

The MRS report is a collection and analysis of prices charged by child care providers in an open market. It includes information on private pay tuition rates, staffing, payments and fee practices, facility types, and food offerings at local programs.

OCDEL uses the report to set base reimbursement rates for Pennsylvania’s subsidized child care program Child Care Works (CCW) to ensure equal access to child care for low-income families.

2022 MRS Report

Across the state, 6,378 child care providers stayed in operation throughout the entire survey period. A total of 4,383 providers participated in the 2022 MRS, representing a 68.7% response rate.

Key Findings from the 2022 MRS Report

CCW

  • Of providers with a CCW agreement, half (50.1%) indicated that they do not usually require CCW families to pay any difference between the private tuition rate and the subsidy payment amount.
  • Family and Group Child Care Homes are more likely to require CCW families to pay the difference between the private pay rate and subsidy reimbursement amount than centers. This raises concerns about equity and access to affordable child care in these settings.
  • Among providers who did not have a CCW agreement, the most common reason for not participating was that their capacity was at full enrollment with only private pay families.

Payments & Fees

  • Providers with higher Keystone STAR designations charge more than similar providers with lower designations across all care levels and types.
  • Almost two-thirds (64.4%) of providers charge families a registration fee, with the median fee being $50. Registration fees were most often charged by centers. Incidental fees for late pickups and overdue payments were charged by most providers.
  • With so many providers requiring a registration fee, low-income families in the CCW program may face financial barriers to accessing child care. Additionally, fees for late pickups and overdue payments may cause financial strain for families who are struggling financially.

Staffing

  • Over half of all providers reported unfilled job openings (54.1%), which reduced the number of children that could be served. This was most common among Child Care Centers (67.9%).
  • Only a portion of providers (36.6%) offered health insurance to any staff members. The low portion of providers offering health insurance benefits to staff members may impact the quality of care.

Food & Nutrition

  • The USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program that provides reimbursements to providers for healthy meals and snacks — 43.3% of providers reported using the program.
  • Regardless of CACFP participation, most providers offered some meals or snacks with regular tuition.
  • The fact that over half of providers do not participate in CACFP suggests that there may be gaps in the quality of meals and snacks offered by child care providers. This could be particularly bad for children from low-income families who may rely on child care providers for healthy meals.

Access the Report

Access the 2022 MRS Report on the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) website.

Learn More

To learn more, visit the Official Pennsylvania Government website.

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June 20, 2023

OCDEL Extends Deadline to Order Two Free Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has extended the deadline for certified child care providers in Pennsylvania to order two complimentary First Alert carbon monoxide detectors to August 31.

The detectors are available to all certified child care providers in the state who want them. However, providers do not need to order or place the detectors.

(This article was updated on May 9, 2023 and June 20, 2023 to reflect new deadlines.)

Why is OCDEL offering carbon monoxide detectors?

In October 2022, a carbon monoxide leak occurred in a Pennsylvania child care facility. OCDEL is providing this opportunity for providers who want to increase the safety of their staff and the children in their care.

How do I order carbon monoxide detectors for my child care facility?

School Health, a national provider of health supplies, sent an email on March 1 to all certified child care providers in Pennsylvania. The email, sent from reply@email.schoolhealth.com, included a unique promotional code and instructions on how to order the carbon monoxide detectors.

Providers interested in ordering the detectors should follow the instructions in the School Health email to place their orders. The provided promotional code will cover the cost of purchase and shipping for two detectors.

Please note:

  • School Health promotional codes are unique. Child care providers should not share promotional codes or forward the School Health email to other child care providers.
  • OCDEL will only cover the cost of this one-time purchase and will not cover any other costs. Additional costs not covered include costs to replace lost or broken devices.

Who can I contact with questions?

If you have any questions, or did not receive an email on March 1, please contact Kristi Leahy from School Health at kleahy@schoolhealth.com or 630-339-7943.

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June 8, 2023

CDC Shares Sun Safety Tips for Schools

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have shared sun safety tips for schools, as recess and other outdoor activities can excessively expose children to the sun.

Teachers, school administrators, child care providers, out-of-school time (OST) professionals, and support staff can take steps to protect students from sun exposure and developing sun-related skin conditions later in life.

Sun Safety Tips For Schools

Increase Shade

Promote Sun-Safe Behaviors

  • Encourage students to wear hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen outdoors.
  • Try to avoid scheduling outdoor activities when the sun is strongest.
  • Provide breaks during outdoor activities so that students can reapply sunscreen and get water.

Use Proven Educational Programs

  • Proven skin cancer prevention interventions and educational programs are available for child care centers and schools.
  • The National Cancer Institute’s Evidence-Based Cancer Control Programs website lists sun-safety programs for schools.

Additional Information & Resources

About UV Rays and Sun Exposure

Ultraviolet (UV) rays are an invisible kind of radiation that comes from the sun, tanning beds, and sunlamps. UV rays can damage skin cells.

Protection from UV rays is important all year, not just during the summer. UV rays can reach individuals on cloudy and cool days, and they reflect off of surfaces like water, cement, sand, and snow.

In the continental United States, UV rays tend to be strongest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daylight saving time (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. standard time).

The UV Index forecasts the strength of UV rays each day. If the UV index is 3 or higher in your area, protect skin from too much exposure to the sun.

Additional Resources

The following resources offer additional information on sun exposure and sunscreen application:

Learn More

To learn more, visit the CDC website.

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May 11, 2023

Child Care Providers Invited to Complete Environmental Health Survey

The Healthy Childcare Partnership (HCP), a statewide group of child care organizations, is asking child care providers in Pennsylvania to complete their Childcare Programs Environmental Health Survey.

The survey aims to gauge interest in, and need for, training and policies that keep children and staff healthy. Participating providers must submit their surveys by Friday, May 19.

About The Healthy Childcare Partnership

The Healthy Childcare Partnership was founded by Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE) in 2022 as part of a grant from the  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Funds for the grant were provided by the American Rescue Plan (ARP). These funds aimed to support children’s environmental health by building capacity through activities that identify and address disproportionate environmental or public health harms and risks in underserved communities.

WHE was one of four organizations to receive a grant. In receiving one, the organization committed to developing HCP. Additionally, it agreed to complete over 200 eco-healthy assessments aimed at mitigating environmental risks in child care centers.

Complete the Survey

Interested individuals must complete the survey on the University of Pennsylvania website, or via the link on the PD Registry Facebook page.

The survey closes Friday, May 19.

Learn More

To learn more about the Healthy Childcare Partnership or EPA grant, visit the EPA website. For more information about the survey, contact the Pennsylvania Key.

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May 8, 2023

Child Care Providers Invited to Participate in ‘Imagine a Day Without Child Care’

Throughout the month of May, the Start Strong PA and Pre-K for PA Provider Advisory Board (PAB) is inviting Pennsylvania child care providers to participate in Imagine a Day Without Child Care. 

Presented in conjunction with the national Day Without Childcare movement on May 8, Imagine a Day Without Child Care offers advocacy activities for providers to engage their teachers, staff, and families in their early learning programs.

About PAB and Imagine a Day Without Child Care

Since 2022, the Start Strong PA and Pre-K for PA Provider Advisory Board has aimed to elevate the influence of early care and education providers by strengthening the policy-to-practice feedback loop, and growing the network of providers willing to mobilize and advocate on behalf of the early childhood field.

Inspired by the Day Without Child Care movement, PAB introduced Imagine a Day Without Child Care to enable child care providers unable to close on May 8 to advocate for their programs and encourage families to raise awareness around the workforce crisis, as they care for children. 

This year, Imagine a Day Without Child Care will address the following themes:

  • Families on the waiting list aren’t forgotten, and we’re trying everything to get you in our doors. 
  • What will higher wages mean for our early childhood educators?
  • How can we give our families and staff an outlet and opportunity to share their stories?
  • Connecting the workforce crisis to those who are affected by it — but might not otherwise realize it — such as business owners.

Participate in Imagine a Day Without Child Care

To support provider participation in Imagine a Day Without Child Care, PAB developed a toolkit with posters, stickers, social media posts, and an action alert for families—both currently enrolled and on waitlists.

Access the toolkit on the Start Strong PA website and join PAB in Imagine A Day Without Child Care.

Learn More

May 8, and throughout the month of May, Strong Strong PA and Pre-K for PA encourage child care providers to use their voices to advocate for increased funding in the state budget to address higher wages for early childhood educators. Please tag Start Strong PA and Pre-K for PA when posting, so these organizations can elevate provider posts and ensure elected officials hear this collective message.

To learn more, visit the Start Strong PA website.