July 10, 2020

OCDEL Releases an “Opening a Child Care Facility” Toolkit

To support individuals interested in opening their own child care program, the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) released the “Opening a Child Care Facility in Pennsylvania” toolkit that features details on the step-by-step process of requirements and regulations, obtaining a child care certification, and more!

Featured Topics

In the toolkit, OCDEL features information on the following topics and more:

    • child care requirements and regulations;
    • types of child care facilities;
    • the process to obtain a child care certification;
    • the types of clearances needed for staff;
    • health and safety requirements, including fire safety;
    • the role of child care subsidies; and
    • financial considerations and supports for operating a child care business (private pay, Child Care Works, Pre-K Counts, etc.).

Download the Toolkit

For more information on how to open a child care facility in Pennsylvania, download the full toolkit.


October 22, 2019

Webinar Available | Meeting the Requirements of CPSL

In response to changes to the child abuse clearances required of child care providers, the Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA) partnered with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) to conduct the webinar, “Meeting the Requirements of CPSL: Ensuring the Safety of all Children in Care throughout PA.”


Due to high demand, PACCA posted a recording of their live webinar that was hosted on October 9, 2019. Featuring Tanya Vazquez and Diane Michel from OCDEL’s Bureau of Certification, the webinar discusses changes in Child Protective Services Legislation (CPSL).

Webinar Topics

Webinar topics include:

    • requiring the National Sex Offender Registry verification certificate (NSOR),
    • requiring individuals who have resided outside of Pennsylvania within the past five years to provide clearances from their previous state(s) of residency,
    • and changes to clearance requirements for volunteers and individuals with an ownership interest in regulated child care.

Watch the recording or visit their page to learn more.

More Information

For questions, contact your Regional Office of Child Development and Early Learning:

    • Central Region: 717.772.7078 or 800.222.2117
    • Northeast Region: 570.963.4371 or 800.222.2108
    • Southeast Region: 215.560.2541 or 800.346.2929
    • Western Region: 412.565.5183 or 800.222.2149


June 11, 2018

Rates to Increase for Child Abuse Clearances

Rates for the cost of child abuse clearances will increase next month.

Beginning July 1, 2018, the cost of clearances will increase from $8 to $13. Fees for volunteers will still be waived once within a five-year period. In December 2014, individuals who require clearances expanded to include: volunteers, youth camp employees, coaches, youth mentors, Boy Scout and Girl Scout leaders, work study programs, internships, family-living home employees, and community-home employees for individuals with disabilities.

In 2016, DHS received 951,414 child abuse clearance applications and identified 2,272 substantiated or alleged perpetrators of child abuse.

For more information on clearance and background check requirements as required by the CPSL, please visit