April 14, 2022

March 2022 Child Care Staffing Survey Results

A survey conducted by partners of the Start Strong PA Campaign quantifies Pennsylvania’s current child care  staffing crisis — caused by low wages.

Survey Results

The survey — conducted between March 8, 2022 and April 3, 2022 — details the current child care staffing crisis in 1,163 Pennsylvania child care programs across 63 counties and its effects on working families’ ability to access care.

According to the survey:

  • Nearly 32,500 children currently sit on waiting lists.
  • More than 30,000 additional children could be served at respondents’ sites if they were fully staffed.
  • 91% of respondents reported staffing shortages.
  • Programs need to fill nearly 7,000 open child care positions.
  • 48% of respondents have closed at least one classroom.

In September 2021, Start Strong PA released a similar survey showing that Pennsylvania’s child care centers were experiencing a staffing shortage resulting in more than 25,000 children sitting on waiting lists. In just six months, the waiting list numbers have increased by nearly 10,000 children with 169 fewer providers reporting.

The following fact sheets are available with statewide and county results:


Advocates are calling on the General Assembly and the Wolf Administration to “Raise Child Care” by allocating $115 million in sustainable state and/or federal funds as part of the final state budget to provide a $2 per hour wage supplement for child care teachers and staff.

Start Strong PA is asking for your signature in support the investment to child care providers.

More Information

To learn more about the survey and petition, visit the Start Strong PA website.


March 16, 2022

2022 Teaching Policy Fellowship Opportunity

In summer 2022, Teach Plus will launch its second full cohort of Teaching Policy Fellows in Pennsylvania. This highly selective leadership opportunity is for 30 outstanding teachers looking to deepen their knowledge of education policy and amplify the voices of teacher leaders in Pennsylvania.

About the Teaching Policy Fellowship

Policy fellows, who will receive a $1,500 stipend for their commitment, will expand their influence without leaving the classroom and elevate teacher voice through guided work, including:

  • Two in-person training sessions (dependent on COVID-19 restrictions), monthly virtual meetings, and smaller, issues-focused working groups.

  • Training through expert-led modules on topics such as Storytelling for Impact, Policy 101, Advocacy & Organizing, Evidence-Based Policymaking, Testifying and Meeting with Decision Makers, Op-Ed Writing, & Media Relations

  • Direct engagement with key stakeholders and policymakers

  • Pursuit of a policy research or advocacy project that addresses a pressing state-level policy issue

Tentative policy focus areas for the upcoming fellowship include early childhood education; equitable funding; reimagining teacher preparation; expanding and diversifying the teacher pipeline; and rigorous, culturally responsive instruction and curricula.


Teach Plus seeks a cohort of teachers who reflect the cultural, linguistic, and geographic diversity of our state.  Applicants must:

  • Be a current teacher of record (early childhood – grade 12) in a PA public or charter school or early childhood education setting with at least two full years of teaching experience by June 2022.

  • Have a track record of success teaching students in Pennsylvania.

  • Be ready to dedicate time and energy to learning about policy and advocating on behalf of changes that impact students.

Information Sessions

Teach Plus Pennsylvania will host virtual information sessions on the following days and times:


To learn more about the fellowship or to apply, visit the Teach Plus website. Educators can also be nominated for the opportunity. Fellowship applications are due May 2, 2022.

Interested? Email Laura Boyce at ​


March 8, 2022

Child Care Hiring Days for PA

With the majority of child care programs experiencing staffing shortages, Trying Together is taking action to connect job seekers to hiring early learning programs throughout Pennsylvania. Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs can participate in Child Care Hiring Days for PA on March 29, 30 and 31, 2022 at no cost.

About Child Care Hiring Days for PA

During this three-day event, ECE programs will host walk-in hiring events, featuring on-the-spot interviews at their locations. Programs will display yellow balloons, ribbons, or stars in front of their facility to signify that they are participating in Child Care Hiring Days of PA. The event aims to simplify the job search and hiring process for potential applicants and promote the rewards of working in early childhood education.

For Employers

Interested providers should:

  1. Register their program for this event

    • Programs with multiple site locations will need to complete one registration form for each site

  2. Create or update their profile

  3. Post all job openings on using the free promo code: CCHD

Registered programs will have access to the Hiring Days Toolkit, which offers resources for planning walk-in interview events and reaching potential job seekers.

Helpful tools include an Tip Sheet and a recording of an Child Care Hiring Days for PA Information Session.

For Job Seekers

During Child Care Hiring Days for PA job seekers can apply and have on-the-spot interviews at hundreds of participating child care programs. To participate:

  1. View a list of job postings and search for open positions and event details. Participating programs will be indicated by noting CCHD in their job posting

  2. Explore Job Seeker Resources to help prepare for an interview

  3. Visit participating programs March 29-31 for an on-the-spot interview

More Information

Details of the event can be found on For questions about the event, email or For questions about using, email


March 3, 2022

PD Registry Spanish Speaking Virtual Office Hours

The Pennsylvania Key will host recurring office hours for Spanish speaking early childhood education providers interested in learning more about the Professional Development (PD) Registry.


The PD registry is a system for the workforce that connects to many of the OCDEL initiatives for early childhood education programs in Pennsylvania. Office hours will be held the same day, at two times of the day to meet the needs of both center and family child care settings. Below is a list of topics to be discussed during office hours.

Please note, that a Spanish speaking provider can connect to any of the office hours with questions related to the PD Registry. Spanish Speaking providers can also reach the PD Registry help desk by sending an email (in Spanish) to Please put “AYUDA” in the subject line.

Session Details

  • Career Pathway Applications

    • March 9, 2022 | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

  • Finding PD on the Register

    • April 6, 2022 | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

  • PD Registry and Keystone STARS

    • May 4, 2022 | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

All meetings can be accessed on Zoom.

Share this flyer with your networks. (English) (Spanish)


February 18, 2022

Child Care Career Openings in the Pittsburgh Area

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

  • Early Childhood Educators

    Angels’ Place is seeking full-time teachers to join their team. Applicants must have a degree in Early Childhood Education or related field. Benefits and sign-on bonus are available.



Submit a Job

Each week, Trying Together highlights employer-submitted jobs on our website, social media, and in our newsletter.

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 Kara Bayer at

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



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February 8, 2022

Early Childhood Education in Pennsylvania – Barriers & Opportunities

Join Teach Plus PA and Start Strong PA on February 23 at 5 p.m. to learn from an engaging panel of early childhood educators, policy experts and advocates. The panel will discuss:

  • How does high-quality early childhood education connect to educational equity?
  • What are the barriers to accessible, high-quality child care and pre-k in PA?
  • What policy solutions can overcome these barriers?
  • What role can federal and state policymakers play in finding solutions?

Register online.




January 12, 2022

Apply: PA Equity in Early Childhood Education Champion Awards

Applications and nominations are now being accepted for the Pennsylvania’s Equity in Early Childhood Education Champion Awards.

The awards recognize individuals or programs that have demonstrated support to children and their families through: embracing diversity and full inclusion as strengths, upholding fundamental principles of fairness and justice, and/or working to eliminate structural inequities that limit equitable learning opportunities.

About the Awards

The awards bring awareness to and highlight the equity work being done within Pennsylvania’s early childhood education and afterschool settings, and by child care, evidence-based home visiting and early intervention professionals, 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 of Young Children (NAEYC), Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education Position Statement.


The following are categories of eligible entities. All must be physically located and operating within Pennsylvania, and providing services to Pennsylvania’s children.

  • Individuals: Individuals, employed at a Pennsylvania certified/licensed child care, afterschool, Early Intervention, or an Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) funded Family Support program. Individuals must be employed at the eligible program at the time of submission.

  • Early Childhood Education/Child Care and Afterschool: Programs must be certified/licensed by Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS), and in good standing with DHS at time of submission. In addition, a Federal Head Start/Early Head Start grantee that operates a program that is certified/licensed by DHS may submit a nomination for the DHS certified/licensed program. Nomination categories include:

    • Child Care Center

    • Group Child Care Home

    • Family Child Care Home

    • Afterschool Program

  • Early Intervention: Programs providing Early Intervention services and supports are eligible to submit a nomination as it relates to early intervention services and equity.

  • OCDEL funded Family Support programs


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 in the early childhood education or afterschool setting. Self-applications are accepted.

Applications/nominations and any supporting documentation will be submitted via electronic online submission process only. Applications may be submitted in English or in Spanish. All applications must be submitted by 5 pm, February 7, 2022.

Each completed submission will receive an official signed and framed certificate of placement level (Gold, Silver, Bronze) from OCDEL, appropriate for display. Completed submissions will also receive electronic copy and supporting images for their own digital use on websites, social media, electronic communications, etc.

Completed submissions will be promoted during April 2022 Month of the Young Child, with promotion by OCDEL.

More Information

Visit the Pennsylvania Key website for more information.


January 10, 2022

Share Your ECE Story with DHS

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) is asking early childhood education professionals and child care providers for stories about their work in the field.


DHS is collecting stories from providers and caring professionals about why their work is essential and why they chose their careers. The goal is to highlight the stories of the broader human services system and how the child care industry makes an impact in all parts of the community.

To Submit a Story

Stories can be emailed to the DHS Press Office at DHS is looking for:

  • Why you chose an early childhood career

  • How your career lets you help others

  • A story about when you felt like you’ve made an impact

  • A time you’ve felt proud in your work helping others

  • Or any other story you’re willing to share

Please include names, county/place of residence, and a picture (if possible). Stories might be used on social media, the DHS blog, or the DHS central human services job recruitment page.


December 13, 2021

Child Care Masking Order Lifted

On December 10, 2021, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a ruling that ended the Acting Secretary of Health’s order that masks must be worn by children age two and older, educators and staff in child care settings.

Learn More

Any citations for regulatory violations issued pursuant 55 Pa. Code Chapters 3270, 3280, and 3290 pertaining to compliance with “pertinent laws and regulations” “general health and safety,” and “child and adult health information for failure to comply with the Acting Secretary of Health’s Order will be rescinded.

Though masking is no longer a requirement, Acting Human Services Secretary Meg Snead strongly urges all providers to continue requiring mask use for children age 2 and older, and educators and staff.

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) issued an announcement stating that providers can still their own health and safety policies for their staff and children in care in line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC’s guidance for child care facilities at this time still recommends universal masking for children age 2 and older and staff regardless of vaccination status, specifically:

  • “Indoors: CDC recommends universal masking in ECE programs for everyone two years of age and older, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Outdoors: In general, people do not need to wear masks when outdoors. CDC recommends that people age 2 and older who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people.”

More Information

For more details, read OCDEL’s full announcement. Stay up-to-date on the most recent CDC Guidance for Operating Child Care.

Questions should be directed to the OCDEL Western Region Office at 800-222-2149.


November 30, 2021

Allegheny County ECE Virtual Job Fair

Are you looking for a new career in a child care setting or curious about a job in early childhood education? Register for the Allegheny County Early Childhood Education Virtual Job Fair on December 7, 2021.


Trying Together, Carlow University, Partner 4 Work, PA CareerLink, and Literacy Pittsburgh are hosting the virtual Job Fair on December 7, 2021 to recruit individuals who want to work at child care centers in Allegheny County.

An information session and interviews will be held virtually via Zoom, so participants should have resumes and applications ready.

Learn More

To learn more about or to register for the Allegheny County Early Childhood Education Virtual Job Fair, visit For questions, contact Lindsey Vicoria at or Jan Sapotichne at