August 4, 2022

Teacher Tom’s Play Summit 2022

Tom “Teacher Tom” Hobson of Teacher Tom’s Blog will be hosting a five-day Early Childhood Development Conference from Saturday, August 13 to Wednesday, August 17 geared for early childhood professionals, parents, and grandparents. This free conference will feature twenty session covering topics such as insights, ideas, and practical tools; elevating respect for early childhood professionals; the art & science of play-based learning; and many more.

Each day of the summit, participants will receive an email with a link to that day’s sessions at 12pm EST. Sessions will be available for viewing during a 24-hour window. Lifetime access to each session is available for purchase after registration.

Register for free before August 13 to secure your spot.


January 5, 2022

ECE Professionalism: A Closer Look at Your Responsibilities

Join The Learning Lamp for an upcoming session, “ECE Professionalism: A Closer Look at Your Responsibilities.” This webinar will explore six professional responsibsilities, discuss ways to support professional growth and development, and explore the skills and mindset of the early childhood professional.

This session is open to PennAEYC or PennAEYC Shared Services members. Space is limited and registration is required.


June 18, 2020

Everyday Heroes: Child Care is No Small Matter

Join No Small Matter and their partners for a Facebook Live town hall and streaming premiere of the documentary No Small Matter (Executive Produced by Alfre Woodard).

About the Event

America’s early learning infrastructure was fragile even before COVID-19. But the pandemic has pushed it to the brink of collapse. Half of all child care sites are currently shuttered, and the ones that remain open do so at great risk to the health of providers and their families. With no other option but to stay home with their infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, millions of parents will be unable to return to work, paralyzing efforts to restart the nation’s economy. What has suddenly become searingly self-evident is that early education is essential. Put simply, America doesn’t work without it.

That’s why on June 25, ABCinemaNOW Live will present an unprecedented Facebook Live screening event designed to generate support for the urgent action needed to tackle America’s childcare crisis. Everyday Heroes: Celebrating Early Educators, Supporting Families will feature the national streaming premiere of the documentary No Small Matter (Executive Produced by Alfre Woodard), followed by a live panel discussion highlighting the devastating impact of COVID-19 on children, families, and caregivers, and in turn, on the economy. Woven throughout the event will be video messages from celebrities, cultural influencers, and frontline workers thanking early educators for the challenging, exhausting, and essential work they do every day.

Learn More

Visit the event website and follow No Small Matter on Facebook to join this event.


March 7, 2019

2019 National Survey of Early Care and Education Underway


Data collection for the 2019 National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) has begun. The Administration for Children & Families, Office of Child Care is now collecting new, nationally representative information about all parts of early care and education and families’ needs for ECE services, including child care, Early Head Start and Head Start, and pre-k programs. 


A key aim of the 2019 surveys is to provide updated profiles of individuals and programs providing ECE and to describe ECE use in households across the United States. This information provides a more representative sample that will better inform future policy and research. All data provided by households and providers will be used only for statistical purposes, and the identities of individuals and programs will not be disclosed.


The Administration for Children and Families has contracted with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago to conduct the 2019 NSECE. NORC has sent mailings to selected providers and households throughout the country, inviting them to participate in the study. We are writing you to ask your support for this critical data collection effort. If you are contacted by providers, households, teachers and caregivers, or other members of the public, please emphasize and reassure those individuals that the 2019 NSECE is a legitimate and vital effort for our programs and our ability to help all children get access to high-quality ECE programs.

Learn More

Read more about the survey and access findings from the 2012 survey.