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November 5, 2020

Jeremiah’s Place: Provider Engagement Session

Are you an early learning provider who is interested in learning about Jeremiah’s Place and its services? Join Jeremiah’s Place on November 5 for their online “Provider Engagement Session.”

About

Jeremiah’s Place protects children and strengthens families by providing a safe haven of respite, health, renewal, and support for children when their families are experiencing a critical need for child care. These online sessions will explore:

    • what Jeremiah’s Place is and what services they provide;
    • why families might need to access services at Jeremiah’s Place;
    • how providers can make a successful referral; and
    • the Jeremiah’s Place intake process.

Registration

This event is intended for child care providers. To register, visit the event webpage. For questions, please email Renee Schmitzer at empower@jeremiahsplace.org.

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October 7, 2020

Jeremiah’s Place: Provider Engagement Session

Are you interested in learning about Jeremiah’s Place and its services? Join them on October 7 and November 5 for their online “Provider Engagement Sessions.”

About

Jeremiah’s Place protects children and strengthens families by providing a safe haven of respite, health, renewal, and support for children when their families are experiencing a critical need for child care. These online sessions will explore:

    • what Jeremiah’s Place is and what services they provide;
    • why families might need to access services at Jeremiah’s Place;
    • how providers can make a successful referral; and
    • the Jeremiah’s Place intake process.

Registration

To register and learn more, visit the event webpage. Registration for the November 5 session will be provided in the coming weeks. For questions, please email Renee Schmitzer at empower@jeremiahsplace.org.

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April 8, 2020

#ResourceWednesdays: Emergency Child Care

Has the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic affected your family’s ability to access child care services? If yes, how are child care center closures impacting your family? These are the questions at the center of the #ResourceWednesdaysChat on April 8, 2020, co-hosted by Single Mom Defined, Jeremiah’s Place, and Trying Together!

This live chat is powered by The Women and Girls Foundation.

How to Attend

If you’re a single mom, you can join the conversation in the private Facebook group on April 8 at 2  p.m. Click here to visit their page and join the group!

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February 3, 2020

Recall Issued on More Than 165,000 Infant Incline Sleepers

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), along with four other companies, issued a recall on more than 165,000 infant incline sleepers due to a risk of suffocation.

About

According to the CPSC, the following companies have been impacted by the recall: Summer Infant, Graco, Delta Enterprises Corp., and Evenflo. The recall was issued due to reported infant fatalities after “the infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side, or under other circumstances” while using an infant incline sleeper. The CPSC urges consumers to immediately stop using the products listed below and to contact the companies to learn more about refund options.

Recalled Products

Recalled products include:

More Information

To learn more, read the full WTAE article.

*Information provided by WTAE

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October 4, 2019

Changes to Fire Safety Inspections & Standards for Child Care Facilities

Following the fire at a child care facility that claimed the lives of five children, Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller announced efforts to enhance fire safety at all Pennsylvania child care facilities and strengthen DHS’s regulatory authority and further protect children.

Updated Standards

Effective Sept. 16, 2019, the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) requires its licensing staff to include fire safety checks in every initial inspection, renewal inspection, unannounced inspection, and complaint inspection. Licensing staff will require each facility operator to demonstrate an operable fire detection and prevention system, which includes the presence of operable smoke detectors on each floor of the facility and fire extinguishers in the kitchen or other cooking areas at minimum.

If an operator is unable to demonstrate such a system, DHS licensing staff will complete a complaint and deliver it to the Department of Labor & Industry or local officials. These officials have the authority to act against the facility. DHS also recommends that licensed child care facilities work with their local fire safety officials to meet compliance with fire safety codes. DHS will also cite the provider for a health and safety violation. These changes will also be codified in DHS’ child care regulations moving forward.

In September, DHS conducted a fire safety initiative call campaign to collect information from family child care providers and alert them to the department’s fire prevention efforts. This campaign surveyed family child care providers about their fire prevention systems and emergency plans, including evacuation plans for children in overnight care. DHS will use the information gathered to inform ongoing efforts to enhance fire safety at Pennsylvania child care facilities.

More Information

For more information, read the full PA Key newsletter.

To learn more about child care in Pennsylvania and view inspection history for licensed providers, visit the COMPASS website.

*Information provided via The Pennsylvania Key

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July 8, 2019

10 Questions to Ask: Child Care Emergency Plan

In a recent article, Child Care Aware of America reported out that 38 percent of parents were unsure of their child care provider’s emergency plan, with another 7 percent stating that their program doesn’t have one. To ensure your child’s safety, Child Care Aware recommends that caregivers be proactive by asking their child care provider these 10 questions.

Recommended Questions

  • Do you have an emergency preparedness plan for disasters that are likely to occur in our area?
  • How will you safely evacuate my child to a safe, predetermined location?
  • How and when will I be notified if a disaster occurs when my child is in child care?
  • If I can’t get to my child during or after a disaster, how will you continue to care for my child?
  • Have you and your staff received training on how to respond to my child’s physical and emotional needs during and after a disaster; for example, are all staff first aid and CPR-certified?
  • Will you teach my older child what to do in an emergency?
  • Do you have a disaster/supply kit with enough items to meet my child’s needs for at least 72 hours?
  • Do the state and local emergency management agencies and responders know about your child care program and where it is located?
  • How may I help you during and after a disaster?
  • After a disaster occurs, how will I be notified about your plan to reopen?

More Information

For more information, visit www.childcareprepare.org.

*Information provided by Child Care Aware of America

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April 25, 2019

Jeremiah’s Place: Spring Open House

Join Jeremiah’s Place for their Spring Open House on Thursday, April 25th to take a tour of Pittsburgh’s only emergency child care center, explore volunteer and employment opportunities, and learn more about how you can utilize their services.

About Jeremiah’s Place

Jeremiah’s Place provides emergency care for children ages 0-6 for a few hours or a few days based on the needs of the family. The primary focus at Jeremiah’s place is to keep children safe and to provide a supportive solution for families in need. Located in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh, Jeremiah’s Place is staffed by trauma-informed caregivers and social workers. All services provided by Jeremiah’s Place are free, available 24 hours a day, and most importantly, judgment-free.

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November 3, 2018

Worst Case Scenarios: Child Care Provider Emergency Planning and Management

Register today for the Worst Case Scenarios min-conference. Pre-registration is required.

Child care providers, whether a single family home provider or staff at large center, need to have a plan and be prepared for challenging situations that could threaten children and staff, including the impact on children and staff with special health care needs and disabilities. The goal of this conference is to provide information that will improve caregiver’s knowledge of what to do in emergency situations, and familiarize them with the local people to contact.

The cost is $15 per person for the half-day conference which includes a continental breakfast. PQAS hours are available.

View this flyer for event and registration details.