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March 5, 2020

PENN SACCA Info and Networking Session

Join the Pennsylvania School-Age Child Care Alliance (PENN SACCA) on March 5 for a morning of networking, an overview of PENN SACCA, and a brief session on quick tips for incorporating STEM activities into school-age programming. This will be a great opportunity to connect with your peers and share new ideas about the field. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

About PENN SACCA

Since 1993, PENN SACCA has been providing out-of-school-time professionals with information, training, and resources to assist in the delivery of quality programs for school-age children during out-of-school hours. They believe that Out-of-School-Time is an important pillar in youth development in Pennsylvania and that Pennsylvania School-Age Professionals should be recognized, valued, respected and appreciated.

Registration

To register and learn more, visit the Eventbrite page.

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November 9, 2019

Annual PENN SACCA Conference

Join the Pennsylvania School-Age Child Care Alliance (PENN SACCA) on November 9 for their 22nd Annual Statewide Conference! This year’s theme: Afterschool time is STEM time!

About

Featuring keynote speaker Jeff Remington, this year’s theme will explore all things STEM in afterschool. As one of ten National STEM Teacher Ambassadors, an international STEM advocate, trainer, and consultant, Jeff has a unique perspective of how the daily practice of STEM impacts the big picture of educational systems tied to a global 21st Century economy.

This year’s conference will be held at Toftrees Golf Resort in State College, PA. Click here to make reservations.

Participants will receive PQAS hours, but must provide their Registry ID number upon registration. For Act 48 credits, participants must submit their PPID number, complete necessary paperwork, and pay a $10 fee.

National and State Experts Will Discuss:

    • STEM in afterschool
    • STEM career readiness
    • 21st-century skills
    • Makerspaces
    • Implementing STEM

Registration

To register for the conference, visit the event webpage.

Group discounts are available for organizations registering four or more participants. To receive the group discount, all group attendees must be a PENN SACCA Comprehensive Member.

Learn More

For more information, visit the event webpage or contact

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August 8, 2019

Applications Open | Building Capacity for Coaching Initiative

In collaboration with The Pennsylvania Key, the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) recently announced the “Building Capacity for Coaching Initiative” in support of developing internal coaches in STAR 3 and STAR 4 facilities.

About

The purpose of this initiative is to leverage coaching supports from Penn State Better Kid Care (BKC) and other professional growth activities to develop internal coaches in STAR 3 and STAR 4 facilities. Selected applicants will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of early childhood practices and must have the approval of their administrator or director as this will require a time commitment.

Family Child Care providers can apply if they are able to support other family child care providers in their coaching efforts and commit the time necessary to complete the program.

Benefits

Facilities
    • will develop the internal capacity to offer coaching to other staff to ensure continuous quality improvement;
    • receive exceptional professional development opportunities at no cost as well as access to the Learning Community;
    • and gain valuable insight as OCDEL works to learn about needed coaching supports for ECE providers.
Coaching & Staff
    • coaches receive a one-time stipend of $2,500
    • and teachers receive supports and coaching on areas of practice that can strengthen or improve child experiences in their classroom.

What Will Be Expected

Facilities participating in this program must meet the following expectations:

Facility
    • identify a coach (lead teacher, director, assistant director, or another instructional leader);
    • have two teachers, identified by the coach, complete four free modules;
    • have coach-staff teams select one coaching guide as a framework for coaching;
    • and complete additional recommended professional development supports as needed.
Coach
    • attend a one-day in-person coach training;
    • complete two free BKC online modules;
    • observe and then facilitate bi-weekly coaching sessions with selected teachers;
    • complete a coaching log;
    • participate in monthly learning community webinars;
    • and participate in two touchpoints per month.

Applications

To apply for this program, visit their online form.

All applications must be submitted by Friday, September 20, 2019.

Learn More

To learn more, visit the Pennsylvania Key website.

Questions

For more information or questions, contact Barbara Willier at barwil@pakeys.org.

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November 29, 2018

PSAYDN Annual Partners’ Retreat

Focusing on policy development, coordination of quality initiatives, and sustainability, the PSAYDN Annual Partners’ Retreat provides professional development opportunities for OST professionals, school administrators, teachers, nonprofits, policymakers, and more. Register here to attend.

PSAYDN Retreat and PENN SACCA Conference

For the first time, the PSAYDN Retreat and PENN SACCA Conference will run consecutively to provide additional opportunities for OST advocates and professionals to receive professional development and participate in networking activities.

National and State Experts Will Discuss:

  • STEM and Advocacy
  • Career Pathways
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Behavioral Development
  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Sustainability and Partnerships
  • Leadership Development

Act 48 credits available.