May 30, 2024

PennAEYC to Host Webinar on Using Shared Source Site

PennAEYC will host a webinar in June on how to use to support program management. The event will cover such topics as program liability insurance options, risk management, and other tools to help save time and money.

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Presenters will discuss the growing concerns about provider liability insurance and how using can help to save money and provide tools that can reduce liability risk.

Speakers will share possible liability insurance coverage options as well as other cost-savings features on the platform to save money as costs continue to rise for everyday program operations.

Presenters will include:

  • Jen DeBell, PennAEYC executive director
  • Rose Snyder, PennAEYC senior director of education and operations
  • Cellissa Hoyt and Andrea Bimonte, representatives of CCA for Social Good

More Details

The webinar will run from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18.

Registration for the Zoom webinar is now open.


April 8, 2024

Educators to Celebrate Family Child Care Awareness Day in Harrisburg

The Family Child Care Advisory Council, with support from PennAEYC and First Up, is inviting home-based educators from around the state to gather in Harrisburg on April 30 to celebrate Family Child Care Awareness Day. The event will recognize the impact of home-based child care programs.

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Family Child Care Awareness Day will include a visibility event, which will give attendees an opportunity to showcase to legislators and the public what it means to be a home-based child care educator. 

Participants can showcase their programs through a variety of means. Some options include creating the following: 

  • A trifold poster highlighting the learning that occurs in their program
  • A poster recognizing the families the home-based program serves that includes their testimonies about their experiences
  • A cardboard cutout displaying the quote: “Of course, I’m a home-based child care educator…”

More Details

Family Child Care Awareness Day will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 30 at the state capitol, located at 501 N. 3rd Street in Harrisburg.

Those interested in participating should contact Trying Together’s policy team at Also, registration is now open for an April 23 training in connection with Family Child Care Awareness Day.

For those who cannot attend the April 30 event, Trying Together is leading capitol caravans from Pittsburgh on May 7, May 22, June 4, and June 25.


March 22, 2024

Voice Of ECE Childcare Liability Insurance Survey

The Voice of ECE is inviting child care providers to share their insights by participating in its Childcare Liability Insurance Survey. The survey was created by and for early childhood business owners.

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The survey’s objective is to gain a comprehensive understanding of child care business owners’ experiences with liability insurance carriers. The Voice of ECE is interested in gathering information on changes in premiums, coverage issues, or policy cancellations/non-renewals. 

Feedback gathered during the survey will play a crucial role in identifying areas for improvement and help to ensure that child care facilities are adequately protected. Challenges and concerns shared during the survey will help to better serve and maintain child care facility operations.

All content will be utilized only for internal data collection purposes and will be treated as confidential.

The Voice of ECE’s partners in the survey include Trying Together as well as Children First, First Up, Latinos Educando Juntos, the Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA), and the Pennsylvania Association of the Education of Young Children (PennAEYC). 

How To Participate

Providers who are interested in filling out the survey have until April 12 to do so. Two participants will be randomly chosen to win a $100 gift card from PennAEYC.


February 6, 2024

2024 VOICE for Children Award Celebration

The Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children recognizes the critical role advocacy plays in high-quality early learning settings and celebrates those who speak on behalf of Pennsylvania’s children. As the voice for early care and learning, community advocates are an invaluable component to assuring all Pennsylvania’s children get the start they deserve in school and life.

ey is the only statewide award in Pennsylvania recognizing the grassroots leaders whose work impacts the quality of care for young children in diverse settings. The VOICE Award celebrates not only individual award recipients but also the early childhood profession.

Event Details

  • When: Friday, 04/05 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Cocktail Reception with a selection of light appetizers and a cash beverage bar will be available
    • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | VOICE for Children Awards Dinner and Program
  • Where: Hershey Lodge, 325 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
  • Event Costs:
    • Early Bird: $150.00 per person – through 02/25
    • Standard Registration: $160.00 per person | 02/26 – 03/24
  • Registration: Register today!

More Details

Registration for this event closes on 03/24. For additional information, contact Rose Snyder at

To see lodging specials, visit the original email.


November 15, 2023

Nominations Open for the 2024 Voice for Children Award

Do you know an outstanding early childhood professional who is using their voice to advocate for young children and families? Nominate them for the 2024 Voice for Children Award!

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The VOICE for Children Award is the only statewide award in Pennsylvania that recognizes early care and education professionals, who are not paid advocates, that go above and beyond their daily work in the field by being grassroots leaders through advocacy and public policy efforts.

Nomination Criteria

Nominees must:

  • Display dispositions of a model early childhood advocate, including (but not exclusive to) serving as an expert witness, providing public testimony, appearing in media, serving on a board in a public policy capacity, receiving distinctive honors or awards for previous advocacy work, leading advocacy campaigns or actions, working with leaders and elected officials, and/or recognized as an early childhood leader in their community.

  • Be a current member of PennAEYC to be considered.

Nominate an Educator

Nominations must be submitted no later than Friday, December 1, 2023. To submit a nomination, complete this nomination form and email it to Director of Public Policy and Advocacy Kimberly Early at Please add “2024 VOICE Nomination” in your email subject line.

Nomination Guidelines

  • Nomination forms will be used to determine the winners of the VOICE for Children Award. Specific documentation (such as links to newspaper articles, titles, awards/honors) should be provided if known to substantiate a nominee’s advocacy efforts. PennAEYC staff will review each nomination based on the information provided. It is important that the nomination form is fully completed and all necessary information is included.

  • There is a 500-word maximum to your response to why you believe your nominee should be selected as a recipient of the 2024 PennAEYC VOICE for Children Award.

  • Including a biography of the nominee is encouraged, but not required.

  • Membership with PennAEYC is not required for the person nominating or endorsing a nominee.

To learn more, visit the PennAEYC website.


June 26, 2023

Trying Together Shares Advocacy Tools for Families and Child Care Providers

Trying Together has created two new advocacy tools to aid families and child care providers in their efforts to impact state budget negotiations and persuade state legislators to directly invest in the workforce behind the workforce by raising child care wages.

Trying Together Advocacy Tools

Simple, everyday advocacy efforts often start with quick, common interactions between providers, educators, families, and legislators. Calling your state representative or emailing with waitlisted families are great ways to communicate challenges facing the child care industry and advocate for change. Phone and email scripts can assist on these occasions.

For Providers & Families:

Phone Scripts for Calls to State Representatives & Legislators

For Providers:

Email Response to Waitlisted Families

Take Action with PennAEYC

Tell your legislators how important child care is to you and take action in seconds. The Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children (PennAEYC) has constructed a tool that allows you to send an email to your legislators stressing the importance of child care with a single click.

Take action now. 

Additional Advocacy Tools

The Pre-K for PA and Start Strong PA campaigns, of which Trying Together is a partner, have also compiled advocacy tools for family and provider use. Some of these include:

Learn More

To learn more, visit the Trying Together “Take Action” page.


March 9, 2023

PennAEYC Names Linda D. Grinage as 2023 VOICE for Children Award Honoree

The Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children (PennAEYC) recently named Linda D. Grinage, a Pittsburgh-based child care provider and advocate, as one of two 2023 VOICE for Children Award Honorees.

Grinage shares the honor with Dr. Jean Allison, an Associate Professor of Early Childhood at Delaware County Community College. Both women will be recognized at the Annual VOICE For Children Award Celebration on March 31.

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Linda Grinage is the founder and Chief Servant Operator (CSO) of of Blessed Assurance Christian Childcare & Early Learning Center, LLC., and a dedicated, Pittsburgh-based child care provider with over 20 years of experience in the industry.

In addition to leading Blessed Assurance Christian Childcare, Grinage serves as an active member of the Woodland Hills School District Kindergarten Transition Team and collaborates with other early childhood practitioners to establish kindergarten transition processes and agreements with the district’s schools. Additionally, she serves as a community advocate through ELRC Region 5’s quality partner, Trying Together.

In the past, Grinage served as a Keystone STARS Mentor, and remains affiliated with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), PennAEYC, Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA), and National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC).

Grinage earned her bachelor’s degree in Child Development & Family Relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and holds both a Pennsylvania State Teaching Certificate in Nursery and Kindergarten, as well as a Pennsylvania Director’s Credential.

Her commitment to providing quality care and education to children, combined with her compassionate and nurturing approach to child care, have made her a beloved and respected pillar of the community.

Read Grinage’s full biography to learn more.

More Information

To learn more about Grinage’s recognition as a VOICE for Children Award Honoree or the PennAEYC VOICE awards, visit the PennAEYC website.


February 16, 2022

2022 Voice for Children Celebration

The Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children recognizes the critical role advocacy plays in high quality early learning settings and celebrates those who speak on behalf of Pennsylvania’s children. As the voice for early care and learning, community advocates are an invaluable component to assuring all Pennsylvania’s children get the start they deserve in school and life.

The VOICE for Children Award is the only statewide award in Pennsylvania recognizing the grassroots leaders whose work impacts the quality of care for young children in diverse settings. Now in its eleventh year, the VOICE Award celebrates not only individual award recipients, but the early childhood profession.

Register via the PennAEYC website. Registration closes on March 23, 2022.


Hershey Resort and Lodge
325 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033

Award Recipients

VOICE for Children Recipients

  • Doris Keith Clark |  Owner, Director, Doris Keith Clark Child Care Center
  • Christina Saunders, Ed. D. Candidate | Center Director, Crayons Clubhouse II
  • Minnette Taylor M. Ed. | Owner, G & T Daycare Montessori Program; Founder & CEO, Mini Montessori Academy

VOICE for Children Distinguished Career Recipients

  • Pamela Haines | First Up Public Policy Consultant
  • Karen L Nemeth | Senior Training/Technical Assistance Specialist-DLL, Zero to Three

Additional Information

For additional information on this event, contact Rose Snyder at


December 8, 2021

Loving Places and Learning Spaces for Infants and Toddlers

Join PennAEYC and The Learning Lamp for their upcoming webinar, “Loving Places and Learning Spaces for Infants and Toddlers” on December 15.

What makes up high-quality infant and toddler care? Learn the importance of attachment and relationships in learning and development, examine aspects of the ITERS and PA Early Learning Standards, and share ideas that support healthy infant and toddler development.

This session is open to PennAEYC or Shared Services members. Space is limited and registration is required. Register for all 12 monthly sessions before December 22, 2021 for an early bird discount.


Pennie and PennAEYC Individual Health Care Options Webinar

PennAEYC will host the team at Pennie to present information about affordable, individual health care options in the open insurance market place for the commonwealth. This is an opportunity for Pennsylvania’s early learning providers and others looking for affordable health care options.
On Tuesday, December 14, 2021 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. we will offer an informational webinar about insurance coverage options on the open marketplace. Access the webinar online at the designated time. This webinar will be recorded for those who are unable to attend. It will be available following the webinar on the PennAEYC website.

About Pennie

Pennie is the official health insurance marketplace in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania established under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The exchange enables eligible individuals to purchase private health insurance coverage at federally subsidized rates.
Visit the Pennie website today to learn more about your individual health care coverage. Open enrollment runs from November 1, 2021 until January 15, 2022.