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OCDEL Bureaus

OCDEL's programs and services span four Bureaus:

Bureau of Certification Services - Certification Services certifies and inspects all child care centers, group day care homes and family day care homes in Pennsylvania in accordance with Pennsylvania regulations. Certification Services provides four regional child development and early learning offices to inspect, certify and answer local questions.

Regional offices provide information to potential child care providers and the public on:

  • The requirements and process for opening a child care facility.
  • The statutes and regulations for operating a child care facility.
  • The status and compliance history of specific facilities.
  • The complaints regarding child care facilities.

Bureau of Early Intervention Services - Early Intervention Services assures that all eligible children from birth to five with developmental delays and disabilities receive services and supports that maximize their development so they are successful in any early education setting. Programs are provided to infants and toddlers or those with developmental delays and disibilities, as well as to young children three to five who have developmental delays and disabilities. In overseeing the Early Intervention Program for infants, toddlers and children from birth to school age, the Bureau works with local administrators including county Mental Health/Mental Retardation Programs, Intermediate Units (IUs), school districts, and a provider.

Bureau of Early Learning Services - Early Learning Services develops and implements standards for early learning programs and professionals to improve the quality of early learning for our young children; provides financial supports and technical assistance for programs and professionals to improve quality; and provides family support programs that strengthen families, reduce risk and increase early learning opportunities for children.

Early Learning Services includes many important programs and services such as Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, Keystone STARS, state-funded Head Start, the Children's Trust Fund, Nurse Family Partnership, Parent-Child Home programs and TEACH scholarship program.

Bureau of Subsidized Child Care Services - Subsidy Services provides parent counseling on early learning opportunities in their communities and manages Pennsylvania's Child Care Works program. Through a statewide network of Child Care Information Services (CCIS) agencies, Subsidy Services provides families a central location for information on local child care and early education opportunities. CCIS agencies also enroll eligible families for Child Care Works subsidy for child care.