The Staffing Crisis in Education, and The Impact Here in Pennsylvania

Written By: Christy S. Renjilian Did you know that by 2025, Pennsylvania will need thousands of new teachers? Thousands? And a glimpse at the collegiate level shows fewer college students are entering the track to becoming an educator. In fact, according to data from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the number of certificates for new teachers issued in Pennsylvania has dropped by roughly two-thirds over the past decade. Add to that the compounding crisis we’re seeing, with experienced educators leaving the profession — a staffing shortage that’s compounded due to COVID and teacher dissatisfaction. There are great things happening in… read more »

What is Child Care Consultants

Caring for children for over 30 years

Child Care Consultants, Inc. (CCC) is a non-profit child care resource and referral agency, founded in 1987. As the Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) for Regions 9 and 10 in Pennsylvania, CCC serves Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York Counties. ELRCs provide a single point-of-contact for families, early learning service providers, and communities to gain information and access services that support high-quality child care and early learning programs.  Through the administration of both the Child Care Works and Keystone STARS programs, ELRCs create an enhanced resource and referral system for communities seeking early learning services and supports.

CCC helps parents find and evaluate child care options and offers financial assistance through the Child Care Works Subsidized Child Care Program. For child care providers, CCC offers training and technical assistance. Additionally, CCC works with employers interested in promoting work/life balance, provides leadership to community-supported child care initiatives and advocates on behalf of child care issues at the local, state, and national level.

CCC works collaboratively with child care providers, parents, government, businesses and community leaders to assure that all families have access to affordable high quality child care. The board and staff at CCC believe that the children of today are critical to our future and recognize that parents, as diverse individuals, have the right and responsibility to make choices for their childrens future.


Keystone STARS

Overseeing PA’s Quality Rating system for family, group and center childcare programs in ELRC 8, 9 and 10.

Child Care Works

Providing financial assistance to help low-income working families pay for care through the Subsidized Child Care Program.

CACFP Food Program

A sponsor agency for home-based providers in 21 counties to help them provide nutritious meals.

Home Based Providers

Assisting persons caring for children in their home to become certified with DHS and improve the quality of care they provide.

Resource & Referral

Assisting families in finding quality child care and has free resources on a variety of topics.