The Pennsylvania Early Learning Keys to Quality, sponsored by the Department of Human Services Office of Child Development and Early Learning, is a quality improvement program in which all early learning programs and practitioners are encouraged and supported to improve child outcomes.
Action required for providers. The PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has announced it is increasing payment rates to child care providers serving children in subsidized care. Effective August 1, 2018, the Child Care Works (CCW) program will lift the base rate freeze for STAR 1 and STAR 2 providers, as well as apply a general Maximum Child Care Allowance (MCCA) base rate increase of 2.5% across all counties, provider types, STAR levels and care levels. STAR 1 and STAR 2 providers being paid below the MCCA will be paid the lower of their private-pay rates or the MCCA.
Child care providers will receive a packet in the mail containing a new Provider Agreement and instructions on updating your rates. Providers will have the opportunity to increase/update their rates through the new agreement for certified providers. Please return the Provider Agreement completed page one (1) and signed page six (6) along with your “Appendix C-1 ELRC Subsidized Child Care Provider Reported Rates” and your published private-pay rates.
In order to be paid for the month of August, all providers in ELRC Regions 9 and 10 must submit to Child Care Consultants, Inc. the following:
Provider Agreement completed page one (1) and signed page six (6)
“Appendix C-1 ELRC Subsidized Child Care Provider Reported Rates”
Published private-pay rates
Child Care Consultants, Inc. must receive this information by 8/5/18.