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You can request a list of all child care providers in PA by completing the form in this hyperlink: Request Child Care Provider List.

Once you submit your request, your list will be sent to the email address you provided within 48 hours.
Yes, you can search for providers that offer overnight care by using the Advanced Search option or applying filters to your results.

If you have not already performed a search, you can use the Advanced Search option to select the hours you need care or select "24-hour Care" from the General Schedules Served dropdown in the Schedule Tab. Providers returned in your results offer care during the hours you selected.

If you already have your search results, you can select the hours you need care in the Filter By section on the left side of the screen. Once you select the APPLY FILTERS button, your results will be updated with providers that offer care for the hours you selected.

If you are unable to find providers that offer the hours of care your family needs, please contact your local CCIS Agency.
You can find providers that accept certain financial assistance programs by using the Advanced Search option or by applying filters to your results.

If you have not already performed a search, you can use the Advanced Search option to select different financial programs within the Financial tab.

If you already have your search results, you can select financial programs in the filter section on the left side of the screen. Once you select the APPLY FILTERS button, your results will display providers that accept the financial programs you selected.
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal nutrition program that provides free meals and snacks for low-income children in childcare programs.
If you have not already performed a search, you can use the Advanced Search option to select Special Accommodations within the Environment tab and select Early Intervention under Early Learning Programs within the Programs tab.
Early Intervention Services provide support and services to families with children birth to age five, who have developmental delays and disabilities. To learn more about Early Intervention Services, Click Here.
The term "Nursery School" is now referred to as Private Academic School (PDE Licensed Preschool). You can search for a Private Academic School (PDE Licensed Preschool) in the Advanced Search page under the Early Learning Programs within the Programs tab.
The best way to find providers that offer before and after school care is to use the General Schedules Served dropdown within the Advanced Search Schedule tab and select the Before School and After School options.
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All licensed providers are required to meet certain health and safety standards.

If you see a STARS rating for a provider, that provider participates in the Keystone STARS program. Keystone STARS supports and recognizes the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania through four levels of performance standards. Each level builds on the previous one and utilizes research-based best practices to promote quality early learning environments and positive child outcomes. The standards address staff qualifications and professional development, the early learning program, partnerships with family and community, and leadership and management.

In addition to STARS rating, providers may also have accreditations that enhance their commitment to providing quality care.

For more information on how to choose a quality program, please refer to Choosing the right daycare / Child Care / Early Learning Program for your family.
The Department of Human Services will issue a provisional certificate of compliance, valid for a specific time period of no more than 6 months, when the Department finds the following:
  • Provider has substantially, but not completely, complied with applicable requirements for a certificate of compliance.
  • Provider is complying with a course of correction approved by the Department.
  • Existing deficiencies do not adversely alter the health, welfare or safety of the children.
  • Within 15 working days of the receipt of the deficiency report, a provider shall submit a plan to correct deficiencies noted during the site visits.
  • A provisional certificate of compliance may be renewed no more than three times.
  • Provider had an initial inspection, has been in operation less than six months and is awaiting a full inspection visit by Certification for assessment of compliance with all statutes, ordinances, and regulations.
Upon compliance with the plan of correction, a regular certificate of compliance shall be issued.
The Department of Human Services may revoke, or refuse to issue, a certificate of compliance for any of the following reasons:
  1. Failure to comply with a directive issued by the Department.
  2. Violation of, or noncompliance with, Pennsylvania Code.
  3. Failure to comply with a plan of correction approved by the Department, unless the Department approves an extension or modification of the plan of correction.
  4. Gross incompetence, negligence, or misconduct in the operation of the facility.
  5. Fraud, deceit, misrepresentation, or bribery in obtaining or attempting to obtain a certificate of compliance.
  6. Lending, borrowing, or using the certificate of compliance of another facility.
  7. Knowingly aiding or abetting the improper granting of a certificate of compliance.
  8. Mistreating or abusing individuals cared for or treated by the facility.
  9. Continued noncompliance in disregard of Pennsylvania Code.
  10. Operating a facility with a physical condition that endangers the health and safety of the public.

If the Department proposes to revoke, or refuse to issue, a certificate of compliance, it will give written notice to the provider. If the provider does not correct the deficiencies within the specified time, the Department will officially notify the provider that it must show cause why its certificate of compliance should not be revoked and that it has a right to a hearing. A request to the Department for a hearing shall be filed, in writing, within 30 days of receipt of the show cause order.
If a provider holds a certain accreditation, this means that they are committed to upholding the standards set forth by that organization or association. Below is a short description of what each of these accreditations stands for:

Council on Accreditation (COA): The COA partners with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting accreditation standards.
For additional information, please visit www.coanet.org

National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs (NAC): The NAC is a national program that was developed for early care and educational programs that are used to promote professionalism and quality in child care.
For additional information, please visit www.naccp.org.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): The NAEYC is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.
For additional information, please visit www.naeyc.org.

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC): The focus of NAFCC is to provide technical assistance to family child care associations. This assistance is provided through developing leadership and professionalism, addressing issues of diversity, and by promoting quality and professionalism through NAFCC's Family Child Care Accreditation.
For additional information, please visit www.nafcc.org.

National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA): The NECPA has been carefully crafted to create broad public understanding of the benefits of high quality early childhood care and education. Coupled with this increased understanding is a raised awareness of the "professional expertise" required to deliver that high quality care and an appreciation of the advantages that children receive from accredited centers and schools.
For additional information visit www.necpa.net.
Each Early Learning Program provides services for certain ages. The age(s) selected during your search will determine the Early Learning Programs that are returned in your results.
All Child Care providers have the option to participate in the Keystone STARS program. Certain Early Learning Programs are also able to participate in the Keystone STARS program.

If a provider displays "No STARS rating" it means that they have chosen not to participate in the Keystone STARS program.
To learn more about the Keystone STARS program and each STARS level, Click Here.
The higher the STAR level, the higher the quality. STARS performance standards measure the aspects of an early learning program that affect the quality of your child's progress in that program, such as teacher qualifications, classroom and learning activities, working with families and business management.

What to expect from a STAR 1 program:
  • Programs will have the PA Early Learning Standards that provide milestones for children's development available for reference.
  • Families receive a Parent Handbook and information on social and family services in the community.
  • Teachers hold a meeting with families when a child enrolls.
  • When a child is ready to move to a new classroom or school, families receive information on making it a smooth transition.
  • Staff develop an annual plan to continue their education.
What to expect from a STAR 2 program:
  • Meet all requirements of a STAR 1 program, plus:
  • At least half of the lead teachers have an Associate's degree in early childhood education.
  • Teachers provide daily updates on the child's activities and hold at least one teacher conference to share child's progress each year.
  • Teachers assess children's development once a year, the first within 45 days of enrollment.
  • Teachers use the PA Early Learning Standards to plan learning activities.
  • Teachers use a standardized tool (Environment Rating Scale) to evaluate and improve their classroom setup and learning activities.
  • Staff receive at least two employee benefits, such as health insurance, which helps reduce staff turnover.
What to expect from a STAR 3 program:
  • Meet all requirements of a STAR 2 program, plus:
  • Lead teachers have at least an Associate's degree in early childhood education.
  • Teachers hold at least two teacher conferences to share child's progress each year.
  • Teachers assess children's development three times a year, the first within 45 days of enrollment.
  • Programs receive an independent evaluation of their classroom setup and learning activities using a standardized tool (Environment Rating Scale).
  • Program works with families and schools to make a smooth transition for children to kindergarten
  • Staff receive at least three employee benefits, such as health insurance, which helps reduce staff turnover.
What to expect form a STAR 4 program:
  • Meet all requirements of a STAR 3 program, plus:
  • At least half of lead teachers have a Bachelor's degree in early childhood education, all have at least an Associate's degree.
  • Teachers will meet with each family to make the child's transition to kindergarten easier.
  • Staff receive at least four employee benefits, such as health insurance, which helps reduce staff turnover.
If the provider you are interested in is displayed as "Not Enrolling", contact the provider directly to determine when they will be accepting new enrollments.
If you are unable to find a provider that meets the needs of your family, please contact your local CCIS agency for assistance.
CCIS agencies are the hub of child care information with local offices based in counties throughout Pennsylvania. They provide families with information on quality child care and personalized child care referrals to child care providers based on specific needs or preferences. Additionally, they can help low-income working families with assistance paying for child care.
A Child Care Center is a facility that provides care for 7 or more children at the same time, unrelated to the operator.

A Family Child Care Home is a home other than the child's own home, operated for profit or not-for-profit, where child day care is provided to 4 - 6 children at once, unrelated to the operator.

A Group Child Care Home is a facility that provides care for 7 - 15 school-aged children (4th grade - 15 years old) at the same time, or 7 - 12 children of another age level at the same time, unrelated to the operator.The facility may be located in a residence or another premises.
Child Care Works/Subsidy Participation:
The subsidized child care program helps low-income families pay their child care fees. The state and federal governments fund this program, which is managed by the Child Care Information Services (CCIS) office located in your county.

Child Welfare Agency/DHS Participation: Some providers offer availability for foster children or children in protective services.

Scholarships/United Way/Sliding Fee Scales: Some providers offer their own forms of financial assistance to families. Possibilities include: discounts for multiple children, or referral and recruitment of new families; exemptions from annual re-application fees, or other special fees; and partial or short-term scholarships for low-income families or emergency situations. If a provider operates on sliding fee scales, tuition/fees are tiered based on gross family income.
The providers displayed in your search result are randomly ordered each time you run a search. However, if you search using a full address, the providers displayed in your results will be ordered from nearest to farthest.
Reporting Inaccurate Provider Information
If you are a citizen seeing inaccurate provider information, please contact your local CCIS Agency.
If you are a Child Care Provider, you can log into Provider Self Service (PSS) to update your information.
If you are an Early Learning Program Provider, please e-mail: RA-ocdearlylearning@pa.gov
Submitting a Provider Complaint
If you need to report a provider-related complaint, please use the hyperlink: Submit a Complaint or Incident.
To submit a complaint for an Early Learning Program such as Early Head Start, Head Start, Early Intervention, Private Academic School (PDE Preschool), PA Pre-K Counts, Parent-Child Home Program, or School District Pre-Kindergarten, please e-mail: RA-ocdearlylearning@pa.gov
Printing
You can print multiple providers through the My List screen. When you see a provider you are interested in, add them to My List by selecting the Add to My List hyperlink. Once you have added providers, click the View My List hyperlink located on the Search Results screen. From the My List screen, you can generate a Summary or Detail report, which can be downloaded to your device.

Another way to print the details of a specific provider is by selecting More Details from the Search Results screen, navigating to their Provider Details screen and select the Print button.
To print the directions, expand the menu to the left of the Maps search bar and select Print.
Early Learning Programs
To view a description of each Early Learning Program, Click Here.
For more information on how to choose a quality program, please refer to Choosing the right daycare / Child Care / Early Learning Program for your family

To talk with a parent counselor, please contact your local CCIS Agency.
Curriculums are a body of material that define the content to be taught and the methods to be used. Information is organized on a specific topic; a set of topic-specific information created for a defined group.
An assessment is an ongoing process of observing a child's current competencies (including knowledge, skills, dispositions and attitudes) and using the information to help the child develop further in the context of family, caregiving and learning environments. Not a "test", but rather a systematic procedure / process for obtaining information from observations, interviews, portfolios, projects, tests and other sources that can be used to make judgements about children's characteristics.
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Learn about specific health and human services programs or benefits for which you may qualify such as PA Pre-K Counts, Head Start, subsidized child care, child support, etc. through COMPASS.