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Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL)

​Since its inception in 2007, the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has focused on creating opportunities for the commonwealth's youngest children to develop and learn to their fullest potential. This goal is accomplished through a framework of supports and systems that help ensure that children and their families have access to high-quality services. OCDEL is jointly overseen by the Department of Human Services and the Department of Education. 

News & Newsletter

OCDEL’s Bureau of Certification Services issues periodic information about meeting child care regulations through the Certification News.


The Pennsylvania Key is an important and trusted parter of OCDEL. Policy and certification announcements are shared at the below link.

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