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The Children In Your Life Will Love You Foreve


Robert J. Frein, Director
Bureau of Subsidized Child Care Services
Office of Child Development and Early Learning Pennsylvania,

Find Local Help For Your Child Care

Find Local For, Your Child Care Business

  Interview Notes

  • He has been working at this for 9 years.
  • They handle children from 0 to 13 years old.
  • They report to the Dept of Welfare as well as the Dept of Education.
  • They have 4 offices including the Bureau of Certification.. which licenses the different types of child care providers.
    • Day Care Centers have more than 11 children.
    • Group Home has 7 to 11 children.
    • Family Day Care Home has 4 to 6 children.
  • They have an online applications, online child care provider search and regional offices that provide help and information for parents to understand what their options are.
  • They have a quality rating system that shows 1 to 4 stars for how good the center is.
  • Type in zip code and age of child to see what is available near you.
  • They also have 59 child care information agencies that give personal help and determine eligibility.
  • These help anyone, no matter what income) just interested in looking for child care.
  • They know all the providers in the community.
  • Help with before and after school care.
  • They will bus your child to and back from school for before and after school child care.
  • A place for children on vacation days, don't have to be a latch key kid.
  • If you are approved for TANF and in a training program you are automatically eligible for child care.
  • Head Start program has an income eligibility of 100% of poverty.
  • Pennsylvania child care programs has an eligibility of 200% (about $45,000/family 4) of poverty. You lose eligibility when you go above 235% of the poverty level.
  • Brain development is most important in the first 5 years of life.
  • Your child care provider is more important in your life than your college professor.
  • You can get services if you child seems like they are not developing from age 0 to 13.
  • Services for these children can be provided at the home or at the child care center.
  • They can also get you in to other programs that will help you child like health insurance, cloths and more.
  • The star rating shows the qualifications of the providers.
  • Quality care saves dollars today and tomorrow.
  • If you invest in early education you save later in tutoring, special education and the tests scores go up.
  • In states that have high quality early childhood care and full day kindergartner, the kids in those states do very well.
  • For every dollar invested in early childhood education today saves you $1.75 now and $7 to $14 later.
  • It costs $36,000 year to have someone in prison.
  • It costs $1 million to take care of a baby with Shaken Baby Syndrome.
  • And have a much stronger workforce.
  • Big misconception is people think child care is baby sitting.. it's not.
  • 90% Of brain development happens before school, so child care is so important.
  • Parents are the first teachers for children.
  • They provide services and financial assistance for people with children.
  • 130,000 Children in their state subsidized program.
  • They have 8,500 hundred licensed child care providers.
  • They are an office you can complain about a child care center and they will investigate the provider.
  • They pay more for child care providers who have more stars.