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Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) Research

Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) Research

Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) Research

Welcome to the

OCDEL Research Page

About Us

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 works with many partners to create opportunities for the commonwealth’s children. Parents, schools, child care, early intervention, Head Start, libraries, community organizations and other stakeholders have joined with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning to provide high quality early childhood programs and effective prevention strategies to mitigate challenges faced by families that affect school readiness and academic success.

OCDEL strives to build a strong foundation for children, starting in infancy, through the establishment of a statewide standard for excellence in early care and education and the creation of financial and technical supports to achieve that goal. The success of the commonwealth’s efforts today will be seen in the development of Pennsylvania citizens who are strong, independent and well prepared for the future.

OCDEL is jointly overseen by the Department of Human Services and the Department of Education. Offices are located in the Department of Education at 333 Market Street in Harrisburg.

What's New

OCDEL Public Data File

In response to numerous data requests, the Office of Child Development and Early Learning has decided to provide the following data file. This file contains a list of open certified Child Care facilities in Pennsylvania as of September 30, 2018. This report will be updated on a quarterly basis (April 30, July 31, October 31, and January 31). A list of data elements and definitions can be found on the “Data Definitions” Tab.

Please note: past sheets will NOT be archived here; only the most recent version will be posted. If you have specialized data requests that cannot be answered using this spreadsheet, please contact Michelle Kee at
Are you a parent/family member searching for child care? You can find child care providers near your home or workplace using the Online Child Care Provider Search database.

Disclaimer: OCDEL is not representing that this information is current or accurate beyond the day it was posted. OCDEL shall not be held liable for any improper or incorrect use of the information described and/or contained herein and assumes no responsibility for anyone's use of the information.