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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. One of the ways we can prepare them for the future, is by preparing them for success, and as they grow into young adulthood then offering access to programs from which they can learn trades, such as being a plumber or an electrician. These are growing trades, it is estimated that millions of people per year need plumbing services or emergency plumbing services, and there will always be new construction so jobs like these will always be in demand. Companies like are always hiring. Preparing our children to one day enter the work force, whether as a technician of sorts, or even as a, entrepreneur is of the utmost importance.

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