ABOUT SPARK

ABOUT SPARK

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You support Philadelphia's
children and families.
Let SPARK support you.

Powered by
City of Philadelphia

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You support Philadelphia's
children and families.
Let SPARK support you.

ABOUT SPARK

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How can SPARK support you?

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Keystone STARS Support
Resources and Tools
Questions
Keystone STARS Support
Resources and Tools
Trainings
Coaching
Family Child Care Supports
Questions
Keystone STARS Support
Resources and Tools
Trainings
Trainings
Coaching
Family Child Care Supports
Coaching
Family Child Care Supports

SPARK Features

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Coaches

Coaches will still be available for visits, just like before. With SPARK, they’ll be available online too. You’ll have an entire team of coaches for an entirely new level of personal and group support.
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Professional Learning Communities

Coaches will lead new learning communities where you can learn and develop with other early education and care professionals just like you. Need advice and assistance with Professional Development or Quality Improvement plans? Just let us know.
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Content Specialists

Keep the lights on with training and support in licensing, operations, staffing, and business management. Keep them burning brightly with valuable new skills in family engagement, inclusion, and education. Our content specialists are some of the most empowering experts in the industry.
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Virtual Learning

We know the time commitment you make to provide the best care. That’s why so much of what we offer will be both in-person and virtual.
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Knowledge Center

The Knowledge Center includes training, live real-time support, self-assessment, and resources. New content is developed and curated regularly based on evaluation, identified needs, and user feedback.
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Town Square

Family home programs are a vital element in the quality of early education and care in Philadelphia. Erikson Institute is the premier graduate school in child development and the home of Town Square, an online learning community created for and with family child care providers. The PHLpreK FCC Cohort will be led by the Town Square team and involve monthly synchronous remote meetings as well as individual and small group work between meetings.
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You

The best insights and instruction start with the best understanding of you and what you do. Your unique experiences–and the wisdom you have gained from them–is everyone’s most valuable resource.

SPARK Features

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Coaches

Coaches will still be available for visits, just like before. With SPARK, they’ll be available online too. You’ll have an entire team of coaches for an entirely new level of personal and group support.
Image

Professional Learning Communities

Coaches will lead new learning communities where you can learn and develop with other early education and care professionals just like you. Need advice and assistance with Professional Development or Quality Improvement plans? Just let us know.
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Content Specialists

Keep the lights on with training and support in licensing, operations, staffing, and business management. Keep them burning brightly with valuable new skills in family engagement, inclusion, and education. Our content specialists are some of the most empowering experts in the industry.
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Virtual Learning

We know the time commitment you make to provide the best care. That’s why so much of what we offer will be both in-person and virtual.
Image

Knowledge Center

The Knowledge Center includes training, live real-time support, self-assessment, and resources. New content is developed and curated regularly based on evaluation, identified needs, and user feedback.
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Town Square

Family home programs are a vital element in the quality of early education and care in Philadelphia. Erikson Institute is the premier graduate school in child development and the home of Town Square, an online learning community created for and with family child care providers. The PHLpreK FCC Cohort will be led by the Town Square team and involve monthly synchronous remote meetings as well as individual and small group work between meetings.
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You

The best insights and instruction start with the best understanding of you and what you do. Your unique experiences–and the wisdom you have gained from them–is everyone’s most valuable resource.
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Quality Support services are provided in these categories:

  • Interventions assigned as a result of monitoring or deficiencies as identified by the PHLpreK Program’s Intermediary or Office of Children and Families’ ECE Division.

  • Quality support services as required by the program that occur on an annual, monthly, or daily basis. These include:

    -Developmentally appropriate practices
    -Instructional support
    -Diversity, Equity, and Inclusionary practices
    -Curriculum support
    -Screenings and evaluations for early interventions, behavioral and mental health, and language supports
    -Financial and operational guidance
    -Other services determined by the Office of Children and Families’ ECE Division to be necessary for the QSC to provide will be presented to the QSC and a negotiation on the scope, cost, and timeline will be initiated.

  • Identified supports needed of providers that are pre-qualified to serve as PHLpreK centers in preparation of any seat expansion or reallocations.

  • Identified supports needed of providers that are not yet rated STAR 3 or 4 in Pennsylvania’s quality rating and improvement system.
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Quality Support services are provided in these categories:

  • Interventions assigned as a result of monitoring or deficiencies as identified by the PHLpreK Program’s Intermediary or Office of Children and Families’ ECE Division.

  • Quality support services as required by the program that occur on an annual, monthly, or daily basis. These include:

    -Developmentally appropriate practices
    -Instructional support
    -Diversity, Equity, and Inclusionary practices
    -Curriculum support
    -Screenings and evaluations for early interventions, behavioral and mental health, and language supports
    -Financial and operational guidance
    -Other services determined by the Office of Children and Families’ ECE Division to be necessary for the QSC to provide will be presented to the QSC and a negotiation on the scope, cost, and timeline will be initiated.

  • Identified supports needed of providers that are pre-qualified to serve as PHLpreK centers in preparation of any seat expansion or reallocations.

  • Identified supports needed of providers that are not yet rated STAR 3 or 4 in Pennsylvania’s quality rating and improvement system.