Effective July 1, 2018, Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) continues implementing Pennsylvania’s Quality Rating and Improvement System for early childhood programs (Keystone STARS) as the Philadelphia Regional Key. Since 2010, PHMC served as the former Southeast Regional Key (SERK) in partnership with the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) to develop and implement an integrated and coordinated system of program quality improvements and professional development supports for early childhood education.

As the Philadelphia Regional Key (PRK), PHMC offers support to child care providers in navigating Keystone STARS and implementing continuous quality improvement plans through individualized services from Quality Coaches. The PRK also evaluates providers to assess their quality levels based on the Keystone STARS system, an initiative of OCDEL to improve, support and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania. Participating providers earn a rating from STAR 1 to STAR 4, with STAR 4 representing the highest level of quality. Eligible providers may receive grants, such as Merit Awards or Education and Retention Awards, to help them achieve higher STARS levels and retain highly qualified staff. As providers increase their STAR level receive higher subsidy rates through the state’s Child Care Subsidy program, Child Care Works.

PHMC also partners with OCDEL to implement the Early Learning Resource Center 19 in Chester County and the PHMC Professional Development Organization to provide technical assistance and professional development opportunities for Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties. Additionally, Delaware County subcontracts with PHMC to deliver Keystone STARS supports in the county through the Early Learning Resource Center 15.

For more information visit philaregionalkey.org.