Please complete the following application. Please note, you will be required to upload a résumé or vita which includes your contact information as part of this online application process. All questions may be directed to Karen Grimm-Thomas, OCDEL Director of External Relations, c-kgrimmth@pa.gov.
 
The application must be completed in one sitting.
 
Pennsylvania Early Learning Council (ELC): The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) is seeking members for the Pennsylvania Early Learning Council Executive and Subcommittees.

Purpose: The ELC’s work is devoted to identifying and recommending opportunities to the Governor and Pennsylvania State Agencies for the elimination of disparities (e.g. race/ethnicity, social class, gender) due to systemic factors that may hinder the development of young children. ELC shall advise on collaborative efforts to improve and expand upon existing early childhood programs and services, including those related to maternal health, nutrition, child welfare, housing, mental health, health care, and other systems that shape children’s developmental outcomes. This work shall include making use of existing reports, research, and planning efforts, and coordinating with other early childhood bodies such as the State Interagency Coordinating Council, the Pennsylvania Project LAUNCH, and other child- and family-serving councils.

Inclusion, diversity, equity, and respect are foundational values embedded in three principles that should guide the work and recommendations made by ELC. Those core principals are:
  1. A whole child approach to education is essential to meeting the holistic and individual needs of each and every child and family.
  2. Knowledgeable and responsive early care and education professionals are essential to the development of children and the support of families.
  3. Building and sustaining ongoing positive relationships among children, families, early care and education professionals and community stakeholders is essential for the growth and development of every child.

Membership: The ELC is comprised of seven members, designated by position, and 23 members, appointed representing stakeholders, with a leadership structure consisting of Co-Chairs who set the agenda and guiding the quarterly meetings. Standing Subcommittees afford a greater number of stakeholders to engage in advising the administration.

Length of Service: Individuals appointed to the ELC Executive Committee serve a three-year term of service. Terms of service follow the October 1 - September 30 timeframe annually. Members can resign from the ELC as necessary. Appointed members who complete a term of service become eligible for re-nomination to the ELC after two years of no service. One third of appointed ELC members shall be replaced annually.

Attributes of Committee Members: Individuals seeking consideration to serve on the ELC shall possess practical program content knowledge and skills that will strengthen and advance the commonwealth’s continuum of early childhood initiatives. Members shall come from diverse geographic regions of the state and have a range of attributes, collective skills, and experiences, including those of family members whose child(ren)/grandchild(ren) have participated in early learning experiences that will enable the ELC to achieve its goals. The attributes, skills, and experiences of new members shall complement the existing ELC members.
Attributes of Committee Members: Individuals seeking consideration to serve on  the ELC shall possess practical program content knowledge and skills that will strengthen and advance the commonwealth’s continuum of early childhood initiatives. Members shall come from diverse geographic regions of the state and have a range of attributes, collective skills, and experiences, including those of family members whose child(ren)/grandchild(ren) have participated in early learning experiences that will enable the ELC to achieve its goals. The attributes, skills, and experiences of new members shall complement the existing ELC members.

The following is a list of attributes to be considered when suggesting an individual for possible  appointment to the ELC:
  • A representative of local educational agencies including school districts and intermediate units;
  • Representatives of institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth or professional learning community that services early learning programs and practitioners,
  • Representatives of local providers of early childhood education and development services including child care, home visiting, family support services , Head Start and prekindergarten programs;
  • Individuals representing enrolled families (past or present);
  • Individual(s) representing advocacy organizations;
  • Individuals representing local governments;
  • Individual(s) representing research institutions;
  • Individual(s) representing the children’s health , mental health  or child welfare community,
  • Individual(s) representing the philanthropic community;
  • Individual representing the United Way; and
  • Any other individual(s) who can assist ELC with the purpose outlined in the Executive Order
Member Selection and Appointment: ELC members shall be representative of the geographic cross section of Pennsylvania – rural, suburban, and urban. They shall also characterize the state’s diversity (ethic origin, culture, gender, age, etc.). Names of individuals seeking appointment to ELC are be submitted for consideration the deputy secretary of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning  for consideration for recommendation for appointment. Interested individuals will submit an application including a résumé and statement of intent/interest detailing why they would like to serve on ELC. Recruitment for the following program year’s class of members will occur in June and July for appointment in October. All appointed member terms to ELC expire on September 30, 2021.  In recruiting new members, all members will randomly be selected to serve a one, two or full three year term. 

Subcommittees also are a key part of the ELC.  Subcommittees allow a greater number of individuals the opportunity to participate in planning, advancing recommendations, and serve as ambassadors  of their stakeholder community. Subcommittees are:
  • Access to Services (inclusive of Early Intervention, early childhood mental health, home visiting, family supports,  child care, prekindergarten, etc.)
  • Professional Development
  • Physical, Behavioral and Mental Health
  • Child Care Certification & Quality Rating
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Committee Member Responsibilities: ELC has established the following criteria for members who agree to serve on the Committee:
  • Attend ELC meetings regularly (2 minimum per year of the quarterly meetings), with no provision for substitution at a scheduled committee meeting
  • Agree to name and professional contact information to be published on the DHS website; becoming a liaison/voice to local, state, and federal constituents at it relates to the mission and vision of ELC
  • Participate in conference calls and respond to emails
  • Stay informed about ELC matters, prepare well for meetings, and review and comment on minutes, reports, and related program practices
  • Interact with other committee members and build a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus
  • Volunteer for and willingly accept subcommittee assignments and complete them thoroughly and on time
  • Actively take part in the ELC planning efforts
  • Represent constituency, while considering the ‘big’ view of the issues
  • Gain a thorough understanding systems perspective
  • Attend local and/or state meetings, conferences, and professional development opportunities (fi applicable and available)
Compensation: Members receive no compensation for their participation on the ELC or its related activities/functions. Family members participating on the ELC  shall be reimbursed for travel expenses associated with meeting attendance (upon request).

Thank you for your interest!

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* 1. Your Contact Information

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* 2. Please indicate your interest. Select one only.

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* 3. If subcommittee is checked, indicate subcommittee preference (select all that apply):

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* 4. Why are you interested in serving on the Pennsylvania Early Learning Council (ELC) Executive and/or Subcommittee ?

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* 5. What category do you represent for the Pennsylvania ELC?  (Check all that apply.)

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* 6. Demographic Information. 
Please describe how you may represent diverse populations as an ECE stakeholder. Include any information you feel is relevant related to ethnicity, language, race, culture, or geography.

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* 7. Identify which geographic region you identify.

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* 8. I understand that if selected, contact information as presented by me will be posted on the Department of Human Services website. I agree to serve as a liaison/voice to local, state, and federal constituents at it relates to the mission and vision of ELC.

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* 9. Please upload your résumé or vita which includes your contact information as part of this online application process.

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