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Information Session Sheds Light on Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System Approval for Child Care Providers, Professional Development Instructors

Posted on November 14, 2018

Johnstown, PA (Nov. 14, 2018) – Calling all child care center directors! It’s often hard for busy child care providers to find approved professional development instructors to offer needed trainings for employees. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The Learning Lamp’s upcoming information session titled “Become PQAS Approved” is designed to help early learning providers better meet staff members’ professional development need by becoming credentialed to provide trainings themselves. 

In order to deliver trainings in Pennsylvania, trainers must become approved through the Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS). The PA Key maintains the registry of approved Professional Development Instructors and Technical Assistance Consultants/Coaches. They also offer a process for center directors and other degreed staff to apply to become PQAS certified.

Donna Wennerholt, Professional Development Project Manager for the Pennsylvania Key and the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) will conduct the session. She’ll teach attendees about the approval process for individuals and organizations to provide professional development and technical assistance to early childhood and school-age professionals in Pennsylvania. The aim is to ensure that all professional development activities and technical assistance meet quality standards.

This workshop is for anyone who wants to deliver professional development to child care staff, or who aims to become a consultant/coach delivering technical assistance to early childhood or school-age professionals.

The session is free and open to early learning professionals throughout Cambria and Somerset counties as part of a Shared Services Pilot Project led by The Learning Lamp. It is funded through Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and the Heinz Endowments. The event will be held Monday, November 19,2018 from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Learning Lamp’s main office at 2025 Bedford Street in Johnstown. Reserve your spot today by calling Stephanie Wilt at 814-262-0732 extension 248 or email swilt@thelearninglamp.org. For more information on The Learning Lamp, visit thelearninglamp.org.


The Learning Lamp is a nonprofit organization with a mission to engage all children in the support they need to succeed. We deliver high quality programs that are affordable and accessible to families of all income levels. The Learning Lamp served 37,197 children and adults from 52 school districts and 71 private schools and other organizations in 19 Pennsylvania counties and communities in Maryland and West Virginia in 2017. 

Our programs include: one-to-one tutoring; before/after school programs; portable classrooms aimed at building math and science skills; alternative education programs for at-risk students; evidence-based prevention programs; online learning and credit recovery; SAT preparation; educationally-focused child care; literacy-based preschool programs; and grant writing and project consulting for schools.

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