The Bureau of Certification Services is responsible for the regulation of all child care centers, group day care homes and family day care homes in Pennsylvania.
The Certification Bureau receives inquiries regarding a variety of topics, including:
The Department regulates three types of child care facilities:
In 2014, the federal law that oversees and provides funding for child care assistance (Child Care Development Block Grant- CCDBG) was reauthorized for the first time since 1996. In an effort to support families with access to safe, reliable child care, the law required family child care homes and friend/neighbor caregivers receiving child care subsidy to become certified by November 2016.
On behalf of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), the Pennsylvania Key hosts a library of official announcements (including those from the Bureau of Certification Services).