Investments in Caring PA is Pennsylvania's resource for employers to assist their employees in finding access to quality care. This toolkit provides information and resources to identify new or expanded ways to strengthen your workforce and your bottom line.

State of ECE in PA: August 2023

Marketwatch Child Care Cost Calculator

Why Does Child Care Cost So Much Yet Providers Make So Little?

The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at UC Berkeley and Child Care Aware® of America teamed up to create a new video that explains why parents cannot afford to pay and educators cannot afford to stay and proposes a solution for a better way to support children, their families, and early educators.

How to Find Quality Child Care Fact Sheet

Choosing child care for the young children in your life can be less stressful if you know what to look for when determining whether or not a program is "high-quality." Start Strong PA offers an easy to access fact sheet.

2-1-1 Referral Services

Families that need to connect with resources in their community but don't know where to look can call or text PA 211. PA 211 can help with utilities bills, housing assistance, after-school programs for kids, and more.

Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRC) by County

Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts (Pre-K Counts) provides quality half-day and full-day pre-kindergarten to eligible 3 and 4 year olds in Pennsylvania.

COMPASS: Quality Child Care & Other Early Learning Services

Find child care and other early learning programs near you. You have options when it comes to the care for your child. Whether you need child care or another early learning program, you can find it here.

Child Care Works

Additionally, the Child Care Works Helpline can connect families to child care, provide information on what to look for in quality child care, and provide information about paying for child care.

How to Open a Child Care Facility

This toolkit from the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning is for people who are considering opening a child care facility. It offers guidance from start to certified completion.

U.S. Chamber "Employer Roadmap"

This roadmap from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation helps senior leaders and business owners learn their options for supporting working parents with their child care needs. It is also intended to help leaders understand what to expect when embarking on this journey and how to take action.

Guide to Quality Early Childhood Education in PA

Pennsylvania's early childhood education system can be confusing to families and employers. The Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission created a one-page guide to help define and clarify key services and agencies.

Creative Child Care Solutions: Technical Assistance to Get Started

Creative Child Care Solutions helps employers identify and address the child care needs of their employees. As a leader in Pennsylvania's early childhood education field, Creative Child Care Solutions recognizes that businesses and organizations are consistently looking for ways to attract and retain qualified staff.