There are 3 integral components to the PA Early Learning Policy Fellowship.
1. Placement Sites
2. Monthly Cohort Meetings
3. Online Learning Community
Each Fellow will be assigned to a placement site such as an OCDEL Bureau or partnering organization, like the PA Key or Early Intervention Technical Assistance (EITA). Fellows will be assigned a mentor within his or her assigned placement site based on experience and interest.
Some activities at placement sites include shadowing program leadership and assisting on integral projects.
Fellows are expected to spend one day per month at their placement site.
Monthly Cohort Meetings
Fellows will meet monthly as a cohort to engage in common learning experiences. Experiences will be geared at developing leadership, communication, analysis, and advocacy skills.
Some activities may include guest speakers, panels, and workshops.
Online Learning Community
Fellows will be engaged in an online learning community, in which they will submit responses to thought-provoking assignments.
Additionally, Fellows can share ideas, tools, and insights with one another regarding ongoing Fellowship activities, as well as critical issues in early childhood policy as they occur.
Network with colleagues from across the field and state
Participate in leadership trainings, conferences, and special events
Contribute directly to the work of OCDEL
Learn critical skills from PA's leaders in early childhood education
Make your voice heard
Fellows and sponsoring organizations (employers) will receive a variety of benefits by participating in the OCDEL Policy Fellowship, including:
-A stipend upon successful completion of the program
-All travel, lodging, and allowable meal costs will be covered
-Sponsoring organizations will receive an additional award
The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning supports families and their children from prenatal through school age by using data, research, and guidance to assure high quality services.