Partners and SupportersOCDEL Kid 14

If you are interested in becoming a partner organization, contact Kelly Swanson at (717) 213-2074 or via email at

Pennsylvania Build Initiative

The Build Initiative is a multi-state partnership. We support efforts to make sure that children from birth through age five are safe, healthy, eager to learn and ready to succeed in school. Build serves as a catalyst for change and a national resource on early learning. As a partner in Build, Pennsylvania receives grant money and technical assistance to support early childhood system building.

Pennsylvania Early Learning Keys to Quality

The Pennsylvania Early Learning Keys to Quality is coordinated by the Berks County Intermediate Unit to provide support services to child care, Head Start, and school district pre-kindergarten programs through initiatives such as the Pennsylvania Keys to Quality professional development system, quality assessment of child care programs, Head Start State Collaboration project, the Infant/Toddler Mental Health Initiative, and Pre K Counts Public-Private Partnership for Educational Success.

The Grable Foundation

It’s been said that there is nothing like a dream to create the future. At The Grable Foundation, we dream that the Pittsburgh region earns repeated accolades as one of the nation’s best places for learn, to play, to imagine, to experience, to grow. We recognize that we will be successful only to the extent that the youth-serving charities and schools we support achieve meaningful results. As such, The Grable Foundation invests in high-performing organizations that clearly advance our dreams. We utilize timely research and data as well as link organizations to one another so that, together, the Pittsburgh region will increasingly enrich the lives of all children.

The Heinz Endowments

The Heinz Endowments was formed from the Howard Heinz Endowment, established in 1941, and the Vira I. Heinz Endowment, established in 1986. Its mission is to help southwestern Pennsylvania thrive as a whole community - economically, ecologically, educationally and culturally - while adviancing the state of knowledge and practice in the fields in which it works.

William Penn Foundation

The William Penn Foundation, founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that foster rich cultural expression, strengthen children’s futures, and deepen connections to nature and community. In partnership with others, the Foundation works to advance a vital, just, and caring community.

Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL)

Created in January 2007, the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) brings together all aspects of early learning and development for children ages birth through five years old in the departments of Education and Public Welfare. This new office incorporates the Department of Education’s early childhood programs, Head Start, school pre-kindergarten, full-day kindergarten and preschool Early Intervention program, as well as the child care, early intervention and family support programs currently associated with the Office of Child Development in the Department of Public Welfare.