Children’s Learning Center at Penn College receives Merit funding

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Robert and Maureen Dunham Children’s Learning Center received a Keystone STARS Merit Award and a Keystone STARS Education and Retention Award totaling $40,780 for 2013-14.

The center uses the funds for staff development, the purchase of toys and furniture for the children, accreditation-related expenses, special health and nutrition activities, and family events.

Other grant-funded activities include attendance by staff members at professional-development conferences, including the Pennsylvania Early Childhood Summit and the annual conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Children will enjoy free sessions with Stretch-n-Grow, a local movement and health program, and children’s theater productions at the Community Arts Center. Also included are various get-togethers for children and families, including a fall Welcome Back Night, a holiday family tea, a Valentine’s Day Book Bingo and a spring picnic.

Keystone STARS is an initiative of the state Office of Child Development and Early Learning. The intent of the STARS Merit Award is to support continuous quality improvement in early learning and school-age programs by encouraging and supporting staff in developing and sustaining higher levels of quality, strengthening outcomes for children and families, and improving school readiness.

To be eligible for the award, facilities must maintain at least a Star 2 designation through the Keystone STARS initiative. The Children’s Learning Center is a Star 4 facility, the highest recognition level.

The intent of the Keystone STARS Education and Retention Award is to establish a stable workforce of highly qualified staff, reducing turnover and increasing the level of educational attainment of early childhood professionals.

Keystone STARS grants are made from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and the Northeast Regional Key.

The Children’s Learning Center at Penn College serves students, faculty and staff whose children need high-quality, on-campus care and early childhood education while their parents work or attend classes. The center cares for children ages 12 months to 5 years.

The center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Middle States Commission on Elementary Education.

To learn more about the Children’s Learning Center, visit www.pct.edu/childcare or call 570-320-8026.

For more about the college, which is celebrating its centennial throughout 2014, visit www.pct.edu, email admissions@pct.edu or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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Last Updated April 04, 2014