Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Robert & Maureen Dunham Children’s Learning Center received a grant that will help subsidize the cost of child care for eligible parents who are pursuing higher education at the college. The grant's purpose is to support the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education through the provision of campus-based child care services.
Penn State learned on Monday (May 18) evening that Hildebrandt Learning Center -- which has managed the Child Care Center at Hort Woods since its opening in 2011 as well as the Child Care Center at Penn State Harrisburg -- was acquired earlier in the day by Bright Horizons Family Solutions. Bright Horizons will continue to honor the University’s contract with Hildebrandt and all teachers and administrators will be retained with their established wages and benefits.
Following careful review with University leaders, Penn State President Rodney Erickson has agreed with a number of changes to child care on campus, including placing oversight of operations with the Office of Human Resources and providing additional funds for researchers, benchmarking and lower-income family support.
Penn State York is joining again with the York Area Association for the Education of Young Children (YAAEYC) for the 2011 Fall Early Childhood Conference on Saturday, Oct. 1. The events, to be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., will take place in the conference center at Penn State York. More than 300 people are registered for the conference and registration is closed.
Fred Vondracek retired on June 30, 2010, after a 41-year tenure at Penn State. Now a professor emeritus of human development, Vondracek had a profound impact on the people he worked with and on the University as a whole. He held a multitude of academic leadership roles, helped shape and build a department and a college, broadened Penn State's international reach and paved the way to improve work-life balance for Penn State employees.
Addressing the University Park campus community's need for additional child care, the Penn State Board of Trustees Friday (Jan. 22) approved final plans for and the naming of a new child care center. The Gary Schultz Child Care Center at Hort Woods will accommodate up to 170 children in a new 21,500-square-foot facility on the corner of Park Avenue and Allen Road, adjacent to Hort Woods.
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will purchase the facility that is home to its Early Learning Center in Knowledge Park on the southeastern edge of campus, as approved by the Penn State Board of Trustees on Sept. 11. The parcel of land on which the Early Learning Center sits is part of more than 200 acres of land, including buildings and available lots, that the college currently leases to the Greater Erie Industrial Development Corporation (GEIDC) to operate Knowledge Park.
Pennsylvania College of Technology's Children's Learning Center has been approved for funding from a Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grant. The funds help to subsidize the cost of child care for Penn College students whose income makes them eligible for federal Pell Grants. Part of the money is also used to fund a part-time teacher assistant.
Colleen Sheehan, director of the Children's Creative Learning Center (the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center's onsite child care center), was one of four employees to represent the center at the World Forum Conference in Belfast, Ireland in June. The World Forum brings together early care and education professionals from more than 70 countries to discuss ways to improve the quality of services for young children across diverse settings.
A dozen local adults recently completed the first comprehensive Child Development Associate (CDA) credential class offered at Penn State Fayette. The CDA credential is a national certification program designed for individuals who work in child care with infants and toddlers or preschoolers in group settings, family care or home visiting situations.
Penn State Harrisburg is part of a three-college research partnership designed to guide state public policy and budgetary considerations by assessing the quality of childcare available in rural areas of the Commonwealth.
It's common knowledge that quality child care is a crucial factor in a child's future success in school. In an answer to these challenges, Penn State Harrisburg is now a part of a three-college research partnership designed to guide state public policy and budgetary considerations by assessing the quality of childcare available in rural areas of the Commonwealth.
Child care is part of the daily routine for millions of American families with more than 12 million children under age 5 in some type of out-of-the-home facility each week. "There's a lot of child care out there, but some is not very good," said Penn State Harrisburg Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies Richard Fiene who has spent more than 30 years assisting parents and state agencies define quality in preschool care.