Penn State Erie to acquire Early Learning Center facility

September 11, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- 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. The cost to purchase the 8,568-square-foot Early Learning Center facility, currently owned by GEIDC, is projected to be $225,000.

“Acquiring this 10-year-old facility, which is in extremely good condition, will contribute to lowering our debt obligations overall,” said Jack Burke, chancellor of Penn State Behrend. “It will result in the creation of a University-owned child care facility.”

Now in its 16th year, Penn State Behrend’s Early Learning Center provides services for children between 6 weeks and 6 years of age. It currently serves about 70 youngsters and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Academy for Early Childhood Program. The opening of Erie's Bayfront Connector Highway in 2001 required relocation of the center to Knowledge Park from its previous home along Station Road. Knowledge Park now includes not only the child care facility, but also a meeting and reception facility known as Knowledge Center, three multi-tenant buildings and eight available lots with infrastructure. As of today, the park has 14 tenants employing nearly 500.

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Last Updated September 16, 2009