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Children’s Learning Center Receives Keystone Stars Award

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Children’s Learning Center has received a Keystone Stars Merit Award of $49,570 for 2010-11.

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.

Grant-funded activities have included attendance by staff members at professional-development conferences including the Pennsylvania Early Childhood Summit and the annual conference of the National Coalition of Campus Children’s Centers. Children enjoyed free sessions with Stretch-n-Grow, a local movement and health program, and children’s theater productions at the Community Arts Center. Also included were various get-togethers for children and families, including a fall Welcome Back Night, a holiday breakfast and luncheon, a Valentine’s Day tea, and a spring cookout.

Keystone Stars is an initiative of the state Office of Child Development and Early Learning to improve, support and recognize the continuous quality-improvement efforts of Pennsylvania’s early learning and school-age programs.

The intent of the Stars Merit Award is to support continuous quality improvement in early learning and school-age programs by encouraging and supporting them 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 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 between the age of 18 months and 5.

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

For more information about Penn College, visit online , email or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

For more information about grant-funding opportunities, faculty and staff may contact the Grants and Contracts Office at ext. 7562 or through its Web portal.