Helping Hands

Helping Hands: Month’s events recognize quality child programs

April 2, 2014 

April is an important month for recognizing quality in early childhood education programs. We celebrate early years as learning years during the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s “Week of the Young Child,” April 6-12.

The purpose of this week is to focus the public’s attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize early childhood programs and services that meet these needs. Local events will recognize “Week of the Young Child” throughout the month. Child Care Information Services of Centre and Clinton Counties also will join with NAEYC to highlight the importance of services to young children and their families and the quality programs that provide care and education for them.

CCIS of Centre and Clinton counties provides financial assistance to qualified families/caretakers for childcare for children from birth through age 13, through a parent choice system. Free resource and referral services are offered to help locate early childhood programs, including child care centers, group child care homes, family child care homes, before- and after-school programs, summer camps, Head Start programs, nursery schools, preschools, play groups and more.

Pennsylvania’s voluntary, continuous quality-improvement program, Keystone STARS, is a rating system for certified child care providers. It sets requirements for educators that promote safe, educational learning environments for all children. We know that children who experience high quality programming tend to do better across developmental domains than children without such experiences.

In Centre County, the Child Development and Family Council of Centre County Inc. has been the sole provider of the subsidized child day care program funded by the Department of Public Welfare, Office of Child Development and Early Learning to provide financial assistance for child care costs through Child Care Information Services Agencies located in each county. Since July 1, the service area for the Child Care Information Services program in Centre County has expanded to include Clinton County as a result of a statewide RFA process.

For more information, cal 231-1352, email ccis@cdfc.org or visit www.naeyc.org/woyc/faq.

Ann Walker is an executive administrator for Child Care Information Services of Centre and Clinton counties, a program of Child Development and Family Council of Centre County, a private, nonprofit agency.

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