Children's Learning Center FAQs
Who owns and operates the Center?
The Children's Learning Center is owned and operated by Pennsylvania College of Technology. It is a PA-licensed childcare center (Keystone 4 Stars) and is also accredited by the Middle States Commission on Elementary Education and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The Children's Learning Center gives preference to Penn College students and employees. If spaces remain, enrollment is open to the community as well.
What ages does the Center serve?
The children range from 18 months to 5 years (or until the child is enrolled in Kindergarten) and are separated into appropriate age groups upon admittance. We do not accept infants younger than 18 months, and we do not provide before- and after-school care.
Do children have to be toilet trained to attend?
Not in the toddler or young preschool rooms. Unless there are documented special needs, preschoolers (ages 3-5) should be toilet trained.
Does the Center serve children with special needs?
We attempt to serve all children and have enrolled many with special needs. However, we do not have our own therapists or special education teachers on staff. These services must be arranged with outside providers. Parents of children with special needs are encouraged to contact the director for a discussion of individual needs.
When is the Center open?
The Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, year-round, except for ten staff development days and days when the entire College is closed. Summer hours may change to follow Penn College operating hours.
Do children have to be enrolled full-time?
No. We have various part-time schedules available. Our fee schedule lists enrollment options. Children must be enrolled for a fixed weekly schedule of full or half days. Half days are available only in the morning. We do NOT offer drop-in or hourly care.
Does the Center provide an educational curriculum?
Yes, we offer an educational program for children, following the guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for developmentally appropriate practice and incorporating the Pennsylvania Learning Standards for Early Childhood.
Who are the teachers?
Each class has two full-time degreed teachers who are employees of Penn College. A part-time "floating" teacher works in all rooms to provide coverage for staff meetings and special activities. College students working part-time for course credit or as work-study students supplement the regular teaching staff.
How much does it cost?
Our fees vary according to child's age and schedule, as well as eligibility for discounts. View fee schedule
Are there any discounts?
The College offers discounts to students who are eligible for a Pell Grant as part of their financial aid and who do not qualify for government subsidies. Low-income employees who are not eligible for state-subsidized childcare may also qualify for a College discount. We accept subsidized payments from county Child Care Information Services (CCIS) offices. Call the director for more information.
What if my child is too young or too old, or I need evening or weekend care?
The director is happy to refer any College student or employee to a local referral agency for assistance in finding and paying for care that we are unable to provide.