Member News

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August 2018

Friends of Children's Aid Society, in support of PACCA member Children's Aid Society of Mercer County, expands the "sip & paint" activity to a unique fund-raiser for parents with their young chidren.

July 2018

Congratulations to PACCA member Federation Early Learning Services on their successful Love Our Kids celebration!

Congratulations to PACCA member The Growing Place on expanding their services into the Stroudsburg School District!

Congratulations to ECE Summit presenter Julie Traviglini of the Allegheny Land Trust on being honored as a member "Who's Next" class, presented by S&T Bank!  These 20 individuals have been recognized for making a significant positive contribution to education in Pittsburgh.

PACCA member Lehigh Valley Children's Center is expanding, opening a new site in Whitehall. Congratulations!


April 2018

Children at PACCA Member The Goddard School Collegeville celebrated Earth Day with a parade featuring floats made of recycled objects.  The parade was the culmination of a year of learning about “recycling, going green and preserving the world around them.”

The Cuddle Zone Learning Center, a PACCA member in Allentown, Lehigh County, hosted a visit by Senator Pat Browne, a longtime supporter of Early Childhood Education.  Director Michelle McEllroy's letter recognizing Senator Browne for his visit was published by The Morning Call.

March 2018

All Kids Are Special, a PACCA member located in New Kensington, Westmoreland County, hosted House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody at their center on Monday, March 26.  Representative Dermody said he considers supporting early childhood education one of his biggest responsibilities as a state lawmaker.

Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers (LVCC) and Casa Guadalupe Center are collaborating to meet the early learning needs of their community’s youngest newcomers – preschoolers evacuated from Puerto Rico.  They are celebrating the opening of their dual-language preschool, LVCC at CASA, in Allentown on March 21!  Congratulations!

Congratulations to PACCA Member Milton YMCA Child Care Center, on achieving STAR 3 designation - the first STAR 3 in Northumberland County!

Congratulations to PACCA Member Child Development Centers on completion of renovations to their new facility!  Willow Child Development Center north of Meadville opened its remaining six classrooms on Monday, March 12.

February 2018

Congratulations to PACCA Member The Growing Tree, opening a second site (The Growing Tree II) in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County!

January 2018

Congratulations to T.E.A.C.H. recipient and PACCA member Usha Ramamurthy on being awarded her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Shippensburg University!

Congratulations to Children's Village in Philadelphia on their two pieces of great news!  They were recently re-accredited by NAEYC, extending their stretch of continuous NAEYC accreditation that began in 1996.  Also, William Penn Foundation and The McLean Contributionship have awarded Children's Village grants that will support the creation of Philadelphia's first hands-on Learning Lab for educational professionals.

Congratulations to The Learning Lamp on being awarded a $10,000 grant they are using to support Early Childhood Mental Health needs in their preschool  classrooms in Cambria and Somerset Counties!

Nichol Sheridan, Program Director at the CCIS of Centre & Clinton Counties, offers parents important guidance on early care and education programs.

Congratulations to the YMCA of Centre County, Moshannon Valley Branch, on the grand opening of the CNB Learning Center in Philipsburg! 

December 2017

Congratulations to U-GRO Learning Centres on the announcement of plans for its 14th center, to be located at the Shrine Road entrance to the Masonic Villages campus in Elizabethtown, Lancaster County.  The center is expected to accommodate 148 children and open in 2019.

October 2017

Temple University's, College of Education received approval to initiate pre-construction and design planning for the Alpha Center, a new on-campus early childhood center. PACCA Member Montgomery Early Learning Centers is poised to operate the center, which will actively promote diversity and inclusion by recruiting children from a variety of backgrounds and with a range of abilities.

Lehigh Carbon Community College’s (LCCC) Early Learning Center has been awarded the highest four-star rating through the Keystone STARS initiative through the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning. The STARS program is designed to improve, support and recognize the continuous quality improvement of early learning programs in Pennsylvania.

August 2017

Congratulations to Grandma's House Learning Center in Upper Burrell Township, which recently was designated a STAR 4 program. Owners Kari and Patrick Green have two Grandma's House locations, with a second center in Apollo.  

July 2017

Congratulations to U-GRO Learning Centres on their 12th child care center, opening in Rohrerstown in Lancaster County.  The center will contain 10 classrooms - one for infants, five for toddlers and four for preschoolers - to accommodate up to 148 children.  It will feature a 13,500 square foot state-of-the-art outdoor playground, as well as an indoor gym with 2,000 square feet of play space. An Open House at the new site, located at 2301 Noll Drive,  is scheduled for Saturday, August 19 from 10 am - 1 pm

June 2017

Congratulations to Sue James of Miss Sue's Child Care. Sue was featured on WHAG-TV -- in Chambersburg, Antenna channel 25.1. Children in her program have helped her author three books. The first one was entitled “My Bumble Bee and Me”, which the children drew inspiration from a bumble bee they saw in the yard.  The other books the children helped write were “The Little Big Car” and “The Cat Who Wants to Fly”. 

Congratulations to the YMCA or Greater Erie, one of eight YMCA's across the United States to benefit from a $1 million Early Childhood Equity Improvement Project (ECEI) grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) in support of a project to address equity barriers that many young children face in the early years of their development.

Research for Action's recently published report "Child Care Funding and Finance in Pennsylvania: Budgeting for Survival or Paying for the True Cost of Quality?" examines funding and financing child care in PA. The report includes four programs were highlight as case studies -- PACCA members: Bullfrogs and Butterflies, New Brighton; Children's Village, Philadelphia; Montgomery County Early Learning Centers, Narberth; and The Seton Center, Pittsburgh.
Congratulation to Danville Child Development Center for maintaining and renewing its accreditation with the National Association for the Education of Young Children!!! Only about 6% of licensed child care programs in PA have the distinction of earning NAEYC Accreditation. DCDC is proud to be among the select group of programs earning this designation.

May 2017

Congratulations to Maddy Malis, President & CEO of Federation Early Learning Services, Philadelphia who was celebrated on May 25, for her nearly half a century of advocating for young children and quality child care. When she was 12 years old, young Maddy operated her own day camp in the backyard of her parent’s Northeast Philadelphia home. Fifty-three years later she is a respected child care advocate, has served on innumerable local, regional, and state committees and boards and is the recipient of prestigious awards. She has helped shape public policy decision-making in the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) in the Commonwealth. Maddy's ability to bring people with opposing viewpoints together, foster open communication and reach consensus has promoted dialogue between providers and state officials in Philadelphia and Harrisburg. Maddy is also a long-time PACCA Board member. (Pictured FELS Board Chair David Pollack, Maddy Malis, and Suzann Morris, Deputy Secretary, Office of Child Development & Early Learning)

Diana Verbeck, Danville Child Development Center, writes in the Daily Item on May 17, 2017, "In response to Monday’s editorial, “Pre-K puts kids in better place”, (May 15) I would most certainly agree that the commonwealth is lagging in its Pre-K funding compared to other states and that a high quality pre-k experience is beneficial for children in the long run. However, I would like to call attention to the silent partner in pre-k education: child care." Diana is the past Chair of the PACCA Board.

In the spotlight, PACCA member Zion Education Center, Sharon hosted an event for Pre-K for PA that honored Rep. Mark Longietti earlier in May with the Pre-K Champion Award, one of a handful of legislators so designated organization. Rep. Longietti is the co-chair of the Pennsylvania ECE Caucus in the General Assembly. Zion's Pre-K Counts program serves 30 children.

Congratulations to Once Upon A Time Early Learning Center for being awarded an Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP) for 8 student enrollment slots. The program will be up and running by mid-June, 2017 and will be working in partnership with EHS-CCP grant sub-recipient Community Action Southwest. Once Upon A Time is a STAR FOUR Early Learning Center providing child care and education services for students birth-12 years in Washington, PA.
Congratulations to Lawrence County Community Action Partnership whose summer food service program was awarded silver level national recognition from the US Department of Agriculture. The Turnip the Beet Award, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), recognized outstanding Summer Meal Program sponsors across the nation who worked hard to offer high quality meals. 
Congratulations to PACCA members who are recipients of the 2017 Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Awards:
  • Josie Collazo, Green Byrne Child Care Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Christina Ford, Westminster Mayfair Presbyterian Church Child Care Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Erin Guzikowski, Samuel Paley ELC, Philadelphia, PA
  • Laura Halley, Tender Care Learning Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Dana Kraus, Tender Care Learning Center, Bethel Park, PA
  • Victoria Murray, Tender Care Learning Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Jaimie Rice, Tender Care Learning Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Nicole Savage, Tender Care Learning Center Jefferson, Clairton, PA
  • Noelle Woytko, Children’s Village Child Care Center, Philadelphia, PA

March 2017

Congratulations to PACCA member Snyder Union Mifflin Child Development, Inc. (SUMCD), a STAR 4-rated preschool and child care agency, on being awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand the number of hours and days that enrolled children attend its Head Start Programs.

January 2017

Significant return on valuable investmentsThe Daily Item, Sunbury, PA |
We can't single focus our investments in early childhood - "Overall investment in high quality programs such as Pre-K and child care are both very necessary as both provide significant returns on investments." Thanks Diana Verbeck, Executive Director, Danville Child Development Center.