Early Learning Resource Centers to create one-stop hub for families, early learning providers

Families and early learning providers across Pennsylvania will soon have access to one-stop hubs that offer information and services to support the goal of improving quality, accessibility and affordability of early education.

Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs), were created by The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL). Community Services for Children (CSC) will lead ELRCs in five regions, comprising 17 counties: Bradford, Columbia, Luzerne, Montour, Sullivan, Wyoming, Carbon, Lackawanna, Monroe, Pike, Wayne, Susquehanna, Berks, Schuylkill, Lehigh, Northampton and Bucks.

Starting in July, regional offices will open at the following locations:

Region 11:

415 N. Main St.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
833-229-6925 or 570-704-5333

986 Wall St.
Danville, PA 17821
833-229-6925 or 570-271-9550

 

Region 12:

Oppenheim Building
409 Lackawanna Ave.
Scranton, PA 18503
833-229-6926 or 570-468-8144

411 Main St.
Suite 102-C
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
833-229-6926 or 570-994-1135

 

Region 13:

1111 Commons Blvd.
Reading, PA 19612
800-257-3038 or 670-987-2247

2335 West End Ave.
Pottsville, PA 17901
833-229-6927 or 570-391-5211

 

Region 14:

1520 Hanover Ave.
Allentown, PA 18109
800-528-7222 or 610-437-6000

322 E. 3rd St.
Bethlehem, PA 18015
800-528-7222 or 484-898-8101

 

Region 16:

228 N. Main St.
Doylestown, PA 18901
833-229-6928 or 267-898-3980

333 N. Oxford Valley Road
Suite 402-403
Fairless Hills, PA 19030-2624
833-229-6928

 

ELRCs are designed as integrated system of supports that help families access quality early education and child care programs and other critical services, such as child care subsidy. They combine the work of Keystone STARS and Child Care Works programs, creating a streamlined one-door approach that addresses all family needs and breaks down barriers to services. ELRCs ensure children learn and develop through services such as Head Start, Pre-K Counts, home visitation and Early Intervention; parents are able to afford to go to work; and child care professionals can obtain coaching to bolster quality outcomes.

The ELRC in each region will build connections with community partners and achieve CSC’s mission to ensure all young children and their families succeed in learning and life through innovative, comprehensive, leading-edge services.