Community Services for Children was officially formed in 1981, by Patricia W. Levin.
Judith Chase began a local chapter of Head Start as a summer pilot in Easton in 1965 under President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty initiatives, which was launched in 1965. Head start celebrated a 50 year anniversary in 2015.
For a full history of the National Head Start Association, click here.
Until 1981, Head Start of the Lehigh Valley was administered through Colonial Northampton Intermediate Unit #20, followed by Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV). In 1981, Patricia W. Levin incorporated Community Services for Children as a platform for numerous early education programs, including Head Start.
CSC Milestones include the following:
- 1965 – Head Start in the Lehigh Valley began as a summer program in Easton
- 1967 – Expanded Head Start to Lehigh and Northampton counties
- 1972 – Started home-based services to serve rural areas
- 1981 – Patricia W. Levin officially formed Community Services for Children in Allentown
- 1982 – Established TOT-INFO child care resource and referral service
- 1985 – CSC Began to administer subsidized child care in Lehigh County
- 1996 – Initiated Early Head Start for children prenatal to 3
- 1998 – Named as Pennsylvania’s Child Care Resource and Referral Developer for 15 Northeast Pennsylvania counties
- 2001 – Moved onto newly-acquired and renovated “Donley Children’s Campus” in Allentown
- 2003 – Established Early Head Start/SafeStart Child Welfare Collaboration with Lehigh and Northampton counties
- 2004 – Opened Playscape, an innovative, natural landscape play area
- 2007 – Added PreK Counts preschool through state funding
- 2008 – Launched innovative literacy/technology lab
- 2011 – Built new Donley Family Infant Center for the Early Head Start center-based program known as SafeStart
- 2013 – Expanded Regional Key STARS program to 18 counties of Northeast Pennsylvania
- 2014 – Initiated Newton School, focusing on STEM as a way of learning
- 2015 – Expanded SafeStart to second site for a total of 72 abused and neglected babies/toddlers
- 2018 – Began operating the Early Learning Resource Center for 5 Regions in the Commonwealth
- 2019 – Formed partnership with The Century Fund to open three kindergarten Jump Start centers preparing Allentown School District students for school
- 2019 – Opened The Learning Hub in Center City Allentown, home to six enhanced Head Start classrooms
- 2020 – Opened the Neighborhood Resource Center in Center City Allentown, a partnership with City Center Allentown and Lehigh Valley Health Network, that serves as a “one-stop-shop” for educational and family resources