Community Services for Children
Welcomes Dignitaries to Tour Head Start Classrooms
ALLENTOWN, PA. – October 14, 2021 Community Services for Children (CSC) was pleased to welcome Dr. Jill Biden, First Lady, Xavier Becerra, HHS Secretary, Congresswoman Susan Wild, Governor Tom Wolf, and Dr. Bernadine Futrell, Director of the Office of Head Start.
Dignitaries toured CSC’s downtown Allentown location, The Learning Hub and Neighborhood Resource Center, and had the opportunity to see first-hand high quality early learning in action in Head Start classrooms. During the tour, they saw children participate in activities that promote gross motor development and language skills. They also observed children engaged in the Innovation Lab that provides heightened learning opportunities through technology. The Lab focuses on the development of 21st Century skills, such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. Secretary Becerra and Dr. Futrell also spent time reading to the children.
The Head Start program provided by CSC focuses on whole child development in the context of the family and the community. Head Start provides a comprehensive learning experience that is committed to involving families, recognizing that parents are a child’s first and most important teacher. All of the children served at The Learning Hub are living at or below the federal poverty level.
At Community Services for Children, we support the opportunity for every child to have a high quality pre K experience, and know that Head Start is a model for equitable, comprehensive, educational programming that best meets the needs of families who are most vulnerable, living in poverty. We were delighted to host Dr. Jill Biden, Secretary Becerra, Congresswoman Susan Wild, Governor Tom Wolf, and Dr. Bernadine Futrell, Director of the Office of Head Start to experience firsthand the impact our programs make for children and families in our community –Paula Margraf, President/CEO, Community Services for Children.
Community Services for Children (CSC) is a regional leader in early childhood education, and family services serving 20,000 children annually. Our Mission is “to prepare young children and their families to succeed in learning and in life through innovative, comprehensive, leading-edge services.” CSC’s Head Start/Early Head Start of the Lehigh Valley program is recognized as a national center of excellence and innovation. CSC provides early childhood education and family services for economically disadvantaged throughout 17 counties of Northeast PA. Headquartered in Allentown, with offices in 10 counties, Community Services for Children is a 501-c-3 not for profit organization employing over 400 individuals who are committed to ensuring a successful future for children.