PPL Electric Utilities supports Literacy/Techology Labs, scholarships for CSC’s preschoolers

PPL Electric Utilities has awarded two additional $25,000 Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) grants to Community Services for Children (CSC) to support pre-K scholarships for at-risk children and the innovative Literacy Technology Labs.

CSC’s Pre-K Scholarship Organization (PKSO) program provides high-quality early education for up to 50 children annually. These children are from families would not otherwise be able to afford high-quality early education. Having access to a high-quality pre-kindergarten program will ensure these children are fully ready to enter kindergarten. Children in CSC’s classrooms are evaluated based on their proficiency in seven domains of learning: language and literacy, social and emotional, physical development and health, math, science, social studies and approaches to learning.

CSC’s innovative Literacy Technology Labs, which serve 420 preschoolers in Head Start and Pre-K Counts classrooms, have been proven to accelerate young children’s grasp of early literacy skills, which provide a foundation for future success with language, reading and writing. The children are mentored by a special literacy/technology coach along with two classroom teachers certified in early childhood education.

CSC is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development as an Educational Innovation Organization and a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization. Qualifying businesses may receive tax credits in exchange for donations to CSC to fund students from low-income families attending high quality pre-K programs.