Summer Start — new learning partnership between CSC, WLVT/PBS39 — made possible by Air Products’ generosity




Celeste Voyer – Director, PR & Fundraising

610-437-6000, ext. 2101; [email protected]

Bevin Theodore – Communications Manager

610-437-6000 ext. 2112: [email protected]


WHO: Community Service for Children, Inc. (CSC)


WHAT: Announcement of the new Summer Start program beginning in July 2019 at The Learning Hub – City Center. Summer Start, made possible by the generous support of Air Products, is a partnership between CSC (Community Services for Children) and WLVT/PBS39 (PBS39) to provide summer education services to young children and their parents, in cooperation with the Allentown School District.


WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2019 – Learning Hub tours immediately following


WHERE:  The Learning Hub – City Center, lobby – 101 N. 6th St, Allentown, PA 18101


WHY: In the City of Allentown, nearly two-thirds of the most vulnerable young children do without a high-quality early childhood education, and less than half enter kindergarten ready to learn.  For those who start behind, many remain behind, or lose the critical gains made due to the “summer slide.” Summer Start will ensure that children are ready for school, and supports the Valley-wide literacy campaign, to ensure all children read on grade level by the end of third grade. By providing Summer Start we can ensure that children continue to thrive even when school is out!


Anticipated speakers include:

  • Jill Wheeler, VP Sales & Marketing, City Center-Allentown
  • Laurie Hackett, Manager, Community Relations and Philanthropy, Air Products
  • Paula Margraf, CEO/President, CSC
  • Thomas Parker, Superintendent, Allentown School District
  • Timothy S. Fallon, CEO, Lehigh Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation


Community Services for Children is a regional leader in early childhood education, affecting the lives of 40,000 children annually. Its Head Start program is recognized as a national center of excellence.

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