Head Start/PreK Counts/The Newton School
The National Head Start Association has ranked our Head Start/Early Head Start program as one of the top 10 in the country. We operate 54 classrooms in Lehigh and Northampton counties. Head Start is geared specifically to low-income families (those who are at or below 100 percent of the poverty level), while PreK Counts has different income guidelines.
We provide pre-kindergarten for seven area school districts: Bangor, Easton, Bethlehem, East Penn, Salisbury, Northampton and Northern Lehigh. Our expertise in early education helps parents support their children’s academic future. With 95 percent of our graduates healthy and fully ready for kindergarten, we set a high bar for achievement.
We have introduced STEM education for preschoolers, both in our Head Start classrooms and through our Newton School, which has a complete STEM curriculum. Our program is accredited by both the National Association for the Education of Young Children and Middle States Association.
Early Head Start
We offer Early Head Start, for children birth to age 3, through both home-based and center-based programs. This center-based setting, known as SafeStart, is the region’s only therapeutic classroom program for abused infants and toddlers. Early Head Start-center based is aimed at children who have been impacted by drugs and abuse, and our intervention approach helps them overcome health problems, developmental delays and emotional trauma.
The program strengthens families to stop the cycle of abuse because research shows that 72 percent of abusive families were involved in the child welfare system when they were children. Along with a special partnership with Lehigh Valley Hospital, SafeStart is supported by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services/Head Start, Children and Youth departments of Lehigh and Northampton counties and private grants and donations.
Northeast Regional Key
The goal of the Northeast Regional Key is to help child care providers improve the quality of early childhood education throughout its 16-county region by providing management services; grants and awards; professional development and technical assistance in various areas such as curriculum, human resources, facility development, and safety. As centers achieve milestones that reflect standards of practice and professionalism set by Pennsylvania, they earn stars, with a Star 4 rating being the highest. More than 700 child care providers participate in the voluntary STARS program.
Early Ed Academy
In addition to training offered through the Regional Key, we provide national-level professional development for pre-kindergarten to grade 1 teachers and trainers in such areas as STEM and early literacy through the Early Ed Academy. Grant assistance from PPL allowed us to develop a comprehensive STEM training for pre-k teachers.
Child Care Information Services of Lehigh County (CCIS)
CCIS administers subsidies for low-income families, providing child care access to more than 9,000 children, ages infant through grade 5 annually. More than 400 child care providers participate in the subsidy program. CCIS also offers child care referral services for parents and assistance in choosing child care.
Educational Investment Tax Credit (EITC)
Educational Investment Tax Credit (EITC) is a program administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development in which companies may use tax credits to support approved educational programs. CSC operates two EITC-funded programs: Prek Scholarship Organization, which funds scholarships for low-income children, and Educational Innovation Organization, which funds two technology labs that enhance literacy development for 240 pre-k children.
Throughout all our programs, we affect the lives of more than 40,000 children and families annually. We routinely collaborate with area school districts, hospitals, Children and Youth departments, colleges and universities, DaVinci Science Center and various social welfare agencies to live out our mission to prepare young children and their families to succeed in learning and in life through innovative, comprehensive, leading-edge services.