Open 6:00am to 6:00pm, year-round.
The Learning Center accredited child care serves children ages six weeks to 13 years in a creative and educational environment!
The Learning Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), is licensed by the state of Pennsylvania, and holds a PA Keystone STAR Four rating – a true mark of distinction for child care! For more information on these merits, and what it means for your child, please visit the websites of NAEYC and the PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning.
We offer an individualized curriculum based on the children’s needs and interests, and children learn at their own pace during small group learning sessions. Child care classrooms include areas of dramatic play, science, math, art, literacy, computers, manipulatives, blocks and sand and water. Before- and after-school child care is available for school-age children up to age 13, and transportation can be arranged with our agency vans to Cheston and Paxinosa Elementary Schools. March Elementary has a bus stop within walking distance for our students. Children have daily access to the agency’s indoor gymnasium and outdoor play yard.
Early literacy takes place in every classroom. Toilet training begins in the Toddler classroom. Computer interaction occurs in the classroom and in our S.T.E.A.M lab beginning at age three. Kindergarten-readiness visits to local schools are available. Homework assistance is provided for school-age children. Our teachers use positive discipline and redirection to promote a safe and nurturing atmosphere.
We provide healthy foods for breakfast, lunch and snack based on the USDA guidelines. These meals are prepared on-site by a licensed cook and provided at no extra cost, including infant formula (Gerber Goodstart) and baby food.
Pre-K Counts Program
Are you interested in free quality early childhood education for your 3- or 4-year-old?
Third Street Alliance provides this opportunity for families that qualify through Pre-K Counts, a state-funded program based on the school-year calendar. The Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts program is based on the quality components adopted for pre-kindergarten by the State Board of Education.
Who is eligible?
Each program offering PA Pre-K Counts classrooms will have their own guidelines, but PA Pre-K Counts is designed for children who
• are between age 3 and younger than the entry age for kindergarten;
• live in a family earning up to 300% of poverty such as a family of four earning $75,300; and
• may also have a language barrier (English is not your first language), a disability or developmental delay, or other issues that make them at risk for failing in school.
If your child falls into these categories, you may be eligible to apply. Call Fresia Mayoria, our Family Engagement Partner at 610-438- 9429 or Nancy Frederick, Director of The Learning Center at 610-438-9413 to enroll in the 2018–19 school year.
The Learning Center students have the access to Third Street Alliance’s new Science,Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics lab, which was unveiled in April 2016. The lab is part of the curriculum in the Learning Center. It’s made up of 7 computers, 4 digital cameras, 2 Kinder Robots, 4 Lego Mindstorms (robots), a 3-D printer, Smart Television, Digital microscope and slides, Midi keyboard, microphone and printer.
The staff at The Learning Center is selected for their warm hearts and nurturing attitudes. Each staff of our members has undergone a thorough background check and has at least two years of experience working with children. Several staff members hold degrees or Child Development Credential (CDA) certificates and all staff are required to complete at least 24 hours of professional development every year.
For the safety and security of all the children at The Learning Center, there are several forms that must be completed before enrollment. Many of these forms will also need to be updated every six months. For your convenience, the most frequently needed forms are available for downloading on our Forms page. Our tuition rates and family handbook are also available.
Scholarships may be available to families who qualify for assistance. If you need help to bridge the gap, please inquire about financial aid. Child care scholarships are made possible through the generosity of private foundations and corporate support.