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Pennsylvania’s Early Childhood Education Initiatives

PA's Promise for ChildrenBecause Every Child is Pennsylvania’s Future, is a coordinated statewide campaign to raise awareness about the value of quality early learning for all of our young children, and build responsibility among every Pennsylvanian for the early learning of young children in their lives. The campaign is designed to increase public awareness about the value of quality early learning to improve children’s success in school and life; to strengthen families; and to improve Pennsylvania’s economic outlook.

PA Pre-K Counts, is a program designed to prepare at-risk children for kindergarten. In its four years of operation, the program has seen incredible success in how well the students progress through kindergarten. In Adams County, there are currently Pre-K Counts programs at Little Life Enrichment Center in New Oxford and Pathstones in Aspers.

Keystone STARS,
another Commonwealth initiative, is a criteria rating system developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare to reward regulated centers and day care practitioners providing quality early learning experiences to children in their care. Early learning educators and home care practitioners enrolled in Keystone STARS, progress through levels to achieve higher STARS designation, starting with STAR 1, then achieving STAR 2, STAR 3, and STAR 4 designation. Keystone STARS provides Standards, Training/professional development, Assistance, Resources, and Support (STARS) to facilitate continuous quality improvement. Financial incentives and/or technical assistance are provided to STARS enrollees through the South Central Regional Key.

In Adams County, almost all regulated centers and several home day care providers are enrolled in Keystone STARS. Parents seeking quality early care and education for their children should consider utilizing a Keystone STARS participating practitioner. A current list of local participants is below.

For additional information about Keystone STARS facilities in the county, to locate other regulated child care facilities, or to learn about child care subsidies, contact Child Care Information (CCIS) by phone at (717) 334 7634 or 1 (800) 232 6562.

Adams County Keystone STARS Participants 

STARS Designation

Facility Name/Designation

Location

STAR 4

Adams County Head Start (2 Classrooms)

Gettysburg

STAR 4

St. James Child Care/ECE Center

Gettysburg

STAR 4

Gettysburg’s Growing Place/ECE Center

Gettysburg

STAR 4

Kidz Karousel/ECE Center

Orrtanna

STAR 3

Little Life Enrichment Center/ECE Center

New Oxford

STAR 3

YWCA Clubhouse Program/ECE After School

Fairfield Elementary School

STAR 3

Robin Deitch/Family Child Care

Abbottstown

 

STAR 2

 

Hanover Area YMCA/ECE After School

Rolling Acres Elementary School, Littlestown

 

STAR 2

 

Hanover Area YMCA/ECE After School

Conewago Township Elementary School, McSherrystown

STAR 2

Hanover Area YMCA/ECE After School

New Oxford Elementary School

STAR 2

Hanover Area YMCA/ECE After School

Biglerville Elementary School

 

STAR 2

Adams/Cumberland Migrant Child Development Center/ECE Center

 

Aspers

STAR 2

Zwingli Christian School/ECE Center

East Berlin

STAR 2

Leslie Bartlebaugh/Family Child Care

Carroll Valley (Fairfield)

STAR 2

Gettysburg YWCA @ Commerce Park

Gettysburg

STAR 2

Childcare Unlimited

Littlestown

STAR 2

Carol Few/Family Child Care

New Oxford

STAR 2

Lisa Rufalo

New Oxford

STAR 2

Kids Kaboose/ECE Center

Gettysburg

STAR 1

Donna McDannell/Family Child Care

Orrtanna

STAR 1

Babes in Arms/ECE Center

Gettysburg

STAR 1

Connie Feaster/Family Child Care

Biglerville