What are Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs)?
Pennsylvania's Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs) provide a single point-of-contact for families, early learning service providers, and communities to gain information and access services that support high-quality child care and early learning programs.
ELRCs consolidate the current work of Child Care Information Service Agencies and the Regional Keys to create an enhanced resource and referral system for communities seeking early learning services and supports.
Services for Families
ELRCs can help families find the best child care for their children. They offer links to services like:
- Child Care Works, Pennsylvania's child care subsidy program
- Keystone STARS, Pennsylvania's quality improvement program for child care providers
- PA Pre-K Counts and Head Start
- Early Intervention Services
Services for Early Learning Professionals
Through the ELRC, child care professionals can obtain support in building quality outcomes for children by working with quality coaches to achieve Keystone STAR 3 and 4 status, building connections with community partners, and supporting children and families in accessing additional services, such as PA Pre-K Counts, Head Start, home-visiting, and Early Intervention.
Find your ELRC by searching by county or zip code from the home page of raiseyourstar.org!
Early Learning Programs and Supports
Keystone STARS rates child care programs from one to four STARS on things you care about. Programs meet regulations for safety, and offer a kid-friendly atmosphere with good teachers that partner with families to help children learn.
It is a significant challenge for families to afford reliable, quality child care. Child Care Works makes it possible for low-income families to find reliable, quality child care near their home or work and provides financial assistance to help them afford it.
Quality pre-kindergarten can give a child a strong start in school and in life. Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts provides free half-day or full-day pre-kindergarten for at-risk children throughout Pennsylvania.
Head Start programs are federally-funded programs that serve three and four-year-old children. Programs may be based in centers, schools, or family child care homes. Services include education, as well as health, nutrition, social and other services.
Early Head Start serves pregnant women and families with children from birth to age 3. It operates like preschool Head Start. The program may be offered as center-based or home-based services and is free.
Early intervention consists of services and supports designed to help families with children from birth to age five who have developmental delays or disabilities. Early intervention seeks to help children grow and develop through individualized services and supports, which may be provided at home, in child care, in private or public preschools, Early Head Start and Head Start, or combinations of these.