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Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy

Mission: Community services for children (csc) prepares young children and their families to succeed in learning and in life. Founded in 1981, csc is committed to ensuring that children enter school ready to learn and that families are equipped to help support their children. Csc provides:* early education for the most vulnerable children and their families through head start, early head start, and pre-k counts programs;* child care quality improvement services and grants in 13 counties through the pa northeast regional key; and* subsidies to child care providers that provide access to servcies to low income families through child care information services of lehigh county. Collectively, csc serves more than 40,000 children and families in the lehigh valley and 11 other counties of northeastern pennsylvania. Csc is the sole provider of head start (since 1965) and early head start (since 1996) in northampton and lehigh counties.

Programs: Head start/pre-k and early head start of the lehigh valley is our nation's premier provider of developmental and educational services to pregnant women, babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their families who live in poverty and struggle to meet the basic needs of life. We seek out the neediest of families, those at or below 100% of poverty, who without our intervention may not succeed in learning and in life. We provide high quality early education and comprehensive family development services. Specifically, our mission is to ensure that each child can reach their full potential, is ready for school and that each family is successful. Though children enter the program well behind their peers, over 95% of head start/pre-k children exit the program having achieved all of their learning indicators; positioning them for a successful academic future. Ninety-six (96%) are achieving at or above their age level in math, science and literacy skills. Ninety-seven (97%) of pregnant enrollees in early head start delivered a healthy, full term baby! On a daily basis we provide developmental experiences to at least 181 infants and toddlers (early head start) and 979 (head start/pre-k) preschoolers in conjunction with comprehensive health, nutrition, disability services and family services to them as well. This year over 1,400 children and families received vital early education services on a variety of schedules. Families participating in the program had monthly group activity opportunities as well as either weekly (early head start) or monthly home visits. We ensure that each child had all early and preventive health screenings and immunizations, and receives at least 2/3 of their daily nutritional requirements. Ninety-nine percent (99%) of all children achieved positive health status by obtaining all of their needed screenings, and 100% of children this year were up to date on all age appropriate immunizations. Oral health is equally significant with 100% of all children receiving preventive dental care. Seventeen percent (17%) of head start children, and 27% of early head start children had disabilities, yet 100% of these children with special learning needs received therapeutic intervention. Those children with health conditions, such as anemia, asthma, vision or failure to thrive were able to receive all needed treatment. We provide transportation services to over 350 children daily to and from their classrooms. Parents are an integral part of the program, as we work in full partnership. We assist parents to identify their goals for themselves and for their children, and to reach those goals. This year 90% of parents achieved at least one goal, and 45% of available fathers became actively involved in their child's learning. We provide parent training, parent involvement opportunities, and vital community linkages to other social service agencies that can benefit the family. Over 1,200 referrals were made to community providers for emergency assistance, food, housing, domestic violence, and child care assistance. The head start and early head start program has maintained its accreditation status by naeyc and was reaccredited by the middle state association commission for grades infant through four.

subsidized child care services for low income families who are working or are in training programs help make child care more affordable and provide a safe early childhood or school age experience. Families whose income is less than 235% of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for the subsidy. Each family is required to pay a portion of the cost of the child care based on their family income. Requirements for the program include: working or in training at least 20 hours per week, must be citizens of the u. S. , and must provide verification of need for child care for employment or training. Parent services to families include family counseling (approximately 1,500 calls) on the quality child care programs available based on a parent choice model. All families may select a provider that best meets their child's needs. Other services include the processing of over 2,000 applications annually, determining eligibility for over 2,100 families enrolled, providing affordable child care to over 9,000 children each year. Provider services include subsidy payments to over 1,800 providers totaling approximately $16. 5 million annually.

early learning and school age quality initiatives (northeast regional key) - the northeast regional key is responsible for coordinating and administering a variety of professional development activities, quality improvement activities and financial awards and grants for more than 1,800 programs in northeastern pennsylvania. The northeast regional key provides services to regulated programs in berks, bradford, bucks, carbon, columbia, lackawanna, lehigh, luzerne, lycoming, monroe, northampton, pike, schuylkill, sullivan, susquehanna, tioga, wayne, and wyoming counties. Accomplishments in the last program year include:- developed and implemented a northeast region quality improvement plan for professional development and technical assistance in partnership with colleges and professional development organizations. -developed and implemented a stars mentoring program which supports star programs to move from a star 1 to star 2 with the assistance of a star 3 or star 4 director/owner. 41 programs participated in the stars mentoring program. - 90 children received ecmh consultation services- 21,783 teachers and directors attended professional development activities sponsored by the northeast key- 56 programs participated in on site health and safety consultation activities- 19 programs received infant/toddler consultation support- 80 programs participated in on-site stars technical assistance- implemented the keystone stars quality initiative for more than 898 programs- offered individual, group and telephone consultation to assist programs in meeting the stars standards. - the keystone stars program promotes quality in early learning and school age programs that participant in keystone stars earn a star 1 to star 4 based on meeting quality standards. There were 898 programs in keystone stars serve more than 38,771 children daily. - early learning and school age programs were awarded $7,486,361 to provide quality early learning environments. - inform the early learning community about the status of early learning/school age- convened conference calls with practitioners, distributed the northeast key connection, simply sac (school age newsletter) quarterly and an ecmh newsletter to distribute information and seek input into program design. - convened meeting with higher education leaders, professional development organization, leadership council, directory advisory committee and learn teams to share outcomes, new information and seek input into program activities and design.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For seven years, I've had the privilege of helping CSC raise funds for its programs and services. I've also volunteered on several occasions to read to the children and help them with art projects. During that time, I've witnessed and continually been impressed with the professionalism and dedication of its staff and board, and the positive impact they have on children and families. They truly care!!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Community Services for Children for several years helping with their development efforts to better serve the children of our area. I am continually impressd with the professionalism and dedication of all the leadership and staff I have encountered. That, in turn, has attracted volunteers and supporters of the highest caliber from the community to augment the skils and leadership within the organization. Not only is CSC noted for the caliber of programs and services it offers, but it is also recognized as the premier local repository for expertise in early childhood education.

Review from Guidestar