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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Day Care, Children & Youth, Education, Literacy, Mental Health, Remedial Reading & Encouragement, Student Services, Substance Abuse Prevention

Mission: The mission of The Learning Lamp is to engage all children in the support they need to succeed.

Results: The Learning Lamp is a nonprofit agency that works in partnership with schools, families and community-based organizations to provide children of all abilities and income levels with the support they need to succeed in school—and life. Founded in 2003 in Johnstown, The Learning Lamp offered one-to-one tutoring by Pennsylvania-certified teachers that was accessible to all students. The need was identified by the agency’s founder, an educational psychologist who, while working with children in area schools, discovered that many youngsters who needed academic support came from homes where parents didn't have the skills or the financial resources to provide it.

Over time, the organization has grown to address a variety of complex educational needs in our community through multiple strategies. In 2016, The Learning Lamp served 35,525 children from 62 school districts and 39 non-public and private schools and other organizations in 17 Pennsylvania counties and one county in Maryland in 2016.

Every program operated by The Learning Lamp has been built using research-based best practices. Additionally, The Learning Lamp licenses programs through the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Department of Human Services and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The agency applies a continuous improvement model across all programs, regularly soliciting feedback from children, parents and school administrators to increase quality. In 2016, The Learning Lamp became the first in the state to earn the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ (PANO) newly expanded Standards for Excellence Code. The 2.0 application included an ethics and accountability code consisting of six Guiding Principles covering 27 topic areas that outline best practices and legal components of nonprofit operations. The Learning Lamp also holds a Guide Star Platinum rating and is a proud member agency of the United Way of the Laurel Highlands and United Way of Bedford County.

Target demographics: The Learning Lamp aims to level the academic playing field by making available quality preparatory, educational and enrichment opportunities to children of all incomes and geographic areas.

Direct beneficiaries per year: The Learning Lamp served 36,340 children from 55 school districts and 22 non-public and private schools and other organizations in 16 Pennsylvania counties and one county in Maryland in 2016.

Geographic areas served: west central Pennsylvania

Programs: True to our mission, The Learning Lamp’s programs are designed to be affordable and accessible to families of all income levels. Our program portfolio includes: tutoring; before/after school programs; portable classrooms aimed at building science, geography and math skills; alternative education programs for school districts; specialized classrooms for students with behavioral and emotional needs, online learning and credit recovery; SAT preparation; educationally-focused child care; literacy-based pre-kindergarten programs; drug and alcohol prevention programming; and grant writing, substitute teacher management, temporary staffing and project consulting for schools.

On an annual basis, with the support of individual and corporate community partners, The Learning Lamp provides hundreds of hours of free or reduced-cost tutoring for income-eligible students in grades K-12 and more than nearly $125,000 in tuition assistance for economically disadvantaged preschoolers and qualifying families with children enrolled in non-public schools, including those who live in underperforming school districts.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with the Learning Lamp delivering performance based drug and alcohol prevention programs to area schools, and working at their after school outreach program several days a week. The Learning Lamp is very focused on the youth of the community and their well-being both in and out of the classroom. The Learning Lamp has impacted countless lives through their spirit of selfless service. What a great organization to be a part of!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Learning Lamp is a great organization committed to helping children and families through their many different services. Their staff and management are dedicated, knowledgeable and always willing to assist. They take the time to work with families to find the right solution that benefits your child. Your donation matters. Please consider donating today!

Sharele Tucker H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has been an invaluable resource for my family. My daughter has benefited from day care, pre-school, after school programs and summer camps. She not only has fun but she is learning continually. She has made so many friends and I'm able to work while being confident that she is safe. Thanks Learning Lamp for all you do for our community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My daughter attended many summer camp programs which were some of the most memorable experiences of her elementary and junior high years. In high school she struggled in a few subjects and received excellent tutoring from the Learning Lamp which did a great job in providing study skills and tools that helped her in her high school studies and beyond. As a result, she attained an academic scholarship for a Pittsburgh College and has been on the dean's list every semester. I was so impressed with the quality of the Learning Lamp programs and its contributions to our community, that I volunteered to serve on its board of directors.

2 Kerri Roberts B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son started in the child care program at The Learning Lamp, then went through the preschool program, and now attends the after school program. This year he started kindergarten and is excelling beyond our expectations! I am thankful to The Learning Lamp for preparing him for school and for providing him with a safe place to go after school where we know he will receive a healthy snack and homework help.



Rating: 5

The Learning Lamp is a wonderful organization, the services they provide for the under served
children of the Johnstown and surrounding communities is amazing. The impact that they
are making in the community is noticeable. I have volunteered at the after school programs
you can see first hand that the children are really helped with homework and growing as
individuals hopefully to help create a good community for themselves and their families in
the area. It is a worth while cause to donate to for the growth of the children that attend.