Reading – On Tuesday, November 26, the YMCA of Reading and Berks County was notified that that they had been selected to receive $174,000 in grant funds for the Pennsylvania Infant Toddler Contracted Slots program. The purpose of this program is to build upon the already established Pre-K Counts program model which provides high quality pre-kindergarten services to eligible children. Offering an infant toddler focused program will provide continued focus on quality programming while building strong transitions from infant-toddler to pre-kindergarten classrooms.
Eligible providers were required to meet the following criteria:
• Have a regular certificate of compliance issued by the Department of Human Services
• Be a STAR 3 or STAR 4 center
• Currently serve PA Pre-K Counts funded children at the location where the infant/toddler
slots will be served
• Have an established infant/toddler program
The childcare staff at the Reading branch is currently working on renovations and curriculum for the program and are looking forward to serving an additional16 infant/toddlers in this year-long program that will launch this December.
Spots for the Infant Toddler program will be available beginning December 1, 2019. For additional information or to apply please contact, Shelley Eppihimer, Director of Early Education, at 610-378-4728 or via email at [email protected].