What is an Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC)?
The Early Learning Resources Centers in Pennsylvania provide a single point of contact for families looking for early care and education programs, subsidized child care funding, and/or other services that support the growth and development of young children. The ELRC will make it easier for families to access the services they need like subsidized child care, PA Pre K Counts, Head Start and Early Head Startand Early Intervention Services.
What is subsidized child care?
Subsidized child care funding is provided by the Office of Child Development and Early Learning and is available through the ELRC for families who meet eligibility guidelines.
What are the guidelines for Subsidized Child Care?
You must submit an Application to the ELRC office to see if you meet the guidelines for the subsidized child care program. You can obtain an application by calling the office, or you can apply online.
The following are the basic guidelines:
• You must live in Pennsylvania
• Have a child or children who need child care while you work and/or attend an education program
• Meet income guidelines for your family size
• Work an average of 20 or more hours a week – or- Work 10 hours a week and attend a certified school/training program for 10 hours a week
• Teen parents need only to attend an education program to obtain a high school diploma or GED
• The child who needs care must be a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residency
• Have proof of identification for each parent or caretaker in the home.
Need help in finding affordable, high quality child care or other early care and education programs near you?
ELRC 6 can provide information for early care and learning programs in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties.
We can determine if you are eligible for subsidized child care or help you find other early care and education programs in the area that may meet your families’ needs.
Please contact one of the following offices nearest to you:
Bedford/ Fulton Office
Main Office and Fiscal Department
195 Drive in Lane,
Everett, PA 15537
Phone: 814-623-9129 Fax: 814-623-1444
Toll Free: 1-800-323-9997
1010 12th Street, Suite 2
Altoona, PA 16601
Phone: (814) 515-1223 Fax: (814) 515-1406
3133 New Germany Road, Suite 64,
Ebensburg, PA 15931
Phone: 814-846-5130 Fax 814-846-5136
Franklin County (SCCAP)
533 S. Main Street,
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Phone: 717-263-6549 Fax: 717-263-7060
207 Fifth Street
Huntingdon, PA 16652
Phone: 814-643-4202 Fax-814-643-4481
6022 Glades Pike Founder’s Hall, Suite 125
Somerset, PA 15501
Phone: (814)445-9260 or (814)445-9305 Fax (814)-443-3607
Online Resources for Families
Online Child Care Provider Search – Search for child care and other Early Learning Programs in PA
Child Care Regulations– Find out what the regulations are for child care programs in PA
Child Care Certification – Contacts for child care certification offices
Early Intervention Services – Concerns about your child’s development
Nurse Family Partnerships – Home visiting program for pregnant moms
PA Pre K Counts Programs – Provides quality half-day and full-day pre-kindergarten to eligible 3 and 4 year old in Pennsylvania
PA Promise for Children – Guide to information, activities and programs to help young children develop (includes the Early Learning GPS and Kindergarten readiness activities)
Head Start Locator – Find a Head Start or Early Head Start near you