Quality early childhood care and education at Penn State University Park
Both programs operate on a full-day, full-year schedule and serve approximately 175 children ages 6 weeks to 6 years and embody the three-part mission of the University: education, research, and service/outreach.
Program goals for each center include:
- providing a model of high quality early childhood care and education for children, families, and the community;
- supporting the professional development of early childhood educators through outreach activities;
- serving as a site for undergraduate training and education through observational projects and classroom participation; and
- supporting faculty and student research on child development, early childhood education, and parenting.
President responds to child care recommendations from task force
Erickson agrees with many findings, approves some immediate changes
Following careful review with University leaders, Penn State President Rodney Erickson has agreed with a number of changes to child care on campus, including placing oversight of operations with the Office of Human Resources and providing additional funds for researchers, benchmarking and lower-income family support. In addition, the president also decided that the child care centers at University Park — the Bennett Family Center and the Child Care Center at Hort Woods — would continue their operations for a set period of time with the current providers and staffing in place. Erickson is responding to a series of five findings spelled out in a 93-page January report, created by a Presidential Task Force on Child Care at Penn State that he commissioned in October 2013.
Read more about the president's response to child care recommendations from task force.