Quality early childhood care and education at Penn State University Park

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State is the administrative home to two on-campus child care centers, the Bennett Family Center and the Child Care Center at Hort Woods.

Bennett Family Center
Child Care Center at
Hort Woods
Managed by Hildebrandt Learning Centers, Inc.

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:

 

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.