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The Learning Lamp Breathes New Life into Idle Child Care Center

Posted on July 28, 2020

Northern Cambria, PA (July 28, 2020) – A new child care center is opening at the former Coal Country Daycare in Northern Cambria! The Learning Lamp Center for Children is located at 1102 Maple Avenue in the space below the Coal Country Hangout teen center. The new center will bring 50 infant, toddler, and preschool child care slots back to the Northern Cambria community. Affordable, quality child care in Northern Cambria has been in high demand since Coal Country Daycare closed its doors. Among existing providers, there are more children needing care than there are current child care spaces available.

An Open House event in mid-July attracted parents and community members alike. [photo courtesy: Todd Berkey, The Tribune Democrat]

“We had a steady stream of visitors stop by, and it was very exciting to see people’s reactions to the space,” said Child Care Program Manager Karen Machak. “Everything was repainted. We replaced the flooring. The classrooms are fully equipped, brightly decorated and cheerful. It looks like a brand new facility, and the staff is terrific and eager to begin serving area families.”

The Learning Lamp Center for Children at Northern Cambria will operate Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration is currently underway with an official opening set for early August. The newly updated center, which was made possible through a generous economic development grant from Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, is licensed by the PA Department of Human Services. Availability of additional quality child care slots in the area will parents of young children facing child care barriers to seek employment, enroll in job training, or pursue advancement at work knowing that they have the security of reliable child care to support them.

Tuition assistance and child care subsidy are available for qualifying families. For more information or to register your child, contact Karen Machak, The Learning Lamp’s Childcare Programs Manager, at 814-262-0732 x301.

The Learning Lamp is a nonprofit organization with a mission to engage all children in the support they need to succeed. We deliver high quality programs that are affordable and accessible to families of all income levels. In 2019, The Learning Lamp served 31,329 youth/adults from 53 public school districts and 78 other schools and organizations in 19 Pennsylvania counties.

Our programs include: one-to-one tutoring; before/after school programs; portable classrooms aimed at building math and science skills; alternative education programs for at-risk students; evidence-based prevention programs; online learning and credit recovery; SAT preparation; educationally-focused child care; literacy-based preschool programs; and grant writing and project consulting for schools.

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HIRING NOW! Child care staff for locations across our region. A great opportunity for those looking to gain experience, build a career and have lots of flexibility. No weekends! Must have at least a high school diploma. Apply online today at thelearninglamp.workbrightats.com/jobs/478141-92234.html ... See MoreSee Less

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