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The Learning Lamp First in Somerset County to Earn Keystone STARS Highest Quality Rating

Posted on March 3, 2021

Johnstown, PA (March 3, 2021) – The Learning Lamp Center for Children in Somerset is the first child care center in Somerset County to earn a Keystone STAR 4 rating! Keystone STARS is Pennsylvania’s Quality Rating and Improvement System—a continuous quality improvement effort to assess and improve quality in child care across Pennsylvania. STAR 4 demonstrates a center has met performance standards, ensuring children are served in a high-quality setting by trained staff, with committed leaders who care about the families they serve.

“Achieving STAR 4 demonstrates our dedication to helping prepare children for school,” said Jennifer Halle, the center’s director. “I’m so proud of my staff and my center!”

Keystone STARS is guided by three core principles essential to the growth and development of each child:

  • A whole child approach to education that meets the holistic and individual needs of each child and family;
  • Knowledgeable and responsive early care and education professionals that support children and families; and
  • Building and sustaining ongoing positive relationships among children, families, early care and education professionals and community stakeholders.

Serving Somerset County since 2011, The Learning Lamp Center for Children in Somerset provides care to children ages 0-12. The center offers preschool and before and after school care and includes 11 full weeks of age-appropriate, engaging summer camps. They also host an inclusive classroom with Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 to provide learning opportunities for children of all abilities.

In 2021, The Learning Lamp will launch an improvement and expansion project at the center to better meet the needs of children and families. It includes adding more classrooms to optimize the 21,000 square-foot building and accommodate more children. The expansion has the potential of serving an additional 50-60 children and creating 10-15 more jobs in Somerset County.

The Learning Lamp Center for Children in Somerset joins The Learning Lamp Center for Children at the Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center at the STAR 4 level. The Richland Township-based center has maintained a STAR 4 rating since 2010. For more information about quality children’s programs near you, visit our website at: www.thelearninglamp.org.


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 2020, The Learning Lamp served 28,938 youth/adults from 51 public school districts and 36 other schools and organizations in 13 Pennsylvania counties. 

Our programs include: child care and preschool, after school programs, tutoring, SAT prep, school staffing, alternative education programs for at-risk students, online learning, credit recovery, drug and alcohol prevention programs, and grant writing and project consulting for schools.

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