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If you’re looking for safe, nurturing, and educational child care for your children, look no further than the BCIU. We’ve been providing exceptional care for Berks County’s children since 1971. We now have 16 child care centers located throughout the county, providing services for toddlers (minimum age 13 months) through age 12 in our year-round toddler, preschool, and school-age programs. BCIU Child Care is an equal opportunity employer and child care provider.
For a listing of our child care center locations and hours, check out our Child Care Center Locations, Hours of Operation and STARS Level page.
Each of our child care centers is staffed with a teacher and paraprofessionals. These professionals, as well as a dedicated administrative staff, work to ensure your child’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth. Ongoing in-service programs for teachers and paraprofessionals keep them up to date on proven child care methods and techniques.
BCIU Child Care staff members meet regulations set by the Department of Public Welfare’s Bureau of Child Development. Each employee is screened and interviewed by our supervisors, and all new employees must pass criminal, child abuse, and FBI clearance histories. In addition, they must provide two written references and a completed physical appraisal. All center staff attend a minimum of six hours’ training annually.
Supervisors visit each center regularly to monitor daily operations. Our staff members are trained to handle emergencies and someone is always present who has completed a first aid course and is certified in CPR. All of our staff members are required by law to report any suspected child abuse.
All of our classrooms are participating in PA Keystone STARS and have been awarded either a STAR 3 or STAR 4.
Balanced and nutritious meals are essential to a child’s healthy growth and development. We serve a hot breakfast and an afternoon snack daily. Parents are asked to provide their child’s lunch, which may be heated by center staff, if necessary. The center provides a beverage for lunch.
Call 610-987-8437 for enrollment information.
The Department of Public Welfare inspects all BCIU Child Care centers prior to their opening and at least once per year. Our centers also meet requirements set by the Department of Labor and Industry. Each facility is licensed and registered by the state.
Our centers substantially exceed the minimum legal requirements, especially in the areas of staff certification, education programs, and enrichment experiences.
The BCIU’s Child Care Program participates in Keystone STARS, an initiative of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) to improve, support, and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania.
The Keystone STARS Performance Standards provide the foundation for the program. Performance Standards are grouped into four levels: STAR 1, STAR 2, STAR 3, and STAR 4. Each level builds on the previous level and uses research-based best practices to promote quality early learning environments and positive child outcomes. The standards address staff qualifications and professional development, the early learning program, partnerships with family and community, and leadership and management.
The BCIU’s Child Care centers currently have attained STARS levels ranging from 3 to 4. For the specific STARS rating for each of our centers, refer to Child Care Center Locations, Hours of Operation, and STARS Level.
>> For additional information about the STARS initiative, refer to www.pakeys.org
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contact: Tina Blatt- 610-987-8501 – firstname.lastname@example.org