BCIU CHILD CARE

ChildCare

If you’re looking for safe, nurturing, and educational child care for your children, look no further than the BCIU. We’ve been providing quality child care for Berks County’s children since 1971. We now have 15 classrooms located within 9 centers across Berks County.

Services are available for toddlers (minimum age 13 months) through age 12. Toddler and preschool services are full-day, year-round programs. School age services are offered as before and after school care during the school year and full-day services once school is out for the summer.

BCIU 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.

PROFESSIONAL STAFF

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 Human Services Bureau of Child Services.

  • 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 centers regularly to monitor daily operations. Our staff members are training to handle emergencies. 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 participate in PA Keystone STARS and have achieved the status of either a STAR 3 or STAR 4 quality rating.

MEALS

Balanced and nutritious meals are essential to a child’s healthy growth and development.

  • We serve 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.

ENROLLMENT

Call 610-987-8437 for enrollment information.

LICENSING & ACCREDITATION

The Department of Human Services 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.

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.

>> For additional information about the Keystone STARS initiative, refer to www.pakeys.org.

CURRICULUM

BCIU Child Care classrooms meet the needs of the whole child through the use of research-based curriculum and following the PA Academic Standards for Toddlers, Preschoolers and School Age students.

To meet the needs of Social-Emotiona development, our classrooms use the PATHS curriculum.


Do you value access to early education for all children?
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contact: Tina Blatt- 610-987-8501 – tinbla@berksiu.org