KINDERPLUS

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Selecting the right child care and learning program for your child is a big decision. BCIU shares the great concern you have for your child’s welfare. BCIU early childhood programs provide a safe, convenient, and fun environment that helps your child develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. The combined BCIU KinderPlus and Child Care program reinforces skills that the children are currently learning in their district kindergarten program.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The KinderPlus and Child Care programs of the Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU) are designed to support the needs of today’s busy families.

Intensive learning early in life can help improve a child’s social/emotional development, reading, writing, and math skills, and provide a strong foundation for future learning.

The local school district and BCIU full-day schedule will provide parents with half-day kindergarten and the option to enroll their child in an affordable, fee-based, extended day program.

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objectives

  1. to meet family need for child care
  2. to provide extended learning and enrichment opportunities

features

  • developmentally and culturally appropriate
  • balance of active and quiet activities
  • small-group and whole-group instruction
  • opportunities for further learning
  • exploration within the learning environment
  • flexibility to meet the varying needs of children

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Staff Team
The program is delivered by a teaching team (a certified teacher and an assistant teacher) of early childhood educators, using a common curriculum, resources, and space. The staff/student ratio is expected to be approximately 1:10.

Parent Participation
Parent participation is paramount to student success. Parents are encouraged to visit the classroom and participate in volunteer activities.

Learning Environment
The BCIU Child Care program is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) and is accredited by the Keystone Stars Program.


EXPERIENCE YOU CAN TRUST

  • BCIU programs have been in operation since 1971, giving us the real experience you can rely on.
  • BCIU team members serve more than 3,600 Berks County children on an annual basis.
  • BCIU classrooms are located in more than 35 facilities and schools in Berks County.
  • BCIU programs are recognized by both the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the DPW Keystone STARS to Quality program. STARS credentialing is based on staff education, student learning environment, administrative leadership, and family/community partnerships.
  • For more than 40 years, BCIU has earned a solid reputation for providing innovative, high-quality services to local schools and families. Recently, BCIU has gained statewide recognition for its outstanding leadership in early childhood learning. Your child will benefit from the vast experience, expertise, and best practices of a professional educational organization.

  1. 10We encourage the development of the whole child.
  2. We offer developmentally appropriate programming to meet the varying experiences, backgrounds, abilities, and needs of all children.
  3. We create healthy learning environments that are safe, secure, stimulating, and thoughtfully planned.
  4. We encourage learning through exploring, playing, talking, risk-taking, problem solving, and making choices.
  5. We use a variety of instructional strategies with the whole class, small groups, and individuals.
  6. We provide experiences that build a strong foundation for literacy and numeracy development.
  7. We apply ongoing, authentic assessment practices to inform programming and improve learning.
  8. We welcome parents and caregivers as valued partners in their children’s education.
  9. We hire qualified and caring staff members.
  10. We foster partnerships between home, school, and community.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Do You Need Help Paying for Child Care?

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To qualify for low-income funding:

  1. You must complete an application.
  2. You must be a resident of Berks County.
  3. Your child must be a U.S. citizen or a lawfully admitted alien.
  4. You must meet income guidelines.
  5. You must be employed at least 20 hours per week, or be a full-time student.
  6. You must pay a weekly co-payment based on family household gross income.

If you are a parent or caretaker who meets the above requirements, call Child Care Information Services of Berks County (CCIS) at 610-987-2247 to request an application.

ENROLLMENT/REGISTRATION

Contact BCIU at 610-987-8437 to arrange an appointment or to request more information from our friendly staff. Space is limited; early registration is recommended.



contact: Tina Blatt, BCIU Child Care – 610-987-8501 – tinbla@berksiu.org