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Office of Early Childhood & Student Services

About the

OFFICE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD & STUDENT SERVICES

The Office of Early Childhood and Student Services administers all direct service programs to children and students. Berks County Intermediate Unit programs have been in operation since 1971, giving us the real experience you can rely on.

For more than 40 years, the BCIU has earned a solid reputation for providing innovative, high-quality services to local schools and families. Recently, the BCIU has gained statewide recognition for its outstanding leadership in early childhood learning. Your child will benefit from the vast experience, knowledge, and best practices of a professional educational organization.

The Office of Early Childhood and Student Services coordinates the following programs:

  • Alternative Education
  • Early Childhood Programs
  • Special Education
  • Student Enrichment
  • Student Services

EARLY CHILDHOOD

FOCUS AREAS

  • Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Early Childhood Mental Health Services / Positive Behavioral Supports
  • Inclusive Practices
  • Educator Effectiveness, Professional Development, and Mentoring Program Development (Pre-K)

K-12 Education and Student Services

The Office of Early Childhood and Student Services provides programs to K-12 students that include School-Age Special Education (classroom & itinerant services), Alternative Education County Programs (ICE, BCJS, ELECT/PPT), and the Learning Academy at Thomas Ford.

The key areas of focus are as follows:

  • Alternative Education Program Expansion
  • Career Ready Berks / Transistion to Adult Life Program Development (Special Education)
  • Mental Health Services / Community Liason
  • Student Services Collaboration
Diverse group of school children posing with teacher in hallway

Special Education

Preschool Early Intervention

Preschool Early Intervention in Pennsylvania consists of services and supports designed to help families with children ages 3 to 5 who have developmental delays. It is a process that promotes collaboration among parents, caregivers, service providers, and others significantly involved with your child.

School-Age Special Education

Ever since it was founded in 1971, the Berks County Intermediate Unit has been providing special education programs and services to school-age children in Berks County. In partnership with the county’s public and non-public schools, BCIU works to help students with special needs succeed in school and in adult life after graduation.

CONTACT US

Dr. Michelle Reichard-Huff
Director
610-987-8446
micrei@berksiu.org

Christi Weitzel
Assistant Director, Early Childhood Services
610-987-8273
chrwei@berksiu.org

Sara George
Assistant Director, Student Services & K-12 Education
610-987-8656
sargeo@berksiu.org

Shannon Celmer
Confidential Secretary
610-987-8511
shacel@berksiu.org

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