The Berks County Intermediate Unit provides services and enrichment opportunities to the students of Berks County, helping to ensure that the more than 70,000 students served reach their full potential.
The Berks County Intermediate Unit offers standardized driver training for high school students approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
This program is offered in two components: online theory instruction and on-the-road instruction.
The Berks County Intermediate Unit and its community partners host a variety of events and competitions throughout the year,
providing enrichment in the arts, science, engineering, and more.
The Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness program (ECYEH) is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and is based on the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. This federal legislation ensures that homeless children and youth have access to a free, appropriate, public education.
Our team is committed to ensuring that all students experiencing homelessness have the opportunity to succeed in school. We eliminate barriers to education, educate the community about the nature of homelessness, and provide support to schools, families, and communities.
One out of every three teen mothers drops out of high school.
By responding to the specific needs of pregnant and parenting youth, the Berks County Intermediate Unit’s Pregnant and Parenting Teen Program, Project ELECT (Education Leading to Employment and Career Training), and the ELECT Fatherhood Initiative help young people raise healthy children and become better parents.
The BCIU’s programs combine to provide year-round services for pregnant and parenting teens in Berks County school districts.
The Berks County Intermediate Unit, through the Office of Early Childhood & Student Services, operates alternative education programs at various sites throughout Berks County. Skilled teams of teachers and classroom specialists work closely to ensure students receive education in a supportive environment.
Children in foster care frequently change schools which can be disruptive to their education. The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 promotes school stability and success for foster care youth by formalizing provisions for school districts and child welfare agencies.
The Berks County Intermediate Unit provides technical assistance and professional development related to the education of foster care youth
Camp Connect provides students with the opportunity to come together to learn new ways of dealing with their grief, and to meet other children and families who have experienced similar loss. Specially trained counselors, nurses, and college interns from across Berks County provide support with a one-to-one staff to student ratio.
Camp Connect provides the opportunity, at no cost, for children and teens to: