Goals of the Institute
- Supports community and university-based research regarding young children.
- Coordinate, develop and deliver professional development opportunities for early learning program administrators and staff.
- Disseminate information and provide services to early learning program practitioners regarding professional development and STARS technical assistance opportunities.
- Serve as advocates for high-quality early child-hood education opportunities in the region to support higher levels of quality services in early learning programs.
- Serve as a regional contact for Early Childhood Mental Health referrals, STARS technical assistance, and professional development requests from early learning practitioners.
- Clinical Supervision in Prekindergarten Settings
- Healthy Habits: Modifying Preschool Food Environments to Prevent Obesity
- A STEM Learning Coalition
ECE Program Supports
- Focus on Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH)
- Keystone STARS Technical Assistance
- Professional Development
Advocacy on Behalf of Young Children
- Capital Area Association for the Education of Young Children (CAAEYC), a local chapter of PennAEYC (Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children) and NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), is a non-profit organization committed to serving children, their families, and early childhood professionals in Central Pennsylvania.
- Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children (PennAEYC) is a State Affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. PennAEYC is a dynamic organization of almost 5,500 members including 13 local Affiliate Chapters and a regional group, offering professional development, advocacy support, networking, leadership, and other opportunities for early childhood professionals.
- The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8. NAEYC is committed to becoming an increasingly high performing and inclusive organization. Founded in 1926, NAEYC is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 90,000 members, a national network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.
- United Way
- Child Care Consultants, Inc.
- Committee for Children
- Policy & Advocacy