Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs) are one-stop hubs for early education and child care needs.

Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) designed ELRCs as a place where families can find high-quality early education opportunities, apply for assistance to help with child care costs or access other resources that will set them on a path to success. It is also where child care providers can receive information on improving program quality.

While ELRCs are a new concept, the services provided at each location are familiar to families and providers:

  • Keystone STARS, Pennsylvania’s quality improvement program for child care providers
  • Referrals for Early learning programs like Head Start, Early Head Start and PA Pre-K Counts
  • Information on Early Intervention services and support

ELRCs have taken these services, which used to be provided from various agencies within a community, and housed them under one roof, making it easier for families and providers to access the information they need.

Looking for additional information related to services offered through the ELRC? Click here to view state resources.

Community Services for Children operates ELRCs in Regions 11, 12, 13, 14 and 16.