Early learning resource center (formerly:Child care information services)



What is an Early Learning Resource Center?

Since July 1, 2018 Pennsylvania has provided a single point-of-contact for families, early learning service providers, and communities to gain information and access services that support high-quality child care and early learning programs. These are the Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRC).  The ELRCs make it easier for families to access the early care and education information they need for their children.

What services are available for families?

An ELRC can help families find the best child care for their children. They offer links to or information about services like:

  • Individualized list of child care programs based on a child’s specific needs
  • Child Care Works, Pennsylvania’s child care subsidy program
  • Keystone STARS, Pennsylvania’s quality improvement program for child care providers
  • PA Pre-K Counts and Head Start
  • Early Intervention Services
  • Family Centers
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • And other services

ELRC Region 6-Cambria County Office:

3133 New Germany Road Suite 64

Ebensburg PA 15931

Phone: 814-846-5130

Fax 814-846-5136

E-mail:  [email protected]

Providers send attendance sheets to ELRC Main Office. This is where all of the Child Care Works administrative and fiscal staff for the region are located: 

Early Learning Resource Center Region 6- Main Office

195 Drive In Lane

Everett, PA  15537

Phone:  814-623-9129

Fax:  814-623-1444

E-mail:  [email protected]

What should families do?

Families who got services from a Child Care Information Services (CCIS) office should have received a letter through the mail with additional details by June 15, 2018. If they did not receive a letter they should contact their Early Learning Resource Center.

To find your ELRC and additional information, visit www.raiseyourstar.org and search by your county.

Where is an Early Learning Resouce Center?

There are ELRCs in every county in Pennsylvania. To find your ELRC, visit www.raiseyourstar.org and search by your county.


Guidelines for Eligibility

You must submit an Application to the CCIS office to see if you meet the guidelines for the subsidized child care program. You can obtain an application by calling the office, or you can apply online.

The following are the basic guidelines:

  • You must live in Pennsylvania
  • Have a child or children who need child care while you work and/or attend an education program
  • Meet income guidelines for your family size
  • Work 20 or more hours a week – or-
  • Work 10 hours and go to school or train for 10 hours a week
  • Have a promise of a job that will start within 30 days of your application for subsidized child care
  • Teen parents must attend an education program
  • The child who needs care must be a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residency
  • Have proof of identification for each parent or caretaker in the home.

Income Guidelines

The annual income for a family to be eligible to receive subsidy if 200 percent or less of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines:

Family Size

Maximum Yearly Family Income (May 2018)

2 $32,920
3 $41,560
4 $50,200
5 $58,840
6 $67,480
7 $76,120
8 $84,760

(Note: The above information provides only general guidelines. Other conditions may apply. Please contact our office for additional information/assistance.)