Children's Services

Overview

Learn with us. Grow with us.

Our Growing Years Centers offer child care in a faith-based setting that is nurturing, educational and secure. The curriculum encourages each child’s creativity and kindergarten readiness skills while fostering the development of his or her mind, body and social self. Our consistent rules help promote self-discipline and our staff provide a full day of age-apropriate activities in toddler learning areas and preschool classrooms to help children learn and stay busy.

We offer full-day child care programs and part-day preschool programs for three- and four-year olds at all locations except for the DuBois location, which offers a morning preschool program for children ages three to five years of age. Toddler time is offered one morning each week for two year old children.

Active learning experiences, field trips, playground and other outdoor activity time and rest periods promote each child’s overall development during days filled with learning, laughter and personal expression. Children at the Altoona and Johnstown centers have the unique opportunity to enjoy activities that span the generations by interacting with the seniors at the Senior Daily Living Center of Altoona and The Lutheran Home at Johnstown.

Child care and preschool services are available at Growing Years programs in Altoona (age one to Kindergarten), Bedford (birth to Kindergarten), DuBois (part-day preschool for age 3 to 5) and Johnstown (birth to Kindergarten).

Our child care team members have educational training, ongoing professional development and experience with children, and are certified in pediatric first aid and have state-mandated clearances.

Child care at a Growing Years Early Learning Center includes:

  • Nutritious meals and snacks, including breakfast and lunch
  • Outdoor activities such as nature walks and playground time
  • Weekly themes such as farm life, family, fire safety, weather and animals
  • Field trips to fun and educational community destinations
  • Focus on values and child-centered activities in a faith-based setting
  • Developmentally-appropriate activities provided in toddler learning areas
  • Intergenerational experiences, in which children and older adults spend quality time together, at the Altoona and Johnstown locations
  • Financial assistance is available to those who meet income guidelines through Child Care Information Services offices and United Way scholarships (Bedford County only)


  All eligible centers have earned at least STAR 3 (out of 4) ratings through the PA Keystone Stars,            a voluntary statewide quality initiative program.