Welcome to Penn State Behrend Early Learning Center

Meet the Center Director

Kristin O'Connell

M-F: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Phone: (814) 898-6175


Our Educational Programs

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An exceptional place for your baby to thrive and grow

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An engaging world where toddlers learn and explore

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Where curious children become inspired and ready for school

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Kindergarten Prep

Preparing children for success in kindergarten and beyond

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Summer Camp

A welcoming place for age-appropriate fun, friendships, and exploration


Meet Our Teaching Team

Stacie T.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: It fills my heart with joy and it's who I am! I also love their inquisitive attitude and loads of energy. It makes them a joy to be around!

Teaching since: 2002

Amy W.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I love watching the children grow and learn! I adore seeing their excitement when they have learned to do something new. I love knowing that I helped them get there!

Teaching since: 2008

Danielle W.

Preschool Classroom

I love teaching because: I love watching children grow and learn in a caring environment.

Teaching since: 1998

Doris W.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: "I love seeing children when that ""Ah ha"" moment occurs. Children are so trusting and it gives me so much joy to see them smiling and trusting me to take care of them. They make me happy and I smile whin I think of them."

Teaching since: 1981

Lisa P.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I love getting to see the children's faces when they learn something new and exciting!

Teaching since: 2005

Sarah P.

Preschool Classroom

I love teaching because: watching children learn and knowing that I taught them something is rewarding. Seeing the ah-ha moment is the best!

Teaching since: 2015

Kylie H.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: It is nice building the relationships with them and helping them grow.

Teaching since: 2011

Brenda K.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I love seeing the joy on a child's face when they have accomplished something. I also love watching children grow and go through the milestones of learning.

Teaching since: 1990

Natasha M.

Twos Classroom

I love teaching because: I love how they get amazed with every little thing

Teaching since: 2012


The World at Their Fingertips

Our own World at Their Fingertips® curriculum is based on the research of the most renowned education experts. Designed by our education team, it’s created to support these important early years, to inspire children to be bold explorers today and joyful, confident learners for life.

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language works

Literacy, language, and love of books cultivated through listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

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Science Rocks

Spurring a sense of wonder through observations and experiments in which we ask questions and form, record, and describe conclusions.

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Art Smart

Fostering an interest and appreciation of art, music, theater and dance, while encouraging individual talents and artistic expression.

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Math Counts

Early math concepts experienced through counting, sorting, patterning, one-on-one correspondence, and problem solving.

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Well Aware

Healthy living developed through physical activity, good nutrition, and healthful habits incorporated into every day routines.

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Towards a Better World

Experiences and activities designed to help children learn to respect our world, its diverse people, and the environment we live in.

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Caring Matters

Support for important social skills including compromise, self-regulation, negotiating with peers, and forming positive relationships.

“Thank you will never be enough for all you do for these kids everyday! It takes a special heart to do what you two do and an amazing gift from God for you to do it as well you do! Thank you for loving our son and teaching him so much! You are amazing and we are so thankful for you! :)”


Staci & Shane

“Thank you so much for all you do for Kate! She feels genuine bonds with all of you, and we appreciate your true affection for her. She has learned so much and come so far thanks to you. We love seeing the big smile on her face when she gets to school and sees all her teachers and friends.”


Sara and Adam

“We love knowing Kiera loves you all so much! You can just see it on her face when she walks in! Thank you for loving her back, teaching her so much, and keeping her under control! We love hearing all the stories you tell us about her and the stories she "tells" us when we talk about her day. We are so thankful for you all! :)”


Shane & Staci

“You are our village. Because of you, Tommy’s view of the world is wider and full of great experiences. His imagination is flourishing. He is learning, every day, how to be kind, thoughtful, and helpful because of your great love, encouragement, and direction. We cannot thank you enough.”



“It's rather endearing when Henry calls me Ms. Cricket or Ms. Carlie before correcting himself. That says a lot about Henry's affections for the both you. (Or maybe he doesn't know who I am! haha!) You are more than teachers. You are extra mothers who help define the phrase "It takes a Village".”


Kristy McCoy

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Healthy Food for Growing Children

Healthy food is part of children’s development. Our menus align with our wellness commitment to Partnership for Healthier America. By eating family-style and serving themselves, children learn about making healthy choices and the connection between food and community.

Early Education Awards & Partnerships


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