Penn State Behrend Early Learning Center

Welcome to Our Center

Welcome! Early education is essential for growth and development, and we provide an inspiring environment to learn and thrive. Our World at Their Fingertips program develops your child’s creative and intellectual side through art, science, reading, and unstructured play. The Growing Readers nook is a cozy spot for little bookworms to read, and our outdoor classrooms and gardening boxes take the learning outside with nature-based activities. Plus, our Movement Matters Zone encourages healthy habits and socialization with dance, music, yoga, and active downtime. Come in for a tour and to meet our expert team.

Kristin O'Connell - Center Director


Enrichments & Extracurricular Activities

Movement Matters

Yoga, balance, dance, climbing and more to support physical expression, interests, and skills

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Sign Language

ASL-inspired signs for our youngest learners to communicate before verbal skills take off

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Experimenting with tomorrow’s skills in activities that go beyond our regular curriculum

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Garden Works

Science lessons through actual digging, planting, cultivating, and growing


What's for Lunch?

For an additional fee, children can receive healthy meals prepared by Penn State Behrend. All of our meals provide nutritious choices and a great start for a healthy lifestyle while also meeting dietary requirements.


Meet Our Center Team

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Our Community

Our families come from nearby communities, including Harborcreek, Millcreek, and Erie. Located near Penn State - Behrend Campus, we're easy to get to for drop-off and pick-up. Stop in for our monthly parent meetings or come visit us today!


Our Graduates

Children graduate Bright Horizons programs with the skills they need to succeed in private or public school. In surveys, kindergarten and first grade teachers report that Bright Horizons graduates are enthusiastic learners who are socially and academically ready for the years ahead.

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Health & Safety

Your child’s health and safety are our top priority. Our centers have strict guidelines for cleanliness and security and we’re proud to be recognized as a health-and-wellness model for child care centers by the Partnership for a Healthier America.


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