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Lackawanna County

Early Learning Resource Center for Region 12

409 Lackawanna Ave.

Scranton, PA

Phone: 570-468-8144

Toll Free: 1-833-229-6926

Our Programs


     Our classrooms are designed to foster your child's growth and

learning. Our main goal is to prepare your child for later success

in elementary school through a step-by-step goal-setting process. 

Our well-constructed curriculum aids in this seamless process. 

We also rely on our well qualified, professional teaching staff to create

a nurturing, positive, well planned learning environment.

Parental support is vital to a child's success, therefore we offer

parent conferences twice per school year. Each of our student's progress

is tracked through student portfolios and report cards. 

Infant & Young Toddler 

      This program is molded around the needs of your little one.  Each child has a caregiver who will center their day around the schedule of those for whom she cares.  Besides meeting the basic needs of your little one, the caregiver plans activities to enhance your child's day.  She will stimulate your child's cognitive, emotional, and physical development.  Your child will be challenged through song, talk, touch, and play.

     The bond of trust between the caregiver, your child, and you is of high importance to us.  We understand it is very difficult to leave your little one in someone's care; therefore, we hope to ease the transition with trial days and constant communication.  Daily information sheets share your child's mealtimes, nap times, diapering, and activities. Infant program only offered at Carbondale center.

Early Preschool (Twos)

     This is the time to instill a bit of structure into your child's day.  We will help them understand routines by participating in many activities, including; circle time, music & movement, small group learning, reading time, and outdoor recess. 


     This is the age of curiosity and independence.  Our staff will guide these traits by teaching self-help skills and planning fun and exciting lessons.  They will guide your child through age-appropriate milestones, which will better prepare them for preschool. Your child will be engrossed in special interest areas to help develop their social-emotional, physical, cognitive, and communication skills. . Your child does not have to be potty trained for this program, although it is encouraged and teachers will provide potty training advice and support. 


Pre-Kindergarten 3 & 4 (Full & Half Day Programs)



     Children have tons of energy and love to explore their environment.  Play takes on a whole new meaning at this age!  They are learning through creativity and peer relationships.  This is why our teachers provide lots of hands-on activities and create an atmosphere for learning. 

     Pre-Kindergarten is an essential path in the journey to Kindergarten.  Our teachers provide encouragement and motivation to give your child a strong sense of self.  Our small class size of ten to twelve children allows our staff to provide tailored lessons which allow your child to reach his educational goals at a faster pace. 

     Our teachers' goal is to develop a strong foundation in skills such as; phonological awareness, early pre-writing skills, pre-reading skills, social skills, and pre-math skills.  Handwriting Without Tears Curriculum is used in our classrooms. Life skills are also an important part of your preschooler's day.  Staff encourages their students to build relationships with their peers, see situations from different perspectives, and monitor their own behavior. Students participate in daily music & movement, circle time, fine-motor activities, reading time, art, math, center time, and social studies. Please note: ​your child must be fully potty trained for these programs.

Junior Kindergarten (Full & Half Day Programs)


     Our Junior Kindergarten program is an academically challenging program for children entering Kindergarten the following fall. We strive for significant developmental gains in many areas of development, including

  • Writing (forming upper and lower case letters, words, simple sentences) Handwriting Without Tears Curriculum 
  • Reading (letter sounds, sight words, blends)
  • Everyday Math Curriculum (recognizing numbers, simple addition and subtraction, sequences, patterns, measurement, time, graphing, money, sorting, and classifying objects)
  • Gross Motor Skills (balance, jumping, climbing, skipping)
  • Life/Social Skills (working with peers, self-help, cooperation, independence)
  • Science (exploring the world around them, nature, experiments, STEM)
  • Social Studies (world events, holidays, cultural awareness, diversity)
  • Sonrisas Spanish Curriculum (songs, colors, numbers, basic words)        


*see Private Kindergarten tab for more information

PA Pre-K Counts Program

New this school year is our FREE PA Pre-K Counts program for eligible students aged 3 & 4 by September 1st. Students may NOT be Kindergarten age-eligible for the upcoming school year. Families must be income eligible. Daily program hours are 8:00 am to 2:30 pm Monday thru Friday. Students must attend five days per week for a minimum of 180 school days. Summer Programs & Before/Aftercare are available at current program rates. 

Download, Print, and Return this form to the center along with the following items:

Income Verification (all that apply)

  • W-2 (previous year)
  • Paystubs reflecting household earnings
  • IRS form used for reporting tips
  • Written employer statement of anticipated earnings
  • Self-Employed: tax return or business records establishing profit
  • Unearned Income- SS letter stating the amount of SS benefits
  • Child Support (deductions or inclusion)

Other Required Documents:

  • Proof of PA residency (utility bill)
  • Child's immunization record & health assessment (see form parent forms page)
  • Copy of Child's Birth Certificate

For more information & eligibility requirements, visit: https://papromiseforchildren.com/pa-pre-k-counts/