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Child Care Works for Somerset Campaign

Business relies on workers. Working parents with young children rely on child care. Moms and dads with young children cannot enter the workforce, complete training, or remain on the job without it.


The Child Care Works for Somerset Campaign aims to increase access to quality child care in Somerset by renovating and expanding The Learning Lamp Center for Children in Somerset Borough. The Keystone STARS top-rated STAR 4 center is housed in a building that initially served the community as a health club. The setup was never ideal for child care and included underused space that was transformed into new classrooms and indoor play areas.

Why support the Child Care Works for Somerset campaign?

We are committed to increasing access to high-quality child care in Somerset County. The Learning Lamp’s Somerset Child Care Center services 91 children through our early care and education programs, providing care for workers from more than 15 of the county’s top 50 employers. It provides care for workers from more than 68 employers in all. This project created 27 new jobs that include advancement opportunities such as a free college degree through Pennsylvania’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) Registered Apprenticeship Pathway.

Together, with investment by forward-thinking community partners like you promise to bolster the labor force, support business and industry, and strengthen the local economy — today, tomorrow, and for years to come.

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Since launching the Child Care Works for Somerset campaign, The Learning Lamp raised over $2.6 million, or 90% of the renovation costs. Once completed, the center will accommodate 134 children. Working families with young children, business and industry, and the region’s economy are counting on all of us to complete this valuable work. Together, let’s build a foundation for the future for Somerset’s workers and their children.

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