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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.

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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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  • @thelearninglamp:✨$2,000 SIGN-ON BONUS✨ Seeking an opportunity to promote mental wellness in early childhood? Join our team as an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant to work in Westmoreland and Fayette Counties. Benefits include training, development, career advancement opportunities, and more! Pay rate: $18.00 - $20.00/hour. Candidates must have a Master’s Degree in Behavior Science, Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, or other related field, a minimum of 2500 hours of experience working with children, and the ability to pass clearances. Apply online today at https://tinyurl.com/ct6vtkvs #HiringNow
  • @thelearninglamp:Preschool registration for the 24-25 school year is NOW OPEN at ⭐Westmont (For 3 and 4-year-olds) ⭐Richland (part-day) ⭐Bedford ⭐Claysburg ⭐Portage For more information or to enroll your child, contact Melissa at 814-262-0732 x289 or email mgerber@thelearninglamp.org

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✨$2,000 SIGN-ON BONUS✨

Seeking an opportunity to promote mental wellness in early childhood? Join our team as an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant to work in Westmoreland and Fayette Counties. Benefits include training, development, career advancement opportunities, and more! Pay rate: $18.00 - $20.00/hour. Candidates must have a Master’s Degree in Behavior Science, Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, or other related field, a minimum of 2500 hours of experience working with children, and the ability to pass clearances. Apply online today at tinyurl.com/ct6vtkvs #HiringNow
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✨$2,000 SIGN-ON BONUS✨

Seeking an opportunity to promote mental wellness in early childhood? Join our team as an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant to work in Westmoreland and Fayette Counties. Benefits include training, development, career advancement opportunities, and more! Pay rate: $18.00 - $20.00/hour. Candidates must have a Master’s Degree in Behavior Science, Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, or other related field, a minimum of 2500 hours of experience working with children, and the ability to pass clearances. Apply online today at https://tinyurl.com/ct6vtkvs #HiringNow