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York child care agency expects to hire, grow

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Child Care Consultants in York is adding between 30 and 40 employees and hopes to boost its annual revenue to approximately $75 million after being named one of the state's 12 regional resource centers for child care operators.

The nonprofit was selected as a regional center by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ Office of Child Development and Early Learning.

As a regional center, Child Care Consultants will expand its services in York, Adams, Lancaster, Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry and Lebanon counties through its Child Care Works program, which helps low-income working families pay for child care.

Christy S. Renjilian, Child Care Consultants’ executive director, said the regional centers, which take effect July 1, create a single point of contact for families, early-service providers and communities in accessing quality child care and early learning programs. The centers will have a primary location in their designated region and most will have satellite offices.

Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller described the announcement of the regional centers as groundbreaking for Pennsylvania’s early learning system. They are part of an effort pursued by Pennsylvania day care centers to help reduce costs and boost recruiting efforts through agreements known as a shared-services model.

According to the Office of Child Development and Early Learning, the regional centers enable Pennsylvania’s working families to keep working while establishing avenues for their children to develop and learn.

Renjilian said staff members being hired are individuals that work directly with families in determining their best child care options – and making connections with other organizations.

The nonprofit currently has 48 employees.

Renjilian said that Child Care Consultants is currently working with about 25,000 children and their families, but will grow to close to 30,000.

Child Care Consultants’ current budget is $21 million. Renjilian said that the approximately $55 million in additional funding covers additional payments to child care providers serving more low-income working families through the Child Care Works program.

Child Care Consultants will continue to offer up assistance for Keystone STARS, a program geared toward improving early learning and development of school-aged children, and serve as a subcontractor to Child Development and Family Council of Centre County for programs in Centre, Mifflin, Juniata, Snyder, Union and Northumberland counties, said Renjilian.

The agency will also continue to oversee the Child and Adult Care Food Program for 21 counties as well as maintain the United Way of York County as a Partner Agency. The food program assists children and families with their diets and helps establish better eating habits.

“We have a long history of working with a wide variety of community partners to promote access, affordability and quality of early childhood education programs for families and children. Child Care Consultants looks forward to building upon our strengths and creating new partnerships to enhance services,” Renjilian said.

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Emily Thurlow

Emily Thurlow

​Emily Thurlow covers York County​ for the Central Penn Business Journal. Have a tip? Drop her a line at ethurlow@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter @localloislane.

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