A coalition of organizations have developed a strategic corridor for those who need to reach out for assistance in our area. This collaborative group, spear-headed by The United Way of the Laurel Highlands and the Cambria County Child Development Corporation, has built an efficient resource for navigating the cumbersome net of providers and services that exists in our region aimed at the Development of Children, and the family environment in which they are raised.
This resource, aptly named the Early Learning Pathway, affords families the opportunity to access resources that are specific to the development of a child, while following a linear path of providers and services, essentially keeping the family, and child (or children) within the confines of receiving structured, targeted assistance.
2 goals of the Early Learning Pathway
- To have families, and their children, who are enrolled in Child Development Programs remain within predetermined programs along a pathway in which they are graduated from 1 program to the next, essentially creating a “warm handoff” between service providers. The objective of this goal is to keep families, and their children, enrolled within programs that increase the overall quality of the environment in which the child (or children) is developing.
- To improve the overall chance that a child (ages 0-5) will be afforded the right to develop and grow in an environment that is nurturing and supportive of their overall social, emotional, and academic development.
Initial school districts where the ELP saw success were Greater Johnstown and Central Cambria. In the last year, both Blacklick Valley, and Northern Cambria have implemented the model in an effort to assist families, and provide essential pre-preparation for their future students.