Second Street Learning & Technology Center
Located in the lower level of Opportunity House at 430 North 2nd Street, the Second Street Learning Center opened in October 1996 to give homeless mothers an opportunity to participate in lifeskill classes offered at our shelter. It quickly became the answer to working parents in the Reading area. A combination of an increased need for these services and support from the community allowed the learning center to expand their hours, becoming the first 24-hour a day, 7-day a week childcare program focused on meeting the needs of low-income families in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The learning center added an additional seven classrooms in September 2011 with the addition of the Technology Center, an environmentally friendly building with LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Today, our program serves over 450 children in the community, ages 6 weeks to 13 years old. Of these children served, 98% come from families at or below the poverty level. We welcome children of all abilities with the commitment to provide quality care and education to every child. Our classrooms are staffed by a qualified team of professionals, including supervisors, assistant teachers and aides. Dedicated volunteers also assist our staff. We are accredited through the Keystone Stars Program (Star 3) and are committed to continuously enhancing the quality of the learning program through Keystone STARS while maintaining compliance with program regulations.
- Nutritious Meals And Snacks
- Scheduled Indoor Activities - circle time, age-appropriate crafts and more
- Reading Readiness - through the "Ready to Read" program, which focuses on teaching reading fundamentals to first graders
- Outdoor Activities - walks, field trips, our adaptive and "Second Street Beech" playgrounds and more
- Rest Time - scheduled afternoon naps and restful overnights
- Transportation - provided during the school year for children attending all schools in the Reading, Mount Penn and Muhlenberg school districts as well as all Catholic schools in the Reading, Mount Penn and Muhlenberg area
- After School Tutoring - available for school-age children with homework
- Computer Lab - Ready-Set-Read program funded by United Way is designed to supplement the Reading School District's reading program and encourage developmental progress and basic computer skills.
- On-Site Club Activities - Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts meet here after school
- Albright College - Students in need of community service are able to obtain their hours, as we offer a flexible schedule that works with their school and work schedule
- Alvernia University - Nursing students come in 5 hours every Thursday from February through April and schedule educational activities in each classroom
- BCIU - A parent outreach program is offered to help parents
- Early Intervention/SAM - We use both of these programs as referral services for special needs
- Headstart - We transport to the HeadStart schools in order to help PreK prepare for kindergarten the following year
- Hispanic Center - They use our technology center throughout the year to bring parents and neighbors in for various Spanish programs
- Reading School District - We work together to create a reading program that can be used both at the students' school and daycare.
Nancy Remy, Phone: 610-374-4696 x 254, VP of Childcare Denise Merritt, Head Teacher Tatiana Cardona, Phone: 610-374-4696 x295, Head Teacher
the Second Street Learning and Technology Center
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See below for more information regarding our childcare services for each age group.
The infant classroom is for children 6 weeks of age to 11 months. Our highly qualified staff is able to provide close attention to your little one. The children are able to crawl around on Lilly Pad Lane, learn to take small steps and begin to socialize with peers. Scheduled music and movement classes are a favorite of all infants. Our staff is able to provide personal attention and promote basic intellectual and social skills by reading books, singings songs and emotionally supporting each child’s growth and development.
Our toddler classroom is the first transition for infants. At 11 months they begin to spend part of their day in the toddler area. This classroom uses Creative Curriculum and is geared toward teaching our toddlers self-help skills, such as being potty trained, how to drink from a cup and self-feeding skills. The toddlers are monitored monthly, and parents receive a report three times a year through the Ounce Scale.
Our preschool classroom is where our 3 to 4 year olds spend their days. The preschoolers are able to learn early literary, math and comprehension skills through hands-on learning, structured activities and independent exploration. Work sampling measures the progress of child development throughout the year. The staff continues to nurture your child and support the self-help skills they began to learn as a toddler.
Our in-house Pre-K program assesses each child’s abilities to recognize letters, shapes, colors, sight words and sounds. As the year progresses, we monitor these abilities and implement curriculum that makes use of educational activities and games to teach the children the skills necessary to succeed in kindergarten. We meet with local schools, allowing the children to visit prior to starting kindergarten.
As children reach their school-age years they enjoy peer socialization, fun games and introductory learning experiences. Our staff and volunteers ensure that each child is able to have the enrichment and educational activities that will support the skills learned in the school district. Children have access to tutoring assistance at low student to staff ratios. One-on-one assistance is available as needed, and we will work with each child's individual learning and family service plan. They also have access to Reading Eggs, a literacy based software program that enhances literacy skills.
Our Young School Age classroom is a combination of Pre-K and Kindergarten students afterschool. The staff works with students ages 4-7 following Early Learning Standards and Pennsylvania Department of Education Learning Standards. Students may complete homework with tutors, play on our playground and participate in Elementary Reading Eggs or our School Success program.
We have tutors specifically working with each of our children in a small setting allowing for one-on-one help and support. The children are offered a variety of activities each day corresponding with Learning Standards and Educational Enrichment. They have access to 12 computers with various games and elementary skill software. Students often look forward to field trips and activities planned on non-school days.
Our Tween program includes children between the ages of 10 and 13. These students have planned tutoring and homework time after school and structured activities according to Pennsylvania Learning Standards. The curriculum and activities offered promote self-help skills, allowing students to learn how to take care of themselves as they reach their teen years. Students participate in bi-weekly yoga classes, Girl Scouts every Thursday and Math Fun Fridays.