Second Street Learning & Technology Center

Located in 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 life skill 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.

Our current hours are Monday through Friday 5:30 am to 9:00 pm. 

We are 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 construction of the Technology Center, an environmentally friendly building with LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Today, our program serves over 350 children a year 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, teachers, assistant teachers, and aides. Dedicated volunteers also assist our staff. We are accredited through the Keystone Stars Program (Star 4) and are committed to continuously enhancing the quality of the learning program through Keystone STARS while maintaining compliance with program regulations.

Services Offered:

Nutritious Meals And Snacks

Indoor Activities – circle time, age-appropriate crafts, storytime and more

Outdoor Activities – summer camps and field trips

Rest Time – scheduled afternoon naps

Transportation – provided during the school year for children attending schools in the Reading and Mount Penn school districts as well as Catholic schools

After School homework support

Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts – for children ages 3 to 5 years old

Partnerships

  • BCIU – We use this program for referral services for children with challenges
  • Early Intervention/SAM – We use both of these programs as referral services for children with challenges 
  • Head Start – We transport to the Head Start Programs in order to help Pre-K children prepare for kindergarten the following year
  • Reading Recreation – Our school-age children are able to participate in summer camps provided by Reading Recreation

Contact

Nancy Remy

Phone: 610-374-4696 x 254

VP of Childcare 

Tatiana Cardona

Phone: 610-374-4696 x295

Head Teacher

Denise Merritt

Phone: 610-374-4696 x243

Head Teacher  

Infant

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, learn to take small steps and begin to socialize with peers. Scheduled music and movement classes are a favorite of all our infants. Our staff is able to provide personal attention and promote basic intellectual and social skills by reading books, singing songs and emotionally supporting each child’s growth and development.

Preschool

Our 3 to 5 year olds spend their days participating in early literacy activities, math, and comprehension skills through hands-on learning, structured activities and independent exploration. Work sampling as well as Ages and Stages measures the progress of child development throughout the year. The staff continues to nurture each child and supports the self-help skills that they began to learn as toddlers. As child develop we assess each child’s ability to recognize letters, shapes, colors, sight words and sounds.

Toddler

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  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. 

School Age

As children reach their school-age years they enjoy peer socialization, fun games, introductory learning experiences and time outside for physical activity. The children are offered a variety of centers and activities based on the STAR program, and are assisted and supported with their school work each day. They also have access to Reading Eggs, a literacy based software program that enhances literacy skills. In the summer this age group has the opportunity to participate in off-site activities.

Q & A

Q. Do you provide meals for the kids in daycare? How much does it cost?

A: We provide 3 meals and 3 snacks a day for the children. Meals and snacks are included in our fees. 

Q. Do you have food for the children?

A: We provide 3 meals and 3 snacks a day for the children. Meals and snacks are included in our fees. 

Q: Do you provide transportation? How much does it cost?

A: Transportation is provided during the school year for children attending schools in the Reading and Mount Penn school districts as well as all Catholic schools in the Reading and Muhlenberg area. Transportation is included in our fees.  

Q: Do you take children in the daycare program with special needs?

A: Yes, we accept children with a variety of special needs. Children are evaluated on a case by case basis. (We are not able to provide tube-feeding.) For specific questions, please email Nancy M. Remy VP, Child Care.

Q: What are the hours of the Second Street Learning and Technology Center?

A: Monday through Friday from 5:30 am until 9:00 pm. We are no longer open on weekends.

Q: What do I need to bring in order to register my child at the Second Street Learning Center?

A: Please bring the following:

  • Copy of child’s most recent physical
  • Copy of child’s immunization records
  • Child/Children’s Social Security Card
  • Child/Children’s Medical Card
  • Your Photo I.D.
  • Registration fee
    Download a copy of this information in English or Spanish.
Q: What do I need to drop off with my child for infant care?

A: Diapers, a change of clothes, and pre-made formula.

Q: What does it mean to be an accredited Keystone STAR 4 Center?

A: Keystone STARS (Standards, Training/Professional Development, Assistance, Resources) provides families with a tool to gauge the quality of early learning programs. As programs move up the STARS ladder, they are providing even higher quality experiences, so your child benefits even more from the program. Early learning programs can earn STAR 1 to a STAR 4 level. To learn more visit: www.pakeys.org.

We are accredited through the Keystone Stars Program (Star 4) and are committed to continuously enhancing the quality of the learning program through Keystone STARS while maintaining compliance with program regulations.

Q: What if my child has an IEP?

A: Please bring your child’s IEP to your intake appointment.

Q: Will you make my baby’s formula if I provide a mix or powder?

A: No, it has to be pre-made. State regulations prohibit us from mixing formula.