Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center
Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center is widely recognized for the quality and professionalism. Our facility, located in Braddock, is licensed by the Department of Welfare (DPW) and accredited by The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which sets demanding standards for early education programs. We have also reached Star 4 level of Pennsylvania’s Keystone STARS, a program for the highest quality in teacher qualifications, professional development, classroom environments and curricula.
We’ve served more than 3,500 children and their families since we opened in September 1998. Our community-based center and school-based classrooms focus on the cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and creative needs of the children.
Some of our evidence based benefits are:
We accept children six weeks through five years old. We offer both Head Start and Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts classrooms. Fees are based on individual family circumstances. If a family is eligible for a subsidy such as CCIS (Child Care Information Services), the 4 Kids staff will assist in the arrangements—we work closely with parents to make sure care is available and affordable for all families. 4 Kids also offers bridge funding for income-eligible families through our involvement with the EITC (Educational Improvement Tax Credit) program. Every child receives the same excellent care and education, no matter what the family pays.
4 Kids Early Learning Center is open 6:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. We close for eight holidays each year: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, the 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas. We also close for five in-service days for staff training. In case of an emergency or weather related closings, our Alert Now system allows parents to know in advance if the center will be closed or delayed.
To enroll a child, the parent or guardian must complete enrollment forms, and the child must have a health assessment and be current with immunizations. To learn more about enrolling your child, please call us at 412.271.3300.
Our curriculum is based on a holistic approach that includes child, parent/guardian and teacher in identifying and addressing academic, emotional, cognitive and psychological needs for each child.
For each age group, a carefully planned curriculum outlines what children will learn, along with the teaching strategies we use to achieve those goals. Because reading is the foundation for success in school and the workplace, each curriculum’s major focus is promoting emerging literacy. We also focus on math, science and technology, through our “First Steps to Math and Science” program. But many other factors also contribute to school success, and we work to make sure that enrolled preschool children are “school ready” before they enter kindergarten.
Our classroom environments are designed to promote successful learning as well as safety, comfort, and stimulation. Every day includes multiple enrichment activities designed both to be fun and to reinforce the curriculum. Art and music are woven throughout the day; every classroom has a pet to learn from; and the outdoor education area is the source of many lessons. Our outdoor education area includes various play structures, a butterfly and vegetable garden, and a sandbox.
Heritage 4 Kids Welcomes Ms. PJ
4 Kids Early Learning Center is excited to welcome Ms. Priscilla Jarrett to our team. Ms. Priscilla will be joining our team on Tuesday November 12th as the new Education Business Manager for both 4 Kids Early Learning Center and Heritage Out of School Time. Please join us in welcoming her to the team!
Miss Lacey Twigg -Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center's Program Director
Lacey has a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education from California University of PA and a Director's Credential from CCAC. She has worked in the Early Childhood Field for 6+ years and has been 4 Kids Early Learning Center's Program Director since December of 2012.
Mr. Terry Smith- Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center's Assistant Director
Terry has a Bachelor Degree in Sports Management and a Master Degree in Sports Management from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Terry began working in May 2007 at 4 Kids Early Learning Center as a summer camp aide,was promoted to a Lead Teacher for both 4 Kids Early Learning Center and Heritage Out of School Time, and was promoted again in August of 2013 to 4 Kids Early Learning Center's Assistant Director.
Miss Priscilla Jarrett-Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center's Education Business Manager
Miss LaMonique Adom-Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center's Lead Older Toddler Teacher
LaMonique has a Bachelors of Science degree in Art Education from Penn State University. LaMonique began working at 4 Kids Early Learning Center in March 2012.
Miss Helena Ambroffi-Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center's Assistant Teacher
Helena has earned her CDA through Point Park University. She began working at 4 Kids Early Learning Center 5 1/2 years ago during the time our Pre-K Counts Program was located at Good Shepherd. Helena currently assists in all of the classroom but primarily works in the Toddler Programs.
Miss Laura Dentel -Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center's Pre-K Counts Teacher
Miss DeAndrea Dudley-Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center's Assistant Teacher
Miss Erica Karapandi -Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center's Family Advocate
Miss Courtney Kelly-Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center's Lead Young Toddler Teacher
Miss Patricia Kelley-Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center's Lead Older Toddler Teacher
Miss Kari Kramer-Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center's Substitute Teacher
Miss Kathleen Kraus-Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center's Pre-K Counts Teacher
Kathy has her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lock Haven University and is a PA State Certified Teacher. She is currently working on her Level 2 Certification and is taking Master level courses through the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. Kathy began working at 4 Kids Early Learning Center in 2
Miss Stephanie McGuigan-Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center' Master Teacher/Lead Preschool Teacher
Stephanie has her Bachelor's Degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Elementary Education. She began working for Heritage as a Lead Summer Camp Teacher in the summer of 2012 at the Heritage Out of School Time Location. Stephanie is a Master teacher working at both programs and is a part of the Scholarship Management Team.
Miss Janel Needham-Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center's Lead Middle Toddler Teacher
Miss Velma Peart-Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center's Lead Floating Teacher
Miss Tiffany Pistella-Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center's Lead Head Start Preschool Teacher
Miss Lauren Pritchard-Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center's Assistant Pre-K Counts Teacher
Miss LaNica Rodgers-Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center's Master Teacher and Lead Head Start Preschool Teacher
Miss Sharice Sewell-Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center's Nutritional Aide and Classroom Aide
Miss Naima Sturdivant-Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center's Lead Middle Toddler Teacher
Miss Susan Tokarsky-Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center's Lead Infant Teacher
Sue has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Child Development. She has been with Heritage for 4 Kids Early Learning Center for 14 years. Sue has worked in various classroom's and has held the position as Associate Director during the interim of a new Program Director.
Miss Jessica Toy- Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center's Lead Young Toddler Teacher
Miss Beverly Vire- Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center's Lead Infant Teacher
Heritage 4 Parents
Parents are critical to a child's success in school and peer relations. The Heritage 4 Parents program was created to provide 4 Kids parents with the skills and resources necessary to support their child's future. Heritage 4 Parents seeks to ensure that parents of young children have:The parenting skills necessary to interact with and advocate for their children as they move through their academic careers, access to support services that will enable them to provide for their children’s needs, and a network of parents and specialists to work through parenting issues.
4 Parents offers families workshops about issues relevant to parenting young children as well as one-on-one support for individualized needs. Visit the 4 Parents page to learn more about current workshops.
Are you an A+ teacher? We have a classroom for you!
4 Kids offers the opportunity for teachers to work with children ranging in age from 6 weeks through age 5 in an outstanding, curriculum based education program. Full-time and part-time teaching positions are available, as well as substitute teaching opportunities. Competitive benefits package is available for full-time employment. Join the Heritage team! Visit the Careers page to learn more, or submit your resume to HumanResources@heritageserves.org today!
Photos © James Powell Photography
In honor of last month’s tree theme the Preschool Penguins' added leaves and small branches to the discovery table. During enriched free play, Emily our future zoologist revealed a surprise to the class. Emily could hardly contain her excitement for what she had discovered so all the of Preschool Penguin’s gathered around to investigate Emily's findings.
What did Emily find you might be thinking? In the discovery table Emily had found a caterpillar among the leaves and branches.
Who would have thought Emily our future zoologist would prompt such a teachable moment? The teachers asked the children questions to encourage higher level thinking such as: “How did the caterpillar get into the discovery table? What do you think the caterpillar was doing? Do you think the caterpillar is hungry? What do you think a caterpillar eats?”
The children now have an appreciation for insects and have gained an understanding of living and non living things. Bingo, the classroom caterpillar, has now joined Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar in the 4Kids Early Learning Center Garden. Please feel free to stop by for a visit and speak with our future zoologist Emily!
Photos © James Powell Photography