Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center is widely recognized for 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 have 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.
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.
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.
Lacey has a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from California University of Pennsylvania and a Director's Credential from the Community College of Allegheny County. She has worked in the Early Childhood Field for 6+ years and has been the Program Director at Heritage Community Initiative's 4 Kids Early Learning Center since December of 2012.
Terrence (Terry) Smith
Assistant Program Director
Terry has both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Sports Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Terry grew up in Braddock Pennsylvania and has worked at 4 Kids for over 7 years.
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