Childcare assistance programs combine under Northwest Institute of Research

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A community resource for parents looking for some additional assistance will be in new hands starting Monday.

For working parents, access to childcare is essential, but those services often come with a hefty cost.  That’s why, for years, Erie County has offered child care information services on West 8th Street.  But, starting Monday, Childcare Information Services will be under new leadership. 

CCIS workers assist families with the cost of childcare.  The Northwest Institute of Research is absorbing CCIS as part of its Early Learning Resource Center.  The ELRC is a partner with the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning. 

CEO of the Northwest Institute of Research, Joyce Miller, says, “…the Early Learning Resource Centers now are a larger umbrella that combine those two functions which previously had been done under separate entities”.

The program will combine the duties of the CCIS with the services that help childcare providers improve their quality.  The county has been working on the transition with the Northwest Institute of Research for months.  

The new location is at 3823 West 12th Street. 

The woman running the program locally says the ELRC will make things more efficient for parents.

Miller says, “Basically, it’s a new place to check in and the state has communicated with all of the existing families that are receiving childcare subsidies so that they know that this is the new location.”

The state-created 19 ELRC’s across the state, including one this one that is opening in Erie on Monday.  Miller says with time, they might open satellite locations to accommodate more people throughout the county. 

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