3823 W. 12th St.
NWIR Quality Early Learning Show
9:05-9:30am – every other Friday
A nonprofit research and technical assistance organization, it partners with public and private human service organizations and their stakeholders to build and operate high quality, accountable, and results-driven programs.
Since 2005, NWIR began devoting much of its work to workforce development. Its primary function is to administer the NW Regional Key and the Keystone STARS program, which is funded through a grant received from the Office of Child Development and Early Learning at the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and Department of Education (see www.nwregionalkey.org). This funding includes an allocation from the federal Child Care Development Fund along with state dollars aimed at improving the quality of early care and education. Ultimately, the purpose of this statewide program is to improve the outcomes for young children as they prepare for school.
The Regional Keys are contracted to five separate organizations geographically dispersed across Pennsylvania serving the northwest, southwest, central, northeast and southeast. The Northwest Regional Key serves early care and education facilities in 19 counties, including Armstrong, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Venango and Warren.