3823 W. 12th St.
NWIR Quality Early Learning Show
8:35-9:00am – 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 Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC), 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.
Early Learning Resource Centers are contracted to 12 separate organizations geographically dispersed across Pennsylvania serving 19 regions. NWIR primarily provides families, children, and early care and education practitioners with the services of the Child Care Works subsidy and the Keystone STARS Quality Rating Improvement System programs within the Region 1 ELRC that includes Crawford, Erie, Mercer and Venango counties. It also assists families in accessing the services of Early Intervention, Head Start and Pre-K Counts. NWIR also contracts services for the Keystone STARS program within the Region 2 ELRC that includes Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Potter and Warren counties.