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Education and Educational Support Services


 Services at No Charge (F)  Fee for Services ($)
 Sliding Scale (SS)  Insurance Accepted (I)
 Support Group (G)  Serving Berks County (B)
 Serving Lancaster County (L)  Hotline or Helpline (H)
 Appointment Necessary (A)  Drop-Ins Welcome (D)
 Multi-Lingual Services (M)  

4-H Clubs
An informal, educational program for boys and girls ages 8 - 18 to learn skills, knowledge and positive attitudes through "learn by doing" projects.(F, $, B, A, D)
1238 Co. Welfare Rd., Ag Ctr., Leesport, 19533
1383 Arcadia Road, Rm. 1, Lancaster, PA 17601 ($, L, A)

American Education Services/PHEAA
Working to improve career, school and college educational opportunities for PA residents as well as promoting the importance of early planning in fulfilling higher educational goals. (F, L)
1200 N 7th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102-1444

The Arc Alliance
The Arc's advocacy service, educational programs and efforts are directed toward the improvement of lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities. (BC, MC, A, $, F)
Eagleville Office, 3075 Ridge Pike, Eagleville, PA 19403
Reading Office, 1829 New Holland Road, Suite 9, Reading, PA 19607

Basic Skills Center
Providing adult basic education and GED preparation, resume development and computer training, plus tutoring and computer instruction by appointment. (L)
Crispus Attucks Community Center
407 Howard Ave., Lancaster PA 17602

Berks County -- Online Homework Help
Website provides the following links:
ipl2: Ask Here PA: Online homework help. Questions answered; information at your fingertips
Testing & Education Reference Center: Test preparation tools for High school, college, career, and TOEFL.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.
Databases - Power Library: Find articles from magazines, newspapers, and encyclopedias. Plus AP Images photo archive, and Auto Repair Reference Center.

Berks County Public Libraries' Bookmobile
With 36 stops around Berks Co., provides adult/juvenile fiction, nonfiction, reference collection, videos, CDs, dvds, cassettes, books on cd or tape, and interlibrary loan. (F, B, D)
1037 S. MacArthur Rd., Reading, PA 19605

BCIU (Berks County Intermediary Unit) Help Desk
Offering free help for computer problems, Mon. - Fri., 8 am - 8pm
610-987-8500 · 610-926-8500

Berks Educators: A Christ-oriented Network (BEACON)
Homeschoolers' support group meeting the 1st Thurs. monthly offering speakers, activities for preschool - 12th grades, recess time, periodic field trips and homeschoolers' field day in May. ($, B)
Grace Bible Fellowship Church,
Marion St. and Hampden Blvd., Reading, PA

Black Women In Sport Foundation
Provide educational programs after school, appropriate life experiences through sports, facilitate the development of resources for and about black women. (F, $, B, L)
P.O. Box 2610, Phila., PA 19130
215-877-1925 x320

Citizens Scholarship Foundation of Lancaster Co.
A non-profit organization that provides interest free loans to financially qualified students of Lancaster County who are attending a post secondary learning institution. (F, L)
P.O. Box 1601, Lancaster, PA 17608
717- 397-7920

Coalition of Homeschoolers Across Lancaster Co.
Provides support groups and services to homeschoolers, including a newsletter listing activities and events for home schooling parents and children. (F, G, L)

Community School of Music & the Arts
Individual and group lessons in keyboards, guitar, strings, woodwinds, trumpet, drums, dance, acting, painting, ceramics and sculpture. Experienced staff of 20; some scholarship help available. ($, B, D)
345 Douglass St., Reading, PA 19601

Don’t Borrow Trouble Helpline
Public education initiative aimed at stopping predatory lending practices, and to educate families and individuals about how to avoid predatory lending scams; offers a safe place to call before they sign anything that puts their home at risk.
1-888-275-8843 -- Mon -- Thu, 9 am -- 1 pm

Education Law Center
Providing free legal advice for families on public education issues, publications and representation in systems reform litigation. (F, B, L, H, M)
1315 Walnut St., 4th Fl., Phila., PA 19107

Even Start Family Literacy Program|5545|5578|&pp=3
Offering adult education (ESL Program), an early childhood development program, parenting skills program and PACT - Parents & Children Together training. (F, B, A, M)
Reading Area Community College
2nd & Penn Sts., Reading, PA 19603

610-372-4721 ext. 5188

The Garage Community & Youth Center
The Garage Community & Youth Center, Kennett Square, has recently opened a new center in West Grove. Both centers are open only to middle and high school students from Mon -- Fri, 3 to 6 pm. Homework help is available Mon -- Thu, 6 to 7 pm. The centers offer computer use and recreational activities. (CC, F, D)
Kennett Center
155 S. Union Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348
West Grove Center
122 Rosehill Road
West Grove, PA 19390

God's Learning Group
A hands-on homeschool cooperative teaching history, science, and much more. Classes for preschool through H.S., nursery available. Meets Fridays 8:30 am - 1 pm. ($, G, B, D)
Kissinger's Lutheran Church
715 Berkshire Blvd., Wyomissing, PA 19610

Head Start Program -- Lancaster County
Head Start's mission is to promote school readiness for low-income children by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development in a learning environment that supports children's growth in language and literacy, mathematics and science, social and emotional functioning, creative arts and physical skills. Based on needs assessments, Head Start helps low-income children and their families obtain health, educational, nutritional, social, and other services appropriate to their needs.
Head Start centers are located in Columbia, Ephrata, Lancaster, Lititz, Manheim, Mount Joy, New Holland, and Quarryville. (L, A, SS)
601 S. Queen Street PO Box 599
Lancaster, PA 17608-0599


Head Start -- Berks County
Head Start is designed to meet the social, emotional, health, nutritional, and psychological needs of preschool children of low-income families. Families must meet income guidelines established by the federal government. The guidelines are updated annually and are equal to the federal poverty rate. (BC, A, F, SS)
1111 Commons Boulevard
P.O. Box 16050
Reading, PA 19612

Head Start Programs
Providing children ages 3 - 5 from low-income families with programs to meet their educational, emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs. (F, B, L, A, M)
BCAP, P.O. Box 22, Reading, PA 19603
BCIU, 1111 Commons Blvd., Reading, PA 19605
CAP, 601 S. Queen St., Lancaster, PA 17608

Human Relations 101 Program
Four school programs for grades 5 - 12 titled Respecting Myself and Others, Dealing with Conflict, Problem-solving and Becoming Peer-Proof/Dealing with Stressful Situations. ($, B)
Human Relations Council, 645 Penn St., Suite 201, Reading, PA 9601

Institute of the Arts - Frank O. Scott Outreach
The city outreach program provides classes in art, dance, music and drama to young people, taught by the Institute faculty. (B, L, D)
1100 Belmont Ave., Wyomissing, PA 19610

International Dyslexia Assn., PA Branch
24-hour information and referral service for dyslexic individuals, their families, teachers and other professionals. (F, B, L, H)

Junior Achievement
Educating and inspiring young people to value free enterprise, business and economics and improve the quality of their lives with leadership and self-reliance programs.
601 Penn St., Suite 105, Reading, PA 19601
1322 Loop Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601

Lancaster County Academy
High school diploma program for students who have dropped out of traditional high schools, offering them a second chance. (F, L, M)
1202 Park City Center, Lancaster, PA 17601

Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13
IU 13 is an education service agency coordinating services among school districts in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties, providing programs for exceptional children, children with developmental delays, and adult/alternative education programs. (L)
1020 New Holland Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601

Lancaster Preparatory School
Small private nonprofit elementary school licensed by PDE in learning disabilities. Classroom accommodations provided with 8:1 student -teacher ratio for grades K - 8.
3950 Columbia Ave., Columbia, PA 18512

Learning is For Everyone
(L.I.F.E.) After School Programs

Providing after school academics and enrichment activities for students to improve school performance, behavior and offer greater expectations for the future. (L)
Lancaster Family Center
601 S. Queen St., Lancaster, PA 17603

Library System of Lancaster County
Bringing together member libraries to create a cost effective network of technology, facilities and resources to meet the community's informational, educational, and recreational needs. (F, L)
29 E. King St., Suite 222, Lancaster, PA 17602

Lifespan Learning
Educational programs for adults on parenting, community, fellowship, knowledge and skills, mind and body wellness, personal growth and support, religion and spirituality, plus children's programs. ($, B, L)
Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster
538 Chestnut St., Lancaster, PA 17603

Linden Hall School for Girls
A college preparatory day and boarding school for girls in grades 6 - 12 and postgraduates, situated on 47 beautiful fence-enclosed acres.
212 E. Main St., Lititz, PA 17543

Literacy Council of Reading-Berks
Teaching reading, writing, oral and auditory English skills and their applications in daily living, to English and non-English speaking adults. (F, B, A)
35 S. Dwight St., West Lawn, PA 19609

Live Homework Help
Live Homework Help is available for patrons living within Lancaster County. - K-12 Student Center, College Center and the SkillsCenter™ Resource Library: 24/7
K-12 Student Center is designed for students of all ages and levels to get one-to-one tutoring and homework help. Students work one-on-one with certified tutors on homework, projects, studying, essay writing and test prep in 20 subjects (Math, Science, English, Social Studies, ProofPoint™ via an Online Classroom.
College Center offers Math, Science, English, Social Studies, Resume Help, GED Prep, ProofPoint™.
SkillsCenter™ Resource Library: 24/7 offers Homework, Test Prep and Career help.
Free K-12 Student Center & College Center Help is available Sunday through Saturday, from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and is available in Spanish.
If you are a member of a U.S. military family you may be eligible to access services 24/7 through our military program. Please go to to see if you are eligible.
New Features: Mobile app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Personalized services with optional accounts (select your favorite tutor, replay sessions, more.)

March of Dimes
Improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality through programs of research, community services, fund raising events, education and advocacy. (B, L, H)
519 Reading, Ave., West Reading, PA 19611

Motivated Moms, Inc.

English classes provided for immigrant adults and their preschool children, taught from a biblical perspective. Volunteers to tutor small ESL classes and to teach children's classes are needed. (F, G, B, M)
Tues. & Thurs. 9 - 11 am.
First Presbyterian Church
37 S. 5th St., Reading, PA 19601
Thurs. 7 - 9 pm
Emanuel United Methodist Church
8th & Washington Sts., Reading, PA

Natural Learners
Nonsectarian support group for home educators and self-directed learners, providing educational opportunities through cooperative family activities. Active participation of all group members is encouraged. ($, G, B, L)
610-670-1844 · 717-394-2024

New Choices/New Options
10-day career guidance program for single parents, displaced homemakers and those seeking non-traditional careers addresses strengths, interests, aptitudes, local education and training opportunities, scholarships and financial aid. (F, L, D)
110 N. Lime St., Lancaster, PA 17602

New Holland Homeschoolers
Homeschoolers support group for New Holland/Narvon community offering monthly activities and/or field trips, a learning fair every February and a track and field day in May. ($, G, L)

PA Governor's Schools of Excellence
PA Dept. of Education program offering five-week, full scholarship, residential summer programs for gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors. (F, B, L)
333 Market St., 8th Fl.
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333

PA Higher Education Assistance Agency Regional Office
Providing information on financial aid for post secondary education. (F, B, A)
King's College, Box 1673, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711

PA Junior Miss Scholarship Program
Scholarship competition for high school senior girls. Categories are scholastics (20%), interview (25%), fitness (15%) and poise (15%). There are no entry fees. (F, B, L)
2431 Hillside Dr., Indiana, PA 15701

Parent Child Home Program
Literacy-based program serving families with children age 2 - 3. Home Visitors emphasize verbal interaction/learning through play, using carefully chosen books and toys. (F, L, M)
Lancaster Family Center, 601 S. Queen St., Lancaster, PA 17608

Parent Education Network
Helping families communicate more effectively with school and related service professionals, and supporting parents of children with disabilities. (B, L, H, F)

Pennsylvania PTA
Supporting and speaking on behalf of students and before governmental agencies making decisions affecting children, developing parental skills, encouraging parent/public involvement in public schools. (F, $, B, L)
4804 Derry St., Harrisburg, PA 17111

Postpartum Depression Support Group
Self-help groups providing support to women experiencing postpartum depression. Meetings offer peer support, education and hope for recovery. (F, G, B, L, D)
The Reading Hospital Women's Center
Doctor's Ofc. Bldg., Ste. 125, W. Reading, PA 19611
Mental Health Assn.
630 Janet Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601

Pregnant & Parenting Teen Program/Project Elect
By responding to the specific needs of pregnant and parenting youth, these BCIU programs help young parents raise healthy children and stay in school. (F, G, B)
BCIU, 1111 Commons Blvd., Reading, PA 19612
610-987-8628 · 610-987-8629

Ready. Set. READ! Berks County
Ready. Set. READ! is a collaboration among United Way of Berks County, the educational and business communities and community organizations that will ensure reading proficiency for students by the end of third grade. Volunteer tutoring, parent education and community awareness are just a few of the ways Ready. Set. READ! will accomplish this goal. (B, A, F & $)
United Way of Berks County

Secondary Enrichment Experience (SEE)
Seminars for gifted middle and high school students offering a wide variety of topics and experiences not readily available in the regular classroom. (F, L)
Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13, 1110 Enterprise Rd., East Petersburg, PA 17520

School Outreach Program
Working with parents, students and teachers, encouraging them to take an active role in their children's lives, offering case management, information/referral, follow-up services, peer support. (L)
Lancaster Family Center
601 South Queen Street, Lancaster, PA

Student Assistance Program (SAP)
Assists schools in identifying barriers to students' learning/school success, mobilizing school resources to remove barriers and assisting parents and students in accessing community services. (F, $, I, B, L)
Dept. of Public Welfare, Office of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
2nd F., Beechmont, P.O. Box 2675
, Harrisburg, PA 17105
Berks Co. MH/MR Program
633 Court St., 15th Fl., Reading, PA 19601
Lancaster Co. MH/MR Program
1120 Frances Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601

Talent Search Project at RACC
Helping 6 - 12 graders (whose parents are not college graduates) prepare and plan for attending college, developing study skills, exploring financial aid, visiting colleges, preparing for SAT's, etc. (F, B)
Suite 603, Madison Bldg., 400 Washington St., Reading, PA 19601

Upward Bound Program
A pre-college program for 9th - 11th graders that provides career counseling, tutoring, and academic support to enhance learning and academic performance, utilizing campus and community volunteers. (F, L)
P. O. Box 1002, Millersville University, Millersville, PA 17551

Westminster Home Educators Exchange
Christian-oriented group of homeschooling families, gathering for 6 wks. in spring/fall, where parents offer 3 classes a day for Pre-K - 8th graders, including prayer & share. ($, B, L)


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