Reading Area Community College Hopes To Build a $33 Million Early Childhood Education Center

Reading Area Community College is hoping to build a $33 million state-of-the-art child care center on its campus in the city and is asking the Reading School District to help fund the project.

Dr. Susan Looney, RACC president, and Kenneth Dearstyne, senior vice president of finance and administrative services at the community college, presented the plan at a recent school board meeting.

“The current situation I think is what is most telling,” Looney said. “More than half of Americans live in a child care desert.”

“High quality child care centers, which in Pennsylvania are defined as Keystone three and four star, are virtually nonexistent in the city of Reading,” she added.

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