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Early Learning Resource Center

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YWCA Greater Pittsburgh manages the Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) of Allegheny County. Our professional staff provides tips on how to identify quality early learning and helps families find the child care services they need. We can help you find qualified child care providers near your home or office and give you information on provider fees, services, and participation in Keystone STARS or NAEYC Accreditation. ELRC services are free to all Allegheny County families, regardless of family income.

Contact the ELRC today! 

Early Learning Resource Center, 412- 261-2273 (CARE) or 1-800-392-3131,  Fax: 412-246-4543

ELRC also provides child care subsidies to eligible families (PDF) with children up to the age of 13 if the parent is working or enrolled in training/education programs; older children ages 13 to 19 with a physical or emotional disability and unable to care for themselves may also qualify for subsidized care. Parents/caretakers may choose any child care facility that participates in the ELRC program. ELRC pays a portion of the child care costs directly to the child care facility/provider (determined by income level), and parent/caretakers pay a small portion based on family size and income.

On November 6, 2019, Councilman Walton visited YWCA's Early Child Development & Education Center:

Interested in Becoming a Child Care Provider?

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These services are funded through Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services.


COMPASS is the State of PA's online system that provides many options for finding assistance including child care subsidy, cash assistance, medical assistance, food stamps and more.
Apply for Child Care Financial Assistance Online


Pennsylvania's Promise for Children is a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of providing every young child in Pennsylvania with access to quality early learning opportunities.

Did you know?

According to the Center for Disease Control, African American women are over three times more likely to be murdered with a gun than white women.

Read more about YWCA's position on gun violence.

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