SOURCE: Penn Foster

Penn Foster

September 07, 2017 09:00 ET

Penn Foster Early Childhood Education Academy Partners with Learning Care Group

Partnership with Leading Child Care Provider Offers Penn Foster Students the Opportunity to Gain Field Experience and Connections in the Industry

SCRANTON, PA--(Marketwired - September 07, 2017) - Penn Foster, a leading career-focused education provider for today's evolving workforce, has announced a new partnership between its Early Childhood Education Academy and Learning Care Group. As the second-largest child care provider in North America, Learning Care Group is a leader in early childhood education. Penn Foster and Learning Care Group have partnered in order to connect students in Penn Foster's Early Childhood Education Academy with internships at Learning Care Group child care centers across the nation

Penn Foster's Early Childhood Academy, which enrolled close to 4,000 students in 2016, offers a variety of career-focused diploma and degree programs, such as the High School Diploma with Child Care Professional career pathway, Child Development Training Career Certificate, Child Care Professional Career Diploma, Undergraduate Certificate in CDA Credential Preparation and Early Childhood Education Associate Degree. These flexible, low-cost programs help students learn the skills needed to start a career in child care or further develop their career path.

"We are thrilled to be an official education partner of Learning Care Group," said Nancy Moretti Ed.D. (ABD), M.S., Director of the Early Childhood Education Academy at Penn Foster. "This offers our students the incredible opportunity to connect with Learning Care Group centers in their community through Penn Foster, and apply for paid internships where they receive invaluable hands-on training as employees."

Learning Care Group's roster of brands include: La Petite Academy, Childtime Learning Centers, Tutor Time Child Care/Learning Centers, Montessori Unlimited, The Children's Courtyard, Everbrook Academy, and Creative Kids Learning Center.

"We are excited to be working with such a renowned distance learning institution, where through this partnership students can gain real-life experience to complement their coursework," said Laura Bevier, Campus Relations Manager, Learning Care Group. "Students will learn and work in our classrooms to gain valuable on-the-job training and industry experience to use upon graduation. We hope this will help students move forward with their careers, make connections in the industry, and inspire them to become the next generation of early childhood educators."

Penn Foster students in the Early Childhood Education Associate Degree program can apply for their final semester field experience (300 hours) by emailing Laura Bevier (lbevier@learningcaregroup.com.) If students are accepted, Learning Care Group will pay students minimum wage for the duration of the internship. Students in the Child Care Professional Career Diploma program may also apply for their Work Experience Option for this paid internship if they exceed 140 hours.

About Learning Care Group, Inc.

Learning Care Group is a leader in early child education and family solutions, with nearly 50 years of experience in inspiring children to love learning. Headquartered in Novi, Mich., the company provides early education and care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years through seven unique brands: Childtime Learning Centers, The Children's Courtyard, Creative Kids Learning Centers, Everbrook Academy, La Petite Academy, Montessori Unlimited, and Tutor Time Child Care/Learning Centers. It operates more than 900 schools (corporate and franchise) across 36 states, the District of Columbia and internationally, and has a capacity to serve more than 130,000 children. Learning Care Group's proprietary School Readiness Pathway supports the development of the academic and social skills needed for a smooth transition to elementary school. For more information, please visit www.learningcaregroup.com.

About Penn Foster

Students, employers and partner organizations rely on Penn Foster to build the skills and knowledge to power the 21st century workforce. For over 125 years, Penn Foster has been dedicated to helping people lead more meaningful and productive lives and to improving social outcomes through education. Penn Foster provides career pathways for opportunity youth and adult learners through diverse and affordable online diploma, certificate and degree programs, offered via its high school, career school and college. With more than 30,000 graduates each year, Penn Foster's online and blended learning programs are delivered in a self-paced, competency-based model wrapped by comprehensive academic, professional and personal support and coaching. For more information, visit https://www.pennfoster.edu/ or our partners site at https://partners.pennfoster.edu/.

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