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Early Learning Resource Center

The Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC, formerly CCIS) provides information on and access to safe and affordable childcare services.

ELRC services are available to all residents of Lancaster and Lebanon counties. Following eligibility determination, ELRC can also provide childcare subsidies to low-income families who are working or enrolled in training or education programs.



Financial Assistance & Eligibility

ELRC provides childcare subsidies to income-eligible parents/guardians with children under the age of 13 if the parents/guardians are working and/or enrolled in training or education programs.


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Choosing a Quality Program

Choosing the right childcare/early learning program is an important family decision. Parents/guardians need a childcare solution that is affordable, accessible, and available quickly. Keystone STARS helps parents know what to expect when picking a program.

Choosing a Quality Program
ChildCare Provider Information and Referral Services

Lancaster County residents can gain access to the area’s early childhood education programs, search for childcare providers, and learn about each provider’s Keystone STARS rating by visiting or contacting the ELRC office directly. Information services are available at no cost, regardless of household income.

Keystone STARS

As you search for quality childcare, reach for Keystone STARS. Choosing the right childcare for your family is a huge decision, but chances are you have to make this decision right away – and it has to be close and not cost too much.

Keystone STARS helps you know what to expect when picking a program.

Child care programs that participate in Keystone STARS meet standards for teacher quality, classroom, and learning activities, working with you to support your child, and managing their program. Programs can earn from one to four Stars – the more Stars, the higher the quality. You know that they are meeting certain quality standards by their STAR rating – it can help narrow your search and get you to the right program faster. Visit and select “Keystone STARS” for more information.

Childcare Subsidies

ELRC provides childcare subsidies to low-income parents/caretakers whose children are under the age of 13 if the parent is working a minimum of 20 hours per week OR attending a training/educational program a minimum of 10 hours and working 10 hours per week. In addition, older children (ages 13 to 19) who are developmentally disabled and unable to care for themselves may also qualify for subsidized care. Parents/caretakers may choose any childcare facility that participates in the ELRC program. ELRC pays a portion of the childcare cost directly to the child care provider, and parent/caretakers pay a small portion, known as a co-payment, based on family size and income.




Family Size Yearly Income

Lancaster City

Address: 601 S Queen St
Lancaster PA 17603

Phone: 717-393-4004
Fax: 717-509-6797

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


Address: 400 Chestnut St.
Columbia, PA 17512

Phone: 717-393-4004

Hours: Closed for in-person services until further notice. Participants may leave mail in the mailbox which will be forwarded to the Lancaster office.


Address: 808 Quentin Road
Lebanon, PA 17042

Phone: 717-274-6552

Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm


Address: 560 S Reading Road
Ephrata, PA 17522

Closed for in-person services until further notice. Participants should contact the Lancaster office or email