Administrative Offices
139 Rieger Road

Butler, PA 16001
Phone: 724-287-2761
Fax: 724-287-4205

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​​Butler County Children’s Center Awarded Butler and Armstrong County Head Start Grants!
Butler County Children’s Center, Inc. is expanding their footprint in the southwest region by providing high quality early learning services to children and families in both Butler and Armstrong Counties.  BCCC will continue to provide Head Start and Early Head Start services in Butler County, with the addition of Early Head Start Center Based programming.  Armstrong County Community Action Agency will be transitioning their Head Start program to BCCC as of July 1, 2020.  BCCC is excited to introduce Home Based and Center Based Early Head Start services to the Armstrong Community for pregnant mothers and children 0-3 years of age. Services for Armstrong will also include Center Based Head Start slots.  BCCC has been working with ACCAA over the past month to coordinate transitions for staff and families.  As of July 1, 2020, CEO, Elisa Spadafora will begin scheduling community meetings at all locations for the 20-21 school year in Armstrong County to provide information to families and community stakeholders.  Families interested in applying for both EHS and HS can complete applications online or contact Emily Snow, Family Engagement/ERSEA Director at 724-283-3053, ext. 302.

The ELRC 3 Offices will be closed to the public until further notice.
At this time our staff is still working and the program is operational.  Each of our office sites has either a drop off slot or drop box for your convenience.
Please call your ELRC specific office if you have any questions or concerns.

Butler ELRC Main Office
Phone: 724-285-9431 or (888) 864-1654
Fax: 724-285-7320 

Beaver ELRC Office
Phone: 724-847-0145 or (800) 322-8504
Fax: 724-847-1593

Butler County Children's Center, Inc., a private, non-profit corporation and academic school has been providing a variety of children's programs since 1973. The Center is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors composed of parents and community leaders. Butler County Children's Center, Inc., is the grantee agency for the Butler County Head Start Program and the Early Learning Resource Center for Butler, Beaver, Lawrence, Armstrong and Indiana Counties.  The mission of the Children's Center is to provide a variety of high quality early learning programs that foster a safe and positive culture through kindness and respect to meet the comprehensive needs of families. The vision of the Butler County Children's Center, Inc. is to be the leading provider of children's programs and quality services for families.

Our Mission is to Help Families in Need

Admissions, the provision of services, and referrals of residents shall be made without regard to race, color, religious creed, disabilities, ancestry, national origin, age or sex. Any client who believes they have been discriminated against may file a complaint of discrimination with: BUREAU OF CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLIANCE, DEPT. OF PUBLIC WELFARE, WESTERN FIELD OFFICE, 702 STATE OFFICE BUILDING, 300 LIBERTY AVENUE, PITTSBURGH, PA 15222


Greetings to all!  As the CEO of Butler County Children’s Center, I wanted to share the most recent news that involves and impacts the Agency.  Butler County Children’s Center is now Early Learning Connections.  While the name change may seem sudden, it was carefully considered, and a committee comprised of staff who represented the entire cross section of employees, parents, community members, board members and policy council met frequently to discuss options.  The name was chosen to reflect the broader spectrum of service provision, as well as the extension into a five county area.  Butler County Children’s Center has a long and successful history of proudly serving the communities of Butler.  The name truly reflected the services offered.  As the agency has grown and evolved, the name needed to be more indicative of the expanded footprint.  Butler County Children’s Center will always be part of the rich history of this agency.  We recognize that change is challenging, and we respect the legacy that Butler County Children’s Center has provided, but we’re confident that Early Learning Connections will allow the agency to forge ahead and truly represent the increased addition of services and territory. 

Early Learning Connections will lead the script for the new name and each county will then be identified:

Early Learning Connections of Armstrong County

Early Learning Connections of Beaver County

Early Learning Connections of Butler County

Early Learning Connections of Indiana County

Early Learning Connections of Lawrence County

We are working on a plan that includes a series of notifications including:

Sharing this change with: Staff, Parents, Board Members, Policy Council, and the communities in the five county area. 

Notification in each newspaper publication in the five county area

Media sharing including social media

Website and Email updates including a town meeting to video the announcement that will be available on the website

Changing of letterhead, business cards agency brochures etc.

Providing new signage and identification at physical sites within the five county region

The agency appreciates that each service and county has unique populations and needs.  We want to respond to those needs in the best way possible.  Early Learning Connections is leading the way to strengthen those communities through shared resources and connecting our environments.  

Thank you.  My Best

Elisa Spadafora
Early Learning Connections

Butler County Application