Administrative Offices
139 Rieger Road

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

The PA Positive Behavior Support Network has given Early Learning Connections official recognition for Butler’s participation in the Program Wide Positive Behavior Support System for the 2020-21 Program Year.                                                              

This recognition reflects our commitment to implement a program-wide approach, the Pyramid Model, to ensure that all teachers and staff use effective teaching practices that promote the social and emotional competence of all children and provide more individualized interventions to children who need additional instruction or behavioral support. Our program wide approach is guided by a leadership team that uses data for decision making, provides training and support to teachers and values the importance of fostering partnerships with families. Program-wide implementation might also be called Program-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PW-PBIS)

We have established the following program-wide expectations for all children and adults:

Be Safe
Be Kind
Be Respectful

All staff members teach children about these expectations and link classroom rules to these core values. The expectations can also be taught at home and connected to the rules that you might have for your child at home and in the community. We find that when we are all on the same page with our expectations, children are more able to understand and meet those expectations.

Our staff use positive methods of child guidance including natural and logical consequences, redirection, anticipation of and prevention of potential problems, and the encouragement of cooperative behavior. Staff members are prohibited from using threatening, frightening or shame-based disciplinary techniques. Staff receive training in developmentally appropriate child guidance procedures and are monitored on their implementation of those practices.

If children have behavior challenges that are of a concern, we will contact the family so we can work together to develop and implement a plan for teaching the child social and emotional skills to reduce the behavior challenges. If children engage in behavior that is dangerous or might be physically harmful, we will seek to conference with the family as a team with the goal of developing an effective approach to support the child. For some children, an evaluation, consultation with a professional inside or outside the program, or additional services might be needed to ensure the child can be successfully supported in the program.

We also encourage families to ask us their questions about appropriate child guidance techniques and seek our assistance if they have concerns about their child’s social, emotional, or behavioral development. In addition, all families are invited and encouraged to attend Positive Solutions for Families, a training series that provides information for families on how to promote children’s social and emotional skills, understand their problem behavior, and use positive approaches to help children learn appropriate behavior.



We have been selected to receive the 2020 Slippery Rock University President’s Community Partner Award for enhancing the quality of life in the community by enriching learning and community outcomes through reciprocal partnerships with Slippery Rock University.


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Early Learning Connections (Butler County Children's Center)

 has been voted as a Bronze Winner for the 2021 Butler Eagle Reader's Choice Awards!

Early Learning Connections Awarded Butler and Armstrong County Head Start Grants!
Early Learning Connections 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.  ELC 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 ELC as of July 1, 2020.  ELC 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.  ELC 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 dropbox 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

Early Learning Connections, a private, non-profit corporation and academic school has been providing a variety of children's programs since 1973.  Early Learning Connections is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors composed of parents and community leaders.  Early Learning Connections 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 Early Learning Connections 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 Early Learning Connections 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

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