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From Our Director

Thank you so much for your interest in Altoona 8th Street Child Care. My name is Janet Ira and I have worked in childcare for over 22 years. I have raised my children who are now adults and I truly understand how precious your children are to you and your family. I have been fortunate enough to work at Altoona 8th Street Child Care since September 2014 and I have seen some exciting changes and have seen this center grow and offer what I feel is the best quality child care in our community.

    Altoona 8th Street Child Care is a 4 Star QRS rated center and we are very proud to offer such a highly rated program for our families and the children we care for. Just a couple of highlights that have helped us earn such a high quality and safety rating is that we have a secured entry way to the center and live video cameras in every room. This offers all the children we care for much needed safety and security and we hope gives you as a parent great peace of mind.

    We offer a wonderful curriculum from birth through Pre-K as well as a great before and after school program and summer care for school age children. The curriculum we offer is a research based curriculum which is designed to take into account the needs of each child as an individual not just the child’s classroom as a whole. We feel this is the best way to ensure that we are preparing all the children we care for to hit the ground running and excited to learn when they enter Kindergarten.

   Once a child is in our 3 or 4 year old classroom, preschool is included in the program so parents have no need to worry about signing their child up for an outside preschool program. Our preschool program includes, social and emotional readiness as well as pre-reading and pre-math skills and science and social studies. All the skills they need to be ready and excited for kindergarten.

   I would love to share more information about our exciting program with you. Please feel free to contact me via email or phone. I would love to answer your questions and set up a personal tour of our facility. I’m available Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM-6:00 PM. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Janet Ira, Director

Altoona 8th Street Child Care



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