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Tender Years' Accreditations & Awards

At Tender Years Child Development Centers, you can rest easy knowing that you’re leaving your child in capable, trusted hands. . .

PA Department of Education

As an early education provider, Tender Years Academy programs (Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten) are certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and taught by certified teachers. In order for a teacher to be certified, he or she must hold a Bachelor’s degree, must have a 3.0 overall cumulative GPA, complete an approved program leading to certification in their requested area, and meet all other Pennsylvania requirements related to citizenship, moral, ethical and physical/mental fitness.

To learn more about the PA Department of Education’s teacher certification requirements and process, please CLICK HERE

PA Department of Public Welfare

Tender Years, Inc. is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. Certification is a requirement for all child care and early education providers serving four or more unrelated children.

To learn more about the PA Department of Public Welfare’s requirements, please CLICK HERE

Keystone STARSKeystone STARS

At Tender Years, Inc., each of our centers participates in the Keystone STARS program. While this program is voluntary, we feel it’s an important demonstration of our commitment to the children we educate and care for.

Star ratings (ranging from one to four) are awarded to facilities that meet certain criteria in quality, use of qualified teachers and age appropriate curriculum, and more.

To learn more about the Keystone STARS program, please CLICK HERE

Family Favorites Winner Child Care 2015Central Penn Parent “Family Favorites” Awards

Central Penn Parent is the region’s premier parenting publication. Their annual readers’ poll, called Family Favorites, gives parents throughout Central Pennsylvania an opportunity to vote for their favorite local businesses. 

Tender Years, Inc. is proud to be a Family Favorites winner, as it serves as recognition of the hard work and dedication that our staff commit to our children every day.

Harrisburg Magazine "Simply The Best" & "Readers' Choice" AwardsHarrisburg Magazine “Simply The Best” & “Readers’ Choice” Awards

Harrisburg Magazine’s “Simply The Best” Poll has long been the area’s most visible contest. Every year, businesses await the summertime announcement of who has been crowned “Simply The Best” and “Readers’ Choice” by the popular magazine and their readers.

Tender Years, Inc. is proud to be a Readers’ Choice winner in the childcare category.

Best of the West Shore Awarded by The SentinelThe Sentinel’s “Best of West Shore” Award

The “Best of West Shore” Poll is conducted by The Sentinel and Cumberlink.com. It gives readers of the publication an opportunity to vote for their favorite businesses on the West Shore.

Our Camp Hill and Mechanicsburg centers are proud to have been recognized as “Best of West Shore” in the daycare category.