Tender Years’ Accreditations & Awards
You can rest easy knowing that you’re leaving your child in capable, trusted hands. Tender Years is certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. We are proud participants in the Keystone STARS program. And we’ve been recognized for quality of our child care and early childhood education programs. Just take a look…
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 Human Services
Tender Years, Inc. is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. 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 Human Services’ requirements, please CLICK HERE
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
Central 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.
In 2017, Tender Years was recognized for Best Child Care Center, Best Preschool, and Best Summer Camp!
Harrisburg 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.
The 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.