Children's Services

ALSM’s children’s service programs strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment and experiences that allow each child to reach his or her fullest potential.


Growing Years Early Learning Centers offer child care for children ages birth through five years of age in an environment that is secure and educational. Centers are located in Altoona, Bedford, DuBois and Johnstown. The Altoona center offers the opportunity for children to interact with older adults who attend our Senior Daily Living Center and become enriched through this unique intergenerational experience.

Kid Stops offer care for school age children (kindergarten through age 12) for before-and-after school and full-time in the summer. The program provides an interesting, challenging and safe environment for school age children. Kid Stops are located in Bedford, Claysburg, Everett and Johnstown.

Pre-K Counts offers free pre-kindergarten education to children and families who are income-elegible and who may have identified special needs. The program provides an atmosphere of learning and preparation for three- and four-year olds and help get them started on the right path to learning.


Early Head Start/Head Start offers free educational, health, nutritional and family services and encourages school readiness and cognite, social and emotional development. The program is for expectant parents and parents and children ages birth to five years old who are income eligible or have identified special needs.

Family Center of Bedford/Fulton County offer free programs to anyone expecting a child or families who have children from birth to school age. We are dedicated to helping parents improve the educational achievements of their children as well as the quality of life for their family. Family Centers also offer group activities in the community to provide parent/child interaction and to meet and share experiences with other parents.

When parents entrust their children to our care, we know they count on us to protect and nurture God’s most precious gifts. We always strive to provide the best possible environment and the most positive experiences for all of the children in our programs. Our goal is to promote the intellectual, emotional, spiritual and physical development of each child. We encourage parents’ visits and participation in helping us reach that goal.