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PPL awards $150,000 to Allentown children's agency

Published On: Dec 30 2013 02:35:44 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 30 2013 02:36:16 PM EST
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PPL Corporation has awarded $150,000 in funding to Allentown-based Community Services for Children to support its early education scholarships and innovative Literacy Lab program.

Community Services for Children is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development as a pre-kindergarten scholarship organization.

“We are so appreciative of PPL’s leadership in supporting early education," said Jane Ervin, chief executive officer and president of Community Services, in a news release.


"This is the building block for successful high school graduation and an educated workforce.”

Community Services for Children will distribute $120,000 in scholarships to children enrolled in high-quality pre-kindergarten programs, which have earned a Star 3 or Star 4 quality designation by the Pennsylvania Keystone STARS program, or earned accreditation by the National Association for Educating Young Children or the Middle States Commission on the Accreditation of Elementary Schools.

PPL also donated $30,000 to the organization’s Literacy Lab. That innovative program for preschoolers has been proven to accelerate young children’s grasp of early literacy skills, which can help future success with language, reading and writing, according to Ervin.

“PPL is committed to improving the communities where our customers and employees live and work,” said Don Bernhard, the utility's director of community affairs. “A quality early childhood education for our community’s children today will help prepare them for high-quality jobs at PPL tomorrow.”

The PPL funds are Educational Improvement Tax Credits. Qualifying businesses may receive tax credits in exchange for donations to Community Services for Children to fund students from low-income families attending high quality pre-K programs.

These credits are obtained through the EITC program and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

PPL Corporation  is one of the largest companies in the U.S. utility sector.  It delivers electricity and natural gas to about 10 million customers in the United States and the United Kingdom.