SHCS, Inc. (SHCS) was founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1966. SHCS has since been providing quality care and education to children throughout Westmoreland County. As the years have gone by, our reputation and outstanding representation within the community has allowed us to grow to who we are today. SHCS currently has 7 different locations, serving 450 children throughout Westmoreland County. We offer services to families with children, birth through 12 years of age, providing center-based, comprehensive programs that are guaranteed to meet each child’s emotional, social, health, nutritional, and developmental needs. Our programs are also designed to provide services to support each family as a whole during the child’s enrollment at SHCS.
The agency became a HS delegate in 1967. Over the years, the SHCS has expanded in scope to provide EHS (1996), PA State Pre-K Counts (2007), and EHS – Child Care Partnerships (2015). In 2016, SHCS became a grantee for the HS program. The agency has successfully weathered trends in funding and is consistently able to adapt services to meet the changing needs of families. This is accomplished by managing services that provide for greater social well-being, providing a foundation for children to grow and develop basic skills for school success, improving the abilities of families to be financially self-sufficient, and promoting the healthy development of children and families. SHCS mission and vision are to provide year-round quality care and educational experiences for children, from birth through 12 years of age. We respond to the needs of families with young children by advocating on behalf of children on the local, state, and national levels. Our philosophy is to exist as a support service to families with young children in Westmoreland County. We believe that the family is the foundation of a healthy, happy society. Parents are, and should always remain, the primary educators and caregivers of their children. SHCS recognizes that a quality group experience in a loving, accepting environment enhances the development of most children emotionally, socially, cognitively, and physically. Partnerships with businesses, community, and post-secondary institutions are embraced to expand educational experiences for students, staff, families, and residents. These partnerships allow engagement in authentic learning experiences which foster 21st Century technologies and literacies in curricula and programs that address the needs of birth through adult learners, resulting in citizens who are successful and productive.
SHCS manages a variety of programs designed to assist low-income families from EHS, EHS-CCP, PA Pre-K Counts programs, PA State Supplemental Programs, along with Child Care Works (formerly Child Care Information Services-CCIS) and private pay child care.