$1.5M gift to help Albright College move early learning center to on-campus facility

Gift to help Albright relocate early learning center

READING, Pa. - A $1.5 million gift will help Albright College relocate its early learning center to a new, on-campus facility.

The donation comes from the Roessner Family Foundation, whose president is John K. Roessner, a 1961 Albright graduate and member of the college's board of trustees.

The Albright Early Learning Center, which offers infant, toddler, preschool, kindergarten and summer education programs, is currently located on Kutztown Road in Muhlenberg Township.

In relocating to Albright's campus in Reading, the college will strengthen its ties to the campus and thereby increase opportunities for hands-on learning by Albright students who serve as student assistants and aides, officials said.

"The relocation of the Albright Early Learning Center to northeast Reading will provide quality early education to the children of Albright employees, as well as those throughout the city and elsewhere in Berks County," said Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Albright's provost. "We view it as another way to enhance both our partnership with 13th and Union Elementary School and our role in strengthening the assets of the College Heights community."

The move, Chapdelaine said, will allow the AELC to reinstate an after-school program for 13th and Union students as well as smooth the way for students entering the elementary school.

"We hope to work closely with the school to provide a seamless pathway from our preschool and kindergarten to their school by aligning curriculum, doing shared activities, such as a homecoming parade and Easter egg hunt, providing parental education programs and much more," Chapdelaine said.

The AELC employs more than 15 Albright students each year and offers volunteer opportunities for many more, officials said.

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