Since March 1, 1995, Zion Education Center has provided educational opportunities and supportive services to low-income families in the Shenango Valley. Our mission is to empower young children to excel beyond their potential and exceed their environment. We believe our mission is designed to:

• Prepare the next generation to overcome developmental risk factors through high-quality educational strategies.

• Provide positive coping mechanisms that foster resilience for our children and families to break generational cycles of poverty, trauma, and despair.

• Promote excellence with innovative approaches that empower the next generation to transform and rebuild communities.

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  Programs Supported by Your Donations  

Zion Education Center (ZEC) is the only Keystone STAR-4 child care facility in Mercer County that provides the following services free of charge: USDA meals, Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, Education Improvement Tax Credit scholarships, Infant-Toddler Childcare, school age programs, social services, trauma awareness, and after-school transportation in one location. ZEC provides children with free high-quality early learning services that targets school readiness during the first 2,000 days of life.

Through our Children/Youth Prevention and Empowerment Network (CYPEN), a family
empowerment network was established to educate parents and community stakeholders about
the long-term negative effects of trauma and adverse childhood experiences. As a result, eight
crisis response teams were established to address severe pediatric dental needs, speech delays,
depression, parent abandonment, children with incarcerated parents, child mental health
diagnostics, and non-traditional child care needs.
ZEC understands how expensive it can be to offer all of these services to children and their families.

For this reason, we offer financial scholarships and subsidy vouchers. ZEC is also very proud to share that we offer a wide variety of FREE resources to all of our clients to establish trust and build meaningful relationships.

  Needs that Cannot beMet without Your Help  

Our biggest demand has been raising funds to maximize space. Social distancing regulations has minimized our shared space usage. Although we were blessed to receive federal assistance for operational expenses throughout the pandemic, there were restrictions on COVID funding that had to be adhered to. As a result, it is imperative that we raise funds to convert a closet into a bathroom to accommodate potty-training in the classroom setting for our youngest scholars. This is a major role in child development as they learn to self-regulate their physical needs.