The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 30, 2013

Susquehanna Bancshares Makes Donation to Help Families Afford Childcare


The Daily Item

— Susquehanna Bancshares donated $3,000 to Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way to help families afford childcare through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. The EITC program provides tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to an approved scholarship organization, an Educational Improvement Organization, and/or a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization. Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way is approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development as a Pre-K Scholarship Organization.

The money will be offered as scholarships to eligible families whose pre-school age children attend participating childcare programs in Union, Snyder and Northumberland counties through June 30. The first consideration will be for applicants who have a family income of up to 300 percent of poverty, and not receiving another source of financial help for childcare. United Way contracts with a private company to determine family income eligibility for this program. Families who have a 3- or 4-year-old attending specific childcare programs will need to complete an application, provide a copy of their 2011 tax returns, and pay a small application fee which will be applied to their childcare costs if selected.

For this 2012-2013 fiscal year, income eligible families who have a 3- or 4-year-old attending Children’s Discovery Center located in Selinsgrove, Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA-Milton Day Care Center, Little Britches Day Care Center located in Elysburg, SUMCD at the Lewisburg Children’s Center, Mifflinburg Children’s Center, Selinsgrove High School Children’s Center and Susquehanna Children’s Center located in Selinsgrove and Winnie the Pooh Day Care Center in Mount Carmel may apply.

For more information contact Karen Ulp, Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way, 988-0993 or email at ececoord@gsvuw.org.