It has been said that “it takes a village to raise a child.” The Miller Family Miracle Center can be that village. Upon a single campus setting, we envision all of the resources and services related to early childhood education, early childhood development and child care would be co-located and integrated into a strategy designed to give each child the best chance possible to maximize their potential in a family-centric environment.

In addition to a state-of-the-art early childhood education facility, the Miller Family Miracle Center could make the following services and supports available to families:
  • Child wellness center
  • On-site pharmacy
  • On-site market
  • Family café
  • Family counseling services
  • Early childhood mental health services
  • Early intervention services

The Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) has undertaken an asset-mapping initiative to identify family needs and find a way to centralize connections to many services available. Experience has shown that parents are often overwhelmed and confused when they know their child needs some type of assistance or support. The Miller Family Miracle Center would centralize many of these services, creating a “Family Center of Excellence,” making it easier for parents to enroll in these programs for the benefit of their child.

The Miller Family Miracle Center would also be affordable, which is incredibly important for families of all income levels. In Pennsylvania, a married couple with two children pay, on average 21.7 percent of their income towards child care in a child care center setting, whereas a single parent pays 43.9 percent of their income for infant care in a child care center setting. The Miller Family Miracle Center would strive to reduce this amount to seven percent of the family’s income level through a variety of funding streams, including private-pay family care, grants, and fundraising efforts from the JAM Team.