Staff Recognized for Years of Service

Our annual celebration of staff for years of service to SUMCD was held on April 22nd at Hoss’s Restaurant. It was a time to relax and enjoy one another’s company! Staff recognized this year (five-year increments) include:

15 years

15 years of service

15 Years
Lea Ann Walter
Marie Hommel
Aleta Kammerer
Ruth Phillips

10 Years
Chrissy Buck
Tammy Richard
Doris Miller
Karen Ishii
Sharon Wagner

10 years


5 years


5 Years
Cortlyn Nace
Karen Shelato
Tonia Snook
Jen Reeder
Natalie Payne
Jane Campbell
Colleen Sprenkle
Leah Riden
Brenda Fuller
Michelle Bowersox
Courtney Specht
Steve Johnson

Annual Meeting Notice

The Annual Meeting of Snyder Union Mifflin Child Development, Inc. will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the Shade Mountain Winery from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. Board members, Policy Council members, parents, and staff will be in attendance. RSVP By to Lisa at 966-2845 or

Scholarships Available for Graduating Seniors

Our agency will again award three $500 college scholarships to high school seniors who were enrolled in our Head Start program as children and who plan to continue their education in a post-secondary school that awards associate or bachelor’s degrees. Since the scholarship program began in 1997, SUMCD has awarded over $30,000 in scholarships.

Funds for the program are donated by SUMCD staff as a way of rewarding the hard work and personal growth of former Head Start students.

Applicants must submit a completed application form, two letters of recommendation, a personal goals statement, and proof of acceptance to a qualifying post-secondary school. The application deadline is April 20th. Applications are also available at high school guidance offices.


More Children Receiving High Quality Services

More preschool children in Snyder and Union Counties will receive high quality early childhood education services. On January 22, Governor Tom Wolf announced news that he was releasing funding to serve more than 5,300 additional children in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts classes. In the Midd-West School District, only 28.6% of children under 5 are in high quality early childhood education programs. In Selinsgrove Area School District, only 43.5% of children receive these services and only 32.2% in Mifflinburg Area School District.

Because there is such a need in its service area, Snyder Union Mifflin (SUM) Child Development, Inc. was awarded funds to provide preschool for 50 more children – 20 in the Midd-West School District, 20 in the Selinsgrove Area School District, and 10 in the Mifflinburg Area School District.

Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts provides high-quality pre-kindergarten services to 3- and 4-year olds at no cost to families. Families earning up to 300 percent of poverty are eligible to apply, creating a preschool option for many working families. Prior to this new funding, SUM Child Development Pre-K Counts classes have been operating in the Mifflinburg Elementary School, Middleburg Elementary School, and Selinsgrove Elementary School.

The new SUM Child Development Pre-K Counts classrooms will open in March at the West Snyder Elementary School, SUM Child Development’s Susquehanna Children’s Center and Mifflinburg Children’s Center. The West Snyder class operates five hours/day and follows the Midd-West School District calendar. The Susquehanna Children’s Center and Mifflinburg Children’s Center Pre-K class is five hours/day, with a childcare option available before and after class and during the summer.

SUM Child Development’s mission is “Building the future through early care and education, one family at a time,” with a vision that every child will enter kindergarten ready to learn, with their families prepared to support them to be successful in school and in life. The organization accomplishes this through research-based curriculum and assessment instruments, as well as proven instructional practices, and comprehensive health, nutrition, mental health, and disabilities services. Parents are recognized as vital to school success.

Federal grant funds Head Start & Early Head Start for 5 years 

SUMCD was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to continue providing Early Head Start and Head Start in Snyder, Union, and Mifflin Counties over the next five years.

We have been providing Head Start since 1969.

When developing the new grant application, we wanted to be sure that we were proposing a program model that was proven effective.

Research has shown that summer learning loss is a real problem for children — especially for economically disadvantaged children. In one study, Alexander, Entwisle, and Olson found that low-income students made similar achievement gains to other students during the school year; the widening of the achievement gap between the two groups occurred over the summer. That is why we now provide Head Start classes during the summer.

For 4-year-olds turning 5 and going off to kindergarten, this means that they will already be in the swing of things and won’t have to play “catch-up” in the beginning of the year.

SUMCD is the first of its kind in this area to increase the number of Head Start instructional days and establish a stretch calendar which provides year-round Head Start services. Cindy Myers, parent of a child in Head Start said, “I was worried about my son falling behind over the summer and forgetting a lot of what he learned all year long. No worries now. The summer classes being available for us to utilize eased my stress. I’m sure my son will do quite well even at the start of the school year in kindergarten.” Her child attends Head Start at our Susquehanna Children’s Center.

See pictures and videos of children having fun and learning lots on our Facebook pages!