Cal U dedicates preschool

California University of Pennsylvania dedicated the Rutledge Institute for Early Childhood Education preschool facility at a recent ceremony. The preschool, located on the Cal U campus, is a key component of the Karen and Tom Rutledge Institute for Early Childhood Education, a center for educational excellence based at Cal U. Funded through a generous gift from Karen and Tom Rutledge, of Greenwich, Conn., the institute brings teachers from The Village, a nationally accredited childhood education center, to campus to provide high-quality preschool education to eligible children ages 3-5. The institute also offers exceptional learning opportunities and full-tuition scholarships, plus room costs, for future teachers enrolled at Cal U as Rutledge Institute Scholars. Currently, 11 children attend the preschool and seven Rutledge Institute Scholars are enrolled in first-year classes. In the future, the institute anticipates enrolling 20 children annually, with a cohort of 10 first-year college students added each fall.Tom Rutledge, a 1977 graduate of Cal U, is chairman and chief executive officer of Charter Communications Inc., the second-largest cable provider in the United States. Last spring the University announced that the Rutledges had founded the institute with the largest gift in California’s history. Prospective college students with a strong interest in childhood education can learn more online at www.calu.edu/rutledge. California-area families with children ages 3-5 can learn more about eligibility for the preschool program by contacting The Village President Cherie Sears at cherie.sears@thevillagecares.org.

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