Rich Beginnings is a long established child care center that provides a safe, loving place for the children in our care. The primary objective of our center is to make a positive contribution to the normal growth and development of each child. We will expose each child to a wide variety of experiences in order to arouse their curiosity, challenge their physical & mental abilities, and encourage self-expression. Additionally we will provide a stimulating environment to help motivate each child to develop and respond with new skills at his or her own speed. Above all, we will try to develop in each child a positive self-image. A loving atmosphere with an emphasis on safety & courtesy will promote the development of self confidence and independence as well as to encourage the acquisition of new skills used in social interaction and creative experiences.
The center opened in 1978 as Janet Rich Child Care. It was then sold to Laura and Art Bates in March of 1990. Cindy Sturcken became Director at Bates-Rich Beginnings in July 2001. In January of 2011 Bates-Rich Edgewood location was sold to Cindy and Harry Sturcken. Both are graduates of Penn State University. Cindy’s degree is in Early Childhood Education and has worked in child care since 1978. Harry’s degree is in Culinary with the majority of his working history in long term care hospitality.