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White Oak's Long Run eyes expansion as part of InVision system

Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News
Long Run Children's Learning Center secretary Marti DiToppa and executive director Tom Smith ready one of the White Oak facility's preschool classrooms during spring break.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013, 4:56 a.m.
 

Long Run Children's Learning Center hopes to expand its programs by becoming a part of the InVision Human Services.

The White Oak preschool was acquired recently by the Wexford-based nonprofit organization.

“They've always provided services to adults with disabilities and they want to reach out to younger ages,” Long Run executive director Tom Smith said. “Long Run is in need of a partner. It was the best way to go for both organizations.”

“As we continue to look for ways to diversify, we are very pleased to be able to expand our services into preschool programming,” InVision president Ruth Siegfried said. “The fit with Long Run could not have been better, and their addition will help us ensure continuity and quality across the broadening spectrum of human service.”

She said Long Run will continue to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of InVision, and has retained an exceptional presence in the communities it serves.

Long Run Children's Learning Center, which was founded in 1962 by Bertha Mae Chaplin in First Presbyterian Church as a preschool for children with special needs, today serves children with typical abilities and disabilities. It has three half-day preschool classes for children ages 3-5 and two bridge-to-kindergarten classes for children age 4 turning 5.

Long Run also operates two Pre-K Counts classes at Centennial and White Oak elementary schools for 3- and 4-year-olds.

“Long Run is proud to be one of two partners with McKeesport Area School District, and pleased that these state funds have made its exceptional service available to 51 at-risk students,” Smith said.

Smith said the acquisition by InVision won't affect the learning center's staff of approximately 20 people.

Long Run cut its day care program last October.

“It wasn't because of any direct loss of funding,” Smith said. “We couldn't fill the classes. There wasn't enough demand.”

He said Long Run and InVision are still learning each other's operations.

“The goal is to have a plan in place for the merger of the two systems by the end of May,” Smith said. “We're not quite sure what it will look like yet.”

InVision Human Services, which was founded in 1992, offers a variety of support services for individuals with disabilities in addition to neurological and psychiatric conditions. It has nearly 400 employees throughout the state.

Stacy Lee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or slee@tribweb.com.

 

 
 


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