About Us

Mission Statement

Northeastern Child Care Services, a not-for-profit organization, strives to provide high quality early care and learning opportunities for children from birth through twelve years.

In order to provide the above, every effort is made to work in collaboration with the child’s family, other child care providers and community resources.

Northeastern Child Care Services (NCCS) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit multi-faceted agency serving families and businesses throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.  NCCS began operations February 2, 1989, with five child care centers.  NCCS was founded by Judith Graziano, who administered child care programs since 1968.  Today, Northeastern Child Care Services is under the direction of Judith Locker Fanelli, M.Ed., President/CEO, who has over thirty-five years of child care experience; and manages six Treasure House Child Development Centers located in Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Wayne counties.  More than 400 children are currently enrolled at Treasure House Child Development Centers.

Treasure House is a child-centered program whose practices are rooted in sound child development theories.

The center follows teaching guidelines established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and utilizes The Creative Curriculum for Infant through Pre-K Programs and The Emergent Curriculum for School Age Programs.

Fundamental to good teaching practices for young children is the knowledge that they are active learners who learn best through hands-on sensory experiences.  At Treasure House, the staff prepares the environment so that materials are accessible to the children, allowing them to choose from an array of interesting possibilities.  There is a balance of child initiated and teacher directed activities that foster development in all areas – social, emotional, physical and cognitive.  By way of developmentally appropriate programming, Treasure House Child Development Centers hope to instill in children a confidence in their abilities along with enthusiasm for learning that will help prepare them for the world ahead.

Treasure House Child Development Centers are licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS), Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) and participate if the Keystone STARS Quality Initiative Program.

Program Philosophy

Treasure House Child Development Centers are child centered environments that are responsive to the needs and interests of children from infancy through the early elementary years.  Our program is committed to giving children the time to enjoy being a child – to play freely with the things and the people that interest them.  Learning activities are planned to engage children’s natural curiosity about the world they live in.  The staff is trained in child development theories that support children as individuals who are growing socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually.  They help children gain confidence by structuring the environment to encourage the children to become involved in a variety of experiences that bolster their self esteem.  Our belief is that when a child feels good about himself through his own accomplishments and the understanding and guidance of those around him, he will develop into a competent, secure individual.

Center staff is trained to respect the children and to treat them accordingly at all times.  Age appropriate positive discipline techniques such as redirection and problem solving are employed.

Non-Discrimination Clause

Northeastern Child Care Services prohibits discrimination against its families (parents and children), employees and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.

A message from President/CEO, Judith Locker Fanelli, M.Ed.


Thank you for your interest in Treasure House Child Development Centers.  It is our commitment to provide high-quality early care and education to the communities in which we serve.  We are dedicated to provide a safe, child-centered environment.

Family engagement is key.  We strive to create a child care center culture where parents are seen as important partners in the center’s efforts to increase early childhood experience success.  We embrace diversity and welcome and encourage families to be involved in the happenings of the centers.

Treasure House Child Development Centers have Teaching Staff degreed in Early Childhood Education and Child Development Associate (CDA) certified, who are creative, knowledgeable individuals from diverse backgrounds.  All Treasure House Teaching Staff engage in professional development annually.

We are dedicated to provide a safe child-friendly environment, promote healthy child development, meet the needs of families and build a foundation for lifelong learning.

I hope you visit our website often for any announcements and updates and that your Treasure House experience will be rewarding for you and your family.


Judith Locker Fanelli, M.Ed.