Program Information

Program Information

College for Kids students participate in a face painting class.


College for Kids students participate in a face painting class.

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This page will guide you through the College for Kids program and give you valuable information and answer frequently asked questions regarding the following items:


Online Registration will open Saturday, April 28, at 10:00 a.m. As classes fill quickly, early registration is encouraged. Registration closes one week prior to class start date. Registration and payment are required at least one week prior to class start date to allow us to prepare for the appropriate number of students.

Payment Options

Online registration is payable by credit card only (MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express).

Cancellation Policy

If for any reason a parent must cancel a class registration, the cancellation must be received in writing/email fourteen days in advance of the class and will be assessed a $10 cancellation fee. Cancellations made after that time will be assessed a $25 fee. There is no refund for cancellations made after a class has begun.

Program Location

College for Kids takes place on the campus of Penn State Behrend, Erie, PA. All classes originate on campus unless noted in the individual class descriptions (please see class links to the left). Students are supervised at all times.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedure

Drop-off and pick-up is handled via a central location within the Reed Union Building (unless noted in the individual class descriptions). Signs will be posted as you enter the building giving you directions to the drop-off/pick up area). Short-term parking is available in the Reed Union Building parking lot for your convenience. Parents remaining on campus should see Police Services for a free parking permit. Individual classes leave from and return to this central location. Classes utilize many areas on campus, including the Penn State Behrend Outback. Students not using Early/Late Care may be dropped off no more than 15 minutes before the start of class and should be picked up immediately at the end of class. Any student being dropped off or picked up during class time should call The College for Kids Office at 898-6871 to make arrangements. Penn State Behrend provides a secure drop-off and pick-up area for your child's safety. Parents are required to escort their child/children during both drop-off and pick-up. Photo ID is required at time of pick-up, NO EXCEPTIONS.

In case of inclement weather, please provide appropriate rain gear for our travels to campus classrooms.

Download a campus map.

Class Schedules

One-week classes are scheduled Monday through Friday. Morning classes operate from 9:00 a.m. to noon, afternoon classes from 1:00-4:00 p.m., and all-day classes from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Also available is optional early or late care.

Program Expectations

Children are expected to respect and be courteous to one another and CFK staff. Disruptive behavior such as hitting, biting, name-calling and destruction of property will not be tolerated, nor will behavioral problems. Disruptive behaviors will be handled as follows:

  • Warning and discussion with student
  • Parent/guardian discussion
  • If issue is not resolved, student will be withdrawn from the program. Parent/Guardian will be contacted immediately to pick student up.

Students are not be permitted to have any type of weapon with them at this program. Please urge your child to leave cell phones, electronic games and music players at home. We will not be responsible for loss of these items.

Lunch and Snack Times

Each class is given a 10-minute break during session. While snacks are not provided by the program, students may bring a snack or purchase from the Bookstore, Bruno's Cafe or campus vending machines. Water bottles are always permitted and encouraged.

Lunch Break (Noon-1:00 p.m.): If your child is attending camp all day, the program will supervise the lunch hour at no additional charge. PLEASE NOTE THAT LUNCH IS NOT PROVIDED BY THE PROGRAM. Children attending camp all day can bring a brown bag lunch or purchase lunch from Bruno’s Cafe, upstairs in the Reed Union Building. The option for all day participants to purchase weekly lunch from Bruno’s will be available with registration. Please click here to see our regular menu. Daily lunch options for adults will also be available in Bruno’s, and parents are invited to dine with their children in Bruno’s during the lunch hour.

Alternatively, the Penn State Behrend Bookstore will expand its selection of food items this summer in order to better serve the participants of College for Kids. They will offer lunch items such as soup, macaroni and cheese, ravioli and/or spaghetti with meatballs, as well as a selection of chips, snacks, breakfast items, juice, soda, and bottled water. A microwave will be available and the bookstore staff will offer assistance to your child, if needed. The Bookstore will also be offering a selection of books related to the College for Kids courses.

Please be sure to note any food allergies your child may have on the Medical Release form required at time of registration and please notify CFK staff of food allergies upon arrival to class..

Meeting the Instructors

Penn State Behrend College for Kids is proud of its roster of instructors which include Penn State Behrend faculty and staff, experienced community teachers, and local business professionals. Instructors offer a diverse class selection in a safe learning environment, which is sure to enhance a child’s education by challenging their imagination, creativity, and desire to learn.

Instructors are generally available at the drop-off location prior to class. If you would like to meet your child's instructor, please notify one of the College for Kids staff members. Information regarding individual instructors is available on our Meet the Instructors page.

Optional Early or Late Care

To help accommodate working parents, College for Kids offers both morning and afternoon care programs on campus. Early Care operates from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Late Care operates from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. The cost of each session is $20 for one week. Students MUST be picked up by 5:30 p.m. to remain in the Late Care program. Our policy for late pick up is as follows: The fee for late pick-up is $10 for every 5 minutes or portion thereof after 5:30 p.m.

Medication Policy

This information will be provided with online registration.

If at all possible, medication should be administered at home.  Medications will be allowed at the Youth Program only when failure to take such medicine would jeopardize the health of a child and he/she would not be able to attend the Youth Program if the medicine were not made available. 

The parent(s)/legal guardian(s) of Youth Program participants are required to disclose their intention to bring medications to the Program, especially to treat potentially life-threatening conditions (i.e. inhalers, EPI-pens, insulin injections).  Upon arrival to the Program, parent(s)/legal guardian(s) should plan to meet with a member of the Youth Program staff at registration to review medication issues for a Youth Program participant and complete additional required paperwork if not completed prior to arrival. For identification purposes, a current picture of the child is to be provided upon registration.

All medications (prescription and over-the-counter) must be stored in the original product packaging and clearly labeled with the participant’s name.  Prescription medication(s) must also include a label with the medication’s name and dosage instructions, as well as the prescribing physician’s name and telephone number.

All medications will be kept in a securely locked cabinet used exclusively for storage of medications. Medications that require refrigeration will be stored and locked in a refrigerator designated for medications ONLY. Access to all medications will be limited to approved personnel.  The need for emergency medication may require that a Youth Program participant carry the medication on his/her person or that it be easily accessed (i.e. inhalers, EPI-pens, insulin injections). Penn State Youth Program staff will NOT purchase medications of any type (prescription or over-the-counter) for Youth Program participants of any age. 

Penn State Youth Program staff will not dispense medications, but may monitor the self-administration of certain medications if necessary, ONLY upon written consent of the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) and /or physician’s orders. 

It is NOT permissible for a participant to share any medications with any other participants.

It is the responsibility of the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) to be sure that the participant’s medications brought to the Youth Program are not left behind at the end of the Program.  Failure to do so will result in the medications being destroyed within three working days after the participant’s last day at the Program.  Absolutely no medications will be returned via mail regardless of circumstance.

Medical/ Release/ Program Expectation Information

This information will be provided during online registration with parent/guardian E-Signatures required.

I understand that all Youth Program participants are recommended to have a meningococcal vaccination prior to attending the program.  I hereby authorize the clinical staff of University Health Services or other licensed practitioner of the healing arts, acting within the scope of his or her practice under State law, to provide medical care that includes routine diagnostic procedures (e.g., x-rays, blood and urine tests) and medical treatment as necessary to my minor daughter/ son/dependent. I understand that the consent and authorization herein granted does not include major surgical procedures and are valid only during the Youth Program/event.

In the event that an illness or injury would require more extensive evaluation, I understand that every reasonable attempt will be made to contact me. However, in the event of an emergency and if I cannot be reached, I give my consent for physicians and staff at University Health Services or other licensed practitioners of the healing arts to perform any necessary emergency treatment. I agree to the release of any records necessary for treatment, referral, billing, or insurance purposes to the appropriate medical care provider. I understand that University Health Services does charge for services and that it is my responsibility to pay the bill if a claim can’t be submitted by the University Health Services to my private insurance. As applicable, I may be responsible to submit any claims to my health insurance company for reimbursement. I authorize The Pennsylvania State University to receive medical/billing information and submit it to the University’s insurance carrier.

I understand that, unless specifically stated otherwise in the Penn State Youth Program/event literature, The Pennsylvania State University does not provide medical insurance to cover emergency care or medical treatment of my child.

I understand that, in accordance with Youth Program policy, the medication(s) should be given at home before and/or after the Youth Program. However, when this is not possible, and medications will be brought to Youth Program camp, I agree to the provisions outlined above relating to the management of medications.


Penn State honors the privacy of the participants in its Programs and complies with the national regulations regarding health information. Follow this link to the University Health Services Notice of Privacy Practices.

Program Expectations: Children are expected to respect and be courteous to one another and CFK staff. Disruptive behavior such as hitting, biting, name calling and destruction of property will not be tolerated, nor will behavioral problems. Disruptive behavior will be handled as follows: Warning and discussion with student; Parent discussion; If issue is not resolved, student will be withdrawn from the program. Students will not be permitted to have cell phones or any type of weapon with them at this program. I have reviewed the program expectations with my child, who agrees to follow these expectations.

Releases: I/we, the undersigned, individually and as parent(s) and/or guardian(s) of the child named above, a minor, ask that he/she be admitted to participate in the College for Kids program sponsored by Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. In consideration of such admission, I/we do hereby agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless the Pennsylvania State University, its officers, agents, and employees of and from all causes, liabilities, damages, claims or demands whatsoever on account of any injury or accident involving the said minor arising out of the minor’s attendance at the College for Kids program, or in the course of activities held in connection with the College for Kids program. Additionally, I/we authorize Penn State personnel to photograph, videotape, and/or audiotape my/our child in promotion of Penn State’s summer youth programs.

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