To support family participation in the conference, a Children's Institute will be available. This institute is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education. Services are provided by the Central Intermediate Unit #10, using trained professional and support staff. The institute offers an on-site, structured, and fun environment for children and youth (six months through age 21) with autism, and their siblings, who are Pennsylvania residents.
Registration is limited to 100 participants for whom we receive completed registration packets. Since the number of applicants always exceeds our capacity, registration preference will be based objectively on a number of factors (e.g., first-time registrants, timely submission of completed registration forms). Only children who have received a confirmation will be able to participate. Drop-off care is not available.
The Children's Institute registration period begins Monday, May 6. Information and instructions for registration are below. The registration deadline for mailed registration packets is Friday, June 21. The registration deadline through the online registration link provided below is Friday, June 28.
Important Information: Keep in mind that a parent or guardian must be in The Penn Stater building and must be accessible (by cell phone, e.g.) during all Children's Institute hours. Also, families that have previously been accepted for enrollment but did not call to cancel when their plans changed are not eligible to participate. Note: If you change your child's attendance plans in any way, please notify Karen at 800-982-3375, ext 3018, by Tuesday, July 9, so that others can have the opportunity. If you have questions or concerns, please call 800-982-3375 and speak with Cherie Neely at ext 3596 or Dawn Moss at ext 3024.
It is strongly suggested that you register through this registration link. However, if you do not have Internet access, you can call 800-982-3375 and talk with Cherie Neely at ext 3596 or Dawn Moss at ext 3024 to request a registration packet. A registration packet will be sent to you by postal mail or email. Registration packets will be available beginning Monday, May 6.Step Two:
Complete the registration packet in full for each child participating.
Mail the completed forms to the address provided in your packet by Friday, June 21, or complete the online registration by Friday, June 28. Although early registration is helpful, it does not guarantee placement in the Children's Institute. You may receive a follow-up phone call in order to clarify or obtain information.
Your completed registration packet will be reviewed. Once an enrollment determination is made, you will either:
- receive a confirmation by mail or email OR
- be notified of full capacity and availability on a waiting list.
Please note: Your child is not officially registered until you receive the confirmation notice. No child will be admitted to the Children's Institute without a confirmed registration.
Bring your registration confirmation postcard to the Children's Institute.