CCEF is an approved Educational Improvement Organization (EIO).  When your business contributes to CCEF through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, everyone wins!  An eligible business can be approved for a tax credit equal to 75 percent of its contribution(s) to an approved EIO up to a maximum of $400,000 per taxable year.  The tax credit may be increased to 90 percent if the business agrees to provide the same amount of contribution for two consecutive years.

Applications for tax credits for program fiscal year 2017-18 (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018) will be accepted online at http://dced.pa.gov/programs/educational-improvement-tax-credit-program-eitc/.  Tax credit applications are processed on a first-come-first-served basis by day of submission.  Because state funds for EITC tax credits are exhausted quickly, it’s important that your business applies early!

An application guideline for businesses is available here: http://dced.pa.gov/download/ostc-eitc-handbook-2014/?wpdmdl=56878

Contributions through the EITC program can only be used to fund programs that are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Economic Development and Department of Education. CCEF’s current list of programs eligible for support through EITC include:

Project Jump Start – A special camp for students in grades K-2 designed to prevent summer learning loss, which can be particularly troublesome to at-risk students.  The camp aims to build and extend cognitive and perceptual skills through daily activities that enhance literacy skills and improve focus, concentration and comprehension.

Mathematics Enrichment Camp – Math enrichment summer camp for elementary students.  The idea is to advance students’ interest and expertise in mathematics with engaging hands-on and technology-based activities.

Science Enrichment Camp – Science enrichment summer camp for elementary students.  Campers take part in engaging, hands-on science experiments and discovery aimed at increasing interest in science-related fields of study.

Career Camp for Middle School Students – Throughout the camp, the students learn more about different career choices and focus on career retention & advancement and entrepreneurship. The students participate in various activities related to these focus areas. The students also have an opportunity to be introduced to different speakers from areas such as, disability services (focusing on ADA guidelines), payroll services, entrepreneurship, and traditional employment

Guest Musician As An Artist-In-Residence For High School Students An invitation for a talented musician to step away from their usual environment and obligations to help our students learn and grow as musically educated and inclined individuals.

Summer Reading Camp (K-3) – In this camp students work in both small groups and as a whole to practice and reinforce reading strategies they learn throughout the school year. 

Transforming STEM into STEAM – Working together to stress the importance of Arts program in our curricula. Arts education is a key to creativity and creativity is an essential component of, and spurs innovation. Innovation is, agreed to be necessary to create new industries in the future and new industries, with their jobs, are the basis of our future economic well being.

Science Olympiad – A regional, state and national competition where students participate in twenty-three different science inspired events. These events cover a full range of science topics, from Life Sciences like Anatomy and Biology, to Earth and Space Science, and even Technology and Engineering.

Kindergarten Readiness Camp – A summer camp for children transitioning into kindergarten to better prepare them for their journey through elementary school.  Activities focus on early literacy skills.

Junior Ecology Environmental Summer Adventure Camp – A summer camp that aims to build upon students’ interest in the environment and ecology through engaging, hands-on exploration of the world around them.  Students gain a greater awareness of the environment and an understanding of what it means to be stewards of the Earth.

Elementary Hands-On Science – An inquiry-based, student driven program that teaches science by doing science.  Contributions maintain the program by replenishing kits/modules that focus on different scientific concepts, purchasing teacher manuals, and providing for teacher professional development as needed.

 For EITC application guidelines or to learn more about how to take part in the EITC program, email Robert Datsko at rdatskocpa@yahoo.com.  You can also visit Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s website at http://dced.pa.gov/programs/educational-improvement-tax-credit-program-eitc/ and view the application guide for businesses at http://dced.pa.gov/download/ostc-eitc-handbook-2014/?wpdmdl=56878