Every Child Every Opportunity

Tucked along the Susquehanna River, Columbia has always been a unique place. Once a vibrant community at the center of the region’s industrial growth, it has become a river town in transition, stretching to find its identity. While times have changed, the community has always been committed to supporting its children and families.

Columbia families and residents have a partner in CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health. Our family-focused approach embodies the best traditions of the Borough and strives to create a vibrant community where opportunity is accessible to everyone. Our Every Child, Every Opportunity Program is built to unlock the potential of every child and family through the Pre-K for All and Columbia Futures Initiatives.

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Pre-K for All

The Pre-K for All program is about opportunity – it offers an educational jump-start for every four-year-old child in the Borough and an economic opportunity for their families. Every four-year-old child living in Columbia Borough is eligible for a $9,700 annual scholarship to attend a Pre-K program of their family’s choosing from eligible programs. In Columbia, every family starts with a promise – a commitment to health, learning and prosperity for all of us.


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Columbia Futures

Guaranteeing Columbia’s future starts by assuring residents have the knowledge and skillsets needed to build and maintain the community. Columbia Futures rewards long-term residents with children for choosing Columbia as their life-long home with scholarships to support their child’s continuing education at a trade school, community college, or 4-year college or university.

Providing youth with access to needed education and training, while creating a community they are proud to return to and utilize their skills and degrees, is essential to creating a vibrant Columbia. Please contact us for eligibility requirements and scholarship amounts.


For more details on the Every Child, Every Opportunity program and to apply contact Kathleen Bierbower


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