The Rutledge Institute for Early Childhood Education preschool, located on PennWest California campus, celebrated the graduation of 21 children to kindergarten Aug. 12 in Morgan Hall.

The Class of 2022 will begin kindergarten this fall.

The institute, funded through a gift from Karen and Tom Rutledge, of Greenwich, Conn., brings teachers from The Village, a nationally accredited childhood education center located in California, Pa., to campus to provide high-quality preschool education to eligible children ages 3-5.

All children attending the Rutledge Institute preschool receive full scholarships. For enrollment information, visit, email or call 724-938-5455.

Rutledge Scholars

Cal U is now accepting applications from high school seniors who wish to become Rutledge Scholars in Fall 2023. The free-tuition scholarships give students majoring in Pre-K to Grade 4 Education at Cal U the opportunity to work with children at the preschool under the direction of Cal U faculty and The Village teachers. For information on becoming a Rutledge Scholar, visit