Owners with Experience

Twenty years ago, Jolie Cover combined her child care experience and business education to form Begin With Us, Altoona's finest child care and preschool. Reflecting Jolie's own philosophy of child development and early learning, Begin With Us nurtures and educates children in an inviting and stimulating atmosphere.

Jolie also takes pride in her staff of forty-nine practitioners, teachers, and Director, Donita Hord. Together they strive to ensure that the children feel comfortable with their surroundings. Parents and children love the structured yet fun daily schedule of events that includes teaching traditional academics and values in preparation for the beginning of formal education.

Proud Members of the following professional organizations:

  • Pennsylvania Child Care Association
  • Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Blair County Chamber of Commerce

Our Mission Statement 

Begin With Us is comprised of privately owned early learning facilities in Blair County, Pennsylvania, that provide high quality care and education with social and cultural diversity.  Our primary goal is to have a lasting and positive impact upon children, parents, practitioners, teachers, and thereby the community at large.

To attain this goal, we strive for excellence in our commitment to children.  The commitment can be realized through the quality of care and educational programs; the assurance of a developmentally appropriate, nurturing, safe, and maintained environment; strong realtionships with families; and the retention of professional and educated practitioners and teachers.

"Begin With Us is my passion; my dream come true.  Begin With Us is a lifelong committment.  Begin With Us is an extension of myself and now my husband, children, and all of those that share our love.  But even more, an expression of my parents and my sisters; the people that nurtured me and taught me values and shared aspirations for what became my lifelong devotion. Begin With Us is an extenion of my most wonderful childhood that continues to grow and develop every day.  I truly believe that a great beginning never ends and want to share my inner joy and excitement with others."
                                                                              ~Jolie Lynn Cover, Executive Director

“Not much happens without a dream.” ~ Robert Greenleaf

e-mail Jolie L. Cover, President/Executive Director at b
e-mail Kurt D. Cover, Site Manager at kcover@beginwithus.net

Published Articles:

School Districts Seek State Funding for Pre-Kindergarten"; March 23, 2007
Early Start"; May 12, 2008
"Local Students at Higher Risk for Failure"; December 5, 2008
"Ongoing Budget Crisis May 'Get Ugly'"; August 30, 2009
"Play Time Change"; September 20, 2010
"Blair Kids Wait for Education"; December 19, 2010
"Education Funding Crunch"; April 17, 2011
"Preserve Full Day K"; April 27, 2011
"State May Cut Pre-K Funds"; June 20, 2011



 “We plan our lives according to a dream that came to us in our childhood, and we find that life alters our plans. And yet, at the end, from a rare height, we also see that our dream was our fate. It’s just that providence had other ideas as to how we would get there. Destiny plans a different route, or turns the dream around, as if it were a riddle, and fulfills the dream in ways we couldn’t have expected.” ~ Ben Okri