The Rutledge Institute for Early Childhood Education is a partnership between The Village and the California University of Pennsylvania (CalU). The Institute is operated by The Village and its teachers, assisted by Rutledge Institute Scholars who are studying Early Childhood Education at CalU. 

Children ages 3–5 are eligible for free, state-of-the-art early childhood care and education at the Rutledge Institute. Students learn within an innovative curriculum that focuses on STREAM: science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, and math, as well as literacy in this emerging information age. 

All children attending the Rutledge Institute receive full scholarships funded through the generosity of Tom and Karen Rutledge. The program is located on CalU's campus and operates Monday through Friday, twelve (12) months per year. Each scholarship recipient is required to attend at least five (5) hours per day, five (5) days per week. In addition, parents/guardians are required to attend two (2) free workshops each quarter or participate in four (4) hours pre-approved volunteer activity. Undergraduate Rutledge Institute scholars spend time in the classrooms learning and assisting teachers.