2021 VISTA Millennial Superstars: Sarah Kuser

Mark Hostutler

Sarah Kuser, a native of Sinking Spring in Berks County, is the Director of Children’s Early Learning Services and Programs at The Arc of Chester County, an advocacy organization and a leading provider of a lifetime of services for individuals with an intellectual disability or other developmental disabilities and their families.

Kuser, who began working in childcare at age 15, earned a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Kutztown University and a master’s degree in Special Education from Johns Hopkins University. She credits The Arc family with having the biggest impact on her career. 

“Each member of our Arc family is what makes The Arc of Chester County so great,” said Kuser. “I cherish having the opportunity to collaborate and learn from each member of our team, which includes The Arc staff, the families, and students we support and our community partners. The family structure that The Arc creates allows for the biggest successes and milestones, from birth through a lifetime.” 

Her proudest professional achievement is being able to share in all the milestone celebrations of families, students, and staff.

“A lot of our success is due to the members of our infant and toddler team being lifelong learners,” said Kuser. “It’s impressive to see them, with decades of experience already under their belt, continue to learn and grow. They have been ahead of the curve with the strategies they implement, and it has helped them to quickly adapt to the pandemic and continue to prioritize the needs of families.” 

Also, last year, The Arc opened a fourth inclusive preschool classroom. 

“Watching the large gains in skills that are seen from both children with and without disabilities is monumental,” said Kuser. “It is rewarding to offer a community preschool where everyone learns from each other.” 

Kuser’s favorite Chester County restaurant is Bistro on Bridge in Phoenixville. Before the pandemic, she enjoyed gathering with friends to dine and play Jenga on the rooftop.