Archive for August, 2013

Kindergarten Club in Butler County is a Summer Success

August 28th, 2013
Butler County, Stories, What's Happening

The Butler Area School District piloted a new kindergarten transition strategy at three city elementary schools during the summer of 2013.

Kinder Club, designed by several  district kindergarten teachers, offered future kindergarten children additional opportunities to adjust to their new school while parents received support as their child’s first and most important teacher.  (more…)

10 Tips for Early Literacy

August 28th, 2013
All Counties, Resources, Stories

Developing your child’s literacy skills begins with much more than just the ABC’s. Learning to read involves playing with letters, words, and sounds.

Cristy Yoders, Mifflin County  Success By 6 Coordinator shares some fun and easy tips that will help your child crack the code to becoming a happy reader. Try a different hint each week.  (more…)

Tips from families: First School Day

From families like yours, find the best advice for families whose children will experience their first day of a new learning program or school!

Visit the new classroom / school several times prior to the first day. Talk about the new and exciting things they will do. Read books about going to Kindergarten. Find another child that may be in their class and arrange playdates if they don’t already know each other so they at least know one person when they begin. (more…)

Our Favorite Books

August 28th, 2013
All Counties, Stories

These books are the favorites from moms & dads, grandmas & grandpas, aunts & uncles, teachers, librarians, neighbors…people just like you!

Reading to a child is an important part of a child learning language skills, social connections, colors, the alphabet and so much more! So pick up a book today! (more…)

Jadelyn is a Spark that Shines!

August 28th, 2013
Indiana County, Stories

I am proud to nominate my daughter, Jadelyn, as a Shining STAR. She is currently enrolled at Learning Lamp at the Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center (GJCTC), a Keystone STAR 4 program, since August of 2011 for kindergarten readiness.

I have seen firsthand how much my five-year-old has grown academically and independently; as well as, her social and communication skills have improved tremendously over an eight month time span. To tell you a little bit about Jadelyn; she is very shy around others but slowly warms up when comfortably in your presence. When initially starting Learning Lamp, she cried and did not want me to leave. (more…)

Lola always a Shining Star in her parents’ eyes!

August 28th, 2013
Centre County, Stories

While enrolled at Keystone STAR 4 St. Paul’s Christian Preschool, Lola’s parents say she has gone from a shy, immature, little girl to a very smart, well-adjusted 4 year old. Her parents were concerned about sending her to Kindergarten when she turns 5 because she has a summer birthday. These concerns have been alleviated with all of the learning that has taken place at St. Paul’s. (more…)

Reagan has an incredible transformation

August 28th, 2013
Stories, Wayne County

In Wayne County, one little girl goes through an incredible transformation at her Keystone STAR 4 program, Hawley Treasure House!

My daughter, Reagan, has been a blessing to me from the moment she was born. Following her big brother in nearly everything, I began to grow concerned when was a year old and barely spoke. Her brother was using words regularly and communicating very effectively by this age. She had absolutely no interest in trying to communicate in any form. (more…)

Gavin E. shines thanks to terrific teachers at STAR 4 program

August 28th, 2013
Adams County, Stories

It was only a few days until Gavin’s first day of preschool at Saint James Childcare, a Keystone STAR 4 program. He was filled with the excitement and wonder typical of all 3 year old children. He couldn’t wait to start school like his big brother, Gage. That was, until he found out that I would not be staying at school with him. His wonder and excitement transformed into anxiety and apprehension. (more…)

Young Parents Program helps Anthony become a Shining Star

August 28th, 2013
Chester County, Stories

Anthony’s teacher at the Keystone STAR 3 Chester County Intermediate Unit Infant Center uses Early Learning Standards, developmentally appropriate practices, to help him grow.

Young Anthony F. lives at home with his teen-aged parent. Anthony and his mother are supported by the Young Parents Program from the Chester County Intermediate Unit Infant Center. Because of this program they receive many different forms of support such as parenting class, social programs, and a caseworker who works closely with them. (more…)

It Takes a Village

August 28th, 2013
Lycoming County, Stories

Mary D. of Williamsport, was granted custody of her two very young grandchildren just as she and her husband were getting ready to retire. Read on to see how partners in her community helped these children reach their full potential.

I have many fond memories of growing up on a diary farm in Potter County. One that has made a big impression on my life was that when our family sat down at the table for a meal, the children’s plates were filled first. My parents always insisted that the little ones come first no matter what the situation was. Now, to be truthful, this practice wasn’t so firm when my sister, brothers & I were growing up, but was certainly cast in stone by the time the grandkids came along. (more…)