Archive for November, 2013

Part Four: What’s best for Abby

November 27th, 2013
News, Stories, What's Happening

Abby’s mom, Amy, shares Part Four of their journey using the services and supports of Pennsylvania’s Early Intervention program.

Abby_2012__1_When we left off, Abby was off to the Early Intervention (EI) Preschool 4 half days a week. She really did well, although I wasn’t so sure she was ready, she certainly proved that she was indeed, ready. She learned so much and began speaking in 2 and 3 word sentences. She loved going to school each day. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience for her.

When the year ended, we started discussing some options for Abby. The EI preschool teacher really felt that Abby was ready for a typical setting, but still needed some of the things they would provide through the EI preschool, such as her therapies—PT (physical therapy), OT (occupational therapy) and speech. (more…)

The 2014 PA One Book, Every Young Child selection is here!

The Pennsylvania 2014 PA One Book, Every Young Child selection

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The way Nate has progressed

November 18th, 2013
Mercer County, Stories

A Keystone STARS provider in Mercer County shares a thoughtful letter she received from a family about their son’s pre-K experience.

The service that you all are providing right now to all of the children is so crucial and very effective. I’m so pleased (more…)

Head Start of Beaver County Administrative Offices moves to the Mall

November 13th, 2013
Beaver County, News, What's Happening

In mid-October, the Head Start of Beaver County’s administrative office officially opened at the Beaver Valley Mall in Monaca. Located next to the Macy’s, the office is easily accessible to any parents interested in enrolling their children in the Head Start of Beaver County program. (more…)

School District announces opening of creativity and literacy program

November 11th, 2013
Allegheny County, News

The Fox Chapel Area School District is pleased to announce the opening  of the Creativity and Literacy Program for district residents with children ages three to five years of age.  The former Fox Chapel Area School District Family Literacy Center has been relocated and expanded to include an emphasis on STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) and 21st century skills through creativity, exploration, design, and play.  Literacy development and parent education will continue to be a main focus of the program.

The Creativity and Literacy Program now has two locations, and is housed at Kerr Elementary School and Volunteers of America/All of Us Care in Sharpsburg.

Open houses are scheduled for November 19, 2013, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and November 20 from 5-7 p.m., both at Kerr Elementary School.  All Fox Chapel Area residents are invited to attend the free open houses.  Free transportation will be provided from the Sharpsburg area beginning at Clay and 6th Street at 9:15 a.m. November 19 and at 4:45 p.m. November 20.  Subsequent stops will include Canal and 15th Streets and the Pleasant Valley Fire Department.

Children and adults will enjoy creating, making, and playing at the open house.  Activities will include making LED throw lights, creating art with a drawbot, playing music with fruit and a computer, creating a sculpture from recycled materials, and more.

For more information about the open house and the program, please contact teacher and program facilitator Alison Francis at 412-696-1400 or or  Bonnie Berzonski, Coordinator of Communications, 412-967-2452.

Begin With Us Child Care & Preschool advances to a Keystone STAR 4

November 8th, 2013
Blair County, News, What's Happening

Begin with Us Child Care and Preschool in Altoona, Blair County, recently advanced its rating in Pennsylvania’s Keystone STARS program and has been recognized with a Keystone STAR 4 designation. Begin with Us is licensed to provide child care and early learning services for up to 81 children, and has a PA Pre-K Counts classroom. (more…)

Barber National Institute Child Care advances to a Keystone STAR 3

November 8th, 2013
Erie County, News, What's Happening

The Barber National Institute Happy Hearts Child Care Center in Erie recently advanced its rating in Pennsylvania’s Keystone STARS program and has been recognized with a Keystone STAR 3 designation. The Barber National Institute Child Care is licensed to provide child care and early learning services in an inclusive setting for typically developing preschoolers as well as children with disabilities, and also has a PA Pre-K Counts classroom.  (more…)

Sustaining the PA Pre-K Counts Gains through Third Grade

November 1st, 2013
Montgomery County, News, Stories

The mission of Pottstown’s school readiness initiative, PEAK (Pottstown Early Action for Kindergarten Readiness), is “Every Pottstown child will enter kindergarten ready to learn and achieve.” How are we doing in meeting that goal?

One indicator of readiness for school is (more…)