Archive for January, 2014

Very Impressed

January 28th, 2014
Allegheny County, Stories

In Allegeheny County, a Library Assistant at the Andrew Bayne Memorial Library shares in a letter to the teacher, her positive experience with a PA Pre-K Counts program.

Ms. Lake,

I am writing regarding your Pre-K program at Northgate School District, and specifically about the teachers, Ms. Goodwin and Ms. Benny.

I work at our local library, Bayne Memorial Library, and I have the pleasure of hosting the children on an almost monthly basis during the school year. I am very impressed by the children in their charge. The class is attentive, well mannered and happy and their teachers are 100 percent engaged with them. I know that these children will be well equipped with skills to succeed in kindergarten and beyond with the wonderful foundation laid down by these two teachers.


Diane Roos

Bayne Library

Letter reprinted with permission from Diane Roos.

Home Literacy Program helps prepare children for Kindergarten

January 27th, 2014
News, Westmoreland County

Teaching Tiny Trojans, a home literacy program in Westmoreland County, is helping prepare children for kindergarten by provding early literacy instrucation, tailored to each child’s needs.

Preschool Story Time was held at Grandview Elementary School on Friday, January 24, 2014.  Preschool Story Time is for three, four and five year old children who are not planning on attending Kindergarten during the 2014-15 school year.

Preschool Story Time at Grandview Elementary School 002Twenty-five children attended and heard Cheryl Werner, of Westmoreland County Head Start, read Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig.  The children then engaged in a sorting activity using pizza as a theme.  They snacked on pizza and received Pete’s a Pizza to add to their personal libraries.  They also received the Pizza Sorting Activity to take home as well a Parent Resource Recipe for Success.

Pictured (right) are:  Elianna M., Mason D., Barbara Jones, Jenna V., Maizy M..

The next Preschool Story Time is scheduled for Friday, March 21, 2014 from 2:00 – 2:45 PM.

Barbara Jones is the Coordinator of the FREE Teaching Tiny Trojans Program for the DASD.

For more information, call Mrs. Jones at 724-694-1377.

Celebrating the Holidays in Washington County

January 24th, 2014
News, Washington County

SmartKids Childcare and Learning Center, a Keystone STARS facility in Washington County, presented their annual holiday program (more…)

Bringing Winter Fun Indoors in Washington County

January 24th, 2014
News, Washington County

Find out how a Washington County Keystone STAR 3 Early Learning program keeps learning going, even through the cold temperatures!

Brr, it’s COLD outside! So let’s bring indoors some winter fun! (more…)

PPL Corporation Invests in Early Childhood Education

January 17th, 2014
Lehigh County, News

PPL Corporation donated $30,000 to Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers (LVCC) to provide scholarships for local children. This is the single largest contribution to Lehigh Valley Children’s Center’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) scholarship program. (more…)

Preparing for college starts in early learning with “Bone Academy”!

January 15th, 2014
Luzerne County, News

Little Meadows 2013 Bone AcademyThe Pre-K and Kindergarten students of Little Meadows Learning Center in Dallas, PA are going to college!

Little Meadows participated in the annual “Bone Academy” in conjunction with Misericordia University’s Medical Imaging program. (more…)

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

January 9th, 2014
Beaver County

The Beaver County Library recently introduced the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program!

The FREE program encourages families to read 1,000 books to their child before he or she enters school. The program is self-paced and lets families decide how often and how long to read to their child. (more…)

St. Mary’s YMCA Child Development Center advances to a STAR 4 in Keystone STARS quality rating program

January 7th, 2014
Erie County, News

The St. Mary’s YMCA Child Development Center in Erie recently boosted its rating in Pennsylvania’s Keystone STARS program and has been recognized with a STAR 4 designation. The childcare center is licensed to provide child care and early learning services for up to 29 preschool and school-age children. (more…)

Eligibility for Infant/Toddler and Preschool Early Intervention

January 7th, 2014
News, PA Counties

A December 2013 announcement by the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) clarifies practices, provides guidance and ensures consistency in the process of determining when an infant, toddler, or preschool age child is eligible for the early intervention (EI) program. (more…)