Archive for March, 2014

First Responders make connections with children in Washington County

March 31st, 2014
News, Stories, Washington County

On March 16, the First Responders from Washington County visited SmartKids Child Care & Learning Center in Washington, PA to talk to the preschool class. (more…)

Share our spring infographic

March 24th, 2014
News, Resources, What's Happening

Infographics are a neat way to share important early childhood mantras… with Spring just around the corner, this infographic helps remind us all that playtime is learning time for young children. Click here to download the image (click the image and then right click and select “save picture as” to save to your computer)


Please share this infographic on your website, blog, and facebook page and help spread the word that play matters!

Thank you for your continued support!

Significant Steps for Evan

March 6th, 2014
Montgomery County, Stories

A Montgomery County mom shares  the progress her son has made in a Keystone STARS early learning program.

My name is Julie G., and I am the proud parent of Evan, a 3-year old boy with Down syndrome who attends All My Children Learning Center, a STAR-4 Keystone STARs facility. (more…)

READ and SUCCEED: A literacy partnership between community agencies, businesses and the Mifflin County School District

March 6th, 2014
Mifflin County, News

Mifflin County School District was awarded $1,323,285.00 in the second year of the PA Keystones to Opportunity grant. Keystones to Opportunity (KtO) is part of the federal Striving Readers grant, an initiative that allows local school districts to partner with the community to improve literacy outcomes for students from birth through grade 12. (more…)

Kids Day 2014 a Success!

March 5th, 2014
Cameron County, Elk County, Stories

On April 5, the Community Kid’s Day Event was hosted by the Early Childhood Education service providers who offered education, resources, and child focused activities. (more…)

Erie Early Learning Program Presented with Bright Star Award

March 5th, 2014
Erie County, News

Early Connections-West Side was presented with the Bright Star Award, sponsored by the Northwest Institute of Research and Clarion University at a special ceremony on February 28, 2014 in Erie. (more…)

Celebrating early learning with a P Party (pink pancakes and a pig included!)

March 5th, 2014
Stories, Washington County

Find out how an Assistant Director and pre-K teacher in Washington County engaged children (and a pig!) in a fun learning activity!

It was a perfect day in Pre-K and the children truly loved it! As the Assistant Director and Pre-K teacher at Kid Biz East Maiden, Chriss Henderson works very hard to include a broad range of activities and events into the children’s learning experiences.  (more…)

Instilling compassion into the minds of preschoolers

March 3rd, 2014
News, Stories, Washington County

The children at Meadowlands and Washington SmartKids celebrated Valentine’s Day by creating homemade cards for the Vets and residents of McMurray Hills Manor in McMurray, PA. (more…)