Archive for June, 2014

Using the digital world to prepare future teachers

June 26th, 2014
Carbon County, Lehigh County, News

Lehigh Carbon Community College has launched a new initiative to better prepare future teachers to work with children in the digital world.

Although many Teacher Education college students have observed iPads or tablets for personal use, most have not had exposure to ways to intentionally use tablet technology for educational uses. (more…)

Tiny Tot Child Development Center Graduates 19 Students

June 26th, 2014
Beaver County, News

On June 20, 2014 the families and friends of 19 excited preschoolers watched as each child graduated from the preschool class at Tiny Tot Child Development Center in Rochester, Beaver County.

Special guests, Janet George from State Senator Elder Vogel, Jr.’s office and State Representative Jim Marshall were in attendance. Graduates received cards from Senator Vogel’s office to commemorate their special day. (more…)

Local company invests in it’s employees and the health of their families!

June 23rd, 2014
Adams County, News

Rice Fruit Company in Gardners, Pennsylvania welcomed representatives from the Upper Adams School District Birth to Five Initiative on Monday, June 9 to share important early learing information with their employees.

Iris Perez, Director from Pathstone Child Development Center in Aspers, assisted to make the presentation in Spanish.

Rice Fruit Company management wanted to emphasize their strong commitment to families by providing this program.  Emily Rice-Townsend is the Assistant to the President and planned the program for their employees.   (more…)

Ensuring a Smooth Transition: 12th Annual Westmoreland Transition Conference

June 23rd, 2014
News, Westmoreland County

The 12th Annual Westmoreland County Transition Conference brought together 17 school districts in Westmoreland County around transition to Kindergarten.

On June 13, all 17 school districts in Westmoreland County sent transition teams consisting of administrators, specialists, kindergarten teachers, pre-k providers, community members, and parents to invest in ensuring every kindergartener in Westmoreland County was well prepared for a smooth transition into Kindergarten.

These teams designed  and shared ideas on providing quality transition activities to ensure children and their parents entering kindergarten have a successful start.

This year participants heard a special presentation from Mr. Ron Mohl of Lakeshore Learning Materials on the importance of Early Childhood Learning.  Also, Michelle Figlar , executive director of PAEYC spoke about  a new initiative “Pre-K for PA” and Cathy Cook, Manager of Digital Early Learner Projects, from WQED presented information regarding their resources to support early childhood education.

This years’ event was hosted by Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA.

For more information about transition to Kindergarten in Westmoreland County, please contact Janice S. Gebicki at or 724.834.7170 x.19.

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Growing in so many ways

June 12th, 2014
Stories, Washington County

This PA Pre-K Counts program has allowed my child to grow in many ways. He has learned social skills and how to play well with others in group settings.

The things he has learned in such a short period of time amazes me. (more…)

Improvements in just a few months

June 12th, 2014
Stories, Washington County

Our family loves the PA Pre-K Counts program. My daughter has autism and before she started school, she really didn’t talk much, but now words are spilling out of her mouth.

Everyone comments on how much she’s changed/improved in just a few months. (more…)

Showing excitement

June 12th, 2014
Stories, Washington County

The PA Pre-K Counts program is definitely a blessing allowing us to provide him an early learning and socialization opportunity while his father and I hold full-time jobs.

He has shown excitement with making his own friends and learning new things consistently. My son has expressed how he “loves” his teachers and singing songs also. (more…)

Bypassing our expectations

June 12th, 2014
What's Happening

When it came time to look for a preschool for our son, we looked at a lot of preschools. The education that we wanted for him based on my experience in the field was not available on our budget. When we heard about the PA Pre-K Counts program at Smartkids we were skeptical that it would fully cover all our preferences for his education. After going to orientation, it became apparent that the set up and approach to learning could not be improved upon. (more…)

My daughter loves to talk about her day

June 12th, 2014
Stories, Washington County

My daughter has learned so many wonderful things in your PA Pre-K Counts class. Sharing, caring, and listening to authority, respecting others and their personal items and space.

Miss Mary and Miss Amy are loving, patient, considerate, and keep the parents up to date on accomplishments and where my daughter may need help. (more…)

What he needs to know for Kindergarten

June 12th, 2014
Stories, Washington County

The PA Pre-K Counts Program has had a positive impact on my son’s life as well as our family.

My son loves going to school every day and he is so excited each day to show us the work that he did for the day. It makes it very easy for me to get him ready for school since he loves to be there. (more…)