Archive for July, 2014

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July 30th, 2014
News, PA Counties, What's Happening
It’s never too early to help your child prepare for school success!


Moms-to-be sign up for FREE! Text4Baby

July 25th, 2014
News, PA Counties

A resource for moms-to-be can help them, their baby, and Pennsylvania in the 2014 Text4baby State Enrollment Contest. The contest has officially started and runs through November 1. During the contest, states compete to enroll as many users as possible in text4baby. (more…)

Equipped with the tools to be a successful student

July 24th, 2014
Montgomery County, Stories

My child’s PA Pre-K Counts class has taught my child more academically than I ever could. She started at the age of three and is now five getting ready to start kindergarten. She reads some words, knows the sound of every letter, she asks so my questions and so much more. (more…)

Local program partners to help preschoolers

July 21st, 2014
Monroe County, News

Pocono Services for Families and Children is again partnering with local radio station 93.5 WSBG on the annual “Stuff the Bus” School Supply Drive.

Area businesses are collecting items from crayons and scissors to glue and construction paper, using supply boxes created by Head Start preschoolers. (more…)

Look before you lock: Keep kids out of hot cars

July 17th, 2014
What's Happening

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, heatstroke is the number one vehicle-related killer of children, outside of car crashes. That’s why the Administration for Children and Families has joined with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in an attempt to reduce these deaths by reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of heatstroke and leaving children in hot cars. Join the national movement to look before you lock.


Visit the Administration for Children and Families website for more facts, infographics, articles, PSAs and to sign the pledge.

SmartKids families support local awareness efforts

July 14th, 2014
News, Stories, Washington County

The SmartKids Child Care and Learning Center in Meadowlands planted a Pinwheel Garden with the help of the families and children of SmartKids.  (more…)

Families – Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children needs your help!

July 8th, 2014
News, What's Happening

Share your thoughts, ideas, and experiences with other families.

Families deserve good information that helps their young children be safe, happy, and learning. In partnership with the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning, Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children has a lot of great, reliable information, but is it easy to find and use? PA’s Promise is looking for families to share their opinions so more families can get the information they need to help their children learn and grow.

The more, the merrier! All sorts of families are welcome – parents, grandparents, foster parents – anyone who cares for a child five years old or younger. Every voice matters!

Join the Family Voices Team

Members of the Family Voices Team share their opinions about PA’s Promise for Children website and materials on things like

  • Does this matter to you?
  • How would you use this information?
  • What do you like and not like about it?
  • How could this be better?

You can join sessions in person, online or by phone. Sessions will be scheduled around lunchtime, in the mornings or evenings. Members that participate in person can be reimbursed for travel and parking.

Participate as little or as much as you’d like. Your input matters – even if it’s only one time!

Write a Guest Blog

Families offer a perspective on the joys and challenges of raising a young child that can be a terrific support to others. Share your voice as a guest blogger on the PA’s Promise website. Each month a different guest will share how they handled different experiences with their child on topics like:

  • Getting answers when you have questions about your child’s development.
  • How to build your own support network.
  • Making the decision to switch child care providers.
  • How to make it work while you wait for child care subsidy (CCIS).
  • Going back to work after the first baby – how did you get ready for the transition?

PA’s Promise staff can help your write your piece, or interview you and draft the piece for your review. Each blog will be less than 500 words.

To join the Family Messaging Workgroup and/or be a guest blogger,
complete the survey below.

Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool.


Enjoy Fourth of July safely!

July 1st, 2014
Resources, What's Happening

Fourth of July is America’s birthday and like any birthday, it’s something to celebrate! There are so many ways you can celebrate Independence Day and help your child learn new things like:

  • Science – Learn how fireworks work –   but keep kids away from the real thing!
  • History – Learn how July 4 became a holiday and the United States was born.
  • Your child’s dreams – Independence Day celebrates our freedom to follow our dreams and become whatever we want to be. Take time to talk with your child about their dreams and what they want to be when they grow up.


Here are links for more tips on having a fun and safe Fourth of July: