Archive for October, 2014

No tricks, just treats!

Will you have little ghosts and goblins showing up at your door this Halloween? How about giving trick-or-treaters an additional treat this season! Candy is always good, but you can also give the PA’s Promise for Children postcard!

Each postcard provides information on how families can help their children prepare for school success and directs families to the resources on the PA’s Promise for Children website, where they can find Learning is Everywhere, Kindergarten Here I Come and Kindergarten Here I Am.

Print four postcards per sheet (regular copy paper), cut them out, then hand them out to trick-or-treaters (with a treat, of course!).

Print the Postcards!

Washington County Partners Celebrate PA’s Promise for Children Month

The Washington County LEARN group celebrated October’s PA Promise for Children Month by collecting and displaying “I Promise” activity sheets. Over 100 completed activity sheets were displayed at local child care centers, PA Pre-K Counts classrooms, and the Washington Crown Center. (more…)

Tips for soothing a crying baby

October 23rd, 2014
Resources, What's Happening

Crying is the only way babies can communicate with you. This is especially true for babies under six months old. When you respond to your baby quickly, you teach your baby that he matters and can trust you to take care of him.

Your love for your baby and the bond you build together is as important to your baby’s development as food or sleep.

Got a crying baby? Get tips to help make things better (for both you and your baby!) / PA's Promise for Children

Here are some tips for soothing a crying baby. Check out the Infant Early Learning GPS (Guiding Parents Smoothly) for more tips and resources:
1. Feed your baby. Hunger is the main reason a baby will cry.
2. Burp your baby. Babies do not have a natural ability to get rid of air built up in their stomach.
3. Give your baby a lukewarm bath. A great soothing technique, but remember to never leave your baby unattended.
4. Massage your baby. A gentle massage on a baby back, arms, or legs can be very comforting.
5. Make eye contact with your baby and smile. Eye-to-eye contact with your baby when they are crying can distract and comfort them.
6. You may also want to try singing softly or humming, or making other “white noise” like running the vacuum or a ride in the car. Babies can find these noises calming or hypnotizing.

Fire Safety brought to the classroom

October 22nd, 2014
News, Washington County

The Children of Rainbow’s End Learning Center, Washington PA had a visit from The City of Washington Fire Department. The children have been learning about Fire Safety with songs, activities and this visit was the topping on the cake. (more…)

Celebrating PA’s Promise Month in Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Counties

Partners in Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Counties celebrated PA’s Promise for Children Month with a special event. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson was the crowd favorite, as read by Lydia Hannibal  (Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble), at the community event held at the Bloomsburg YMCA on October 9, 2014. (more…)

PBS 39: FOCUS special report

PBS 39 devoted a FOCUS special report on early education in celebration of Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children Month. Watch the program below:

Giant Map of Pacific Ocean Travels to Area Schools

October 15th, 2014
All Counties, News, What's Happening

Area students will get their feet wet when The Learning Lamp brings the National Geographic’s Giant Map of the Pacific Ocean to local schools.

The enormous map, which measures 35’ by 26’, visits schools Nov. 10-21, 2014.  Students will use the map as the basis for interactive games and activities that explore what’s beneath the surface of the world’s largest ocean.   (more…)

South Central Regional Key celebrates PA’s Promise for Children Month

Staff at the South Central Regional Key, Child Care Consultants, Inc., celebrated PA’s Promise for Children Month by sharing Thank You cards for those who help make quality early learning available to children and their families. (more…)

Senator Browne joins Allentown family at Capitol to speak out for early education

In celebration of Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children Month, Senator Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) joined a family from his district and members of the Early Childhood Education Caucus to speak out in support of quality early learning opportunities for Pennsylvania’s children at a press event in the Capitol on October 8, 2014. Watch the video.

Browne_CldhdEductn_008-WEB“It’s often challenging to come up with the right policy that’s necessary to address our challenges. The thing that’s important for us to recognize is for the challenges of our at-risk children, we already know what works,” stated Senator Browne.” It’s already been identified, it’s already been substantiated. A child that’s given access to quality early education programs is able to develop their skills and enter first grade and advance through their education years ready to learn and succeed. We know that it pays off, that it returns a tremendous amount of resources back to the state. (more…)

Idalis eager and ready to learn when she entered kindergarten thanks to Child Care Works, Keystone STARS, Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts

My daughter’s name is Idalis Victoria. She’s five years old. Idalis is very a happy, smart, shy at first, but once in her comfort zone, an outgoing child. She loves meeting and interacting with other kids. She loves being active, playing outside, coloring, listening and dancing to music.

The minute my daughter was born I wanted the best for her. I wanted to be able to provide everything I possible could to help her succeed in life. I took the first step towards this goal by applying for Child Care Works (CCIS). CCIS helped me pay for child care while I went to school and worked. Finding a daycare was very important to me because I didn’t want just any child care. I wanted a place where my daughter could learn in a fun and creative way as well as a place that allowed me to be a part of this journey. (more…)