Archive for January, 2015

Let’s Move! Pennsylvania mini-grant awardees

January 27th, 2015
News, PA Counties

Following the Let’s Move! Pennsylvania conference held on October 6, 2014 at University Park, Penn State Extension has recently awarded three mini-grants that will support the work of local coalitions as they put knowledge and best practices learned during the conference into action in their communities to prevent childhood obesity.

Through a competitive grant process, one coalition from each conference track (community, school, and child care) has been selected to implement its action plan.

Funded projects are the following:

  • Community – Huntingdon County Healthy Communities PartnerSHIP, Huntingdon, PA. A Community Meal Preparation event will be conducted by coalition partners to engage families with children in hands-on meal preparation to promote incorporation of more nutritious food choices in family meals. Participating families will prepare recipes that will be packaged for freezing and later use. The coalition will then develop a tool kit for use by other organizations to conduct a Community Meal Preparation event.
  • School – Bald Eagle Area Middle School Fit for Life, Wingate, PA. Teachers of physical education, family consumer science and health will coordinate their lessons and purchase teaching tools on nutrition and physical activity in a multi-disciplinary approach to childhood obesity prevention. Students and their families will be linked to their community through educational tours of a local grocery store so that they are better equipped to make healthy choices and try new foods. In addition, students and their families will visit a new disc golf course at a local park to inspire families to explore outdoor fun.
  • Child Care – Bennett Family Child Care Center, State College, PA. A professional development workshop will be conducted for staff from local child care programs to share the information gained at the Let’s Move! Pennsylvania conference. Families served by the Bennett and Daybridge child care centers will be invited to an “Invitation to Let’s Move” event featuring demonstrations of what the child care staff is doing to prevent childhood obesity throughout the curriculum.

Find out more about Let’s Move!

Find Kindergarten Registration Information

Will your child be starting Kindergarten in fall 2017?

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Please note that information for the 2017-2018 school year is in the process of being updated. If you have questions about Kindergarten registration and information has not yet been updated for your school, please check back later, or contact your school directly.

Questions about how old your child needs to be to enter Kindergarten? The age and cut-off dates are identified by each school district and may be different from one district to another. This list shows cut-off ages and dates.

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Does your child receive early intervention and will be transitioning into Kindergarten? Check out this article from our friends at Include Me, The Transition Meeting for Children Transitioning to Kindergarten from Early Intervention.

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Preschool Online through the Chester County Intermediate Unit

January 14th, 2015
Chester County, Stories

A new grant from the PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning has allowed the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) to provide a dynamic program, Preschool Online. This program provides synchronous education to 36 preschoolers throughout Chester County who have barriers preventing them from attending other preschool services. Participating students benefit from 90 minutes of typical preschool instruction, aligned with Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards.

Participating families receive home visits, community referrals, and parent education. The parent education aspect of the program includes developmental milestones, Kindergarten readiness, and job readiness skills. By accessing the online learning platform, parents can access bilingual training related to technology and cyber safety.

A program highlight comes from Kristan, mother to Aeren.  Aeren is now 5 years old and is attending her second year of CCIU Preschool Online.

According to Kristan, “The program is a simple program to learn and Aeren, on her second year of using this system, can now navigate quite easily on the school provided laptop. She enjoys the many activities that “Miss Molly”, her teacher, reviews each morning – calendar, dates, weather, and circle time. She also loves the read aloud time and has a favorite book – Pete the Cat.  I love that the program is only an hour and a half. This is a perfect time frame to fit everything in, and make sure that a pre-schooler’s attention span is held. In the last two years, I’ve seen improvements in Aeren’s skills with scissors, coloring, color, number, and letter recognition; I foresee these skills continuing to improve in the next few months of the program. I would highly recommend CCIU Online Preschool as a viable alternative to families that are not able to attend a traditional preschool bricks and mortar program for whatever reasons.”

Watch the video of Aeren doing the signs for the alphabet along with her teacher.  Find out more about the Preschool Online program.

Get more information about the Community Innovation Zone Grant.

From the Family Voices Blog – Building your own support network

We have all Melissa_Murphyheard that it “takes a village” to raise a child. But what happens when you have to build that village yourself? Where should you begin?

When my daughter was diagnosed with a rare genetic syndrome called Williams Syndrome, I needed to learn how to navigate a new world of early intervention. I was already overwhelmed as the mother of two preschool-age children with a challenging career. Not only did I not know the answers to many of my questions, I did not even know where to look for answers. I needed help, and fast. (more…)

7 Steps to Registering Your Child for Kindergarten

It’s hard to believe that it’s time to register your child for kindergarten!

Get the 7 steps to register your child for kindergarten, then get Kindergarten registration for your school district. (more…)

Keeping your family safe during winter

January 6th, 2015
News, PA's Promise messages, Resources

winter familyBrrrr–it’s cold outside! Snow, cold temperatures and icy conditions mean being aware of how to keep your family safe during this time of year.

  • Young children sometimes have a tough time knowing when to come inside from the cold. Avoid frostbite by making sure your child is wearing proper dry clothing (coats, hats, scarves and mittens), and they stay on during outdoor play!
  • Keep those hands washed! Coughing, sneezing and close contact with others who may be sick means frequently washing hands to keep germs from making you and your child sick. (Try this fun activity to help your child learn about hand washing and germs!)
  • Does your home have a carbon monoxide alarm? Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, it can kill you before you are aware it. Unvented kerosene and gas space heaters; leaking chimneys and furnaces; back-drafting from furnaces, gas water heaters, wood stoves, and fireplaces; gas stoves; generators and other gasoline powered equipment can all be sources of carbon monoxide. A carbon monoxide alarm can help detect and warn you if this gas is in your home.

Visit the American’s Academy of Pedatrics’ for more winter safety tips.

Source: Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children,


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Happy New Year!

January 2nd, 2015
Resources, What's Happening

Happy New Year!

A young child’s resolutions for families.