Archive for February, 2015

Sleepy Time, Bed Time: Ways to help your child sleep

February 26th, 2015
All Counties, Stories

What do sleepy babies, tired toddlers, yawning preschoolers, and cranky kindergartners have in common? They might not want to go to sleep at bedtime!

Each child is different, but babies up to two years old may need nearly 11 hours of sleep a night, sleeping turtlewhile preschoolers and kindergarteners may need 10 hours each night!

Having a bedtime routine, or activities you do every night, can make a difference between a child can go to sleep with little fuss, and one who fights it every time.

Depending on the age of your child, activities at bedtime can include a warm bath, a snuggle with a book, or a small snack.

In the comments below, see what other families have done, then share a bed time routine for your child!


Do you provide child care in a rural setting? Keystone STARS wants YOU!

February 13th, 2015
All Counties, What's Happening

A priority of RTT-ELC is to increase the number of regulated child care providers in rural counties.  The Office of Child Development and Early Learning identified over 30 counties* with few or no child care providers participating in Keystone STARS. In order to promote recruitment, the Regional Key RTT Coordinators are completing localized community outreach and providing information about opportunities to promote their registration or licensing as a child care provider and supports to move up in quality. Financial, Professional Development and Technical Assistance supports are available for providers in the targeted Rural Recruitment counties*. (more…)

Early Connections staff selected as Afterschool Ambassador

February 12th, 2015
Erie County, News

Early Connections is proud to announce that Stephanie King, director of Early Connections West Side, has been selected as an Afterschool Ambassador.

The Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network (PSAYDN), in collaboration with the Education Policy and Leadership Center, solicited applications for 15 individuals from across Pennsylvania to build relationships with their federal, state house and/or senate members in Harrisburg and Washington, and offer policymaker engagement strategies that will allow them to build their elected officials’ understanding of the importance of afterschool in their community. These individuals, known as Afterschool Ambassadors, were required to have experience working with School Age students, and with After School Programming.

Stephanie will attend a training in Harrisburg, focused on policymaker engagement and media in February 2015. This training is designed to increase Ambassadors’ skills in:

  • Understanding the legislative process,
  • Engaging policymakers, and
  • Facilitating interaction with elected officials.

The media focus will help Ambassadors engage their local media to shine a light on the benefits of afterschool programs in the community.

For more information about Early Connections, please visit the website

Local Students and Teachers Invited to Take Part in Bookmark Contest

February 6th, 2015
Cambria County, Stories, What's Happening

The Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown is an annual event that connects top-selling, critically-acclaimed children’s authors and storytellers with area kids.  To kick off the festival, The Learning Lamp is calling on local students to use their imaginations and create a bookmark that tells a story.  Their hand-drawn creations will be featured at the 7th annual Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown, which takes place April 10-12, 2015.

“The bookmark contest has become a staple of the Children’s Book Festival since we started in 2008,” said Ingrid Kloss, development director at The Learning Lamp.  “Last year, we received almost 1,000 entries from local students.  The kids love the friendly competition and always turn in great work.”

The bookmark contest is divided into four age brackets: preschool and kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade, 3rd and 4th grade, and 5th and 6th grade.  Book festival attendees each get one vote per age bracket.  Each division winner receives a prize package that includes a personal library of books. 

New this year, teachers can enter to win a classroom set of books by submitting their students’ bookmarks together.  Rules and entry forms have been delivered to area schools.  Any child from preschool to sixth grade can take part, even if their school is not participating in the contest.  Visit for a printable entry form. Completed bookmarks can be sent to The Learning Lamp at 2025 Bedford St., Johnstown PA, 15904.  The deadline to submit is March 13, 2015 by 5 p.m.

The Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown is sponsored by The Learning Lamp and is held at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center.  Its goal is to provide quality, interactive literary experiences for students.  Featured artists in 2015 include:  Dave Roman, author/illustrator of Astronaut Academy, Mark Weakland, author of Zombies and Forces of Motion, Greg Pizzoli, author/illustrator of the 2015 PA One Book, Number One Sam, and Zachariah OHora, author/illustrator of the 2012 PA One Book, Stop Snoring Bernard.   Attendees can also expect entertaining musical and theatre performances, along with arts and crafts, and used and new book sales.  Every child who comes to the Book Festival walks away with a free book from FirstBook.

For more information on the Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown, call 814-262-0732 or visit

4 Ways to Help Your Preschooler Develop Problem-Solving Skills

February 6th, 2015
PA Counties, Resources, What's Happening

Making decisions and learning how to solve problems is a big part of a child’s development of social skills! Children need to understand the consequences of their actions and how their actions can affect others. Take a look at these 4 top tips to help your preschooler develop problem solving skills. (more…)

W. K. Kellogg Foundation Grant Helps Put Students on the Path to Success

February 3rd, 2015
Montgomery County, News

Recently, the Pottstown School District was the recipient of a $1.2 million grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. The grant will support school district initiatives aimed at developing support and leadership programs for students and their parents in pre-kindergarten to third grade.

The grant, which is spread over three years, will address (more…)

PA Early Learning Professionals Selected as 2015 Recipients of the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Awards

February 2nd, 2015
All Counties, News

Congratulations to twelve Pennsylvania early learning professionals who were recently selected as 2015 Recipients of the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Awards.

This award acknowledges the critical role of child care teachers in providing quality early care and education. Child care teachers from (more…)