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Archive for April, 2015

Reaching families and early learning professionals in South Central PA

The Civil War Museum in Harrisburg was host to very special guests on April 10, 2015. Lindsay Barrett George and Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen joined (more…)

Become a Member of an Allegheny County Kindergarten Transition Team!

Allegheny County Hi 5! Kindergarten Here I Come wants you!

Serve on one of the 43 district’s transition team and help boost early kindergarten registrations and our children’s school readiness. All 43 school districts in Allegheny County have active transition teams. (more…)

Fayette County Head Start Class wins National Challenge

April 24th, 2015
Fayette County, News, Stories

Congratulations goes out to Head Start/Early Head Start of Fayette County! In November 2014, Head Start staff in Fayette County were asked to submit artwork for the National Head Start Association’s “My Favorite Part” Challenge.  The Head Start/Early Head Start of Fayette County program submitted one piece of artwork for the contest and were recently notified that Rt. 857-2 classroom (more…)

Commissioners Play Role in Columbia and Montour Counties WOYC Celebration

Commissioners in Columbia and Montour Counties recently play roles in celebrating Week of the Young Child and bring attention to the importance of quality early learning.

Week of the Young proclamations were presented in both counties.

The commissioners shared the PA One Book and proclaimed April 12-18th WOYC.  Also (more…)

A Chance for Parker to Learn

April 21st, 2015
Montgomery County, Stories

When our second-grader came home from school one afternoon with a notice in her homework folder informing us of openings in the PEAK Pre-K program, we were immediately excited about what this could mean for our four-year-old. Having the happy boy at home all day had been a joy and a privilege, but was limiting his experiences and learning opportunities. He seemed to be slightly behind in the development of speech skills, and rarely had the chance to interact with others his age.

After visiting the available local hosts for the program, we chose Montgomery Early Learning Center here in Pottstown. The facility is safe, inviting, and appears to be well­ kept at all times. The activity stations, learning tools and toys that are in the classroom are so much more than we could ever provide at home, or even have been aware were available. The teachers and staff at MELC are friendly, respectful, fair and helpful.

We enrolled our little student, Parker, and he began attending class in December of 2014. From the very beginning, he has been eager to get up in the morning and go there. He LOVES his “school at the castle”, as he calls it. He has made many new friends, including his teacher and her assistant. He looks forward to class every day, even stating over Spring Break that he missed his school and wanted to go.

Now he is learning much more than he ever would have at home- not to mention that he gets daily physical exercise, rain or shine. The chance to learn at his age from trained educators with a curriculum is invaluable, as is the opportunity to begin developing crucial social skills. With his classmates he is learning about sharing, taking turns, working with others as a team, and that each of us is equal and important even though we may not all look or sound the same.

We understand that all of the above is essential for our boyls growth, and very much appreciate that this program became available to us. He has already shown signs of improvement  in his speaking ability, and now he gets to report his own school-day experiences to the family. We would recommend the program, and MELC, to any family like ours. To those who have made PEAK possible we say, ‘Thank  You!”, and to MELC we say, “Good Job!”.

Parker’s parents

 

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Giving Logan an early advantage

April 21st, 2015
Stories, Venango County

 

My husband and I would not have been able to afford to give our son an early advantage to his education. |PA's Promise for ChildrenMy four year old son, Logan, was diagnosed with Apraxia of speech when he was three. He had been receiving speech therapy since he was two. His progress was slow and when he started full time preschool he had made up his own sign language to get things he wanted.

I think receiving speech therapy 2 times a week and being around peers his age has helped him make great strides in his speech. He talks all the time, you can’t always understand him but he is trying. I think being able to be in a structured and scheduled setting has really helped him in public and at home his teacher has talked to people about how to help him with speech.

I have heard nothing but good from his teacher about his behavior, and how well he does counting and his alphabet. She has given me special stickers to aid in potty training, which helped immensely. He has brought home stuff he learns, like about feeling and ways to deal with them.

PA PreK-Counts is a wonderful program. All the staff are so kind and so patient with the children, and they genuinely care about the children and the education they receive without PA PreK-Counts, my husband and I would not have been able to afford to give our son an early advantage to his education. I will be so excited when his brother gets the same opportunity.

Erin G.

 

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The opportunity to flourish

April 21st, 2015
Stories, Venango County

Miss Casi [in PA Pre-K Counts] has provided my son with the opportunity to flourish in an environment where he has shown me, as his mother, that he loves “school”. Now that to me in itself says enough about (more…)

Amazing with the kids

April 21st, 2015
Stories, Venango County

The Child Development Center and PA Pre-K Counts has helped both of my daughters gain both social and educational skills. My oldest now excels in her academics in school.

My youngest has (more…)

Edward is learning so much

April 21st, 2015
Stories, Venango County

My child, Edward, has learned a lot since he has been going to school like writing his name better everyday, shape, color, playing with kid better, understanding what thing are and what they mean, how to us them.

He like school, and the teacher and he like how they get to make craft with some okay the lessons.

Angel C., Edward’s mom

 

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Peyton is preparing for Kindergarten

April 21st, 2015
Stories, Venango County

Before we found Child Development Center’s PA Pre-K Counts program, Payton was going to [another program] for half a day 3 times a week, I didn’t feel (more…)

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