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Healthy Eating Habits

May 28th, 2015
All Counties, Resources

Help your child to eat well by starting each day with a healthy breakfast. Take a look at the tips below to help your child eat well. (more…)

Family Recommendations: Books & Songs about Routines

May 26th, 2015
Resources, What's Happening

laundryRoutines are a part of all of our lives, but are especially important for young children. Routines help children feel safe and secure. They can also help children learn important social skills, like self-control and waiting their turn. Routines make transitions from one activity to the next easier, too.

A great way to teach children about routines is with books and songs. Children have so much fun they don’t notice they are learning!

Share your favorite songs and books about routines like bedtime, bath time, getting ready in the morning or going to the store, and we will add them to the list for other families to try. Add a comment below or email us your recommendations. Did you make up  your own song or book? Send us a pic or link to a video!

  • The Fred Rogers Center developed a great app that lets caregivers and families listen to songs about routines, and set prompts for the songs to play at selected times of the day. It’s called Everyday Grooves and it’s available for free for  iOS. It can also be purchased on CDBaby or streamed through Spotify.
  • Singing a song with your baby can help her feel calm and safe. Watch this video, Nana Bird and Big Bird, from Sesame Street with your child and start your own bedtime song routine.

Bedtime

  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
  • Mr. Messy by Roger Hargreaves
  • I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa Mccourt and Cyd Moore
  • What You Never Knew About Beds, Bedrooms, & Pajamas by Patricia Lauber and John Manders
  • Who Will Tuck Me In Tonight? by Carol Roth and Valeri Gorbachev
  • There’s a Barnyard in My Bedroom by David Suzuki and Eugenie Fernandes
  • I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed (Charlie and Lola) by Lauren Child
  • I Don’t Want to Go to Bed! by Julie Sykes
  • Jake Stays Awake by Michael Wright
  • Close Your Eyes by Kate Banks
  • LLama LLama Red Pajamas by Anna Dewdney is my favorite book to read at bedtime. It is very relevant to us right now. I think little llama shows my children what they really show in their emotions and actions. The kids think it is silly to see little llama acting like that but have quickly realized that it is how they act, too. I love the facial expressions on each page. You could read the book without the words by just looking at them but the words add so much to it. This book is very easy to add inflection for both of the llamas. It is a very easy read with the sing song way it is written. This book will always have a special place in my heart. I have bought a copy for each child so I can add it to their baby box to share with their children someday.  Dustee D.

recommend your favorite!

Bath time

  • Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup
  • Daisy Knows Best by Lisa Kopper
  • Tub Toys by Terry Miller Shannon and Timothy Warner
  • Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton
  • King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey and Don Wood
  • My First Word Bath Book by DK
  • Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs by Alan Katz

Getting dressed

  • Zoe Gets Ready by Bethanie Murguia
  • Ducks Don’t Wear Socks by John Nedwidek
  • Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
  • Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
  • Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? By Nancy White Carlstrom
  • Gossie by Olivier Dunrea
  • Time to Get Dressed! by Elivia Savadier

 

Songs and nursery rhymes to celebrate being in the bathroom:dancing penguins

Cover Your Mouth And Turn Your Head
I Have Two Eyes
My Toothbrush
Ready For School

Special Thanksgiving themes songs:

Thanksgiving Day  Turkey Song
Albuquerque The Turkey
Over The River
Five Little Turkeys

Print this list!

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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program

May 21st, 2015
PA Counties, Resources

This free program encourages parents to read 1,000 books with their children before they start kindergarten. All participants will receive book plates for every 100 books they read and a free book for every 500 books they read. And, of course, they will also have a head start when it comes to learning to read on their own. (more…)

Tremendous help for her son

May 14th, 2015
Montgomery County, Stories

Hello, my name is Megan! The YWCA Pre-K program has helped my son tremendously! He came into this program shy and with very little verbal communication. He now talks nonstop and loves learning! He has also opened up to new foods, heathier foods! I am extremely grateful for this program to be available to us!

Megan M.

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Preparing Jayden for Kindergarten

May 14th, 2015
Montgomery County, Stories

My name is Regina S. my son Jayden goes to the PA Pre-K Counts at the YWCA. My son Jayden has made such great progress from being in Miss Kim and Miss Lanin’s class. I can’t express enough how happy I am to have a great program for not only my son but so other children can learn great things and preparing them for kindergarten! I’m hopeful that this program continues to grow each year!

Regina, Jayden’s mom

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One of the programs that Pottstown can’t do without

May 14th, 2015
Montgomery County, Stories

Gibson

This is a letter to say how much I appreciate the PA Pre-K Counts. The teachers Mrs. Kim and Mrs. Lanlin are the best for my kids to move on to the next chapter in their life. The YWCA of Pottstown PA is a God sent for all the time my two daughters spent in the class at the Y. They learn so many things from not just the teachers, but from other guest that come out to the school this is the best way for a child to start besides at home because they teach so much. The other parents that bring kids feel so good to because of the way the teachers show the children how to treat one another. In closing, this is one of the programs that Pottstown can’t do without.

Gibson

 

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Essential for our boy’s growth

May 14th, 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 (MELC) 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 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 boy’s 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!”

Cassidy H. & Lee P., parents, Montgomery County

 

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Azylah wanted to go to school more than anything

May 14th, 2015
Carbon County, Stories

Semaj R.

 

My name is Semaj and my daughter Azylah  attends Mrs. Harleman’s PA Pre-K Counts class at Penn Kidder Campus. This is my second child that has been a part of the PA Pre-K Counts program. Seeing her older sister go to school and come home expressing how much fun she had in school with Mrs. Harleman and Mrs. Curran, made Azylah want to go to school more  than anything.

The PA Pre-K Counts program and others like it are extremely important to me and my children. It teaches children that learning is fun and it helps them grow socially as well. Having other siblings Azylah had trouble with sharing. Now that she has been attending school, she shares with her little sister a lot more.

This program is something that should never be on a cut list. The children don’t deserve to miss out on something so important and that is necessary for encouraging future success. Now my 2 year old is becoming more interested in school and when she turns 3 I am going to enroll her in the program as well.

If we lost a program like this my 2 year old would have no idea what school is like until she is 6. The PA Pre-K Counts program helps them transition to Kindergarten easier. I do wish the program was a half day so they can have more time learning. The program is awesome and I hope it sticks around and that Mrs. Harleman is the one teaching my children as long as I reside in this school district.

Semaj R.

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PA Pre-K Counts works!

May 14th, 2015
Carbon County, Stories

PA Pre-K Counts Works!  I have a daughter that attended PA Pre-K Counts last year. She is now in Kindergarten.  Her older sister did not attend the program and she is in 1st grade. I can compare “apples to apples”.  Even though they are one year apart in age, they are on the some academic level. Next year both will be starting 2nd grade together.

Their youngest sister is a current student in the PA Pre-K Counts program.  At the beginning of the school year she was very shy. We had to pry her off mommy to get her in the door. Six months later, she walks in the door with a smile.  She loves her teachers and her classmates. Socially she has grown by leaps and bounds. Not to mention how she has progressed with her numbers, letters and colors.

The teachers are knowledgeable, patient and kind.  They should be commended for their efforts.

I truly believe this programs helps all of its students prepare for an easy transition into Kindergarten.

Cynthia S.

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Nico is ready for kindergarten

May 14th, 2015
Carbon County, Stories

We are very thankful for the PA Pre-K Counts program. Nico has thrived and learned so much we are very confident. Thanks to the program he is now ready for kindergarten we love all the teachers and staff that helped mold him his year thankful you for everything.

Mae O.

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