Archive for July, 2015

Early Learning Staff Celebrate National Literacy Day of Action

On July 29, 2015 the PA Key staff celebrated with The White House and the U.S. Department of Education to launch a day of action to raise awareness about the importance of reading where you are over the remaining days and weeks of summer before school starts.

#ReadWhereYouAre highlights that reading over the summer makes a difference during the school year. When students are able to keep reading, they can keep learning, catch up, stay sharp and are more prepared when the new school year begins.

Reading can happen anywhere.

These last few weeks of summer are the perfect time to help all young people, from the earliest readers, to high school students, to strive to read more – wherever you are. Read at home, on the bus, at a park, at camp, in the woods, on the beach, at the barbershop, on the train, and of course at the library!

Keep young minds sharp and ready for back to school.

Visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website to take the pledge to stay informed on education issues, spread the word, and support reading in your community and across the nation.

See some of the PA Key staff reading where they are!

See the Winners of August’s Book-A-Day!

July 20th, 2015
News, PA Counties, What's Happening
Were you a winner during August’s Book-A-Day Giveaway? Check below to see if you were a winner!
Starting a new school or early learning program can be a challenging time for many families. Books, events or resources that help start a conversation about the transition process can help address some of those fears. The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom is a great resource for any child and PA’s Promise for Children is giving away 31 copies during August!


Children’s Books the theme for the Annual Silent Auction

July 20th, 2015
Lancaster County, News, Stories

Every year, at the Early Learning Center of Gap in Gap, PA,  the children attending the center paint on canvases for an Annual Silent Art Auction open to the parents.

This year’s theme was Children’s Books.  The idea was that every classroom chose a book.  Within that book, they chose a picture to replicate.

The teachers helped the children with the idea, but the children were the ones who created the art! Below are some of the paintings from this year.

The proceeds from the auction will go to the Annual Family Fun Night Event for families to interact and socialize with each other.

For more information about this event or the Early Learning Center of Gap, please contact the Center Director, Amber Schnitzius at 717.442.2495 or

Find the right book for your early reader at the Quarryville Library

The Quarryville Library has restructured the easy reader section of the library to make it easier to find the right level of book for beginning readers.

All easy reader books now have a colored sticker on the spine that designates what level it is.

Check out the levels below:

Red Books: Just getting started
Large, bold print
Very few words per page
Lots of picture clues / Word repetition

Yellow Books: Beginning to read
More words per page
Short sentences / Simple Story
Some picture clues / Word repetition

Blue Books: Reading alone
Smaller Print
Longer Sentences / Short paragraphs
More complex story / Varied words

Create a free online scrapbook

July 2nd, 2015
What's Happening

Start a free online scrapbook for your young child with the Early Learning GPS!

The Early Learning GPS is a great place to start for tips and resources on helping your child prepare for kindergarten. You can also use the Early Learning GPS to create a free online scrapbook of your child’s progress from birth through age five. Get started

Here’s how it works:

Create a free family account to share with your family members.
All information is encrypted and confidential. It’s helpful to create one account that mom, dad, grandma, and others in your family who care about your child can access.
Login to the Early Learning GPS
Create a map for each child. Create as many maps as you’d like. Enter your child’s birthdate or the first date of the month/year your child was born. This way you will access the quiz with tips for your child’s age. Create a map for your child
To create your online scrapbook:
Follow your child’s milestones. Click on the milestones tab and click on your child’s age. If your child can do two or more things on the line, check off that line.You can add notes like when your child was able to do those things or any questions you have for your family, doctor, or teacher about that milestone. You can even print the milestones to share with others. Follow milestones
Save photos. Click on the Photos button to upload family photos – you can even add a caption! Photos
You can also:
Enter the quiz for simple video tips and resources you can save to your child’s map for later. Enter the Quiz
Find fun family activities based on Pennsylvania’s Early Learning standards – so your child can be learning while they are having fun. fun activities
Compare child care/ early learning programs.Get questions to ask when you visit a program and write down what you think of each program you visit. Compare programs