Archive for June, 2016

Cicada Crazy

June 20th, 2016
Stories, Washington County

The children at East Maiden Kid Biz have been a little Cicada crazed these past few days. Some of them have been so scared about our winged buzzy friends, they  have not wanted to go outside at all and that is not a good thing with summer just starting. (more…)

Child Development Centers, Inc. talks Early Learning

Martha Hoover, vice president of grant operations (below middle), and Maria Vaughn, child psychologist (below right), from Child Development Centers, Inc. in Venango County were recent guests on the Ask the Expert Quality Early Learning radio show, sponsored by the Northwest Institute of Research, and hosted by John Pozza (below left), Community Innovation Zone Specialist for the PA Key.

Venango Co. CDC Radio show

Martha and Maria provided an update on the first two years of the CDC’s CIZ grant project through the Office of Child Development and Early Learning. It involves providing a behavioral assessment and Intervention program that helps families better adapt their children to preschool and in preparing for their eventual transition to kindergarten. The project is partnering with the Oil City, Franklin, Valley Grove and Cranberry area school districts in Venango County.

The program airs May 13 at 9:05 am on connectradio.FM, and on 96.7 and 107.9 FM on the radio dial in the DuBois area.

Interactive for All

June 13th, 2016
Stories, Westmoreland County

The Derry Area School District held its second Infant Story Time on May 17th at the Caldwell Library.

This event was one of the initiatives of the Community Innovation Zone Grant for the district.  18 IMG_1491parents and babies  participated in this event which was designed for Infants 0-23 months.

The theme was “Bath Time Fun” and parents and babies were read bath time interactive books and songs by the librarian.  Parents received resource materials and were given an overview of  the GPS website and book marks. Babies then had an opportunity to play with others while parents networked and became acquainted with the community library.

Cheryl S., a grandmother, stated that “ I can’t believe what a wonderful program this is!  It was so interactive and the babies were so attentive to the stories and songs.  There was nothing like this when my children were growing up. I am so happy that my grandchildren will have this experience.”