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Register now for the event Families Coming Together: Promoting Inclusion for All Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers

March 31st, 2017
All Counties, Events

Registration is open for the event, Families Coming Together: Promoting Inclusion for All Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers.

As one voice, we promote communities where all children can play, learn, and grow together! (more…)

What we like best about PA Pre-K Counts

March 9th, 2017
Indiana County, Stories

Families were asked what they liked about the PA Pre-K Counts program at Saltsburg Elementary School in Indiana County. Here is what they said! (more…)

My daughter loves her Keystone STARS center

March 8th, 2017
Stories, York County

My 16-month-old has been in a Keystone STAR 3 early learning center since she was 6 weeks old. She absolutely loves it and has grown so much! It’s only me and her (more…)

March 14: Celebrate National Pi Day (and Math!) with a book!

Did you know that babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners can start learning mathematical concepts before they even know what numbers are? (Numbers like pi 3.14!) Start your child on a life-long path of math by trying these activities:

  • Provide plastic bowls, pots, wooden spoons for your baby to explore while you’re cooking. Describe the sizes and the number of items.
  • Give your toddler plastic measuring cups. Show him how to stack the cups on top of each other according to size. Talk about which one is biggest and smallest, then count them.
  • Give your preschooler items of increasing size, like measuring spoons. Ask her to put them in order from smallest to largest. Talk about which one is first, second, etc.
  • With your Kindergartner, use items like small stones, blocks, or crackers to fill a cup. How many does it take to fill the cup? What if a smaller cup is used–does filling it require more or less? What if a larger cup is used. Talk about why the number of items might change with the size of the cup.

Check out Learning is Everywhere, Kindergarten, Here I Come, or Kindergarten, Here I Am for more math related activities. Then grab a book and read about the fun with math!

Print this book list!

11 math books for young children | PA's Promise for Children

Our Support and Gratitude for PA Pre-K Counts

March 2nd, 2017
Northampton, Stories

We are parents of special-needs twins who have greatly benefited from the PA Pre-K Counts program at the Forks YMCA Education Center and we would like to express our support and gratitude for the state’s sponsorship of this program. The program has played an instrumental role in the development of our children, and the change in our twins over the past two years has been dramatic.

They entered the PA Pre-K Counts program with delays that interfered with their ability to learn in a typical classroom setting. Now they are on target developmentally and poised to be successful kindergartners. When children receive the assistance they need early, they are more likely to succeed later and require fewer services as they progress throughout the educational system.

Our children are already proof of that. While in the PA Pre-K Counts program, their other state-funded special education services like speech therapy and occupational therapy decreased and the need for them has now been completely eliminated.

PA Pre-K Counts was instrumental in getting them to this stage, and we are so proud of them, and are so grateful for legislators who understand that by funding programs like PA Pre-K Counts now, we save on future costs.

Bret W. & Sharon J.

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