Archive for April, 2017

We Love Our Teachers! Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week

April 24th, 2017
News, What's Happening

Help us celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7-12)!

Teachers play an important role in shaping the lives of Pennsylvania’s youngest learners. They work with families, children and partners to ensure that each child has opportunities to learn and grow.

Are you a parent or family member whose child loves their teacher?


  • Your child’s favorite teacher’s name and early learning program or school
  • Why he or she is your child’s favorite teacher–why is this teacher special?
  • A picture of your child and their favorite teacher!

Are you a teacher who loves your job?

Share your story, too!

  • Where you teach and what ages/grades
  • Why you love teaching–what’s the best thing about teaching?
  • A picture of you! (If there are children in your pic, please make sure you have a current signed consent form to use their picture.)

Email your story to Mary at or click here to submit online.

Get your story submitted by May 7 to be highlighted on this page and PA’s Promise for Children Facebook page during Teacher Appreciation Week!

Although Teacher’s Appreciation Week runs May 7-12, we will continue to publish stories as they’re received.


We Love Teacher Jess: When my son transitioned to the 1 year old room, I was really worried about the nap time and how it would affect him not having anyone put him to bed and the length of the nap time. Jess assured me that she would make sure he got nap down without him getting too upset. I thought she would struggle a lot until she sent me a picture of her holding him and him sound asleep with a caption of “By any means necessary.” Definitely a stress reliever. I am proud to say that after a 2 weeks he goes to his cot when it’s time for nap lays down on his own.
Aurielle M, Allegheny County

April 29: Kinship Care Spring Gathering

April 24th, 2017
Erie County, Events

Join us!

May 4: Six skills every child should have before they begin kindergarten

April 19th, 2017
Events, Northampton

The Forks YMCA Education Center, 1350 Sullivan Trail, Easton, PA 18040, invites parents of preschoolers to learn about the six skills every child should have before they begin kindergarten. This even will take place on May 4 at 6 pm.

Terry Thomas, who will lead the workshop, is an experienced early childhood educator involved in many aspects of early care and education for young children. She runs her own consulting business and is an adjunct professor at Lehigh Carbon Community College in the early education department.

Kindergarten readiness materials will be distributed and light refreshments will be served.

Child care is available but participants must call 610-250-7193 to preregister.

April 29: 26th annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day

April 19th, 2017
Events, Northampton
The Forks YMCA Education Center, 1350 Sullivan Trail, Easton, is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active.

This year marks the 26th annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families.

The morning event features activities such as a sampling of youth sports presented by Amazing Athletes of the Lehigh Valley; a bike derby and bike and helmet check; Easton Hospital’s Teddy Bear Clinic; Pennsylvania State Police car seat checks; Jumping Jitney gymnastics bus; Bear Creek Mountain Resort; Easton Cops ‘n’ Kids Reading Room; PNC Bank financial literacy table and a Crayola activity table. Strolling characters include Tip the Crayola Crayon and Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

May 25L A Night at the Museum

April 19th, 2017
Events, Northampton

This year the Forks YMCA Education Center’s art show theme is “A Night at the Museum.” The event will be held May 25 at 7:00 pm.

The children will be displaying the works they created based on this theme in the gymnasium at the Family YMCA of Easton located at 1225 West Lafayette Street.

The pieces that the young artists created will be on display and auctioned off to raise money for scholarships. The Y promise is that no child is turned away due to an inability to pay. Charitable support helps the Y keep this promise. When a child makes, looks at, and talks about art and the artwork of others they gain valuable skills. The art show was created to infuse the arts more fully into the early childhood education curriculum.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Jan Schwartz at

May 6: Indiana County Bicycle Rodeo

April 19th, 2017
Events, Indiana County

Indiana County Bicycle Rodeo, Saturday, May 6, 2017
10AM – 12PM
Ages 4 – 12+

IUP South Campus Multiple Car Driving Range
815 University Drive
Indiana, PA 15701

Get you child’s bike ready for summer riding fun (and safety). FREE EVENT!

  • Bike tune up courtesy of Indiana Schwinn
  • Helmet Fit courtesy of Indiana County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana Borough Police, and IUP Police.
  • Please bring your child’s helmet to be properly fitted.
  • Ride the Bicycle Safety Course Challenge! Receive an official certificate from local law enforcement upon successful completion!
  • ATV Safety Demonstration courtesy of Nathanael Arthurs, certified instructor.

Water and light snacks provided courtesy of IRMC.

Don’t have a helmet?
A limited number of free helmets will be distributed (courtesy of State Farm Agent Margy Gray and the Safe Children’s Network). HELMETS WILL BE GIVEN ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS. Those who pre-register are more likely to get a helmet.

Don’t have a bike?
A limited number of bikes will be on loan for your use on the safety course (courtesy of Evergreen Boys & Girls Clubs of Indiana County.) TRIKES too… for the youngest participants (courtesy of Indi Kids).

Click here to to pre-register.

For questions or more information call 724-463-8200 x 4218

April 25: Month of the Young child Event

April 18th, 2017
2017 MOYC, Blair County, Events

Join us!

Head Start/Early Head Start & PA Pre-K Counts Application Sites in Cambria County

April 11th, 2017
Cambria County, Events

Apply now!


April 30: 12th Annual Fun in the Sun

Join us!

April 25: Infant Story Time

April 11th, 2017
2017 MOYC, Events, Westmoreland County

Join us! Click here to print the flyer.