Archive for April, 2017

Inspired by the PA One Book

After reading the 2017 PA One Book selection, Daniels Finds a Poem, the children at Rose Tree Day School in Media, PA wrote their own poem with the help of Ms. G, their wonderful Guest Reader!

Poetry Is…

Poetry is like a funny word: ‘goo-goo ga-ga’

It is a snake slithering through the grass

It is a lion roaring on the plains

It is a spider spinning a web

It is the sunset glowing in the evening

It is lizards crawling across the ceiling

It is birds flying through the sunlight

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.

Help celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week by sharing a new infographic from the PA Dept. of Education & PA Dept. of Human Services that shows the benefits of early learning.


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


We Love Teacher Miss Pelleschi. My name is Zacheri A. I am the mother of a beautiful 4 year old boy named Bryson. Bryson started Pre K in September of 2016. I was very excited and also quite terrified for him to begin. I had many emotions going through me his first few weeks of school. I was always worried about him making friends, making sure he had everything he needed and most of all, his behavior. Bryson is a very strong willed little boy. He does not like to be told no and he also has a bit of anger issues. Within the first two weeks of him being enrolled I got a phone call from the school. They told me that Bryson was having a hard time with hitting and sharing. They said maybe it would be best to get him evaluated by ACRP. I was very upset. Feeling like I failed as a mother and let my son down. I decided that I needed to do what was best for my son. I called ACRP and got him set up for an intake and evaluation. It was a very long and exhausting process but I kept pushing for him. In the waiting periods between the intake and evaluation I got daily updates from his teacher Miss. Pelleschi through the school’s Remind app. Together we came up with coping strategies and reward systems. If Bryson was having a tough day she would let me know so that when he got home I could address it. If I didn’t have the support from Miss Pelleschi I would have been completely lost. The communication eased my worries. Finally everything got finalized at ACRP and they approved Bryson for a TSS for 10 hours a week and a BSC for 5 hours a week. I felt so relieved to know that he was going to get the help he needed while he was in school. Bryson has been doing a lot better in school and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help from the school, ACRP and most importantly Miss. Pelleschi. Much love and many thanks to all of you guys for being there for Bryson and I!

Zacheri A. of Cambria County

We’re Reading the 2017 PA One Book!

Guest readers throughout Pennsylvania are reading the 2017 PA One Book selection, Daniel Finds a Poem by author Micha Archer in early learning programs.

Glenn Miller, Deputy Secretary for Commonwealth Libraries/State Librarian, read the PA One Book, Daniel Finds a Poem, to children at the Coyle Library in Chambersburg on April 18, 2017.

Deputy Secretary, Matthew Stem from the PA Office of Elementary/Secondary Education read Daniel Finds a Poem to a kindergarten class at Clarks Summit Elementary (in the Abington Heights School District) on April 4 as part of Governor’s Wolf’s Schools That Teach tour.

Deputy Secretary Matthew Stem visited the Lackawanna County Children’s Library where he read Daniel Finds a Poem to a group of children preparing for kindergarten. These children were at the library for the library’s kickoff to the Cruise to Kindergarten program.

PA State Representative Stephen Kinsey visited Heaven Sent Childcare on May 4, 2017. It was worth the wait. It was a memorable experience, the students won’t forget.


What a joy kicking off Month of the Young Child on April 3, 2017 by reading the 2017 PA One Book, Daniel Finds a Poem, to preschoolers at Erin Cameron’s Keystone Stars STAR 4 Creative Garden Child Care Center in Punxsutawney. Guest reader, Community Innovation Zone Specialist John Pozza and children even sang a song using the ideas Daniel got for his poem from the animals he meets in the park.

Doreen Yeremian reads to children in three classrooms on April 3, 2017 at Swarthmore Friends Nursery School in Swarthmore.

Children at the Lancaster Early Education Center, drawing pictures of the animals that Daniel encountered in the story after being read to by guest Jen Wertz.

Roma Greenly reads to a classroom at Kids of the Kingdom Day School in Lewisburg on April 5, 2017.

Carissa Woleslagle from OCDEL, reads to students at Henry Houck Elementary School in the Lebanon School District on April 5, 2017.

Preschoolers enjoyed a reading at the Sunbury YMCA in Sunbury by guest Bea Prosseda.

Chris Rodgers visited the Little Hearts Learning Center preschool class to share the PA One Book, Daniel Finds a Poem.

Guest reader, Barbara Parr, read to the children at Back to Basics Learning Center in New Oxford, PA.  Since the teachers were discussing spring in preparation for using Daniel Finds A Poem, Ms. Parr supported their work by reading, In the Small Small Pond by Denise Fleming, followed by Jump Frog Jump by Byron Barton.  The teachers and children greeted their guest warmly and all appeared to enjoy the session.

Kathy Kashner from Northampton Community College recently read at Forks YMCA Education Center, part of the Greater Valley YMCA to Pre-K Counts students.  The students really enjoyed her reading style and the PA One Book: Every Young Child selection, Daniel Finds a Poem.

Guest reader Bob Borenstein reads to the children at Abington YMCA in Montgomery County.

Janie Mason from the Greensburg Hempfield Area Library read the PA One Book to students at the the Maxwell Elementary Head Start classroom.

Kelsey O’Brien from the PA Key read to Kiddie Line Express in Linglestown.

Mr. Bruce recently read to students at The Goddard School in Murraysville.

Jennifer Crane read the PA One Book to students at Betty Shreckengast’s Family Daycare in Millheim, PA.

Corrie Mitchell read at the Jewish Community Center Early Childhood Department (JCC) in Harrisburg on Tuesday, April 4.  Corrie said, “The children really enjoyed the book  and were very engaged as I read.  It was such an awesome experience to be able to go into a site and read to the children!”

Beaver County celebrated Week of the Young Child Celebration on April 8 with Darlene Sansone from the Penn State Extension Office as the PA One Book Guest Reader.

Henry Houck Elementary School‘s K-4 classroom enjoyed Daniel Finds a Poem with their guest reader.

Amanda Janeshefskie from the PA Key read the PA One Book, Daniel Finds a Poem, to children at Aa to Zz Child Care and Learning Center in Hummelstown.

Judy Graca read the PA One Book to classrooms at Interplay Child Care in Pittsburgh.

The Head Start classroom at Maxwell Elementary in Greensburg/Westmoreland County enjoyed their PA One Book guest reader.

Kirsty Clarke Brown from PHMC read the PA One Book to a classroom at the Shiloh Development Academy in Chester on April 13.

On Monday, April 10, 2017, in support of early literacy, JB’s Bright Beginnings‘ of Westmoreland County Pennsylvania hosted special guest reader, Kelli Shafron from Westmoreland Community Action. Miss Kelli shared the 2017 PA One Book, Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer with the Pre-K Classrooms. Miss Kelli was greeted with joyful smiles and departed with the gift of the children’s own stories and poems!

PA One Book Guest Reader Beth Plowmaker (from SERK) read to students at Tommy Tinkers in Chester County.

Betsy Vassallo of the Southeast Regional Key read to children at Aunt Di’s Child Care Services, a STAR 4 family child care home in Philadelphia on April 20, 2017.

Jori Farley one of the Northeast Regional Key STARS Managers read to the children at Howard Gardner MI Charter School.

Rae Temples a Kindergarten Teacher at Bangor Area School District read to children at The Learning Locomotion.

Angie Somogyi, one of the Northeast Regional Key Managers read at Career Institute of Technology, Tech Tykes Early Learning Center in Easton, PA.

Masha Levin, one of the Northeast Regional Key’s Infant/Toddler Specialists, read at Nazareth Area Day Care in Northampton County.

Erica Ghayyada read to students at Mansfield Area Nursery School in Tioga County.

Julie Lubarsky read to students at Training Wheels Day Care in Pittsburgh on April 24, 2017.

On April 24, Luann Scardino read to the children at the Center for Developmental Disabilities. She brought her pet, Telly, since the PA One Book highlights a turtle. Luann says it was a great experience.

Kuldeep Kaur from the Easton Public Library read Daniel Finds a Poem to the Preschool 3, Preschool 4 and Kindergarten children at the Forks YMCA Education Center.

Jill Gamboni, Legislative Aide- Field Representative of Representative Michael Peifer, visited Little Wonders Learning Center, Pike County  and read Daniel Finds A Poem to the Pre K class.  These children are preparing to enter Kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year.

Ms. G. read to students at Rose Tree Day School in Media, PA. Find out what they did next!

Bruce Hutchison read to the McKeesport School District PA Pre-K Counts classroom.

Michelle Hanna read to students at Learn-N-Play Daycare in Bath, PA.

Susanne Hamilton, Keystone Star Specialist, read to students at New Kensington Center-Head Start.

Mr. Lemley, Assistant Principal, read the PA One Book selection to the children at the Allison Park Elementary School Pre-K Counts classroom.

Mrs. Figlioli, Kindergarten teacher, read to Pre-K Counts students at Burgettstown Community Action Southwest.

Carmichaels Elementary Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Snyder, read to the Pre-K Counts children to celebrate PA One Book and Month of the Young child.  Each Pre-K child was given their own copy of this year’s selection, Daniel Finds a Poem.

The Principal at Trinity North, Dr. Tully, read the PA One Book, Daniel Finds a Poem, to the Pre-K class in Washington, PA in celebration of Month of the Young Child.

The Principal at Jefferson Morgan, Mr. Silbaughor, read to a PA Pre-K Counts classroom in Washington, PA.

Priestley Forsyth Memorial Library was the host of author Micha Archer.  214 Children at Priestley Elementary in Northumberland Area Head Start classroom, Kindergarten, First and Second grades got to hear Micha read the PA One Book, Daniel Finds a Poem. Children presented her with poems that were suggested by Priestley Forsyth Memorial Library and worked on in classrooms.  Northumberland Point Township Kiwanis Club helped us to provide books to all the children attending!

Marie DeAngelis, the Assistant Principal read the PA One book selection to the Joe Walker Elementary Pre-K Counts class on April 11.

Michele James of SERK read to children at Serena Spearman’s child care program in West Philadelphia.

Cyndi McAleer, Preschool Program Supervisor, read to students at The Red Balloon in Carnegie, PA.

Ann Gula was at Pathstone, in Coaldale to read the PA One Book to the Head Start, Early Head Start and PA Pre-K Counts children on 4/27.  They loved it!

Kristy Brown read to students at Shiloh Development Academy in Chester, PA.

Sharon Enfield of the Southwest Regional Key read to students at Donegal Head Start.

Each year, Begin With Us Child Care and Preschool, Inc. in Altoona, PA invites a guest reader to visit our center and read the PA One Book to our children. This year we had two visitors. On April 19, 2017, Ms. Terri Siverling, STARS Manager- Cambria and Blair Counties Northwest Regional Key and on May 12, 2017, our local legislator, Representative John McGinnis joined us and read, Daniel Finds a Poem.


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