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August 13: Kinship Care Summer Picnic

July 10th, 2017
Erie County, Events

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August 25: Family Resource Fair

July 10th, 2017
Erie County, Events

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August 19: Back to School Bash

June 20th, 2017
Events, Indiana County

Summer is here! Isn’t it time for the kids to go back to school?
The Back to School Bash hears you. We are making plans for our annual backpack distribution.

WHEN: August 19th from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

WHERE: Church Street from 6th Street to 7th Street in Indiana, PA

HOW: Phone Registration July 10th through 28th Monday – Friday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at 724-463-8036.

ALL recipients of the backpacks MUST meet the following requirements:

  • Be residents of Indiana County.
  • Attend an accredited school K4 through Grade 12 for the 2017-18 school year.
  • Household income must be less than 200% of the national poverty level.
  • ALL qualifying children MUST have registered at the above phone number to receive a backpack with school supplies.

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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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…)

Sensory Friendly Mornings at the Children’s Museum 2017

January 20th, 2017
Erie County, Events

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Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program

January 20th, 2017
Erie County, Events


Kindergarten Registration for Washington Park Elementary School

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2017-18 Kindergarten Registration – Mifflin County School District

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2017-18 Kindergarten Registration for Bucks

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