Archive for the ‘Mercer County’ Category

Home Visiting Program Helps Family Plan Their Future

February 16th, 2017
Mercer County, Stories

The following is a family’s impact from an early learning program, as told by Bette Green, a long time Parent Educator in a Mercer County Family Center.  It truly speaks to the strength of the Parents As Teachers home visiting program.  It allows parents to gain knowledge regarding child development, as well as, supporting families in building their family strengths and supports. 

A family was referred to the Mercer County Family Center through Children and Youth Services.  (more…)

Preparing for Kindergarten and Beyond

March 3rd, 2015
Mercer County, Stories

I wanted to thank you for having such an awesome preschool program.

My son is enrolled in his second year at PA Pre-K Counts. Not only do you have a knowledgeable and friendly staff, but the program is also ever changing and challenging. The curriculum and the teachers are very enriching. (more…)

Representative Longietti joins Farrell and Hermitage families at Capitol to speak out for early education for all

In celebration of Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children Month, Representative Mark Longietti (D-Mercer) joined two families from his district and members of the Early Childhood Education Caucus to speak out in support of quality early learning opportunities for all of Pennsylvania’s children at a press event in the Capitol on October 8, 2014. Watch the video.

Re. Longietti has a few things he'd like to say about helping kids learn.  / PA's Promise for Children“There is a universal truth that families want to give their children the opportunity for a better life than they have. Parents will endure great sacrifices to give their children a good start along that path,” stated Representative Longietti. “The commonwealth needs to honor that sacrifice by being a partner, providing for quality early learning opportunities that are accessible for all families. If for no altruistic reason, then for the fact that it is in the long-term best interest for the Commonwealth and its citizens that children have the tools to succeed and become productive citizens who contribute back to society. “ (more…)

Daughter and granddaughter thriving thanks to quality early learning and family supports

In January 2011, a beautiful baby girl named Symira was born to a sixteen year old new mother. As you can imagine it was somewhat overwhelming for a young girl to be faced with a new baby on her own. She was a sophomore in high school. Finishing her education was a must as she was determined to be the best mother she could be. It was only fitting that Symira be placed in child care center that valued education as well. (more…)

Ryder G. accomplishes his goals thanks to Early Intervention

My son’s name is Ryder. He is almost 3 years old and has an independent streak a mile wide. He always wants to do things in his own way and in his own time and he will work on figuring something out until he solves the problem. (more…)

ECE Caucus Press Event Celebrates 2014 PA’s Promise Month

In celebration of Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children Month, members of the Early Childhood Education Caucus joined families from across the state to speak out in support of quality early learning opportunities for Pennsylvania’s children at a press event in the Capitol on October 8, 2014. Watch the video.

Caucs_stage2“It’s often challenging to come up with the right policy that’s necessary to address our challenges. The thing that’s important for us to recognize is for the challenges of our at-risk children, we already know what works,” stated Senator Pat Browne (R-Lehigh), co-chair of the Early Childhood Education Caucus. “It’s already been identified, it’s already been substantiated. A child that’s given access to quality early education programs is able to develop their skills and enter first grade and advance through their education years ready to learn and succeed. We know that it pays off, that it returns a tremendous amount of resources back to the state. (more…)

Your vote could help fight hunger for children in Mercer County

September 16th, 2014
Mercer County, News

An opportunity has been given to Keystone STARS participant New Light Christian Education Center to win $7,500 to help fight hunger by casting daily votes for Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County. (more…)

Mercer County Students Receive Pre-K Scholarships

September 3rd, 2014
Mercer County, News, Stories

New Light Christian Education Center has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Synergy Community Foundation to support staffing costs in their half-day pre-kindergarten classroom. Through the grant, the agency will continue to provide children ages 3 – 5 with free quality pre-kindergarten activities to ensure a smooth transition to kindergarten in 2015. (more…)


Tender Hearts Day Care, a Keystone STARS Star 3 family child care in Homer City, has been selected as the recipient of the fourth quarter “Bright Star” Award for 2013-14, co-sponsored by the Northwest Institute of Research and Clarion University.

Owned and operated by Brenda McCroskey, Tender Hearts, located at 30 Carson St. next to the Homer City Area Elementary School and playground, was nominated for (more…)

Partnership to Support Fitness Programs in Community Youth Program

New Light Christian Education Center (NLCEC) has been awarded a $5,600 grant from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to support fitness programs for pre-kindergarten children and afterschool children.

As part of the grant, NLCEC will provide children ages 3 – 5 with summer pre-kindergarten physical development activities to support healthy families, active children, and school readiness. (more…)