Archive for the ‘Northampton’ Category

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

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.

Kindergarten registration for Easton Area School District

January 31st, 2017
Northampton, What's Happening

Kindergarten Registration

March 9 – Tracy Elementary

March 10 – Paxinosa Elementary

March 13 – Forks Elementary

March 14 – March Elementary

March 15 – Cheston Elementary

March 16 – Shawnee Elementary

March 17 – Palmer Elementary

If your child turns 5 on or before September 1, 2017, it’s time for Kindergarten!


Is your student entering kindergarten at Paxinosa or Cheston Elementary School for Fall 2017?  If so, join us for three free sessions to make sure your student will “Bee Ready” for kindergarten.  Attend all three sessions to be entered into a raffle for bicycles and more!

Session 1 – School tour, fun activities and prizes

Session 2 – Scavenger hunt and prizes

Session 3 – Games, stories, stuffed animals and bike raffle

Coming in March and April 2017





RSVP:  Maryanne West                610-250-2551, ext. 24324

PBS 39: FOCUS special report

PBS 39 devoted a FOCUS special report on early education in celebration of Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children Month. Watch the program below:

Sienna is excelling!

May 14th, 2014
Northampton, Stories

When Sienna was enrolled and accepted into PA Pre-K Counts we were thrilled. Her education is our primary focus. Being an only child has its challenges. The program has not only helped Sienna academically but also helped her socially. Being in a Keystone STAR 4 facility has made all of the difference. (more…)

Celebrating Week of the Young Child in Lehigh Valley

April 7th, 2014
Lehigh County, Northampton

Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers (LVCC) is proud to celebrate Week of the Young Child™  by collaborating with a number of community partners from April 7-11, 2014 to bring health, nutrition and public safety programs into LVCC’s early learning centers. Nearly 600 Lehigh Valley children, ages three to 12, attending LVCC will participate in hands-on fitness and bike safety activities throughout the week.

Capital Blue Cross and The OrganWise Guys will come to 11 LVCC locations (in Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Nazareth, Emmaus and Alburtis) from April 7-10, empowering children to be healthy and smart from the inside out. The interactive nutrition and physical activity lessons teach young children healthy living habits. More information about The OrganWise Guys can be found at

Valley Preferred Cycling Center will offer a bicycle safety course at two Allentown centers on April 7 and 8, designed to help children understand the importance of bike safety and wearing a helmet in a fun, interactive way.

Aetna Better Health® of Pennsylvania will bring its Fast Food Relay and Match Dash programs to four centers in Allentown and Easton from April 7-9, promoting health through physical activity and educational trivia.

AmeriHealth Caritas will administer the health education program, Healthy You, Healthy Me, at three LVCC locations in Allentown and Bethlehem on April 7, 9 and 11. The program encourages children to increase physical activity, improve nutrition through smart snacking, increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, increase healthy lifestyle awareness, and reduce Body Mass Index.

To further recognize the importance of early childhood education, the following local legislators and Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers Board Members will visit the programs:


  • State Representative Daniel McNeill – LVCC at St. Luke’s on April 10
  • State Representative Justin Simmons – LVCC at South Mountain on April 10
  • State Representative Ryan Mackenzie – LVCC at Alburtis School on April 10
  • State Senator Pat Browne – LVCC’s Judith Chase Early Learning Center on April 11
  • State Representative Marcia Hahn – LVCC at Monocacy Manor on April 11


LVCC Board Members

  • Suzanne Stianche, Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. – LVCC on Walnut Street on April 8
  • Susan Schupp, PNC Wealth Management Group – LVCC at Monocacy Manor on April 8
  • Richard Lemak, MINTEQ International, Inc. – LVCC at Stones Crossing on April 9
  • Debbie Matz, Nazareth Area School District – LVCC at Nazareth Area Intermediate School on April 9
  • Marc S. Fisher, Esq., Worth, Magee & Fisher P.C. – LVCC at Muhlenberg School on April 9
  • Susan P. Williams, Aetna Inc. – LVCC at Lincoln School on April 10


About Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers

A not-for-profit organization serving the Lehigh Valley for over 40 years, Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers (LVCC) provides high-quality early education and child care to promote healthy child development, meet the needs of families and encourage children to discover the joy of learning.  Nearly 1,000 children attend 21 LVCC locations in Lehigh and Northampton counties. For more information, visit

For more information, contact Shawn Deiter at 610-820-5333, ext. 205 or

Gia N., growing strong!

Gia Isabela N., age 4

Easton, Northampton County

“I have the promise to be a dentist!”

Gia came to us when she was two years old; now four we have seen so many special talents developing right before our eyes.  Gia wants to be a Dentist when she gets bigger.  (more…)

Hannah M. has thrived at PA Pre-K Counts

Hannah M., age 4HannahM-Northampton

Easton, Northampton County 

I have the promise to be a teacher!

Hannah has thrived during her time at Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts.  She has two older sisters so she has been looking forward to preschool for years.  (more…)