Archive for the ‘Stories’ Category

PA Pre-K Counts helps shape the path to a lifetime of successful learning

May 16th, 2017
Northampton, Stories

For the past two years, my son has benefited from a program at the YMCA Forks Education Center called PA Pre-K Counts. (more…)

What we like best about PA Pre-K Counts

March 9th, 2017
Indiana County, Stories

Families were asked what they liked about the PA Pre-K Counts program at Saltsburg Elementary School in Indiana County. Here is what they said! (more…)

My daughter loves her Keystone STARS center

March 8th, 2017
Stories, York County

My 16-month-old has been in a Keystone STAR 3 early learning center since she was 6 weeks old. She absolutely loves it and has grown so much! It’s only me and her (more…)

March 14: Celebrate National Pi Day (and Math!) with a book!

Did you know that babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners can start learning mathematical concepts before they even know what numbers are? (Numbers like pi 3.14!) Start your child on a life-long path of math by trying these activities:

  • Provide plastic bowls, pots, wooden spoons for your baby to explore while you’re cooking. Describe the sizes and the number of items.
  • Give your toddler plastic measuring cups. Show him how to stack the cups on top of each other according to size. Talk about which one is biggest and smallest, then count them.
  • Give your preschooler items of increasing size, like measuring spoons. Ask her to put them in order from smallest to largest. Talk about which one is first, second, etc.
  • With your Kindergartner, use items like small stones, blocks, or crackers to fill a cup. How many does it take to fill the cup? What if a smaller cup is used–does filling it require more or less? What if a larger cup is used. Talk about why the number of items might change with the size of the cup.

Check out Learning is Everywhere, Kindergarten, Here I Come, or Kindergarten, Here I Am for more math related activities. Then grab a book and read about the fun with math!

Print this book list!

11 math books for young children | PA's Promise for Children

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.

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…)

My son has found his voice in PA Pre-K Counts

February 9th, 2017
Allegheny County, Stories

Through this PA Pre-K Counts program my son has not only made friends, he has found his voice. Before coming to Ms. Kim’s room, he said almost nothing. After just a few short months, he has such a large vocabulary and is learning more words every day!

We will forever be grateful for this program and the teachers.

Peggie & Nicholas P.

Aubree is more confident because of PA Pre-K Counts

February 9th, 2017
Allegheny County, Stories

The program helped my daughter, Aubree, be more confident about learning. She comes home every day and loves to tell me all the new things she has learned and about all her friends.

PA Pre-K Counts is a good experience

February 9th, 2017
Allegheny County, Stories

My child has had many changes that I have noticed since she came to the PA Pre-K Counts program and the main thing is her independence. I have noticed she like to do a lot of things on her own.

Another thing I noticed was her social skills have gotten better. She is also learning how to adapt to change a lot easier and I just think that the program all together is a good experience and also great communication.

Taytum has grown so much in PA Pre-K Counts

February 9th, 2017
Allegheny County, Stories

Taytum has grown so much this year. She continues to amaze me every day.

We have Mrs. Gerdich to thank for being an amazing teacher.

We love this PA Pre-K Counts program and are going to miss it next year when she goes to Kindergarten.