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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

Win a 2017 PA One Book!

Daniel Finds a Poem coverThe 2017 PA One Book; Every Young Child has finally arrived!  This year’s selection, Daniel Finds a Poem, written and illustrated by Micha Archer, is a story about a boy who goes on an adventure through a park trying to find answers to his question, “What is poetry?”

Do you want a chance to win a FREE copy of this year’s PA One Book? To help promote reading early and often to children in homes and early learning programs throughout Pennsylvania, one winner will be selected at random EVERY DAY from March 19 to April 30, 2017 .

 Click here for a chance to win a free copy of Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer.

The first winner will be selected on March 19, 2017 and the last on April 30, 2017. One entry per person. Duplicate entries will be deleted. One winner each day will be selected at random. This drawing is open to residents of the United States only, however you do not need to be a Pennsylvania resident to win.

Are you a winner? Check below!

March 19: Barb B. of Dillsburg, PA
March 20: Michelle C. of Dallas, PA
March 21: Karen L. of Bristol, PA
March 22: Evie C. of West Chester, PA
March 23: Jada A. of Bethlehem, PA
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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

Kindergarten Registration for Danville School District

January 31st, 2017
What's Happening

Danville School District in Montour County- K registration:

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 and Thursday, February 23, 2017

8:15 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Danville Primary School

570-271-3268, Opt.8,Opt.4 to schedule an appointment

February: Kindergarten Here I Am

January 9th, 2017
What's Happening

Each month, PA’s Promise for Children highlights activities and books in the monthly Kindergarten, Here I Come enewsletter. Check below for this month’s activities and book list.

Get your preschooler on the path to school success! Sign up to get free monthly activities and book lists sent to your email.

We’re learning Language and Literacy Skills
Do it!
Help your preschooler learn letters by pointing out the letter in her name when you see them on books, signs, etc. How many different places can you both find the letter? Adaptions to this activity include tracing letters, tactile letters, and audio alphabet apps on a tablet or CD. Make your own story book by finding words that make up the letters in his name. An example, A is for alligator, C is for car and E is for egg. My name is ‘ACE.’
Read it! 

I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont. Lola Loves Stories by Anna McQuinn.

We’re learning Mathematical Skills
Do it!
Help your preschooler count during daily routines you might do together. For example, count the chairs while setting the table or count how many socks go into the washing machine. When possible, provide hands on opportunities for your preschooler to hold and feel the objects. Cooking is another great opportunity for your preschooler to count.  Encourage her to help prepare or make a meal. Count the number of ingredients. Take this one step further and describe the texture and color of each ingredient.
Read it!

Each Orange Had 8 Slices by Paul Giganti, Jr. Quack and Count by Keith Baker.

We’re learning Social and Emotional Development
Do it!
Give your preschooler a choice about what to do today. Ask him to explain why that activity was chosen. “Would you like to read or play ball? Why did you choose that?” Include options based on child’s interest and abilities while building and strengthening skills. If he is having difficulty with the choices you give, ask him to tell you 2 things he would like to do. Explain to him, they he can choose to do ‘x’ or ‘y’ and to pick the activity he would like to do.
Read it!
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. When Sophie Gets Angry–Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang.

We’re learning Social Studies Thinking Skills
Do it!
Talk with your preschool about where you live. Talk about whether you live in a house or an apartment. Give the address that includes the street, city and state. If she has difficulty doing this, you can take pictures of where you live and also can look for pictures online or in books. Use photos, pictures from books and magazines, and technology to create a picture book. She can enjoy looking at it and feel proud she helped to create the book.
Read it!
Telephone by Mac Barnett. Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo.

Welcome to PA’s Promise for Children!

January 6th, 2017
What's Happening

Are you looking for information to help your young child learn? Check out Learning is Everywhere for activities, books and songs for children, ages birth to Kindergarten. Sign up for one or more of the family-friendly newsletters and get ideas for fun activities delivered to your email every month.

Would you like to know more about your child’s development, but aren’t sure where to start? Try the Early Learning GPS! The Early Learning GPS can help you guide your child’s growth so he’s safe, happy and learning!

How are you helping your child learn? PA’s Promise for Children invites you to share your story and read stories from families just like yours!

Babies and Children First Program

November 3rd, 2016
Erie County, Events, What's Happening

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MOM TO MOM Breasting Feeding Connection

November 1st, 2016
Clearfield County, What's Happening

Penn Highlands offers :

MOM TO MOM Breasting Feeding Connection

Breast is Best

 You are Not Alone! Mothers may have questions on:


Pumping and storage of breast milk

Latching problems

Prevention and Care of sore nipples

Baby nursing/ eating enough

Returning to work


Introducing food



This program is open to all mother and babies who would like to meet and discuss the positive and challenges of breast feeding. The goal is to provide support, tips and answers to your questions.

Mom to Mom Breast feeding connection will meet the first and third Wednesday of the month from 11am to 12 pm. Location on the Third floor in the OB conference room. Contact person is Alisa 814-375-2229. Babies are invited to attend with you!


PA’s Promise family photo sessions sign up

September 19th, 2016
What's Happening

Be a part of the new PA’s Promise website and get a free family photo print!

  • Final session, Pittsburgh, April 10!

Mom smiling at babyPA’s Promise for Children is updating its website  and wants to include photos of real PA families like yours! PA’s Promise is looking for families with children under age six with and without disabilities, inclusive of ability, race, gender and ethnicity. Our photographer is excellent with all children, including children with special needs. Her son has Down Syndrome and she takes all the time we need to make sure each photo catches your child’s shining spirit.

Last year, PA’s Promise held photo sessions in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Altoona – now we’re coming to Pittsburgh!

Join PA’s Promise for our photo sessions in Pittsburgh on April 10! Families will be scheduled for 2 hour sessions. There is no cost to you. Photos will highlight developmental milestones, fun family activities that can help young children learn and grow. Your story will also be posted on the website to share with other families!

Participating families receive

  • A free professional 8×10″ family photo print
  • Families receive $20 per hour reimbursement time for your time
  • Reimbursement for travel. Allowable expenses include:
    • Up to one nights lodging prior to event for those who live more than 50 miles from location.
      • Meals if there is an overnight stay. Dinner ($20+18% tip) if precedes overnight; Breakfast ($7+tip) if follows overnight.
    • Mileage to be reimbursed at $.54 per mile, tolls, and parking.

Participants are asked to make their own lodging reservations. Participants should keep track of mileage and all expense receipts to be submitted for reimbursement.

Families must sign photo/video releases on the day of the photo session.

Download the application or submit the form below. Applications are due by April 4. 

PA Promise family photo session form

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October Book A Day Giveaway

Children who have access to books in their home spend more time with books, and those books can help them develop their language and communication skills. They are also more likely to do better in school, plus they can develop a stronger bond with their parent or caregiver.  (more…)