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We Love Our Teachers! Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week

April 24th, 2017
News, What's Happening

Help us celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7-12)!

Teachers play an important role in shaping the lives of Pennsylvania’s youngest learners. They work with families, children and partners to ensure that each child has opportunities to learn and grow.

Are you a parent or family member whose child loves their teacher?


  • Your child’s favorite teacher’s name and early learning program or school
  • Why he or she is your child’s favorite teacher–why is this teacher special?
  • A picture of your child and their favorite teacher!

Are you a teacher who loves your job?

Share your story, too!

  • Where you teach and what ages/grades
  • Why you love teaching–what’s the best thing about teaching?
  • A picture of you! (If there are children in your pic, please make sure you have a current signed consent form to use their picture.)

Email your story to Mary at or click here to submit online.

Get your story submitted by May 7 to be highlighted on this page and PA’s Promise for Children Facebook page during Teacher Appreciation Week!

Although Teacher’s Appreciation Week runs May 7-12, we will continue to publish stories as they’re received.

Help celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week by sharing a new infographic from the PA Dept. of Education & PA Dept. of Human Services that shows the benefits of early learning.


We Love Teacher Jess: When my son transitioned to the 1 year old room, I was really worried about the nap time and how it would affect him not having anyone put him to bed and the length of the nap time. Jess assured me that she would make sure he got nap down without him getting too upset. I thought she would struggle a lot until she sent me a picture of her holding him and him sound asleep with a caption of “By any means necessary.” Definitely a stress reliever. I am proud to say that after a 2 weeks he goes to his cot when it’s time for nap lays down on his own.
Aurielle M, Allegheny County


We Love Teacher Miss Pelleschi. My name is Zacheri A. I am the mother of a beautiful 4 year old boy named Bryson. Bryson started Pre K in September of 2016. I was very excited and also quite terrified for him to begin. I had many emotions going through me his first few weeks of school. I was always worried about him making friends, making sure he had everything he needed and most of all, his behavior. Bryson is a very strong willed little boy. He does not like to be told no and he also has a bit of anger issues. Within the first two weeks of him being enrolled I got a phone call from the school. They told me that Bryson was having a hard time with hitting and sharing. They said maybe it would be best to get him evaluated by ACRP. I was very upset. Feeling like I failed as a mother and let my son down. I decided that I needed to do what was best for my son. I called ACRP and got him set up for an intake and evaluation. It was a very long and exhausting process but I kept pushing for him. In the waiting periods between the intake and evaluation I got daily updates from his teacher Miss. Pelleschi through the school’s Remind app. Together we came up with coping strategies and reward systems. If Bryson was having a tough day she would let me know so that when he got home I could address it. If I didn’t have the support from Miss Pelleschi I would have been completely lost. The communication eased my worries. Finally everything got finalized at ACRP and they approved Bryson for a TSS for 10 hours a week and a BSC for 5 hours a week. I felt so relieved to know that he was going to get the help he needed while he was in school. Bryson has been doing a lot better in school and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help from the school, ACRP and most importantly Miss. Pelleschi. Much love and many thanks to all of you guys for being there for Bryson and I!

Zacheri A. of Cambria County

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?”

To help promote reading early and often to children in homes and early learning programs throughout Pennsylvania, one winner was selected at random EVERY DAY from March 19 to April 30, 2017 .

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
March 24: Dina H. of Chalfont, PA
March 25: Linda A. of Glen Lyon, PA
March 26: Samantha K. of Annville, PA
March 27: Stacey Y. of Pittsburgh, PA
March 28: Gina D. of Reading, PA
March 29: Tara L. of Stillwater, PA
March 30: Kim M. of Pittsburgh, PA
March 31: Jennifer M. of Harrisburg, PA
April 1: Nancy D. of Erie, PA
April 2: Linda R. of Duquesne, PA
April 3: Jean W. of Ford City, PA
April 4: Rose S. of Pittsburgh, PA
April 5: Mia M. of Braddock, PA
April 6: Liane U.S. of Ligonier, PA
April 7: Kensie H. of Hatfield, PA
April 8: April G. of Tidioute, PA
April 9: Tia M. of Aliquippa, PA
April 10: Katie S. of Glenshaw, PA
April 11: Jennifer K. of Warren Center, PA
April 12: Natalie L. of Archbald, PA
April 13: Linda K. of Mount Carmel, PA
April 14: Kathleen R. of Rockledge, PA
April 15: Sonya B. of Telford, PA
April 16: Fabi D. of Rydal, PA
April 17: Mary W. of North East, PA
April 18: Kay L. of Stroudsburg, PA
April 19: Diane G. of Philadelphia, PA
April 20: Lauren C. of Tannersville, PA
April 21: Suzette M. of Warminister, PA
April 22: Krista B. of Williamsport, PA
April 23: Mary Y. of Philadelphia, PA
April 24: Heidi A. of Emporium, PA
April 25: Carmen M. of Yeadon, PA
April 26: Chris G. of Henryville, PA
April 27: Janis L. of Danville, PA
April 28: Rae T. of Mount Bethel, PA
April 29: Catherine G. of York, PA
April 30: Nancy S. of Pennsburg, PA

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

Click to print the flyer.


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!


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…)