Early Education in Allegheny County

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What’s happening in Allegheny County

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Events in Allegheny County:

We're Reading the 2017 PA One Book!

Guest readers throughout Pennsylvania are reading the 2017 PA One Book selection, Daniel Finds a Poem by author Micha Archer in early learning programs. Glenn Miller, Deputy Secretary for Commonwealth Libraries/State Librarian, read the PA One Book, Daniel Finds a Poem, to children at the Coyle Library in Chambersburg on April 18, 2017. Deputy Secretary, Matthew Stem from the PA Office of Elementary/Secondary Education read Daniel Finds a Poem Read more...

PA One Book Classic Countdown

Help count down to the 2017 PA One Book! We're exploring the past PA One Book selections! Follow PA One Book on Facebook and PA One Book on Instagram to get fun activities to do with your child and the PA One Book classic, watch the video of the author reading the book, and share your experiences with the book. Check back each day Read more...

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Local resources and LEARN partners:
Child care/early learning programs:
  • Search for child care/early learning programs, including Keystone STARS, PA Pre-K Counts, Head Start, licensed nursery schools, and Early Intervention in your community. You can also view or submit complaints about a child care program.
Family support resources:
  • Autism Support Groups in PA, listed alphabetically by county
  • Include Me is a collection of three programs all about inclusive education for students with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Financial assistance and human services:
  • Find a food pantry near you with Ending Hunger in PA.
  • PA 2-1-1 is a statewide collaborative for health and human service information for Pennsylvanians. This easy to remember 2-1-1 phone number will link PA residents with human services throughout Pennsylvania.
  • A searchable map for the locations of federally-funded free summer meals in Pennsylvania. NOTE: This site takes some time to load.
  • Find out if you qualify for and apply for benefits like Medicaid, SNAP (Food Stamps) Children’s health Insurance (CHIP), and Child Care Works (CCIS) assistance for child care expenses. Use this link for the main COMPASS site
  • Women, Infants, Children (WIC) – WIC provides healthy supplemental foods and nutrition services for pregnant women, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children under age five.
  • PA County Resource Guide by the Juvenile Law Center – includes links for a variety of services including housing, health, recreation, and emergency numbers.
  • The CCIS offices for Allegheny County are CCIS of Allegheny County – City or CCIS of Allegheny County – North/South
  • FamilyWize can help you save up to 75% on prescription medication by printing a FREE prescription card and showing it to your pharmacist.
  • Pennsylvania Healthy Corner Store Initiative: The Pennsylvania Department of Health is committed to increasing access to healthy food and beverage options, and partnering with retailers on the Pennsylvania Healthy Corner Store Initiative (HCSI).  This initiative connects store owners with resources to increase availability of healthy foods in corner stores, and offer consumers fresher, nutritious food options.
Family Centers:
  • List of Pennsylvania Family Centers (PDF) – provide a number of family and community services such as family support and information groups, child health and development screenings, In-home child development sessions, and toy- and book-lending libraries.
  • Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 (Pittsburgh): 412.394.1384
  • Community College of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh): 412.394.6911
  • Goodwill of Southwestern PA (Pittsburgh): 412.481.9005
  • Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council (Pittsburgh): 412.393.7600
  • Distance Learning Project Lewistown: 717.248.4942, x107
  • MyGED: Create an account, get GED® study materials and take a practice test. Access information on the test, step-by-step guidance, and tips for after you graduate.
  • Literacy Directory: A clearinghouse of adult basic education programs in the country.
  • PA Adult Education Resources: Adult Education Programs funded by Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Libraries for families:
Local school districts:
Community Resources:
  • Afterschool Enrichment Program: The Afterschool Enrichment Program provides youth in grades 3-12 with homework help, tutoring, academic enrichment activities, character building opportunities, health and nutrition education, and physical activity. Programming runs three hours a day after school Monday through Thursday.
  • The Summer Enrichment Program: The Summer Enrichment Program encourages students to continue learning out of school and not fall victim to “summer slide,” a decrease in student achievement that can result in a long-term achievement gap.  Depending on the site, a 4- to 6-week, hands-on summer program is offered.
  • Pittsburgh City of Learning: Create an account with your child so they can start learning. Browse hundreds of learning opportunities your child can participate in. See what your child is learning and share the badges they earn.
Stories from your neighbors:

Stories in Allegheny County:

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

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. Read more...

Aubree is more confident because of PA Pre-K Counts

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. Read more...

PA Pre-K Counts is a good experience

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 Read more...

Taytum has grown so much in PA Pre-K Counts

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. Read more...

Kelsey is so luck to be a part of PA Pre-K Counts

I think you are all doing a wonderful job. Kelsey is lucky to be a part of the PA pre-K Counts program. I love the pre-K program that my daughter is so lucky to be a part of. She loves school and looks forward to every single day! Mrs. Gerdich and Mrs. Denne are amazing. Kelsey has learned how to play well with others, take turns and be respectful to others. They do so many fun, exciting and Read more...

PA Pre-K Counts Brought My Daughter Out of Her Shell

This PA Pre-K Counts program has really brought my daughter out of her shy shell. She is an only child for now, and being around the other kids every day and interacting with teacher and children away from me has been great for her. She started out not wanting to come to school and now she cannot wait to go. She is learning so much and she is so proud to share what she has learned with Read more...

Leaps Ahead in PA Pre-K Counts

Having this PA Pre-K Counts program has allowed my son to begin to learn in a more structured fashion. At home he does not like to be as focused and independent, so the way the class is run allows a bit of both. Being in the full time class now has put my son leaps ahead in certain areas in only a few short months. It amazes me when he shows the skills he has learned. I Read more...

Foundation Started in PA Pre-K Counts

The Pre-K program has been a blessing for our daughter.  It has allowed her an early start in learning all of the skills she will need to know for kindergarten.  It has also provided her with the opportunity for socialization with other children. She has shown such excitement with making her own friends and learning new things.   My daughter expresses daily that she loves being at school with Read more...

How Much Fun He's Having in PA Pre-K Counts

I think my son is really benefiting from the Pre-K program. He is learning how to interact with the other children in a real elementary school setting. He is getting to know his way around the school and learning what will be expected of him when he goes to kindergarten. He tells me how much fun he's having and what he learned about in "big school" that day. Alyse Read more...

Head Start Helping My Son Get Ready For School

Head Start has helped my son interact with other kids his age. It has helped him learn how to play and intact with kids his age better seeing he is a only child. It has also taught him how to listen and behave outside of his normal home environment. It has allowed to sit down and do project with him since he is willing to do more projects if it’s a school project. It has also began Read 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 Read more...

10 kids books about dogs

Looking for a great children's book to celebrate National Puppy Day (March 23, 2017), or just a great dog book? Check out these favorites from PA's Promise for Children! Click here to print this list. Take the list to your library and ask the librarian to help you and your child find the books. Once you read each book, have your child circle the book! What is YOUR favorite book about dogs? Did it make Read more...

Tiona wouldn't have finished college

A graduate of the Nurse-Family Partnership program shared this note to her nurse. I just wanted to let you know that I finished college and I would not have done so without you. Thank you so much for all your love and support. You have forever touched and changed my life. And I miss ya. Hope all is well. Tiona Read more...

Early Learning Staff Celebrate National Literacy Day of Action

On July 29, 2015 the PA Key staff celebrated with The White House and the U.S. Department of Education to launch a day of action to raise awareness about the importance of reading where you are over the remaining days and weeks of summer before school starts. #ReadWhereYouAre highlights that reading over the summer makes a difference during the school year. When students are able to keep reading, they can keep learning, catch up, stay sharp and Read more...

Head Start has been an invaluable program for all of us

I would like to tell you how important the Head Start program has been to me and my family. My oldest son is now 29 years old. We know now that he is on the autism spectrum. He was born prematurely and had developmental delays. I was told those delays were a result of his prematurity. When my second son was born, thirteen months later, I began to realize how delayed my oldest son was. We Read more...

The more support young children get the better off they are

I have been involved in early childhood education for about 13 years. I am currently a Supervising Infant and Toddler teacher at a wonderful STAR 5, NAEYC accredited center. I enjoy making an impact each day in the lives of the children, families and staff that I work with. I have two children of my own, 4 and 2 years old. My mother has watched my children since they were babies as my husband and I were Read more...

Myleigh has flourished

When my daughter Myleigh began PA Pre-K Counts Preschool Program I was very apprehensive as to how the experience would be for her. The previous year she was enrolled in a two - half day a week program through an Early Interventions program. Myleigh had/has a significant speech delay and has had a lot of struggles and frustration when communicating with others either because they couldn't understand her or she just didn't know how to put Read more...

Ready for Kindergarten!

Our story began almost four years ago, with our eldest daughter Aurora. She was enrolled in the YMCA PA Pre-K Counts Program at age 3. She absolutely loved it and learned so many wonderful things, she always loves to go back for visits. Which is why we decided to stay with the school and enroll Lyliana 2 yrs ago. She is now 5 and has been there since she was 3. She loves her teachers Read more...

Sleepy Time, Bed Time: Ways to help your child sleep

What do sleepy babies, tired toddlers, yawning preschoolers, and cranky kindergartners have in common? They might not want to go to sleep at bedtime! Each child is different, but babies up to two years old may need nearly 11 hours of sleep a night, while preschoolers and kindergarteners may need 10 hours each night! Having a bedtime routine, or activities you do every night, can make a difference between a Read more...

Helping your child develop positive relationships

Positive relationships between families and children are the building blocks for healthy friendships. Get tips on how you can help your child develop positive relationships! Click here to print a copy!           Read more...
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What's Happening in Allegheny County:

Win a 2017 PA One Book!

The 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 Read more...

The 2017 PA One Book is here!

October 19th, 2016
2017 PA One Book, All Counties
Let's celebrate the 2017 PA One Book selection, Daniel Finds a Poem written and illustrated by Micha Archer! With beautiful illustrations and a great story about a boy who is on a mission to find out "What is poetry?" this book will help children explore and understand nature while seeing poetry everywhere through Daniel's experience. Attend an author reading in your community. The author, Read more...

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.  PA's Promise is helping you build your child's home library with quarterly Book A Day Giveaways. During October, the book is Read more...

Engaging STEM Activity Using Plastic Lids

September 16th, 2016
All Counties, Resources
A Beaver County Pre-K Counts teacher, Kim Sabella at Tiny Tot Child Development Center incorporated recycled materials into an engaging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activity with her preschool classroom. Sending out a request to the families, Kim collected lids of all different sizes and colors. Once gathered, the students sorted them by colors and tried to figure Read more...

Keeping your child safe from lead

September 14th, 2016
All Counties, Resources
Did you ever wonder why a plumber is called a plumber?  Perhaps it is because plumbers worked with plumbum – a soft, gray-blue heavy metal that could easily be formed into pipes and troughs for carrying water. We know plumbum as lead. Lead has had many uses over the years, from making paint flow smoothly or keeping your car from “knocking,” to hardening plastics.  However, unlike other metals like zinc or copper, lead has no uses Read more...

Very Thankful for Head Start

August 15th, 2016
Allegheny County
Head Start has helped with my child being away from me and know that I am coming back. Also it has helped my child meet other child his age. I am very thankful for the Head Start program. Wilmer D. Read more...

6 Tips for Summer Safety

Summer time is fun time, but families want to keep their children safe. Check out these 6 tips for summer safety. Click here to print. Read more...

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

January 18th, 2016
All Counties, Resources
How many time a day does your child brush his teeth? Does she floss? It's never too early to teach your child how to take care of their teeth! During February's National Children's Dental Health Month learn how you can help your Read more...

The Gift of Reading

January 8th, 2016
Allegheny County, News
Ally Spotlight: 1st Year Ally Joanna Kemp  Reflects on Collecting 550 Books for Langley Students Placement: University of Pittsburgh Office of Childhood Development  Ready Freddy Program, Pittsburgh Langley K-8. Just one month into my placement at Ready Freddy, a Kindergarten teacher at Pittsburgh Langley shared some news that I found startling, but sadly she had heard countless times over the years. A parent of one of her students confided to her, “I Read more...

See if you’ve won the book What A Treasure!

You can start reading to your child as soon as he is born! Reading to him helps the two of you bond, and this gives your child a sense of security, intimacy and well-being. When started early, these feelings can help him develop a life-long love of reading. Reading a book is more than just looking at awesome pictures. Reading to a child can help your child learn that words represent sounds and concepts, words are Read more...