Early Education in Berks County

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What’s happening in Berks County

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Events in Berks 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:
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 – link to 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. Find your nearest WIC office.
  • 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 office for Berks County is CCIS of Berks County
  • 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.
  • Literacy Council of Reading/Berks (West Lawn): 610.670.9960
  • Reading Area Community College (Reading): 610.372.4721 ext. 5120
  • Reading Area SD Family Literacy Program (Reading): 610.370.8540 ext. 60218
  • YWCA Tri-County Area (Pottstown): 610.326.7323
  • 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:
Additional Area Supports
  • Centro Hispano (Hispanic Center) supports and enhances the acculturation of the Latino population in the Greater Reading area through collaborative initiatives designed to enable individuals to improve their quality of life and the quality of life in their communities.
  • YMCA of Reading and Berks County has Baby University, offering parenting classes for parents of children birth-5 years old. The Y-Haven provides assistance  for homeless mothers with one child to help them get back on their feet.
  • Mary’s Shelter offers assistance to mothers who are experiencing homelessness.
  • Lifeline provides counseling for pregnant women and mothers, and also offers a small clothing and food bank.
Stories from your neighbors:

Stories in Berks County:

Sharing what she's learned

A Berks County family participating in the Nurse-Family Partnership shared this: "I had no idea what to expect when I was pregnant. I've learned so much from having a nurse come to my home. If it wasn't for them I would have been completely clueless on what to do. I would only have had my grandmother who had five kids over fifty years ago. I've even given friends tips on things I've learned because they've asked Read more...

A friend when I needed someone

A mother participating in the Nurse-Family Partnership in Berks County wrote this: "My nurses have helped me a lot. They have helped me learn things that she (my child) should do and good things to do for her. They helped me with questions and helped me get my baby to an Read more...

A Well Informed Mom

Berks County families share their experiences with the Nurse-Family Partnership: "Home visitation has helped me a lot as a first time mom. It helped me see how I can help my child grow. Also, when I was pregnant it helped me see how my child was growing inside and how to avoid what was not good for me and my baby. Thanks to this program I am well informed."   Want fun learning activities for your Read more...

Guiding me through the process of being a first time mom

A mother participating in the Nurse-Family Partnership in Berks County shared this: "The Nurse-Family Partnership program has been a BIG help for me because I am a first time mom with nobody in this city (family) to ask for help with all my questions in this new stage of my life. So for me this program is the best thing that could happen for me. My nurse is the best! She helps me with all of Read more...

Helped me become a wonderful mother

  A mother participating in the Nurse-Family Partnership in Berks County had this to say: "I like the program because it has helped me become a wonderful mother. My nurse is an amazing person. She has helped me and taught me so much about babies. I like that she has been with Read more...

Helping first time moms get ready for motherhood

A mother participating in the Nurse-Family Partnership in Berks County shared this: "This program has really helped me and my daughter in many ways. I love how this program helps first-time moms get ready for motherhood. This program is just wonderful."   Want fun learning activities for your child delivered to your inbox?  Sign up for the free newsletter! Read more...

Learning to help myself, as well as my baby

A mother participating in the Nurse-Family Partnership in Berks County wrote this: "I am very grateful for this program as well as the nurse that has been with me throughout the time so far. I have learned a lot along the way to help myself, as well as my baby. I always look forward to every visit."   Want fun learning activities for your child delivered to your inbox?  Sign up for the free Read more...

Seeing my child thrive

  A parent participating in the Berks County Nurse-Family Partnership shared this: "Since starting this program I've learned a lot that I did not know. Being pregnant was sort of a scary experience but with the help of the Nurse-Family Partnership Read more...

Providing Reassurance to a New Mom

A parent participating in the Berks County Nurse-Family Partnership shared this: "I'm very glad I joined the Nurse-Family Partnership. This was my first pregnancy and having a history of anxiety , I was extremely nervous about the whole thing. It was reassuring to know I would be able to call my nurse whenever I had a question about my pregnancy and/or my child. Doctor's appointments were typically a few weeks apart and sometimes it's hard to get Read more...

Helped me grow as a mom

They have helped me learn a lot of things I would never thought to do as give my child a sippy cup early to help her transition better as she becomes older. Also giving me lots of information to help her learn and grow better. Also I love getting her weight checked to see how much she has grown each visit. I am so happy I decided to do this program because it has really helped 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 Berks 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...

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...

Douglassville Children’s Center Earn Keystone STAR 4 Rating

October 1st, 2015
Berks County, News, What's Happening
Douglassville Children’s Center in Berks County recently boosted its rating in Pennsylvania’s Keystone STARS program and has been recognized with a STAR 4 designation. “We’ve always known that our teachers and staff are all high quality and it’s great that our new STAR 4 designation confirms it," said Director, Stacy Esenwein. "Moving up to a STAR 4 quality rating tells parents that their children are in a safe and supportive early learning 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...

Happy Grandparents Day!

September 11th, 2015
All Counties, Resources, What's Happening
Thank you to all grandparents for the role you play in the life of your grandchild!     Read more...