Early Education in Blair County

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What’s happening in Blair County

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Events in Blair County:

April 25: Month of the Young child Event

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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...

Register now for the event Families Coming Together: Promoting Inclusion for All Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers

Registration is open for the event, Families Coming Together: Promoting Inclusion for All Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers. As one voice, we promote communities where all children can play, learn, and grow together! We strengthen inclusive approaches and beliefs by identifying our common ground, sharing our joint experiences and learning new information. Now is an exciting time for families to work together.  National and state policies support inclusion and research affirms that inclusion benefits Read more...

Family Scholarships Available to Attend the NAC

Would you or a family you know like to attend the National Autism Conference (NAC), July 31 - August 3, 2017 in State College? For Pennsylvania parents of children with autism enrolled in Early Intervention, scholarship applications are available to ALL who want to attend, not just those who are first-time attendees. Parent scholarships will cover the following: complimentary conference registration for up to 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 Blair County is CCIS of Blair/Huntingdon, located at 1331 12th Ave., Suite 105, Altoona, PA 16601. Phone: (814) 515-1223 or Toll-Free Phone: 1-866-431-9848.
  • FamilyWize can help you save up to 75% on prescription medication by printing a FREE prescription card and showing it to your pharmacist.
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.
  • Altoona Area School District (Altoona): 814.946.8599
  • 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:
Stories from your neighbors:

Stories in Blair County:

Celebrating Week of the Young Child in Altoona, PA

Begin With Us Child Care and Preschool, Inc. in Altoona, Pennsylvania participated in three events during the Week of the Young Child. Begin With Us Child Care and Preschool, Inc. helped sponsor the “Week of the Young Child Celebration” on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Altoona Grand Hotel in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Teachers and staff from Begin With Us made bracelets and colored planters with the children, while working on fine motor skills. [gallery columns="2" ids="13346,13347"]   Representative John Read more...

Begin With Us Child Care and Preschool Celebrate PA's Promise for Children Month

Preschool and Pre-K children at Begin With Us Child Care and Preschool, Inc. made place mats to celebrate PA's Promise for Children Month. The place mats will be placed on tables at Lena's Cafe in Altoona beginning Friday October 30th at lunchtime. Read more...

Educating teachers is essential for educating children

Dear Governor Wolf, I am writing this letter to ask you to restore public funding to the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Pennsylvania Scholarship Program. I am a 2012 graduate of Mount Aloysius, with an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, and was fortunate to be a recipient of the T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship. I was unable to financially afford college; however, this grant made it possible for me to further my education. Because of the scholarship, I was also Read more...

Helping Other Educators

Dear Governor Tom Wolf, I am writing you this letter in response to the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Pennsylvania Scholarship Program. I am a Group Supervisor working with infants and toddlers at Begin with Us Child Care and Preschool, Inc. In 2008, I had a chance to go back to school and further my education to receive my Associate’s Degree because of the T.E.A.C.H. funding. Going back to college was not a choice I would have made Read more...

Highly educated teachers provide a great return on the state’s investment

Dear Governor Wolf, My name is Jolie Cover, and I am the Executive Director and owner of Begin With Us Child Care and Preschool, Inc. in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Blair County. We are a Keystone STAR 4 facility, and a Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts provider. We have proudly been serving the children and families of Blair County for over 22 years. As a business and community leader, I am committed to making Blair County the best that it can Read more...

Expanding Minds and Pursuing Educations

Dear Governor Tom Wolf, I am writing in response to the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Pennsylvania Scholarship Program; I am an assistant teacher in a PA Pre-K Counts program at Begin With Us Child Care and Preschool. I was fortunate a few years back to continue my education and because of the T.E.A.C.H. funding I was able to do so. At thirty-seven years old, I was not thinking about furthering my education. Especially not at the price Read more...

Successful Inaugural PA One Book Symposium

The Northwest Regional Key would like to thank everyone that attended the inaugural PA One Book Symposium Tuesday April 22 at the Clarion Holiday Inn featuring Susan Stockdale, author of the 2014 PA One Book, Stripes Of All Types. [caption id="attachment_6204" align="alignright" width="240"] Stripes of All Types, author Susan Stockdale reads the 2014 PA One Book to children.[/caption] Susan was an absolute delight and presented a dynamic keynote address. Read more...

Celebrating Week of the Young Child in Blair County

To celebrate the Week of the Young Child, Representative John McGinnis and Office Assistant Leslie Hayes came to Begin With Us Child Care and Preschool, Inc. in Altoona for a reading of the PA One Book, Stripes of All Types. The children enjoyed the presentation, and all preschool and pre-k children received a copy of the book!           Read more...

Blair County's Week of the Young Child Celebration a Success!

See what great things are happening in Blair County! Approximately 220 children and 170 adults attended Blair County's annual Week of the Young Child Celebration on Saturday, April 20 from 11am to 2 pm at the Penn State Altoona Campus Adler Gym. This free celebration involved 41 area early learning programs, family community agencies, health care providers, and businesses that care about improving the lives of children and 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 Blair County:

Williamsburg Community School District kindergarten registration

Williamsburg Community School District will conduct its annual Kindergarten registration on Friday, March 17, 2017. Any child living in the district that will be five years old on or before June 30, 2017 is eligible to enroll. Registration is by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled by calling the elementary school office at 832-2125, ext. 3123. Registration packets are available for pick-up in the elementary office. A state birth certificate (original), social security card, current immunization record, Read more...

Hollidaysburg Area School District Kindergarten registration

2017 Kindergarten Registration Schedule Foot of Ten Elementary School - February 14 & 15, 2017 Frankstown Elementary School - February 22 & 23, 2017 C.W. Longer Elementary School - February 28 & March 1, 2017 For more info, visit the school's website. Read more...

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?” Do you want a chance to win a FREE copy of this year’s PA One Book? To help promote reading 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...

In The News

May 16th, 2016
All Counties, What's Happening
News articles about quality early learning are all around us. Check out the latest news articles below. August 2016 August 10: The Need For and Steps Towards Achieving a Quality K-3 System (Education Commission of the States) July 2016 July 2: Childhood trauma in Pottstown can lead to future health challenges (The Mercury News) July 5: Childhood trauma in Pottstown can lead to future health challenges (Fit for Life) July 5: $19M grant goes to CDC to Read more...

Did you win during April’s Month of the Young Child?

We're celebrating April's Month of the Young Child with a Book A Day Giveaway! Starting April 1, one person will be selected at random every day through April 30 to receive a copy of A Special Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom. This 2007 Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child selection is an all time favorite! Bear wants to read and write and Read more...