Early Education in Cambria County
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Source: PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning – Click here
What’s happening in Cambria County
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Events in Cambria County:
The Junior Board from Beginnings, Inc. is hosting their very first "Mini-Con" featuring local organizations that dress in screen accurate Star Wars costumes such as: The Rebel Legion, The 501st Legion, and the Galactic Academy.
This event will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 12pm-5pm at "This Is It" located on Frankstown Road #1, Johnstown, PA.
There will be food for sale, collectibles vendors, activities for kids and teens, costuming panel, photo opportunities, 50/50, basket Read more...
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...
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.
- PAsummermeals.com: 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 Cambria County is CCIS of Cambria.
- FamilyWize can help you save up to 75% on prescription medication by printing a FREE prescription card and showing it to your pharmacist.
- 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
- Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center (Johnson): 814.226.6073 x203
- 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 Cambria County:
The Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown is an annual event that connects top-selling, critically-acclaimed children’s authors and storytellers with area kids. To kick off the festival, The Learning Lamp is calling on local students to use their imaginations and create a bookmark that tells a story. Their hand-drawn creations will be featured at the 7th annual Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown, which takes place April 10-12, 2015.
“The bookmark contest has become a staple of the Read more...
The Learning Lamp’s Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown was recently named one of the best arts projects across the state by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA).
At an April 29, 2014 news conference in Harrisburg, PCA Executive Director Phillip Horn recognized 13 organizations whose arts-related projects were selected from hundreds of Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Projects statewide.
The Children’s Book Festival was among the top four finalists.
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The Learning Lamp is turning 10!
It was September 26, 2003 when The Learning Lamp was incorporated to provide all children in the Johnstown area with equal access to the kind of high quality tutoring that they needed—regardless of their parents’ ability to pay for those services. In the decade that followed, The Learning Lamp has expanded its programs to meet the varied learning needs of children in more than half of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.
“We test Read more...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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!
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The Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown is an annual event that connects top-selling, critically-acclaimed children’s authors, illustrators and storytellers with area kids. To kick off the festival, The Learning Lamp is calling on local students to use their imaginations and create a bookmark that tells a story focused around our theme of “READ, ROCK & ROLL.” Their hand-drawn creations will be featured at the 9th annual Children’s Read more...
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...
Central Cambria School District
Cambria Elementary School and Jackson Elementary will hold Kindergarten Registration.
Cambria Elementary will have their Kindergarten Registration on Thursday, March 30th and Friday, March 31st
Jackson Elementary School will have Kindergarten Registration on, Thursday, March 30th.
All parents must call, beginning February 1st, to Cambria Elementary School at 814-472-8432 and Jackson Elementary School at 814-749-8421 to pre-register.
Blacklick Valley Elementary Center Kindergarten registration dates are April 12 and 13, 2017.
For more info, please contact the Blacklick Valley School District at (814) 749-9211. Read more...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
News articles about quality early learning are all around us. Check out the latest news articles below.
August 10: The Need For and Steps Towards Achieving a Quality K-3 System (Education Commission of the States)
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...