Early Education in Lehigh County
Risk and reach in your county:
- Children are at Moderate-High risk of school failure in this county
- 34% of children (birth-age 5) participate in publicly-funded quality early education
- Download and print Lehigh County’s ECE profile page (pdf)
Source: PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning – Click here
What’s happening in Lehigh County
Events in Lehigh County:
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...
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.
- 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 Lehigh County is CCIS of Lehigh.
- 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.
- Hispanic American Organization (Allentown): 610.435.5334
- Lehigh-Carbon Community College (Allentown): 610.799.1957
- Penn State Lehigh Valley (Allentown): 610.841.5331
- The Literacy Center (Allentown): 610.435.0680
- 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:
- Find your school district search. Enter your address and click “find my municipality” and your school district will also appear.
- Listing of school districts, intermediate units, and higher education institutions in PA. Click on your county for links.
Stories from your neighbors:
Stories in Lehigh County:
Growing up, I was the older sister of two. My father never had any sons, so he played with Barbie dolls while watching Star Wars. When I found out I was having a baby boy, my family couldn’t have been more elated. My sister literally left my doctor’s appointment and bought three Penn State football outfits. As my son, Roman, entered our lives and situations changed, there was one thing that Read more...
PBS 39 devoted a FOCUS special report on early education in celebration of Pennsylvania's Promise for Children Month. Watch the program below: Read more...
Idalis eager and ready to learn when she entered kindergarten thanks to Child Care Works, Keystone STARS, Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts
My daughter’s name is Idalis Victoria. She's five years old. Idalis is very a happy, smart, shy at first, but once in her comfort zone, an outgoing child. She loves meeting and interacting with other kids. She loves being active, playing outside, coloring, listening and dancing to music. The minute my daughter was born I wanted the best for her. I wanted to be able to provide everything I possible could to help her succeed in Read more...
Ebenezer UCC Preschool in New Tripoli welcome guest reader, Mary Sallinger, Director of the Early Learning Center at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, during a recent celebration of early literacy and the 2014 PA One Book. Ms. Sallinger read the 2014 PA One Book selection, Stripes of All Types by author Susan Stockdale, to 20 children in the Pre-Kindergarten Class (4-5 yr. olds). The PA One Book, Every Young Child Read more...
A young lady in Lehigh County recounts the positive impact the Volunteers of America (VOA) child care facility made in her life. I started attending VOA at about age seven (in 2002). I gradually learned how to become independent at a very young age. I felt free to make choices, and not only did I learn how to make the "right" ones, but I learned how to make choices on my own. I was free Read more...
It was exactly one year ago my son, Caleb, began attending Playtime Day Care. As a first time mom sending my son to daycare for OUR first time, it was a very nerve racking and emotional process. I’m sure more so for me than for Caleb. Also, not only was it Caleb’s first time in a daycare setting, but I was now setting out on a huge goal of being a full-time college student to Read more...
Our names are Roberto and Megan B. We have two vivacious and curious boys, Braden and Cooper. The boys attend Lehigh Valley Children's Center at Stones Crossings in Easton, PA. The staff at LVCC-Stones know my children and plays on their strength; making sure they have daily successes. My older son, Braden LOVES Science and Engineering. He will spend hours building with blocks, sand, rocks, Legos, play dough etc...anything stackable so he can turn it into a Read more...
My son Jakob has walked a different developmental path than most children. In his picture, he is a happy, smiling boy. The part that you don't know is that Jakob doesn't have the finger strength and coordination to get his hands in his pockets without help. Jakob has been diagnosed with hypotonia - overall low muscle tone in his body. Because of this, everything that Jakob needs to do takes so much more strength and work 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. Tiona Read more...
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...
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