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Early Education in Mercer County

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What’s happening in Mercer County

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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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Child care/early learning programs:
Family support resources:
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 Mercer County is CCIS of Crawford/Mercer.
  • 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.
GED:
  • Grove City Education Center (Grove City): 724.458.7270
  • Midwestern IU 4 (Grove City): 724.458.6700 x1212
  • Distance Learning Project Lewistown (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.
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Stories from your neighbors:

Stories in Mercer County:

Home Visiting Program Helps Family Plan Their Future

The following is a family's impact from an early learning program, as told by Bette Green, a long time Parent Educator in a Mercer County Family Center.  It truly speaks to the strength of the Parents As Teachers home visiting program.  It allows parents to gain knowledge regarding child development, as well as, supporting families in building their family strengths and supports.  A family was referred to the Mercer County Family Center through Children and Youth Services.  This Read more...

Preparing for Kindergarten and Beyond

I wanted to thank you for having such an awesome preschool program. My son is enrolled in his second year at PA Pre-K Counts. Not only do you have a knowledgeable and friendly staff, but the program is also ever changing and challenging. The curriculum and the teachers are very enriching. As a mother of three, I have has my kids in many programs, and daycares throughout the years, and nothing compares to you program. From seasonal Read more...

Representative Longietti joins Farrell and Hermitage families at Capitol to speak out for early education for all

In celebration of Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children Month, Representative Mark Longietti (D-Mercer) joined two families from his district and members of the Early Childhood Education Caucus to speak out in support of quality early learning opportunities for all of Pennsylvania’s children at a press event in the Capitol on October 8, 2014. Watch the video. Read more...

Daughter and granddaughter thriving thanks to quality early learning and family supports

In January 2011, a beautiful baby girl named Symira was born to a sixteen year old new mother. As you can imagine it was somewhat overwhelming for a young girl to be faced with a new baby on her own. She was a sophomore in high school. Finishing her education was a must as she was determined to be the best mother she could be. It was only fitting that Symira be placed in child Read more...

Ryder G. accomplishes his goals thanks to Early Intervention

My son’s name is Ryder. He is almost 3 years old and has an independent streak a mile wide. He always wants to do things in his own way and in his own time and he will work on figuring something out until he solves the problem. He loves Elmo, vehicles, music, playing with his friends and reading books with his family. Ryder is naturally inquisitive about Read more...

Mercer County Students Receive Pre-K Scholarships

New Light Christian Education Center has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Synergy Community Foundation to support staffing costs in their half-day pre-kindergarten classroom. Through the grant, the agency will continue to provide children ages 3 - 5 with free quality pre-kindergarten activities to ensure a smooth transition to kindergarten in 2015. “We are humbled by the generosity shown from the Synergy Community Foundation. Their support has provided us many opportunities to reach at-risk children Read more...

Partnership to Support Fitness Programs in Community Youth Program

New Light Christian Education Center (NLCEC) has been awarded a $5,600 grant from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to support fitness programs for pre-kindergarten children and afterschool children. As part of the grant, NLCEC will provide children ages 3 - 5 with summer pre-kindergarten physical development activities to support healthy families, active children, and school readiness. Also, children ages 3 – 18 will receive a free nutritional 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...

The way Nate has progressed

A Keystone STARS provider in Mercer County shares a thoughtful letter she received from a family about their son's pre-K experience. The service that you all are providing right now to all of the children is so crucial and very effective. I'm so pleased with the way Nate has progressed from his first day to now. Words can't describe how proud I am of him and his learning, but I'm also thankful for his teacher 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 Mercer 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?” 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...

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...

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...
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