Early Education in Monroe County

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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...

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 countyby 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 Monroe County is CCIS of Carbon/Monroe.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Libraries for families:
Local school districts:
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Stories in Monroe County:

Monroe County celebrates PA's Promise for Children Month

Richard Waibal, district staff member of Rep. David Parker, and Laurie Monteforte were judges for the children’s parade in the Monroe County Head Start’s 50th anniversary celebration and also as part of PA Promise for Children Month. The theme of the parade was “What I Want to be When I Grow up” and was held in East Stroudsburg on October 24. Read more...

Caleb is eager to learn more

Caleb was home with me for the first three years so I thought the transition to a daycare facility would’ve been difficult. Surprisingly, he adjusted pretty well at a fast pace. The staff was very understanding and helpful. He quickly became attached to his teacher.I know I can count on her for helpful tips on continue the work at home. Caleb has learned so much, made new friends, and is eager to learn more and looks forward Read more...

My child is ready to conquer kindergarten with ease

Tobyhanna Kids Inc. provides an excellent preschool curriculum that prepares our youth for kindergarten. As a working single mother, I am always faced with working long hours during the day. My schedule usually leaves me unable to spend the necessary time with my daughter to teach her the skills that will prepare her for school. With Tobyhanna Kids here to help, I am able to review the skills and lessons from her classroom to ensure my child Read more...

He wouldn't be the same kid

I have to say that this program [Tobyhanna Kids] has the best teachers, instructing my son. The experience for me has been amazing. The learning that he gets is not only carried out in the classroom but he brings it home to teach us what he’s learned. This program is his only chance without it I really don’t think he would be the same kid. He enjoys his teachers and friendly staff. Gizelle A. Tobyhanna Kids is a Keystone Read more...

Every day, Angelina Marie Rosa learns

Angelina Marie Rosa is 4 years old. She has learned so much since she started PA Pre-K Counts. She has learned how to write her name, know how to do a puppet show, her pledge allegiances. She loves to go to school every day and looks forward on going to school. Every day she learns, every day how to be more dependent. I like the fact that school is teaching my daughter her address which is very important. Read more...

Best thing that's happened for Anisah

Tobyhanna Kids is the best thing that happened for me and my daughter, Anisah, she has learned so much from her teacher’s, Miss Kim, and Miss Wendy, she learned her ABC, she is counting, she is singing, all kind of songs, overall, she loves school. Kent A.C. (Dad) Tobyhanna Kids is a Keystone STARS 4 program.   Want fun learning activities to do with your child delivered to your inbox?  Sign up for the free newsletter! Read more...

Can't wait to see Peyton's progress

When Peyton started daycare back in October of 2013 she was 2 ½ she didn’t talk and was not potty trained. Peyton is our little princess but since she joined Tobyhanna Kids, Peyton was talking and potty trained within weeks of being there. I know my baby is being well taken care of because she loves all her teachers and classmates. I can’t wait to see her progress now that she’s in the Pre-K class. Cicely H. Tobyhanna Kids Read more...

Looking forward to more

When I first sent my child to daycare [Tobyhanna Kids] was because I wanted him to be able to socialize with other children his age. What this daycare did for me was that, then some. My 2 year old is putting puzzles together, tracing letters, most of all he’s using his words instead of pointing. Not only has this daycare opened up doors for my child, it has made me look forward for more. Chatoya M. Note: Tobyhanna Kids Read more...

All the support to our kids

It’s been a great experience for our kids due to the interaction with other kids allowing then to develop not only academic skills but socially in addition to the language area, as we are a Spanish speaking family and today our kids can express/communicate fluently in both Spanish and English. We like to thank all the team of Tobyhanna Kids for such wonderful work and all the support to our kids. May God bless you guys for Read more...

Helped them forever

I have three year old twin boys that are in the program, and I believe that they have benefited tremendously. When they first started they were only using a few words, and wouldn’t follow directions. Now they have become more verbal and have gained a longer attention span along with following directions. I truly believe that the program along with other services they receive has helped them forever. Sakeena O. Note: Tobyhanna Kids is a Keystone STARS 4 program.   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 Monroe 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...

PSFC Planning for Next 50 Years with Purchase of former Coolbaugh Elementary Center

July 21st, 2016
Monroe County, News, What's Happening
Coolbaugh Township— Pocono Services for Families and Children will be adding new educational programs, staff and community services, with the purchase of the former Coolbaugh Elementary Center in Tobyhanna. [caption id="attachment_13832" align="alignright" width="300"] The future addition to the Pocono Services for Families and Children system.[/caption] PSFC just acquired the school, which has been vacant since 2012, 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...

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...