Early Education in Monroe County
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What’s happening in Monroe County
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Events in Monroe 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...
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...
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...
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 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.
- 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 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.
- 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:
Stories from your neighbors:
Stories in Monroe County:
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 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...
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...
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.
Tobyhanna Kids is a Keystone Read more...
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...
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.
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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.
Tobyhanna Kids Read 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.
Note: Tobyhanna Kids Read more...
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...
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.
Note: Tobyhanna Kids is a Keystone STARS 4 program.
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 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...
Pleasant Valley School District Kindergarten Registration will be held March 13 – April 18, 2017 by appointment only.
Parents must complete the online registration at https://regportal.pvbears.org/ prior to their appointment.
Families who do not have access to a computer or the internet can call (570) 402-1000 to schedule an appointment.
There will be computers available at the registration site but please arrive early to complete the online portion prior to your scheduled appointment. Read more...
Pocono Mountain School District 2017 -2018
If you have a child who meets the eligibility for the 2017-2018 school year Kindergarten class, please contact the Pocono Mountain School District Central Registration Office at 839-7121 ext. 40400 to schedule an appointment. The child must be five (5) years of age or more, on or before September 1, 2017.
After the registration process has been completed, your child will be scheduled for a Kindergarten orientation session sometime in 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...
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...
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...