Early Education in Venango 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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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 Venango County is CCIS of Forest/Venango/Warren.
  • 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.
  • Northwest Tri-Co IU 5 (Edinboro): 814-734-5610
  • 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 in Venango County:

Giving Logan an early advantage

  My four year old son, Logan, was diagnosed with Apraxia of speech when he was three. He had been receiving speech therapy since he was two. His progress was slow and when he started full time preschool he had made up his own sign Read more...

The opportunity to flourish

Miss Casi [in PA Pre-K Counts] has provided my son with the opportunity to flourish in an environment where he has shown me, as his mother, that he loves “school”. Now that to me in itself says enough about the program and his teacher(s) especially. He never wanted to miss a day. He would miss projects and tell me that he didn’t get to do thing that he saw hanging in the classroom. He would Read more...

Amazing with the kids

The Child Development Center and PA Pre-K Counts has helped both of my daughters gain both social and educational skills. My oldest now excels in her academics in school. My youngest has learned more in a short time at school then I could have imagined. She is also a social butterfly. The teachers and all the staff are positive let dos and care tremendously about the children. All staff including bus drivers, housekeeping, teachers, food prep workers Read more...

Edward is learning so much

My child, Edward, has learned a lot since he has been going to school like writing his name better everyday, shape, color, playing with kid better, understanding what thing are and what they mean, how to us them. He like school, and the teacher and he like how they get to make craft with some okay the lessons. Angel C., Edward's mom   Want fun learning activities for your child delivered to your inbox?  Sign up Read more...

Peyton is preparing for Kindergarten

Before we found Child Development Center’s PA Pre-K Counts program, Payton was going to [another program] for half a day 3 times a week, I didn’t feel as though she was learning much and it became very costly. Since Payton had started coming to Child Development Centers she has definitely broke out of her shell. She used to be extremely shy and would not associate with other children well, now she has many friends and has learned so Read more...

The Love, Learning and Education the teachers provide

  With only starting PA Pre-K Counts after months ago, my daughter has learned so much. I love picking her up from school each day to see whatshe has learned. My favorite so far has been learning her syllables. From the newsletter sent home for what they would be learning for the Read more...

Forever indebted to all of the hardworking and dedicated teachers

Kruz began attending the Child Development Center about 4 years ago. The opportunity to attend a Keystone STARS 4 STAR facility was afforded to us by Child Care Works subsidy, which without we couldn’t have been able to pay the tuition. This year, Kruz was accepted into the PA Pre-K Counts program. We continue to utilize subsidy for after school care. As working parents, we have a great sense Read more...

Amelia constantly surprises me

Before my daughter, Amelia, turned 5, I began searching for a preschool program for her. It wasn’t easy because the ones I looked at were only 2-3 days a week for a couple of hours. Since her dad and I both work full time days, this would have made it very hard to get where she needed to be. Then someone told me about the CDC and PA Pre-K Counts. I applied and Amelia was accepted. The Read more...

No more struggles for Tariq

Tariq had a hard time coping with being away from family and being in school. With the help of CDC staff, Tariq no longer struggles with attending school. Staff was always understanding in these times and did whatever they could to help both Tariq and I transition into his new schedule. Because of CDC Tariq has developed a great deal with emotional, social skills. CDC-Franklin has some of the most wonderful staff and our family couldn’t be Read more...

Helping Bradley prepare for school

Our son Bradley has engaged in PA Pre-K Counts for 2 years now. His first year was a ½ day program and this year is a full day program. Although Bradley learned a lot his first year, being in PA Pre-K Counts, for a full day has helped prepare him to attend school next year. Early Education helps children adjust to going to school, teaches them their numbers, ABC’s, shapes, patterns, how to read, classroom rules, how 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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Introducing the Baby Box Co.

July 10th, 2017
News, Venango County
Register now to get your free Baby Box! Click here to print the flyer. Read more...

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...

Child Development Centers, Inc. talks Early Learning

Martha Hoover, vice president of grant operations (below middle), and Maria Vaughn, child psychologist (below right), from Child Development Centers, Inc. in Venango County were recent guests on the Ask the Expert Quality Early Learning radio show, sponsored by the Northwest Institute of Research, and hosted by John Pozza (below left), Community Innovation Zone Specialist for the PA Key. Martha and 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...