Early Education in Westmoreland 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 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 Westmoreland County is CCIS of Westmoreland.
  • 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.
  • PIC of Westmoreland-Fayette (Greensburg): 724.836.2600 x207
  • 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:
Community Resources:
  • Afterschool Enrichment Program: The Afterschool Enrichment Program provides youth in grades 3-12 with homework help, tutoring, academic enrichment activities, character building opportunities, health and nutrition education, and physical activity. Programming runs three hours a day after school Monday through Thursday.
  • The Summer Enrichment Program: The Summer Enrichment Program encourages students to continue learning out of school and not fall victim to “summer slide,” a decrease in student achievement that can result in a long-term achievement gap.  Depending on the site, a 4- to 6-week, hands-on summer program is offered.
Stories from your neighbors:

Stories in Westmoreland County:

Interactive for All

The Derry Area School District held its second Infant Story Time on May 17th at the Caldwell Library. This event was one of the initiatives of the Community Innovation Zone Grant for the district.  18 parents and babies  participated in this event which was designed for Infants 0-23 months. The theme was “Bath Time Fun” and parents and babies were read bath time interactive books and Read more...

Westmoreland County Partners Celebrate PA's Promise for Children

Westmoreland County celebrates ‪#‎PAPromise‬ month - which is all about celebrating the young children in our lives and the families, teachers, and leaders that help them reach their promise through quality early education. The United Way of Westmoreland County were honored to receive a proclamation from Westmoreland County Commissioners Tyler Courtney, Charles Anderson and Ted Kopas! Read more...

The United Way of Westmoreland County receives proclamation from County Commissioners

The United Way of Westmoreland County received a proclamation from County Commissioners proclaiming April as Month of the Young Child. United Way of Westmoreland County works in close collaboration with PAEYC on many different projects recognizing and supporting the importance of quality early education. During April, it is a time to plan how we – as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation – will better meet the needs of all young Read more...

Forever grateful for all they've done for Aiden

Our story beings late last August when my son Aiden started the SPHS (Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services) Child Learning Pre-School program. Like any apparent I was excited, nervous and emotional. Our situation is a little different. My son is on the Autistic Spectrum. Sending him to a regular pre-school program, I was unsure how he would do socially, developmentally and academically. I knew I had to bring him out of his comfort some and I needed Read more...

Westmoreland County celebrates PA's Promise for Children Month

Westmoreland County celebrates PA's Promise for Children Month with a display at the Westmoreland County Courthouse, with display materials submitted by Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, Inc. and Latrobe Kinder-Schull.     Read more...

Caring about children

During April's Month of the Young Child, two early learning classrooms at Westmoreland County Community College's (WCCC) Campus Children's Center welcomed 2014 PA One Book guest readers. Patty Graff, Director Better Kid Care in Greensburg, and Megan McQuaide & Megan Sandberg, both Early Childhood Education Majors at WCCC took time from their busy schedules to support early literacy for some of Pennsylvania's youngest learners. The PA One Book, Every Read more...

The Value of Reading to Children

Why read to a baby? By the time babies reach their first birthday they have learned all the sounds they need to talk.  Children who are talked and read to have a much larger vocabulary and are more likely to read at the correct age.  The United Way of Westmoreland County recognizes the value of reading to children and has partnered with Excela Westmoreland Read more...

For Colton, every day is a new lesson

Colton S., age 3 Monessen, Westmoreland County "I have the promise to be a firefighter!" Colton is a bundle of joy, a loving, caring and terrific son. Every day has been a new lesson and to watch how he has developed has made us the proudest parents. We want the moon and stars for Colton especially to be healthy, happy and successful in whatever dreams he has for himself. Read more...

All you need to know in life

My husband and I have had temporary custody of our grandson, A.J. and his sister A., for well over a year. Because we are in our 60's and I am disabled, we had to place them in day-care/pre-school. I am so glad we did! This is where both children began to blossom. Although we can offer out grandchildren many things, nothing can compare to what they learned at Tots and Tykes in Youngwood, PA. and Read more...

Successful transitions to Kindergarten

A Westmoreland County Keystone STARS program shares their successful experiences in transitioning students into Kindergarten. Tiny Town Early Learning Center is a Pennsylvania Keystone STAR 4 Quality Center, which is NAEYC accreditated, and part of the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts program. They provide many activities to help their preschoolers make a smooth transition into Kindergarten. Their practices include: Preschool teachers are on transition teams with many local 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 Westmoreland 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...

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...

Pennsylvania Kiwanis Club Raises Awareness of High Quality Early Education

August 19th, 2015
All Counties, Newsroom
Former Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker advocated for increased funding for quality early childhood education as part of his keynote at the August 14, 2015 Early Education Summit during the PA Kiwanis Convention at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie. The summit was part of the Pennsylvania District of Kiwanis International Annual convention held at the Erie County Convention Center. Kiwanis of Pennsylvania is a supporting Read more...