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American Families Need Affordable, Accessible & Quality Childcare Options Preferences of Parents--Not Politicians--Should Prevail

Preschoolers’ Motor Skill Development Connected To School Readiness

Preschoolers who performed better on fine and gross motor skill assessments early in the school year were more likely to have better social behavior and “executive function,” or ability to pay attention, follow directions and stay on task later in the school year, scientists said.

Fun at Daycare

Out of the mouths of babes, here’s what they have to say about their favorite part of daycare.

When Grandma is Daycare

Day Care Gives Young Children a Positive Headstart

Is your tot ready for preK?

Back to school season for any parent is a hectic time. But for parents of toddlers it’s time to make a huge decision to: Is she ready to start preschool? Most kids start preschool anywhere between the ages of 2.5 and four-years old, but how do you know what’s right for your kid?

Accreditation: What it means for your family

Early learning centers that are nationally accredited have proven their commitment to provide high-quality care to all children and families.

DOS and DON'TS for finding the Perfect Nanny

Finding the right caregiver ranks as one of the most overwhelming challenges of parenthood. Out of desperation, too many parents hire the first person who comes along, and cross their fingers it will work out. This backwards approach can leave children with caregivers who could do developmental damage.

The impact of early childhood education

The compelling calls to action from business leaders, economists, educational experts and politicians across the country have brought increased attention to the importance of early childhood education. This groundswell around the first five years has left parents wondering what the excitement is all about.

New website that answers families’ top questions about child care/early learning

The first five years lay the foundation of a child’s learning and success for life. The choices that families make during these early years can have a lifelong impact. The questions themselves can be overwhelming.

Increasing quality programs for PA’s children

Building on ten years of continuous quality improvement for early care and education (ECE) programs, the Dept. of Public Welfare, Office of Child Development and Early Learning, announced in September 2012 that a new initiative had been created to strengthen and improve the existing Keystone STARS Program.

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood & Preschool Readiness

A child’s formal learning begins in kindergarten, but preparation for school starts much earlier. Along with literacy and math, social and emotional education is falling to parents more than ever before. According to a survey of parents of 2 - 6 year olds, PBS KIDS found 86 percent of parents believe they have the most influence in preparing children for kindergarten.

Early Learning Materials for Pennsylvania Families

The following early learning materials are available to families at no cost. Individual copies are available by submitting this form to your Local Education and Resource Network (LEARN) Coordinator. To locate your LEARN Coordinator please visit the PA Promise for Children website www.papromiseforchildren.com). Requests are fulfilled pending availability of stock.

How does your child feel about childcare?

Parents, one way to find out what childcare is like is to ask your child! Listen to your child to learn what daycare is like to him.

Start Early to Get Ahead

What does being ready for elementary school really mean? It used to mean starting the first day of school with all the supplies on the list, but now we know so much more about how young children’s brains develop. More and more parents are aware of the positive effects of a high quality early childhood education for their child’s success. This knowledge has also led to extra emphasis on acquiring academic skills. Experts suggest parents take a step back and look for programs with a balanced approach to school readiness.
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