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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.

Ready, set, preschool

As summer moves along, your young child may be gearing up to start preschool. This is a big step for parents and kids alike, so here are a few ways to make the transition smooth.

All about nannies

Although daycare centers and babysitters are common childcare options, there is a growing trend in the Pittsburgh area in hiring a nanny. What is the difference between a nanny and a babysitter? How do you find a nanny? Read on…

Head Start in Pittsburgh

There are more than 92,000 local children who have benefited from the free Head Start program in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County since it began in 1965.

Assessing your childcare

It is always good to take time and evaluate the childcare your little one is receiving. Here are a few things to take a look at.

Making childcare a good experience

It can go either way, a pleasant experience or pure torture. Tips for parents on how to make childcare a good time for the kids.

Why preschool?

Preschool is more than snacks, juice and naps …it can be a first time trip down the road to independence from mom and dad.
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