We’re Learning in the Neighborhood!

Encourage your baby to explore different textures by providing them with items to feel, like bare feet in the grass or hands touching trees. Talk about what they are feeling and use words to describe the item (soft, rough, hard, smooth, etc.) Tell what they are feeling as it relates to their neighborhood. “This trees is in our backyard and gives us shade from the sun.” If you cannot take your baby outside, bring the outside in. Put grass in a plastic container. Allow them to play with their fingers or toes. Pick up a blade of grass and tickle hands, arms, legs, feet, or face. Smell the grass and talk about the color. Read more!
Encourage your toddler to still (just for a second or two!) and listen to the noises around them. What do they hear? Help identify the noises they are hearing. Listen for birds singing, dogs barking or church bells ringing. Try a verbal and/or visual cue to stop and listen. You may need to guide the listening, “What is that? I hear a bird. Do you hear it? Where is it?” When you are out in the community, listen for those sounds you may not hear at home. (Traffic, church bells, horns, etc.) Read more!
Compare large and small as your preschooler moves throughout their neighborhood. Help them decided if items are larger than they are (like a tree) or smaller (like a dandelion) by having them stand next to the item. Now it’s your turn. Have them help you decide if items are larger or smaller than you. Read more!
Go for a walk with your kindergartner and have them help identify different items that begin with each letter. For those more difficult letters (like Y or Z), can they name items they’d like to see that begin with those letters? (Wouldn’t they like to play with a yo-yo?) Take along homemade flashcards or a list of the letters of the alphabet so they have a reference to the letter and the object that starts with the letter. Have them match the card with the correct letter by the object. Read more!

9 books about the neighborhood

My Neighborhood by Johnny Bregar
Keat’s Neighborhood by Ezra Jack Keats
Curious George Neighborhood Friends by H. A. Rey
Welcome to My Neighborhood by Quiara Alegria Hudes and Shino Arihara
What Do You See in Your Neighborhood? by Bracha Goetz
Only One by Marc Harshman
Jobs Around My Neighborhood by Gladys Rosa-Mendoza
Night on Neighborhood Street by Eloise Greenfield
In Lucia’s Neighborhood by Pat Shewchuk

Enter to win a copy of the 2022 PA One Book

More than 150 winners will be selected at random to win a 2022 PA One Book, Saturday, by Oge Mora in the drawing that runs through June 17, 2022. The book, Saturday, was chosen as the 2022 PA One Book selection. One entry per person.
In this heartfelt and universal story, a mother and daughter look forward to their special Saturday routine together every single week. But this Saturday, one thing after another goes wrong–ruining story time, salon time, picnic time, and the puppet show they’d been looking forward to going to all week. Mom is nearing a meltdown…until her loving daughter reminds her that being together is the most important thing of all.

First step: Kindergarten registration!

The first step to a great school year is getting your child registered for Kindergarten! Registering your child now means that you, your child and your child’s school will be ready when Kindergarten begins.

Plan now for July 4 Pennsylvania State Parks Fish-for-Free Day

A Fish-for-Free Day is a great way for families to catch the fun of fishing! The July 4, 2022, Fish-for-Free Day allows anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish on Pennsylvania waterways with no fishing license required. All other fishing regulations still apply.
Don’t have the equipment for fishing? Check out the Borrow a Rod & Reel Fishing Tackle Loaner Program. The public can go to the locations identified and borrow rods, reels and a tackle box full of hooks and other terminal tackle. This equipment is borrowed in much the same way books are borrowed from a library. Those wanting to borrow gear complete a form and the loan is made. At the end of the loan period the equipment is returned to the site.


Families, join Camp BOOK IT! and keep rewarding your kids all summer long. Track and reward your kids’ reading for June, July and August in the digital dashboard at the BOOK IT! website. When they meet their monthly reading goal, they’ll receive a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza® from Pizza Hut! BOOK IT! will also share fun activities and book recommendations each week to keep the fun going throughout the summer. Enroll today!

Two-Bite Club

Getting kids to try a variety of foods may feel like a daunting task to some. If you deal with picky eaters, try introducing them to MyPlate’s Two-Bite Club, developed by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The resource comes with a printable book that encourages kids to try new foods and also provides fun certificates to celebrate new tasting milestones. Available in English and Spanish.

Help paying for internet services

The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more.
The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
The Affordable Connectivity Program is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. See if your household is eligible.

Pennsylvania’s KinConnector

Pennsylvania’s KinConnector provides guidance, advice and support for kinship care families though out Pennsylvania in numerous ways, including:
  • Connecting caregivers to health, financial, and legal services;
  • Connecting Caregivers to training and parenting support Identifying local physical or behavioral health services;
  • Identifying support groups Guiding caregivers on how to apply for federal, state, and local benefits such as CHIP and Social Security, and other services designed to support caregivers; and
  • Providing access to a compassionate KinConnector who will listen and provide supportive guidance.

Now’s the time to catch-up on routine vaccines!

This year, it’s particularly critical to ensure your child gets back on track for routine checkups and recommended vaccinations following disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether your child is behind on a vaccine, missing several, or completely unvaccinated, now is the time get your child caught up on childhood vaccinations! This is totally doable. It’s not necessary to start over if you are concerned about vaccines being missed! Read more.

June is National Safety Month

Learn how to keep everyone safe where they live and play and all points in between. While the places your family spend time can be filled with wonderful experiences, they can also contain hidden dangers. By learning what environments are safe for your family and child, you can help prevent accidents and keep your children healthy and happy.  Learn how to be safe where your family lives and plays.

Summer sun safety

A few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Protect your child’s skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays anytime they’re outdoors with sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and shade. Get sun safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Juice and your child

How much juice should your child drink? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends children less than one year of age should not have fruit juice. Fruit juice offers no nutritional benefit to children less than one year of age. The evidence is clear that over-consumption of juice can lead to weight gain and tooth decay. Click here to see if and how much juice your child should drink.

Six tips for summer safety

Sun shining, warmer temperatures, it’s almost time for summer fun! Help keep your child safe while having fun this summer season with these six tips.
  1. Prevent heatstroke
  2. Secure pool areas
  3. Protect from bug bites
  4. Use sunscreen
  5. Stay hydrated
  6. Keep cool

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