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Maddy is so excited to start pre-school

PA Pre-K Counts
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Our family is excited for what this school year will bring. 

Jessica

Maddy is excited to embark on another year of pre-school with the Pre-K Counts program.  She looks forward to a year of learning, growing, and making new friends.  She is most excited to be a classroom helper and participate in the different classroom centers that encourage her creativity, imagination, problem-solving, and team work.  The pre-school program has helped her to build confidence and further prepare her for kindergarten. Her teachers are amazing with their hands on approach and encouragement to learn and grow.  

Our family is excited for what this school year will bring. 

Maddy holding sign

No Other Head Start

Head Start
Monday, August 21, 2017

I really like the music that she brings home from school. She learns so much.

Bucklyme N.

It is great my daughter, Jazairah, being an only child learning how to share with others. She very quick to learn thing and she learns so much in one day here she never wants to leave and is very excited the night before school.

Miss April and Miss Dara are very great with them. Jazairah loves them very much and it will be a sad day she departs from them.

I really like the music that she brings home from school. She learns so much.

I would not pick no other Head Start very happy she is here.


Long term effects on her learning

Head Start
Monday, August 21, 2017

She also has become school ready, and eager for kindergarten.

Allegheny County Family

Head Start has benefited my child by providing a learning environment that supports growth.

She also has become school ready, and eager for kindergarten.

The family also benefits from Head Start by allowing some parental involvement. Parents are the children’s first teachers. Using the daily routine which should have long term effects on her learning.


Head Start Helping My Son Get Ready For School

Head Start
Monday, August 21, 2017

It has also taught him how to listen and behave outside of his normal home environment.

Allegheny County Family

Head Start has helped my son interact with other kids his age. It has helped him learn how to play and intact with kids his age better seeing he is a only child.

It has also taught him how to listen and behave outside of his normal home environment. It has allowed to sit down and do project with him since he is willing to do more projects if it’s a school project.

It has also began to get my son adapted to school routines in morning such as waking up on time, bath time, and brushing teeth and steady bedtime.


Benefiting the entire family

PA Pre-K Counts
Monday, August 21, 2017

Now our family is better resourced thanks to PA Pre-K Counts - this program benefits the entire family!

Christin

PA Pre-K Counts has made it possible for both of my children to have access to a high-quality early learning program. They have benefited immensely from their enrollment in the program.

Without access to PA Pre-K Counts, my family would not have been able to afford to send our children to preschool. Also, I was able to return to work, part-time at first, now full time, thanks to this wonderful program.

Before PA Pre-K Counts, when I was working full time, our family was actually taking a loss each month with me working outside of the home instead of caring for our young children at home. My income was not enough to cover the high cost of childcare each month.

Now our family is better resourced thanks to PA Pre-K Counts - this program benefits the entire family!


Instantly Impressed with PA Pre-K Counts

PA Pre-K Counts
Monday, August 21, 2017

When I called, they took the time to convince me to keep him in the program and we would open communicate and put together a plan for him.  I am so appreciative for this. 

Stephanie

As my child’s advocate, I would like to take time to share with the stakeholders and funders, my family’s testimonial as to how much the PA Pre-K Counts Program, through CAS at the Jefferson-Morgan location, has impacted my son’s educational excitement as well as our grateful appreciation of all of the amazing teachers and staff who dedicate so much love and passion to each and every child.

When I first entered into the classroom to fill out paperwork, I was instantly impressed with the quality educational tools that my eyes took in.  And meeting Ms. Marilyn was the icing on the cake.  I could tell that she was highly qualified and compassionate in making sure my overly hyper child would succeed with transitioning into kindergarten.

In the first few weeks, Mason was having difficulty getting accustomed to a room full of other children and I saw he was acting out.  I value education and the last thing I wanted was my child disrupting Ms. Marilyn’s daily classroom.  I had decided at that point that I was pulling Mason from the PA Pre-K program.  When I called, they took the time to convince me to keep him in the program and we would open communicate and put together a plan for him.  I am so appreciative for this.  The CAS team, and the teachers at the Jefferson Morgan location are so dedicated to early child development and it shows!  The one on one time they give each child, all the learning activities and curriculum provided to help the children become skilled, ready and excited for kindergarten truly is a gift.

I know that this program is highly valuable to help the less fortunate learn, from social to educational skills, to endless tools that they would otherwise miss out on, all provided at no cost to the family themselves.  The teachers of CAS through the PA Pre-K Counts program and Mr. McCarty at the Jefferson-Morgan Elementary school are valuable gifts to the children and the community.

Fast forward to day, Ms. Marilyn and Ms. Jennifer, as well as Mr. McCarty, superseded my expectations.  My son is ready for kindergarten.  I am thankful for this early childhood educational team, the grant funding, and to you, the stakeholders and funders, for your time and dedication to ensure and make happen that the love of learning is available to the future young leaders of tomorrow.

Stephanie

Thankful and Confident with PA Pre-K Counts

PA Pre-K Counts
Monday, August 21, 2017

We are thankful for this opportunity Larry has had with PA Pre-K Counts. 

Jessica L.

This was Larry's only year of preschool. He starts kindergarten this fall. We are confident our son is ready for kindergarten. We believe he is prepared for a classroom situation and has learned what is expected of him to start his new journey.

We are thankful for this opportunity Larry has had with PA Pre-K Counts. The teachers did a great job.

This was also Colton’s first year in preschool and he is the youngest of the three-year-olds. It has been exciting to watch him grow from a toddler to a preschooler. He seems to have become independent and confident. Colton likes Pre-K and has learned a lot. He is working on the classroom situation and with another year of preschool he will be prepared for kindergarten.

We appreciate Colton being part of the PA Pre-K counts. Ms. Lauren and Ms. Carol are to be commended.

Jessica L.

Being Familiar Because of PA Pre-K Counts

PA Pre-K Counts
Monday, August 21, 2017

He won’t have to transition too much..

Danielle

I enjoy that the PA Pre-K Counts program that my child attended was in the school where he will be attending Kindergarten in the fall. Therefore, he won’t have to transition too much being familiar a little already where certain things are like the library, gym and cafeteria.

The teachers are very nice and welcoming to the children.

Danielle

PA Pre-K Counts Helps with Smooth Transition

PA Pre-K Counts
Monday, August 21, 2017

I feel as if the teachers truly care; not just about their jobs, but about each child as an individual.

Michelle P.

The Pre-K program has helped to prepare both of my boys for kindergarten.  The teachers conduct regular evaluations to determine what areas the children need the most help with.  Once they know what each child needs, they really direct attention to those areas and work with the children to help them learn and do well.

I feel as if the teachers truly care; not just about their jobs, but about each child as an individual.

It’s reassuring to know that when the first day of kindergarten comes, both of my boys are going to be ready and will make a smooth transition into a new class with a new teacher.

Michelle P.

Very Grateful for PA Pre-K Counts

PA Pre-K Counts
Monday, August 21, 2017

She used to be very shy and now she can make friends anywhere.

Tina M.

My daughter has learned social skills and how to build friendships.  She has learned her alphabet, how to count, the days of the weeks, the months.  She has learned about the weather.  She has also learned how to color inside the lines and she is working on writing her name.

This program is going to prepare her for Kindergarten and I like the fact that she can attend for two years.  I think it also has had a very big impact on her shyness.  She used to be very shy and now she can make friends anywhere.

I am very grateful for this program.

Tina M.

Concerned about your child’s development?

Call Pennsylvania’s CONNECT Helpline at 1-800-692-7288 for information about your child’s development and connecting to Early Intervention services in Pennsylvania.

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