A wealth of information on early learning, including information on The First Five Years, Your Child’s Development, Choosing a Program, and more can be found at Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children. You will also find the Learning is Everywhere calendar of activities to do at home and in the community.
Local School Districts:
Pre-K-8 Skill Builders Interactive Site free online activities to support your preschool child.
On the Scholastic Parent Page find information on Books & Reading, Child Development, School Help, and other Activities.
Safety Education has resources to help you teach your child how to be safe with strangers, on the internet, and at home including the award winning videos.
Trouble getting your kids to bed at night? Jodi Mindell, associate director of the Sleep Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia offers some advice on this video with Al Roker from the Today Show, “Take Charge of Your Child’s Sleep.” You can also find and preview the book on Amazon.
Color Me Healthy offers parent resources to help your family eat smart and move more.
School Bus Safety has games, tips, and videos to help your child get safely to school.
Proper hand washing reduces illnesses. Visit the Scrub Club a fun, interactive, educational website that teaches children the proper way to wash hands.
Everyday life is a learning experience for young children. Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents and caregivers explore ways to everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.
Parenting has everything you need to raise a happy, healthy family. Get expert advice on child development, the best in baby names, our pregnancy planner, childproofing guides, and more.
Zero to Three is the Nation’s Leading Resource on the First Years of Life. Zero To Three’s mission is to support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers and their families.
PBS Parents has information about your child’s development from birth through the early school years. You’ll find lots of fun educational activities for your children to help get them ready for school. The PBS Parents Guides address important aspects of your child’s early years such as school readiness and social and emotional development.
Play educational games, watch shows and find activities like coloring
and music at PBS KIDS.
Pike County Public Library is of course a great place to explore lots of books. They also offer story times and events to engage children in reading.
Get Ready to Read! is a national initiative to build the early literacy skills of preschool-age children. On their site you’ll find resources to help your preschooler get ready to learn to read.
Pike County Information and Referral System lists non-profit organizations and agencies that provide programs and services for Pike County residents.
CCIS of Pike County provides information on quality child care and referrals to child care providers based on your specific needs or preferences. CCIS agencies also administer the Child Care Works subsidized child care program. Call 570-296-3447.
COMPASS is an online application for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human service programs including Children’s Health Insurance Program and Child Care Works.
The WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Nutrition Program safeguards the health of women, infants and children by provides access to vital nutrition services during critical periods of growth, such as pregnancy, infancy and early childhood. For more information call 570-296-6221.
Maternal and Family Health Services, Inc. is a non-profit health and human service organization working to improve the health of Pennsylvania women and children. To find out what programs are available, call 570-296-6221.
Together for Health Family Dental Center accepts Pennsylvania Medical Assistance (ACCESS) Cards, PA Blue CHIP, and most major dental insurance plans. A sliding fee scale payment plan is available for uninsured and under-insured individuals. HOURS: Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm, for appointments, please call (570) 251-6534
Pennsylvania law requires every county (or group of counties) to have certain services available to persons who need them because of mental health, behavioral health or mental retardation concerns. The Carbon-Monroe-Pike Mental Health/Mental Retardation Program (CMP MH/MR) is responsible for the availability of these services within the three-county region.
GAIT is a Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center for people with special needs. The word “GAIT” started out as an acronym for “Genuine Alternative In Therapy“. GAIT’s mission is, “To improve the quality of life of children and adults with special needs resulting in a more independent life in society.” G.A.I.T. offers several services–all of them using the horse–to accomplish this mission.
Sharing fun activities with your young child, especially those that help to build early literacy skills, will help to prepare him or her for the challenge of learning to read – an essential skill for future school success. Go to Supporting Learning at Home for more information and activities for preschoolers.
A_Parent_Guide_to_Selecting_a_Child_Care_Program.pdf is a simple checklist that you can use to help you choose a quality early learning program.
The Ingeborg A. Biondo Memorial Foundation is involved in a venture meant to bring together typical children and children with special needs in a camp setting. Established as a small program with ambitious plans, the Foundation’s camping program has grown dramatically and now underwrites the cost for many children from the tri-state area to experience the joys of summer camp. For more information and an applications, click here.
Parent to Parent parent support program linking families of children and adults with disabilities or special needs.
“Recipes for Readiness” provide various family-friendly activities that will assist in promoting the skills that Kindergarten teachers are looking for as children enter their classrooms. Activities are designed for use with children age 3-5 and are aligned to the PA Learning Standards for Early Childhood.
Assurance Wireless is a federal Lifeline Assistance program brought to you by Virgin Mobile. Lifeline is a government benefit program supported by the federal Universal Service Fund. Enrollment is available to individuals who qualify based on federal or state-specific eligibility criteria. The Lifeline Assistance program is available for only one wireless or wire line account per household.
KidsHealth is the #1 most-trusted source for physician-reviewed information and advice on children’s health and parenting issues.