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Helping Jaelani Grow

Parents As Teachers
Monday, October 22, 2018

(The Parents As Teachers home visitor) helps us learn about her development

Gamalier V.

What makes your child special? Her reactions upon my arrival from work.
What dreams do you have for your child? For her to surpass all my expectations and excel at anything she puts her mind to.
How do you help her grow? I help Jaelani grow by spending quality time with her and showing her love. Keeping her in a safe surrounding at home and outside.

I have a home visitor from Parents as Teachers that helps us learn about her development, with the activities, such as floor time, that have helped with her movements. 

Gamalier V. of Berks County

dad with baby girl

My Dream for Esteban

Parents As Teachers
Monday, October 22, 2018

My dream for my child is that I want him to accomplish all his goals.

Belen R.

A Berks County  mom shares her experiences with the evidence-based home visiting program, Parents as Teachers, and the impact she has seen in the life of her son.

Esteban is such a lovable and caring boy. My dream for my child is that I want him to accomplish all his goals.

I help him by encouraging him to not be afraid to do what he likes. I tell him every day how much I love him. I also remind him to respect and be nice to everyone.

At this moment, he don't go to daycare. He was in Parents as Teachers and was a great help because he's more conficent. He's more excited in learning new things in school. He's more sociable and less shy than before. 

Belen R. Berks County, Parents as Teachers participant

Smiling boy

Taking Advantage of All That is Offered

PA Pre-K Counts
Monday, September 17, 2018

My own children weren't as prepared for school at such a young age like she is.

Cynthia K.

I am a 61 yr old woman with custody of my granddaughter.

She has been in PSC last school year and is now in PA Pre-K Counts. I am very pleased with her progress and the things she is learning. I am surprised by some of the things she tells me about what she learns. My own children weren't as prepared for school at such a young age like she is.

I am so grateful that she is able to gave this oppurtunity. I was no way prepared to raise a child again, but with Play and Learns help with letting me know what programs are available and suggestions, I don't feel like she is missing anything because I don't know what is available.

Thank you for this opportunity to give my opinion.


Brenner Family ELC Students at the Harrisburg JCC Start off on Right Foot with Discover: Catch

JCC Early Childhood
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Discover: Catch program is all about helping students develop a healthy lifestyle and continuously make good choices when it comes to nutrition and exercise. It helps encourage a happy and positive outlook that will follow students throughout their lifespan.

When the JCC started a garden 18 years ago, nobody knew how much of an impact it would make on young minds in the years to come. Starting with a small plot on Vaughn Street, Jodie Raffensperger, The Brenner Family Early Learning Center’s Art & Garden Specialist slowly incorporated Jewish lessons into the crops she grew with the students. Like the vegetables, fruits, and herbs in the garden, the small patch expanded into the organic-growing and Jewish learning center that covers a large part of the green space of the JCC campus today.

The garden is just one component of the Discover: Catch program that guides much of the everyday curriculum and therefore the lives of the students. Discover Catch was created in the early 2010s as a partnership of the Jewish Community Center Association (the overseeing organization of all member JCCs) and the University of Texas School of Public Health, and focuses on creating good health habits early on in life.

The Brenner Family Early Learning Center’s Discover: Catch program ties together exercise, healthy eating, and nature. Children have a similar exercise schedule as older students, receiving time for gross motor (recess) every day, as well as weekly gym and swim time. With a curriculum that includes daily outdoors time, the children grow up with an appreciation for getting out in the fresh air.

Jeremy Kreiser, JCC Sports & Fitness Coordinator, praises the variety and creativity of the Discover: Catch program, which he incorporates into weekly sessions for students in the Turning 3’s through Pre-K classes. “They’re really good at incorporating a lot of different pieces. They provide a box of like 500 cards, organized into warm up activities, group activities, and cool-down activities. So, it’s really easy for me to piece together a gym class that covers a lot of areas.” Jeremy, who has been using Discover: Catch in his classes for 3 years, finds that the program makes exercising fun for the kids. “When we do bear crawls or crab crawls, we’ll have a picture of a crab or a bear for the students to chase after. It makes it easy because the kids learn with that visual and they have fun with it. I incorporate as much of the Discover: Catch program as possible.”

 With the goal of lifelong fitness in mind, Jeremy sees the benefits of Discover: Catch around the J. “Even years later, I’ll see the kids in the gym doing the same things we did in gym class.” The program even incorporates yoga into the sessions, which Jeremy notes is unusual, but beneficial, for children of that age.

The swim lessons that ELC students receive have many benefits, corresponding with safety and lifelong appreciation of the water. “By incorporating swimming lessons into the Discover: Catch program, we are furthering the program’s focus on good health and exercise while creating a sense of comfort in the water for the children,” says Teri Berman, JCC Swim Instructor. “A child who has learned to put his or her face under water and float will be safer around pools and other water locales. Water safety will save lives. In addition, swimming is a lifelong skill attainable by all children, even those not athletically inclined.”

As anyone who has struggled to get in shape can attest to, proper nutrition is just as important as exercise in leading a healthy lifestyle. The Discover: Catch’s original ethos, according to a story in Healthy Americans, is: It’s much easier to create good health habits than it is to change bad ones.

At the Brenner Family ELC, children of all backgrounds and means are able to start their lives off in the right direction with healthy nutrition. The ELC menu includes no red meat, nor fried or processed food. Much of the food comes from the garden, giving students ownership over their lunches and snacks. Of course, there is always room for negotiation and moderation. The occasional cupcake for a birthday is perfectly fine.

The Discover: Catch program is all about helping students develop a healthy lifestyle and continuously make good choices when it comes to nutrition and exercise. It helps encourage a happy and positive outlook that will follow students throughout their lifespan.

Note: The JCC Early Childhood Department is a Keystone STAR 3 participant.

Celebrating National Success Month at JCC Early Childhood

A few of my favorite teachers

Keystone STARS
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

They all began working here in their high school  and college years. They said they had remember the fun they had here and wanted to make learning fun for other children. 

Pam

Pam, the director at Sunshine Kids, Inc. shares a story of several her favorite teachers, who just happen to work in her early learning program!  

Ms Taylor & Ms Karissa are preschool teachers and Ms Serena & Ms Becca are toddler teachers at Sunshine Kids, Inc. In 1984, they all started here as toddlers. They all began working here in their high school  and college years. They said they had remember the fun they had here and wanted to make learning fun for other children. 

Ms Taylor was our young toddler teacher who was asked to move to our older toddler room to follow a child moving out of the young toddler room.  A year later she was asked again to move with this child into our Preschool room and she has been there ever since. She is now teaching this child's sibling!  She has such a way with the children, they all follow her about and now call her TT!  (short for terrific teacher?) 

Ms Karissa & Ms Serena had been asking to work here since starting high school and both were able to start on their 18th birthdays! 

Ms Becca came to do observations for her college class, enjoying it so much, she came back in the summer to work.  When she went back to college, her mom started to work here in our infant room.  She said Becca would talk about "her" kids so much that she felt like she knew them and wanted to be a part of the center. 

I could go on and on, but hopefully you can see why these are a few of my favorite teachers! 

Sunshine Kids Washington County

We're celebrating Ms. Dominique, teacher at Tiny Learners Early Learning Center!

Keystone STARS
Monday, May 7, 2018

One can usually find Ms. Dominique fully engaged during activities and always smiling when interacting with her class. 
 

Janay

Mom Janay shares: Ms. Dominique and Amaura enjoy spending time together in the classroom at Tiny Learners Early Learning Center. Ms. Dominique is special to Amaura as well as the other children because she is hands-on, attentive, patient and kind! One can usually find Ms. Dominique fully engaged during activities and always smiling when interacting with her class. 
 

Amaura and teacher

We're celebrating Tucker's teacher Kelly Knoll at Lewistown Children's Center!

Keystone STARS
Friday, May 4, 2018

Kelly Noll is such a positive, patience, and energetic person.

Natalie

My son, Tucker, attends child care at Lewistown Children's Center. He has had a favorite teacher since he entered preschool two years ago.

Kelly Noll is such a positive, patience, and energetic person. All of the kids always look forward to seeing her and she is such a great influence on the children. My son had some behavior issues after we had a baby and Kelly helped to get him back on track. He also would not be potty trained without her patience and dedication. She is truly one of a kind!

Tucker and his teacher

We're celebrating Kelly Jo Hockenberry, teacher at Lewistown Children's Center!

Keystone STARS
Friday, May 4, 2018

Kelly Jo is always so caring and positive. She does her best to make sure my daughter, Luella, is taken care of the best she can.

Natalie

My daughter is enrolled in child care at the Lewistown Children's Center. She is only 8 months, but she has had a favorite teacher for quite some time now and it shows.

She adores Kelly Jo Hockenberry. Kelly Jo is always so caring and positive. She does her best to make sure my daughter, Luella, is taken care of the best she can. Luella kicks her feet and reaches her arms out for Kelly Jo as soon as she sees her. It makes a Mommy feel wonderful when she can bring her baby to school and have her little one be just as excited to see a teacher as she is when Mommy picks her up.

Luella and Ms. Kelly Jo

We're celebrating Miss Tabby from Sunshine Kids in Eighty-Four, PA

Keystone STARS
Friday, May 4, 2018

This sort of positive attitude and support does not go overlooked.  We are so appreciative of the positive influences you have instilled in our young son.  

Myranda

Levi is 21 months old and is a full-time daycare-attending toddler.  Unlike most daycare students, he is quite shy and sometimes becomes very upset when I turn him over to the teachers for the day.  However when Miss Tabby is there in the morning to greet Levi, my heart melts and I know everything will be okay! 

Her and Levi have a special bond, and his eyes light up when he sees her.  He heads straight for her, and even though its early in the morning, she greets him with the same enthusiasm.  Though I don't see their daily interaction, I know she cares for him, as she does all of her students, in a sense where she can recall every detail about his day, the good parts, the bad parts, how she helped calm him, how she loves when he cuddles with her during nap time, how she thinks she heard a few new words from him, describing his love for finger painting, singing, and dancing, etc, almost as if he is one of her own. 

I want her, and her colleagues at Sunshine Kids, to know this sort of positive attitude and support does not go overlooked.  We are so appreciative of the positive influences you have instilled in our young son.  

Levi and his teacher Ms. Tabby

We're celebrating Miss Melissa, teacher at Westmoreland County Community College, Campus Children's Center!

PA Pre-K Counts
Friday, May 4, 2018

Catalina has mentioned on numerous occasions how much she loves Miss Melissa.

Sarah

Today my daughter graduated preschool. I can honestly say that every teacher at this preschool is absolutely amazing but I know her favorite is Miss Melissa. Every day she had preschool she would draw her teachers pictures and Miss Melissa told us she puts them on her fridge at home and keeps all of her students pictures that she receives.

The teachers always have a smile on their face and you can tell they love their jobs and love being there everyday. I just cannot say enough about this place. Catalina has mentioned on numerous occasions how much she loves Miss Melissa.

Catalina and her teachers

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