Early Childhood Education at Lycoming County United Way
Since 2007, Lycoming County United Way has been the administrator of a grant from the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (a state agency) through the Central Regional Key at STEP, Inc. to implement programs that prepare children to succeed in school.Studies show quality early childhood education is critical to lifelong success. About 90% of our brains develop before we reach kindergarten. What children experience before age five can affect the way their brains develop. Because of this, a parent is a child’s first and best teacher.
These efforts are overseen by Bethany McClain at Lycoming County United Way. Bethany coordinates the Local Education And Resource Network (LEARN, formerly known as the Community Engagement Group) comprised of 43 local agencies involved in early learning efforts. The goals of the LEARN Team are to inform the community about the importance of successful early learning and to involve all members of the community in the effort. The LEARN Team hosts and participates in numerous events such as PA One Book Readings, family/children’s/health fairs, and kindergarten readiness programs throughout Lycoming County to engage community leaders, educators, parents, families, and children in the process.
The LEARN Team also produces a comprehensive annual “Report Card to the Community” to showcase children’s education services available in the county, program summaries, and LEARN Team accomplishments.
For more information, please contact the LCUW office by phone at 570-323-9448 or e-mail.
PA’s Promise for Children
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Want a quick and easy way to show that you can about our young children’s early education and let our state leaders know they should care about it too?
Sign the PA’s Promise for Children declaration and make your voice heard. http://paprom.convio.net/declaration
Watch the PA Promise Public Service Annoucement here: http://www.youtube.com/paprom
Thank you for caring about our young children’s future and using your voice to make a brighter future for all of us!