It’s time to register for school

The first day of the next school year may seem a long way off, but the preschools, Warren County School District, and the non-public schools are already planning for your child or children to enter their classrooms. A great deal of preparation is involved in creating the best possible experience for your child. Registrations will be taking place across the county during the month of February.

Long before children enter kindergarten, they are learning about the world around them: colors, smells, sights, sounds. Education may be seen as “starting in kindergarten,” but learning starts much earlier. In fact, nearly 90 percent of brain development occurs before the age of five. Research shows children who do not have quality early learning experiences are behind when they enter school. Research also shows students who start behind; stay behind. This is why it is so important for young children to have quality early learning experiences.

Warren County is fortunate to have a wide variety of quality learning opportunities for its youngest learners; including Head Start, preschools, preschool programs for children with special needs, child care centers, home providers, Pre-K Counts, and kindergarten.

Head Start is a comprehensive child development program which serves income-eligible children ages 3 to 5 and their families. The program promotes social competency and school-readiness and includes parent engagement and health screenings.

Preschools offer learning opportunities to 3 and 4 year olds from September until May. Classes are held 2-3 days per week for several hours each day. Children learn social, emotional and school readiness skills through activities and play.

Full and part time child care is available in daycare centers and homes; providing a safe environment for working families. Children have opportunities to learn, make new friends, and develop school readiness skills. Through a partnership with the Warren County School District, the district reading and math curriculum are offered in many child care facilities and preschools.

Pennsylvania established a voluntary quality enhancement program, Keystone STARS, which recognizes licensed child care providers who exceed state health and safety regulations. Facilities are eligible for a 1, 2, 3 or 4 STAR ranking depending on the quality of their program, staffing qualifications and business practices. This is a great tool for parents to use in selecting a child care facility. For more information, visit www.pakeys.org.

For several years members of Warren’s early learning community have been working together to create seamless transition opportunities as children move from pre-kindergarten to kindergarten. According to Ann Buerkle, Principal at South Street Early Learning Center “I know kindergarten teachers appreciate all the efforts made by parents, preschools and daycare practitioners to provide children with early learning experiences. The collaboration between the preschool and school-aged professionals has lead to a successful transition for children as they enter the kindergarten environment.”

EOC coordinates a Pre-K Scholarship Program which assists families with the cost of early learning opportunities. Because of this program, the financial barrier of early learning has been significantly decreased in Warren and Forest Counties. For more information on the scholarship program or to learn which facilities participate in the scholarship program, please contact Tish Montgomery at 726-1361.

While February may seem early for registrations, early enrollment helps the facilities plan for programming and staffing, allows families to prepare their child for a new learning environment and guarantees enrollment for programs which fill up quickly. For more information about early learning opportunities or child care, please call the Child Care Information Services Office (CCIS) at 726-1361.

PRESCHOOL

REGISTRATIONS

Creative Preschool

Open enrollment.

Contact First United Methodist Church at 723-4930, Patti Moore at 726-1526, or Jane Crouch at 723-7224.

Grace Promise Preschool

Packets are available at the Grace United Methodist Church. Registration will begin on February 1 and will remain open until all slots are filled.

Contact Trish Gentilman at 723-9440 or 723-8011.

Rouse Children’s Center

This Keystone STAR 3 facility offers toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children the opportunity to explore his or her world with developmentally appropriate activities focused on physical, academic, emotional, and social needs. We are now operating from our new location on East Main Street in downtown Youngsville.

For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Rouse Children’s Center Administrator, Michelle Reilly, at 563-2890 or at mreilly@rouse.org. You can also visit us online at www.Rouse.org.

Ruth M. Smith Center Preschool

Ongoing enrollment throughout the year

Contact Lead Teacher April Barr at 968-3239

Preschool- Monday- Friday

Summer Preschool- Monday- Friday

Sugar Grove

Imaginative Preschool

Registration will begin on February 1 and will remain open until all spots are filled.

Contact Julie Harrington at 489-3105.

YMCA Preschool

Preschool registration begins Feb. 4 for currently enrolled children. Open registration begins February 11 and will remain open until all available slots are filled. From 9:00 am 12:00 pm and 4:00 6:00 pm on February 4 and February 11, registration will be held in the lobby. Other than those times, please see Jane Beardsley or Kathy Lindsey to register. Children must be 3 years old by August 31, 2013. For addition information contact Kathy Lindsey at 726-0110, ext. 112.

Youngsville First United Methodist Preschool

Open registration begins February 18th and continues until all classes are full. You can stop by for a registration packet Monday- Friday from 9:00 am to 11:30am. Please see a preschool staff member for questions and forms.

Contact Christa Monza at 563-4201 for more information.

Don Mills Early Childhood Learning Center

Open enrollment

Contact Barb Swanson at 723-5730.

St. Joseph’s Preschool

Registration will be held at Open House for Catholic Schools Week on January 27, 2013 from 10:30 am through the afternoon. A second registration will be held on Friday, March 15 from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm in the school office. Enrollment will remain open until slots are filled. Contact Dr. Howard Ferguson at 723-2030.

Clarendon United Methodist Preschool

Contact Gloria Chase at 723-5435.

Kid’s Choice Community Learning Center, Marienville, Pa

Contact Cecelia Henry, Director at 927-5444 for information.

IU PRESCHOOL

Therapeutic Learning Classroom – This classroom is held once a week and is available to children who do and do not qualify for Early Intervention. Contact the Intermediate Unit 1-800-677-5610 ext. 8461(Kim Sanders) to request an evaluation for your 3-5 year old. Contact Rosa Gerber at 1-888-621-9892 ext. 5 for registration information.

The Center-Based Early Intervention Program – This is a two to four day program provided for children with special needs. Contact the Intermediate Unit 1-800-677-5610 ext. 8461(Kim Sanders) to request an evaluation for your 3-5 year old.

Autistic Support Classroom – This is a two to four day a week program provided for 3 to 5 year old children who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Contact the Intermediate Unit 1-800-677-5610 ext. 8461(Kim Sanders) to request an evaluation for your 3-5 year old.

HEAD START

Ongoing enrollment occurs throughout the year. Applications are currently being accepted for the current school year and the year that begins in September. Classes operate four days/week. There are twelve classrooms in six centers. Five centers in Warren County and one in Tionesta. Children must be 3 years old. Call Julie Blum at 726-2400 ext. 3027 or 1-800-231-1797 ext.3027 between 8:00 am- 4:30 pm.

PENNSYLVANIA PRE-K COUNTS

Warren County has been funded for two Pre K Counts programs. One is located at the EOC Head Start program in the McClintock Building on Pennsylvania Avenue and the other at the Jefferson DeFrees Family Center. Registration is ongoing. Contact Stacy Confer at Jefferson DeFrees at 723-6350 or Julie Blum at Warren-Forest EOC Head Start at 726-2400 ext. 3027.

CHILD CARE/SUMMER CARE

REGISTRATIONS

Enrollment is on-going throughout the year for daycare facilities. For summer care, please contact providers for enrollment dates as summer programs fill up fast!

Care with Grace Day Care and After School Program (GAP)

Full-time and Part- time care for 2, 3 and 4 year olds from 6:30 am -6:00 pm.

After School and No School Day Care, Enrichment, and Homework Help for children K-5.Open until 5:30pm.

Contact Ariel Streich at 814-723-9440 ext.18

Grace Summer Camp Sign up for weekly theme camps or a full summer of fun. Signups start February 1, 2013. Ages 6-10 are eligible. Call 723-9440.

Henry R. Rouse Children’s Center and Summer Program

Contact Michelle Reilly at 563-2890.

Jefferson DeFrees Family Center and Summer Program

Contact Stacy Confer at 723-6350.

North Warren Presbyterian Day Care

Contact Sandy Goodwill at 723-6441.

Russell UMC Day Care

Open enrollment. Contact Megan Rivett or Wendy Kobejek at 757-5085. Email is RUMC Daycare@yahoo.com

Ruth M. Smith Center

Contact 968-3239

YMCA Child Care and Summer Camps

Contact Kathy Lindsey at 726-0110 ext. 112.

Don Mills Camp Talk-A-Lot

Contact Barb Swanson 723-5730.