News about Early Childhood Education

Weeklong celebration puts focus on CLC’s daily importance

Everyone's favorite mascot pays a visit to the Children's Learning Center.

Through a variety of activities this past week, Penn College’s nationally accredited Dunham Children’s Learning Center celebrated the services and support it offers to youngsters, families and the campus community. The center, which also serves as a learning laboratory for early childhood education students, joined its counterparts across the country in observing National Campus Children’s Centers Week (Oct. 8-12).

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CLC celebration includes fall story time at college library

Smith takes her young audience on the windblown journey of "Leaf Man," sharing the colorful collages that adorn each page.

T-shirts, brightly bragging of the center's four-star accreditation, are sported by the enthralled library visitors.

The children delivered a handmade "thank you" and commemorative greeting cards that they're handing out to students and employees in their campus travels this week.

"The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything" gets the full read-aloud treatment from Line – complete with every "clomp," "wiggle," "shake," "nod," "clap" and "boo" that lead to the surprise ending.

Hugs were plentiful as youngsters lined up to show their gratitude.

Preschoolers from the Dunham Children’s Learning Center visited Penn College’s Madigan Library on Tuesday morning for story time. Tommie L. Smith, library operations/public services assistant, and April N. Line, library support services assistant, each read an autumn-themed book to the boys and girls gathered on the first floor. The visit is among the activities scheduled during National Campus Children’s Centers Week (Oct. 8-12).

Children’s Learning Center Grant Lowers Costs for Eligible Parents

Pennsylvania College of Technology student Shaunice M. Douglas, of Williamsport, completes a craft with her son during a family event at the Children’s Learning Center, which provides on-campus child care for the children of Penn College students and employees while their parents attend class or work. Douglas is a pre-nursing student.

The Dunham Children’s Learning Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology received a $92,118 grant to help reduce child care fees for eligible students who enroll their children at the facility.

The CCAMPIS grant was issued by the U.S. Department of Education. The abbreviation stands for Child Care Access Means Parents in School. It helps the Children’s Learning Center to provide discounts to Penn College students whose income makes them eligible for federal Pell Grants. Reductions range from 25 to 75 percent off Children’s Learning Center fees based on a student’s income as reported to the college’s Financial Aid Office.

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Learning Center Helps Families Become Kindergarten-Ready

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center hosted an information session Thursday for families whose children will enter kindergarten in August.

Barbara J. Albert, director, and Linda S. Dellaquila, group leader, shared tips for making a smooth transition and provided families with the dates and registration requirements of all school districts in Lycoming County.

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A Year-End Reminder of Year-’round Blessings

Dining Services' Daniel S. Falzone enjoys the festivities with daughters Julianna and Maria.

Ameira Phipps, big sister to Amecca Phipps, has an equally big smile!

Three generations celebrate the season at a decidedly family-friendly event. "Mimi" Janice and "Pappy" Robert Murphy, visiting from Pittsburgh, join their granddaughters, Macy (foreground) and Maura, and daughter-in-law Ashley R. Murphy, director of admissions.

Jointly exercising their creative side are Zaeed Minor and his mother, Shaunice M. Douglas, a pre-nursing student.

Families celebrated the end of the fall semester with the children and staff of the Dunham Children’s Learning Center this past week. Not only were there delicious snacks prepared by the children, there were craft activities for the youngsters to do with their parents.  Students from Penn College’s early childhood education major provided assistance.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Children’s Learning Center Receives Keystone Stars Grants

Children who attend the Dunham Children’s Learning Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology select books to take home and call their own during a Book Bingo event at the center. The books are purchased through a Keystone Stars grant.

The Dunham Children’s Learning Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology received $34,600 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Human Services through the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning.

The funding comes in the form of a Keystone Stars Merit Award of $12,675 and a Keystone Stars Education and Retention Award of $21,925.

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Grant Provides Reduced Child Care Fees for Income-Eligible Students

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center received a $103,923 CCAMPIS grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help reduce child care fees for eligible students.

CCAMPIS stands for Child Care Access Means Parents in School. The funding helps the Children’s Learning Center, which provides high-quality child care for the children of Penn College students and employees, to provide discounts to students whose children are enrolled at the center and whose income makes them eligible for federal Pell Grants. Reductions range from 25 to 75 percent off Children’s Learning Center fees, based on a student’s income as reported to the college’s Financial Aid Office.

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Child’s Play Takes ‘Center’ Stage

Children are entranced by Kamin's talent.

Two end-of-semester events capped another fun-filled and instructive year at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center: The Penn College facility’s annual Family Appreciation get-together – in which children made turkey headbands and prepared snacks that were appropriately “gobbled” up – and a visit from mime Dan Kamin, who was in town for a holiday appearance with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra.

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Education Secretary Impressed by Visit to Penn College

Before enjoying lunch in the Dunham Children’s Learning Center, Rivera shows children the photo he took of them on his cellphone (and shared via Twitter).

Rivera and college President Davie Jane Gilmour check out the Centennial art installation, “Student Bodies,” during a leisurely stroll on the campus mall.

In the college’s welding labs, David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, discusses the discipline’s career opportunities.

During a roundtable discussion, area educational representatives share insights.

The president and secretary discuss Penn College's collaborative efforts with Lycoming College and area school districts.

State Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera visited main campus on Thursday, touring the Dunham Children’s Learning Center and Penn College’s welding labs before joining area education luminaries for a panel discussion about “Schools That Teach.” The former superintendent of the School District of Lancaster later tweeted his favorable review of his afternoon:  “Great visit @PennCollege. Engaging & dedicated faculty and staff. Smiling faces & creative projects. Impressive!”

Keystone STARS Funding Supports Early Childhood Facility

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Robert & Maureen Dunham Children’s Learning Center received a Keystone STARS Merit Award and a Keystone STARS Education and Retention Award totaling $37,452 for 2015-16.

Funds from the grants are used for equipment and supplies, professional development for Children’s Learning Center staff, and the center’s accreditation costs.

The center used grant funds to purchase teaching materials and furnishings, including a sensory table, dramatic play props, and equipment to help develop motor skills, as well as materials for cognition, social studies, math, science, literacy, nutrition and music.

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‘Kite Day’ Takes Children on Literary Flight of Fancy

Who says kids have short attention spans?

Hillebrand interacts with CLC youngsters during a fun-filled hour.

Valerie L. Fessler, director of annual giving, and her daughter, Alice, share the magic of storytelling.

Getting involved at an early age!

Siblings Colton and Kaylee Styers with the tale of Mole and Bear, who make a kite and find themselves on a windy-day adventure.

Author and illustrator Will Hillebrand visited Penn College’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center on Friday, part of this year’s “One Book, Every Young Child” initiative to encourage preschool development of literacy development in preschoolers. The center’s children, joined by families and early childhood education students at the college, each received a copy of “Kite Day.” The local visit was arranged through James V. Brown Library; “One Book, Every Young Child” is made possible through a collaboration of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Please Touch Museum, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Library Association, Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children, Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children and The Pennsylvania Child Care Association. This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered through the DoE’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Center’s Children Prepare Snacks for Annual Appreciation Tea

Family Appreciation Tea held at Dunham Children's Learning Center

The Dunham Children’s Learning Center recently celebrated the end of the semester, as families joined their children for an afternoon snack during the Family Appreciation Tea. The young toddler class made Pumpkin Pie in a Cup, the older toddler class prepared a cereal snack mix, and preschoolers learned about measuring and baking while preparing oatmeal cookies and banana bread. “The food was so delicious that parents asked for recipes!” said director Barbara J. Albert, who also provided the photo at left. Teachers prepared activities for the families, and students from the Early Childhood Education program supervised them. Children had fun making paper-plate pumpkins, playing a beanbag game and experimenting with “squishy” bags. Each family contributed a handprint “leaf” to the center’s Thankful Tree, highlighting the people and things for which they’re grateful.

Penn College Early Educators’ Outreach Benefits Children

Early childhood students Khloe L. Musser (left), of Lemont, and Megan E. McCaslin, of Williamsport, display 72 boxes of children’s items collected by the Early Educators club as part of the Jared Box Project, which aims to uplift the spirits of children in hospitals.

The Early Educators student organization at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently completed three service projects benefiting children.

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Federal Grant Helps Student-Parents Pay for On-Campus Child Care

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Robert & Maureen Dunham Children’s Learning Center received a grant that will help subsidize the cost of child care for eligible parents who are pursuing higher education at the college.

The CCAMPIS grant, which stands for Child Care Access Means Parents in School, is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Its purpose is to support the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education through the provision of campus-based child care services. Penn College will receive $102,042 for 2015-16.

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College Receives Funding Aimed at School Readiness for Children

Pennsylvania College of Technology has received a $10,766 grant to align its early childhood education curriculum with recently revised Pennsylvania Core Knowledge Competencies for early childhood and school-age professionals.

The college has entered a one-year contract with Berks County Intermediate Unit, the fiscal agent for the Pennsylvania Key, which provides statewide leadership in coordinating early childhood education, quality improvements to programs and professional-development support. The Pennsylvania Key operates in conjunction with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning, which is jointly overseen by the state Department of Human Services and the state Department of Education.

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