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Hearts and crafts

Lending a helping hand to little fingers
Lending a helping hand to little fingers
The Bears pose with their creations and their “assistants” (from left): Neva E. Simcox, group leader; Gilmour; and Marisa J. Dunn, assistant group leader. Dunn, a 2017 early childhood education graduate, is an applied management student.
The Bears pose with their creations and their “assistants” (from left): Neva E. Simcox, group leader; Gilmour; and Marisa J. Dunn, assistant group leader. Dunn, a 2017 early childhood education graduate, is an applied management student.
Delighting in a daffodil
Delighting in a daffodil
Hands-on education, in miniature
Hands-on education, in miniature
The Birds soar with excitement, posing with the president. (Photo provided)
The Birds soar with excitement, posing with the president. (Photo provided)

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour visited the Dunham Children’s Learning Center on Tuesday, bringing the requisite supplies for an art project with the facility’s Birds (ages 4 and 5) and Bears (ages 3 and 4). The president helped the youngsters make cute daffodils – fitting, given the ample sunshine of the past two days – and told each child “to give it to someone in your family who you love.”

 

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Grant reduces child care fees for eligible Penn College students

Children of Pennsylvania College of Technology students and employees receive early childhood education in the college’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center. A CCAMPIS grant from the U.S. Department of Education is helping to reduce the cost of child care at the center for students.

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

The funding is known as a CCAMPIS grant, which 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% of the Children’s Learning Center fees, based on a student’s income as reported to the college’s Financial Aid Office. In addition to the Department of Education’s contribution, the college has budgeted a $241,680 match to ensure the sliding fee scale is available to every eligible student who applies.

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Early Educators Club shares holiday warmth with YWCA residents

From left: Students Rebecca L. Helminiak, Williamsport, and Rachel L. Hafer, Boyertown; Dawn Linn, YWCA chief exectuive officer; Amy Rutherford, Liberty House case manager; student Leigh A. McCarty, Williamsport; and Anna Thompson, the YWCA's communications and development director.
From left: Students Rebecca L. Helminiak, Williamsport, and Rachel L. Hafer, Boyertown; Dawn Linn, YWCA chief exectuive officer; Amy Rutherford, Liberty House case manager; student Leigh A. McCarty, Williamsport; and Anna Thompson, the YWCA’s communications and development director.
Overflowing gift baskets, bound for local YWCA residents, surround the facility's tree.
Overflowing gift baskets, bound for local YWCA residents, surround the facility’s tree.

Students from Penn College’s Early Educators Club made the holidays brighter for residents of the YWCA Northcentral Pennsylvania, delivering more than 20 laundry baskets brimming with donations. Members filled each basket with a blanket, various hygiene items, gloves and children’s toys.
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After a splash of winter, an overdue celebration of fall

An art project marks the season.
An art project marks the season.
The busy-ness of families at play
The busy-ness of families at play
Bonding in the food line
Bonding in the food line
Photo props add to the fun ...
Photo props add to the fun …
... but who's that hiding behind the mask?
… but who’s that hiding behind the mask?

Two weeks after it was postponed by snow, an autumn festival recently filled the Dunham Children’s Learning Center with sunshine and smiles. Parents helped their children make turkey “Thank you” cards, and children fashioned their own masks to wear into a photo booth that was added for the occasion. Early childhood education students Ophelia G. Arnold, of New Oxford, and Rachel L. Hafer, of Boyertown, assisted with the crafts.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

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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.
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.
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 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.
“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.
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).

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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.
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!
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.
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.
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

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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”

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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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