It's time! 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 start behind when they enter school. Research also shows student 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 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 a previous principal at the elementary school "We know kindergarten teachers appreciate all the efforts made by parents, preschools and school-aged professionals has lead to a successful transition for children as they enter the kindergarten environment."
EOC and the Early Care and Education Coalition(LEARN) 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 Pam Durnell at 726-2400.
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 230-9033.
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
Ruth M. Smith Center Preschool
Ongoing enrollment throughout the year
Contact Lead Teacher April Barr 968-3239
Registration will begin on February 1 and will remain open until all spots are filled. Contact Julie Harrington at 489-3105
YMCA Preschool and Lil "Y"ers Childcare/Inclusive Preschool
Registrations will be held in the YMCA lobby beginning Monday, Feb. 3, from 8 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m. for currently enrolled children and siblings of currently enrolled children. Open registrations will begin Monday, Feb. 10, at the same times. During both registration weeks, Tuesday Friday registrations will be taken by Kathy Lindsey in the Childcare Office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registrations will remain open until all available slots have been filled. Children must be 3 years old by Aug. 31, 2014 and completely potty trained. For additional information contact Kathy Lindsey at 726-0110, ext 112.
Youngsville First United
Open registration begins Feb. 17 and continues until all classes are full. You can stop by for a registration packet Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wee 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
Enrollment is open and will remain open until slots are filled. Please stop in the school office during school hours (8:15 to 3:00) to register. Pre-K Round-up will be held March 21. Contact Dr. Howard Ferguson at 723-2030
Contact Gloria Chase at 723-5435
Kid's Choice Community Learning Center, Marienville
Contact Cecelia Henry, Director at 927-5444 for information
Therapeutic Learning Classroom - This classroom is held once a week and is available to children who qualify for Early Intervention and are on an IEP. They can receive speech or Special Ed services within this classroom setting. Contact the Intermediate Unit 1-800-677-5610 x 8461(Kim Sanders) to request an evaluation for your 3-5 year old.
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 x 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 x 8461(Kim Sanders) to request an evaluation for your 3-5 year old.
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 and follow the public school calendar. There are 12 classrooms in six centers throughout Warren County. Children must be 3 years old. Call Julie Blum at 726-2400 ext 3027 or (800) 231-1797 ext 3027 between 8:00 am 4:30 pm.
Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts
Warren County has been funded for the Pre K Counts program located at the EOC Head Start program in the McClintock Building on Pennsylvania Avenue and at the Jefferson DeFrees Family Center. Registration is ongoing. Contact Stacy Confer at Jefferson DeFrees Family Center at 723-6350 or Julie Blum at Warren-Forest EOC Head Start at 726-2400 extension 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 Summer Program
Care with Grace Daycare openings for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. Contact Ariel Streich 723-9440 x 18. Forms also available online at carewithgrace.yolasite.com
Grace Summer Camp Now taking registrations. Ages 6-10. Contact Ariel at 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 Contact Megan Rivett or Wendy Kobejek at 757-5085
YMCA school age child care
Registrations will be held in the YMCA lobby beginning Monday, March 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. for currently enrolled children and siblings. Open registrations will begin Monday, March 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. During both registration weeks, Tuesday Friday registrations will be taken by Kathy Lindsey in the Childcare Office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registrations will remain open until all available slots have been filled. For additional information contact Kathy Lindsey at 726-0110, ext 112.
Don Mills Camp Talk-a-Lot Contact Barb Swanson 723-5730
WCSD KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION
Kindergarten registration for Warren County School District opens in February.
Registration packets are available at all of the schools, at the district central office, and at local pre-schools.
Each family registering a student should bring their student's birth certificate and immunization records, some proof of residency - a utility bill, credit card bill, deed, mortgage, lease agreement, or drivers license - a completed registration packet, and the student so he or she can meet the teacher and undergo a vision screening.
The times and dates for each building registration are:
Russell - 9 to 11 a.m. or 12:30 to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11;
Allegheny Valley - 9 to 11 a.m. or 12:30 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12;
Youngsville Elementary Middle - 9 to 11 a.m. or 12:30 to 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13;
Sugar Grove - 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18;
Warren Area Elementary Center (last names A through M) - 9 to 11 a.m. or 12:30 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19;
Warren Area Elementary Center (last names N through Z) - 9 to 11 a.m. or 12:30 to 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20.
Other Kindergarten Registration
St. Joseph Catholic School Kindergarten registration is currently open and will remain open until slots are filled. Stop by the school office during normal school hours (8:15 3:00) to register. Kindergarten Roundup will be held on Feb. 28. For information contact Dr. Howard Ferguson at 723-2030. Tours are available.
Warren County Christian School Kindergarten registration will be held on Feb. 21 with interactive activities from 1 to 2:30 and visitation from 6 to 7 p.m. Contact Richard Kolcharno or Bethany Kelley at 563-4457 for kindergarten registration information.
Tidioute Community Charter School Registration for TCCS kindergarten will run March 1 to May 1 for Kindergarten 5 and Kindergarten 4. Students must be 4 years old by the first day of school for K-4 and must be 5 years old by Aug. 31, 2012, for K-5. Download a letter of interest at tidioutecharter.com or stop a the school office to pick up enrollment forms. Both programs are from 8 a.m. to 3:11 p.m. five days a week. An open house for K-4 and K-5 will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, March 3. Call 484-3550 for more information.