Fun activities, aligned with the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards, 
to help your child prepare for Kindergarten. 



Let's Play (and Learn!)


activitiesDid you know that when preschoolers play, they learn? It's true! During September, encourage your preschooler to play. Then visit the library to find a book about the activity.


We're learning Language and Literacy Skills

Do it! 

Have your preschooler to "read" a book to you by using the pictures to tell the story.

Read it! 

It is Night by Phyllis Rowand. The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom. 


We're learning Mathematical Skills

Do it! 

Play shape and color hunt with your preschooler. Ask her to find something that is shaped like a circle. Or find something that is blue. Do the same thing with other shapes and colors.

Read it! 

One Mole Digging a Hole by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt. 365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental and Joëlle Jolivet.


We're learning Scientific Thinking Skills

Do it! 

Take your preschooler to the grocery store. Look at fruits, vegetables, cans and boxes. Talk about the different shapes, colors, and sizes. Use words like same and different.

Read it! 

Mrs. McNosh and the Giant Squash by Sarah Weeks. Put it on the list by Kristen Darbyshire.


We're learning Social and Emotional Development

Do it! 

Make a height chart with paper. Place the paper against the wall or door and ask your preschooler to stand with his back against the chart. Mark his height and date it. Try this again in three months and talk about the change.

Read it! 

Actual Size by Steve Jenkins. Say Please, Little Bear by Peter booksBentley.



Print this book list!


Get more books and activities at the PA's Promise for Children website!  




Four tips to help find a quality child care or preschool program

qualityprogramYou want your preschooler in a quality child care or preschool program, but may not know what to look for to know that it's quality. You may know what you don't want just by looking at it, but it's harder to know what will help your preschooler be safe, happy and learning.


Start with these four tips to help look for a quality child care or preschool program!

Safety and security for your preschooler. When you trust your child to someone else, you want to be sure that your child is in a safe place and that your child feels safe. Children are learning all the time, but if they feel unsafe or don't feel well, it's harder for them to learn.

Good teachers and specialists that support you and your preschooler. Your child's teacher shapes her whole day, and affects who your child will become. The quality of the teacher is one of the most important pieces of a child care or preschool program.

An atmosphere that is kid-friendly with learning areas & activities that are right for your preschooler's age and development. Young children learn by exploring & using many skills at once. Classrooms need to be designed to fit with activities that work best for them.

 Reach for the STARS! Keystone STARS can help you pick programs that have quality staff & activities that are the right fit for your family. Child care & Head Start programs that participate in Keystone STARS meet many of these elements of quality as part of the STARS standards. They receive a STAR 1 to STAR 4 rating based on these quality standards.


Get more information about choosing a quality child care or preschool program at the PA's Promise for Children website.  




Keeping Your Child's Food Safe to Eat


SafeFoodYou take the time to pack your child healthy lunch or snack for preschool, so keep it safe to eat.

Click here to find tips to make sure your preschooler stays healthy by protecting them from food-borne illness.






What's in this edition?


September preschool activities


Get ready for PA's Promise for Children Month


Four tips for finding a quality child care or preschool program


Keeping your child's food safe


Books for preschoolers 





How will you celebrate


PA's Promise for Children 







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