Celebrate Earth Day!

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Saving My Tomorrow- Kids Who Love the Earth Earth Day special on HBO Family Saturday, April 22nd at 7pm. This Earth Day special features children who are taking on our biggest environmental challenges, showing how we can all protect the planet and everything on it. The show explores issues ranging from fracking and water pollution to the benefits of local food and reducing our carbon footprints.  A mix of science, music and stories of wildlife in danger, the special is a call from kids to all of us to take better care of the earth.  With readings and performances by ... More

Don’t Wait. Vaccinate.

children required to have certain vaccinations to enter school in pennsylvania
SCHOOL VACCINATION INFORMATION FOR PARENTS The Department of Health is changing school immunization regulations beginning in August 2017.  The regulations are intended to ensure that children attending school in the commonwealth are adequately protected against potential outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases. A CHILD MUST HAVE REQUIRED VACCINES OR RISK EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL. A chld must have required medically-appropriate vaccines or a plan to complete those vaccines or risk exclusion from school.  A child may still obtain medical, religious or philosophical exemption from meeting the immunization requirements.  Talk with your child's pediatrician about the vaccines your child needs to attend school. ... More

Beyond Babysitting: Daycare and Early Childhood Education

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Families have a greater variety of childcare options today than ever before. For some families, those options include in-home care provided by family members, nannies or babysitters. For other families, the best option is daycare from an outside-the-home provider. The first day care centers were established in the U.S. by private charities in the 1850s. Today, daycare organizations range from those operated by single individuals out of their home, to small non-profits (often affiliated with schools or religious organizations), to large, for-profit corporations. Today’s daycares and early childhood education centers offer much more than simple babysitting services. They provide a full ... More

The Earlier, The Better!

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Pediatrician Explains How Doing This One Thing Early Can Change A Child’s Life “If we wait until kids are in school, it’s too late.” Reading to your infant or young child is a beautiful bonding experience, but there’s far more happening in these literary moments beyond a parent and kid spending time together. In fact, explains pediatrician Jill Alexander, reading (or not reading) to children in the home can shape their entire academic future ― even if the little one is years away from going to school. Speaking about the vital importance of reading on the monthly series “The Hero ... More

Foster Grandparent Program

The Foster Grandparent Program provides volunteer opportunities for limited-income seniors over the age of 55 to help children with special needs.  Foster Grandparents work in day care centers, elementary schools, Head Start programs, alternative schools, and at other community agencies providing one-on-one academic and emotional support to children who have been abused, have physical or developmental disabilities, or are in need of additional assistance. (more…)
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