September 2021
Fun activities, aligned with the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards, to help prepare children for school success!
We're in the living room!
Put on a music or sing a nursery rhyme and help your baby clap hands, wiggle feet, bicycle legs. Show and help your baby to clap hands, wriggle fingers, twirl, and bob up and down. Read more!

Save clean containers of all shapes and sizes, like yogurt containers, margarine tubs, and plastic spice jars for your toddler to play with. Talk about which ones are big, and which are little. Encourage and help them put the small container inside the big container or to add items (like blocks) into the containers. Talk about when the items are in and when the items are out of the containers. Let them practice putting the lids on and taking them off. Read more!

Low-adhesive tape, like masking or painters tape, can be used to make a road map in the living room. Working with your preschooler, ask where the roads should go. Will they go over a sofa? Under a table? Behind a chair? Once created, they can use toy vehicles, dolls or toy animals to follow the roads. Ask where the roads lead and what they will find at the end. Read more!

Share with your kindergartner a measuring tape and show them the numbers. Have them measure different items in the living room and ask questions about the sizes of the different items. How tall is the coffee table? Is it taller than the chair? Which is smaller - a book or a picture frame? How do they know which is smaller? Read more!
12 Family and Friend Books
Ciencia Magica enla sala de estar  by Richard Robinson
Please, baby, please  by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee
Who’s in my Family  by Robie H. Harris
More More More, Said the Baby: Three Love Stories  by Vera Williams
Annie Rose is My Little Sister  by Shirley Hughes
Lion in the Living Room  by Caelaach McKinna & A. R. Stone
Crazy Hair Day  by Barney Saltzberg
Toot & Puddle You Are my Sunshine  by Holly Hobbie
Guess How Much I Love You  by Sam McBratney
Max’s First Word  by Rosemary Wells
Hunter’s Best Friend at School  by L. M. Elliott
Harold and the Purple Crayon  by Crockett Johnson

Apply for C2P2 EI—Competence and Confidence Partners in Policymaking for Families of Children in Early Intervention
Applications are now open for C2P2 EI—Competence and Confidence Partners in Policymaking for Families of Children in Early Intervention.

C2P2 EI is an innovative free training program providing participants with up-to-date information, leadership development training, resources and skills. Participants learn about the local, state and national issues that affect children with disabilities. C2P2EI offers training to help you learn the Early Intervention System and actively participate in your child's team.

Virtual and in-person sessions are planned starting November 4, 2021. Alternative options and participant supports will be available if COVID-19 restrictions occur. Click here for more information, including how to apply.
Is Your Family Ready for an Emergency?
September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. Use this month to help your family prepare for an emergency like floods, fires, winter storms and more. 

Check out these resources to help your family prepare for emergencies. 

A New Resource: Check Out the Virtual Resource Fair
A new resource, the Virtual Resource Fair, from the Lancaster Interagency Coordinating Council (LICC) provides a virtual connections with families and service providers to learn about local community resources representing disability services, health and wellness, education, behavioral health, recreational activities, crisis intervention, kids’ activities, community/social services and more! Visit the Virtual Resource Fair to check out the videos, access the flyers and brochures, link to web sites and more, or see the flyer for more info.
Eating Healthy: Peppers in September
Each month, Pennsylvania's Promise for Children explores healthy foods through the Pennsylvania Harvest of the Month program. September’s featured item for PA Harvest of the Month is peppers.

Peppers are a good source of vitamin C which is important in the body’s healing process and may play a role in guarding against heart disease and cancer. Vitamin C also helps the body absorb iron. Red peppers are a good source of vitamin A which is important for eye health and immune function. 

Peppers are tender, warm–season vegetables that can be classified into two groups — bell peppers (mild and sweet–tasting), and chili (hot and pungent). Bell peppers come in a wide variety of colors such as green, red, yellow, orange, purple, brown, and black. Chili peppers range in color from green to deep red to almost black. The color of chili peppers is not a sign of the heat (flavor) of the pepper.

Visit the PA's Promise for Children website for resources and family-friendly recipes!
Call for Family Participants! Receive ongoing support on family-child interactions focused on supporting child communication 
From Dr. Sloan Storie, PI, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Department of Special Education and Child Development

We want to work with you! We are investigating the impact of caregivers receiving technology-enhanced coaching on their interactions with their child. We are looking for primary caregivers and their child between 2-4 years of age working on communication skills. Caregivers and their child will receive coaching virtually from their own home by recording approximately 15-20 videos lasting 4-5 minutes during typical everyday routines. Participants will receive up to $200 in electronic gift cards. Learn more.
Buckle Up for Safety
Make sure your child travels safely! Available are one page graphics from the Centers of Disease Control that demonstrate how to avoid the most common mistakes while using rear and forward-facing car and booster seats for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and older children. 
The Monster in Your Home
There may be a monster in your home and it's right in front of your eyes! It's your television or tablet! 
Spending time watching TV or using a tablet means your child may not be engaged in creative or learning activities, like reading, playing or just being a kid.
Many homes have one or more TVs or tablets. Too often, a child's free time may center around what's playing on TV or on the tablet. Watching excessive, or inappropriate shows or games can lead to: 
  • violent and aggressive behavior, 
  • obesity, 
  • poor body concept and self-image, and later, 
  • substance abuse and early sexual activity. 

Helping Your New Kindergartner
Did your preschooler enter Kindergarten? Sign up for the FREE monthly Kindergarten, Here I Am eNews! Each month get activities, tips and resources you can use to help your kindergartner prepare for and have a successful Kindergarten year. 
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