Aligned with the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards 


Let's Play (and Learn!)


Did you know that when preschoolers play, they learn? It's true! During October, 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!

Collect pictures that are familiar to your preschooler from the fronts of cereal boxes or advertisements. Put them together in a book. Take turns reading it to each other. Encourage expressive language by encouraging your preschooler to "read" to you.

Read it!

One Smart Goose by Caroline Jayne Church. Apples and Pumpkinsby Anne Rockwell.


We're learning Mathematical Skills

Do it!

Encourage your preschooler to count items around your house. Count or sign the number of stairs, the windows, plates, even towels and add number words and pictures. Count aloud as you do household tasks so your preschooler can see and hear the words.

Read it!

Quack and Count by Keith Baker. Counting Our Way to Maine by Maggie Smith.


We're learning Scientific Thinking Skills

Do it!

Play "Who's my baby?" Name an animal and ask your preschooler to tell you, sign to you, gesture to you, or point out pictures of the names of the baby. For example: dog-puppy, cat-kitten. If other children are present, work together to make the experience meaningful to all.

Read it!

Bark George by Jules Feiffer. When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic.


We're learning Social and Emotional Development

Do it!

Bring out baby pictures and current pictures of your preschooler. Compare the pictures and talk about the difference and changes you see.

Read it! 

What's Opposite by Stephen Swinburne. You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang.



Print this book list!


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





Enter to Win a Book A Day!


We're celebrating PA's Promise for Children Month in October by giving away a book a day! 


During October 2015, PA's Promise for Children is selecting one person each day to win a copy of What a Treasure! by Jane and Will Hillenbrand. This book was named the 2010 selection of the fifth annual Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child early literacy program. 




Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe


When children and adults practice basic safety rules, it can help everyone stay safe and healthy. Check out these tips to help keep your child safe.



  • Teach your child how to safely cross a street, to wear a helmet when riding a bike, and what to do if a stranger approaches.
  • Before your child plays on a playground, check to make sure the equipment is safe. Is it too high for your child? Are there sharp edges? Is there cushion material under the equipment in case of a fall?

At Home

  • Keep two or more working smoke detectors in your home. Replace the batteries twice a year. Your community may have a local program for a free smoke detector.
  • Keep the following items out of the reach of children: matches, lighters, candles, cleaning supplies, chemicals, and medicines.

In the Car or on the Bus

  • Follow state laws for the use of child care safety seat. Visit Just Drive PA for information on child passenger safety.
  • Teach your child to stand back from the street when waiting for a city or school bus. 

Find more ways to keep your child safe at the PA's Promise for Children website 



Health and Safety in a Preschool Setting

When you trust your child to someone else, you want to be sure that both you and your child feel safe. Head Start programs areregulated by the federal government; and preschool or pre-kindergarten programs can be regulated by either the Department of Human Services, registered with the Department of Education, or regulated by the organization that runs them. The regulations cover areas like

  • Safety standards for the building and classrooms;
  • Staff requirements, such as age, education level;
  • Staff to child ratios - how many staff people must be in a classroom with a certain number of children at all times (the younger the children, the more staff per classroom);
  • Classroom and playground equipment;
  • Supervision of children; and
  • Nutrition and adult and child health.

When you are looking for a preschool program for your child, visit the program and look for signs of safety.

Department of Human Services child care certificate posted.

  • Check inspection and violation history of child care programs before you visit at www.compass.state.pa.us.
  • Does the facility appear orderly and clean?
  • Are hazardous materials locked away?
  • Is there an emergency plan and is it posted?
  • Are there security measures in place?
  • Is there a policy for sick children and other circumstances?

Click here to find more information about finding a safe and secure location for your child to learn.






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Coping with Schedule Changes


October is usually full of fun activities: hay rides, apple picking, fall festivals, parties, and for some, trick-or-treating. Although these activities are fun for many kindergartners, some find special activities too stressful. Stress can lead to anxiety and anxiety can lead to children being excluded. 


Click here to get tips on how to reduce your child's stress, calm her fear and anxiety, and ensure that everyone is included and having fun.  




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Include Me who provided guidance to ensure the activities in this newsletter are inclusive of all children.



October's contributor:

Mary Mahoney-Ferster, Include Me Consultant

Jen Hipps, Include Me Consultant

Sue Beadle, Include Me Consultant




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