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The Pre-K Counts students hand painted their names in Korean. The South Korean students shared
The Pre-K Counts
students hand painted
their names in Korean.
The South Korean
students shared pictures
of their favorite foods.
Both classes shared
drawings of their homes.
foods. Both classes shared drawings of their homes. Do you think we made a mistake in
foods. Both classes shared drawings of their homes. Do you think we made a mistake in

Do you think we made a mistake in the headline? We didn’t.

homes and families and even learned a few Korean words and phrases (like “hi” and “thank you”) from their new South Korean friends.

In Korean, it reads “Pre-K Counts.”

Pre-K Counts Head Teacher Steph- anie Pacifico is leading her class in an electronic cultural exchange with young English-language learners studying at the Choral English College in Hanshien, Goy- ang City, South Korea.

The Choral English College is a private school, translated in English as an “academy.” South Korean students go to the Choral English College after their regular school day to learn English under the tutelage of American Robert Fioretta. The children in the South Korean exchange class are 4 - 7 years old.

The American and South Korean students have been exchanging videos via a password-protected YouTube channel. During the course of the project, the students in the Pre-K Counts class shared their favorite animals, foods and activities. In addition, they de- scribed and drew pictures of their

common with children around the world. They all learn, laugh, and play. In addition, I’m thrilled to be able to expose my students to new verbal and written languages.” At first, the students thought all language was expressed as either English or Spanish. Korean was truly a foreign concept! Now, the American students understand that their new South Korean friends greet them by saying “Annyeong” – not “hi” or “hola.”

According to Miss Stepha- nie, or as the South Korean students call her “Stephanie Teacher,” the Pre-K Counts class is gaining an enhanced cultural awareness. Through their drawings and video correspondence, “They’re learning that they have a lot in

“They’re learning that they have a lot in LVCC’s Pre-K Counts students (top photo) have been

LVCC’s Pre-K Counts students (top photo) have been communicating with students enrolled at the Choral English College in South Koria via a private YouTube channel.

Address Service Requested

Board of Directors

officers J. Michael Lee, Ph.D., Chairperson Hospital Central Services, Inc. Sally J. Bird, Vice Chairperson Sovereign Bank Susan C. Schupp, Treasurer Fulton Financial Advisors Samuel Berrios, Secretary Aetna, Inc.

members Keith Domalewski Just Born, Inc. David Drake, AIA W2A Design Group Mark S. Fisher, Esq. Worth, Magee & Fisher P.C. Mary Ellen Gamble, M.Ed. Allentown School District Laura Kinsey Allentown School District Richard Lemak MINTEQ International, Inc. Ageliki Nicolopoulou, Ph.D. Lehigh University Ernesto Ortiz, Jr. Allentown School District Scott Sheeler LVCC Parent Representative Suzanne K. Stianche Air Products & Chemicals James M. Waters Meals on Wheels Susan P. Williams Aetna, Inc.

Guess who’s turning 40!?!? Founded in 1970, LVCC is celebrating 40 years of dedication to
Guess who’s turning 40!?!?
Founded in 1970, LVCC is celebrating 40
years of dedication to early education.
You can follow LVCC’s year-long birthday
celebration by visiting
HONORARY DIRECTOR
Linny O. Fowler, Ph.D., Honorary
Fowler & Pena, Banana Factory
thisweekatLVCC.com
President/ ceo
Susan M. Williams, M.Ed.

Introducing Pennsylvania’s Keystone Babies

Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers (LVCC) has been awarded grant funding, through the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), to operate three Keystone Babies classrooms. The grant, totaling $266,400, will fund the program for 16 months through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Keystone Babies is a research- based, state-initiated pilot program that provides high quality early care and education for approximately 200 infants and toddlers across the state. LVCC

is proud to serve as the only provider in the Lehigh Valley; we received funding for three classrooms with eight stu- dents enrolled in each class – or 12% of the state’s allocated spots.

According to OCDEL, “The Keystone Babies approach integrates what is known from research on child develop- ment into high-quality day- to-day practices with infants, toddlers and their families.” Research shows that through early relationships with fami-

Research shows that through early relationships with fami- lies and caregivers, babies and toddlers develop confidence,

lies and caregivers, babies and toddlers develop confidence, trust, and curiosity – the build- ing blocks for successful early learning.

Who is Eligible for Keystone Babies?

The Keystone Babies program targets low-income families. To be eligible for the program, a child must be under three years of age (under two preferred for initial enrollment) and eligible for or receiving a Child Care Works (CCW) subsidy. Families are still responsible for their CCW co-pay.

Keystone Babies classrooms are operating at the following LVCC locations:

ALLENTOWN

540 Chew Street

610-434-1456

1621 Union Blvd.

610-820-5304

BETHLEHEM

410 E. 5th Street

610-865-6444

Benefits of a Keystone Babies classroom Family Groupings Each classroom consists of a family grouping
Benefits of a Keystone
Babies classroom
Family Groupings
Each classroom consists of a family
grouping -- a mix of infants, young
toddlers and older toddlers being
cared for by nurturing, professional
teachers. Family groupings provide
students the opportunity to learn
from one another in a mixed age-
group setting. Because children
might be enrolled in the same
Keystone Babies classroom through
the infant and toddler years, they
can form close knit relationships
with a few trusted adults. In addi-
tion, it is also possible for siblings,
of varied ages, to be together in the
same class.
Family Involvement
The program also emphasizes the
central role of family members in a
child’s early learning and provides
parents with a variety of opportuni-
ties to provide input and become
involved in their child’s education.
Additionally, families receive refer-
rals to community resources and
supports, such as Early Intervention
and health services.

Do you need help paying for child care…

LVCC can help!

LVCC

has received funding through the Com-

munity Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), to provide child care scholarships for families impacted by the recession.

The ARRA Funds were put in place to help people get back to work, and at LVCC, that is exactly what they are doing! To date, LVCC has been able to provide scholarships to over 30 local children.

One Family’s Success Story “Chris and Dana” never imagined that their family of four would become homeless. They were both educated and hard-working. But, when the economy tanked, they both lost their jobs. With both parents suddenly out of work, the family was unable to keep up with their mortgage, and soon, they lost their home. The family was able to

find temporary housing by mov- ing in with family members on the other side of the Valley, but they wanted their school-age child, “Da- vid,” to finish out the school year in his home school.

The school happily accommo- dated the family’s request; however, David’s transportation to and from school required that he arrive at the school long before school started and leave long after the final bell. David’s principal contacted LVCC and asked for assistance. With the help of the ARRA funds, LVCC was able to scholarship the family’s before- and after-school care. While at LVCC, David receives a nutritious breakfast and afternoon snack, fun, supervised activities, recreation and ample homework help.

Since the scholarship has been in place, Chris and Dana have both found work and are currently look- ing for a new home for themselves

and are currently look- ing for a new home for themselves and their children – truly,

and their children – truly, a happy ending!

Who can apply? Working families earning less than 200% of the federal poverty level, parents attending GED or career training classes, may apply for an LVCC Scholarship. Families must be enrolled or enrolling in a Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers location.

Scholarship aid is available for infants through school-age children. Aid is based on family income and helps you pay for child care until a Child Care Works subsidy becomes available or the family’s situation stabilizes.

Speak to your Center Director or call 610-820-5333 for more information.

Center Director or call 610-820-5333 for more information. LVCC on the Move Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers’

LVCC on the Move

Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers’ food delivery trucks have received a much-needed makeover by the Identity Group in Slatington. Two LVCC delivery vehicles transport nearly 12,000 lunches a month!

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Today’s Lesson: Collaboration

Students enrolled in LVCC’s summer school-age programs are in store for a jam-packed summer filled with active learning -- all thanks to the support of our neighbors.

learning -- all thanks to the support of our neighbors. An Ooey-Gooey Experience Thanks to the

An Ooey-Gooey Experience

Thanks to the generosity of our friends at the TD Charitable Foundation and the Wachovia – Wells Fargo Foundation, 100 kindergarten through 5th grade students en- rolled at LVCC programs in Palmer Township and Allentown will be spending their sum- mer with a scientist-in-residence from the Da Vinci Science Center. The scientist will visit the centers once a week for seven weeks to teach students to think like scientists -- to inquire, observe, predict and experiment. The summer will culminate with a science fair where the children will demonstrate and discuss the concepts that they learned.

will demonstrate and discuss the concepts that they learned. So, You Think You Can Dance? The

So, You Think You Can Dance?

The Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) has received funding from the Dexter and Doro- thy Baker Foundation to provide an exciting summer dance experience to children at- tending LVCC’s Judith Chase Early Learning Center and South Mountain locations. The multi-cultural instruction will include a variety of dance styles, such as hip-hop, jazz and ballet. Children will learn to express themselves through movement and choreo- graph their own routines.

through movement and choreo- graph their own routines. One Fish, Two Fish Once again, LVCC is

One Fish, Two Fish

Once again, LVCC is teaming up with our friends at Swim-In Zone Swim Academy in Center Valley to provide free swimming lessons for LVCC students. With the help of a grant from the Make-a-Splash Foundation, approximately 75 students will be trans- ported from LVCC’s Union Blvd and Chew Street locations to Allentown’s Waldheim Pool. During the weekly lessons, Swim-In Zone staff will separate the children into small groups based on their specific swim abilities and make learning to swim a safe, fun and enjoyable experience.

Special thanks to our partners:

and enjoyable experience. Special thanks to our partners: Would you like to attend an LVCC Science
and enjoyable experience. Special thanks to our partners: Would you like to attend an LVCC Science
and enjoyable experience. Special thanks to our partners: Would you like to attend an LVCC Science
Would you like to attend an LVCC Science Fair? Call Debra at 610-820-5333 x203 or
Would you like to attend
an LVCC Science Fair?
Call Debra at 610-820-5333 x203
or email info@LVCConline.org

LVCC Closes College Hill Location

Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers and Lafayette College have been working together for over 28 years to offer top-quality child care on the College’s campus. Although respectful of that long-standing, cooperative relationship, LVCC and the College have mutually agreed to a change in the management of the College’s child care center; to that end, on June 11th, LVCC on College Hill closed its doors.

end, on June 11th, LVCC on College Hill closed its doors. “We are truly grateful for

“We are truly grateful for the deep-rooted support of the College Hill community,” said Susan M. Williams, LVCC President / CEO. “And, we’re pleased to continue to offer the community highly effective early care and education at multiple Easton-area locations.” LVCC operates a full-service center, with extended operating hours, on William Penn Highway and before- and after-school programs at Forks and Wilson Elementary Schools.

Picture Perfect

at Forks and Wilson Elementary Schools. Picture Perfect Former LVCC Customer Erin Rodriguez participates in a

Former LVCC Customer Erin Rodriguez participates in a photojournalism project at LVCC’s William Allen High School location. Photo Courtesy of Charles Stonewall.

LVCC at William Allen High School recently partici-

pated in ArtsQuest’s newest educational initiative, the Photo Documentary Project - an innovative, high-tech job skills pro- gram that helps build a brighter future through the art of photography.

Through classroom instruction and in-the-field experience, economically disadvantaged young adults learn digital imaging, desktop publishing and pho- tojournalism. Erin Rodriguez, one of two aspiring photojournalists who worked on the LVCC project, is a 2005 graduate of William Allen High School who utilized LVCC’s services to care for her infant while still a student at Allen!

Erin’s photos, along with others, will be included in a book featuring images of programs and projects supported by the United Way.

of programs and projects supported by the United Way. 1501 Lehigh Street, Suite 208 Allentown, PA
1501 Lehigh Street, Suite 208 Allentown, PA 18103-3892 (610) 820-5333 (800) 258-3737 www.LVCConline.org LVCC at
1501 Lehigh Street, Suite 208
Allentown, PA 18103-3892
(610) 820-5333
(800) 258-3737
www.LVCConline.org
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222 West Third St., Allentown
LVCC’S at ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL
106 North 17th St., Allentown
LVCC at CAMPUS CENTER
410 East 5th St., Bethlehem
LVCC’S JUDITH CHASE
EARLY LEARNING CENTER*
540 Chew St., Allentown
LVCC at FORKS SCHOOL
1709 Richmond Rd., Easton
LVCC’S FOWLER CENTER on MAIN ST.
938 Main St., Bethlehem
LVCC at LINCOLN SCHOOL
233 Seem St., Emmaus
LVCC at LOWER NAZARETH SCHOOL
4422 Newburg Road, Nazareth
LVCC at MUHLENBERG SCHOOL
21st & Washington Sts., Allentown
LVCC at NAZARETH INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
355 Tatempy Road, Nazareth
LVCC at RITTER SCHOOL
740 N. Plymouth St., Allentown
LVCC at SHAFER SCHOOL
49 South Liberty Street, Nazareth
LVCC at ST. LUKE’S*
729
Delaware Ave., Bethlehem
LVCC at SOUTH MOUNTAIN
2002 South Albert St., Allentown
LVCC at STONE’S CROSSING
401 Village at Stone’s Xing Rd., Easton
LVCC at TRUMAN SCHOOL
1400 Gaskill Ave., Allentown
LVCC on UNION BLVD.
1621 Union Blvd., Allentown
LVCC on WALNUT STREET
1145 Walnut St., Allentown
LVCC at WESTERN SALISBURY SCHOOL
3201 Devonshire Rd., Allentown
LVCC at WILSON SCHOOL
301 S. 21st St., Easton
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for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)