Tiny Comets Program

Tiny Comets activities are available to all children who live in Penn Manor School District who are not yet old enough to attend kindergarten (less than 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the school year). Events include a Kindergarten Information Night and Preschool Expo at Hambright Elementary School each winter, and a Lunch & Learn program in the winter and spring at all seven Penn Manor elementary schools.

Please note: Tiny Comets is not a formal preschool program.

To sign up for information about these activities, send an email to brian.wallace@pennmanor.net. If you have any questions, please contact Brian via email or at 872-9500 ext. 2241.

Kindergarten Information Presentation

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Kindergarten Information Night for 2021 will be presented in an online format; there will not be a Preschool Expo this year.

Here is a link to the Kindergarten Information Presentation, which explains Penn Manor’s program, introduces our teachers and walks parents through the registration process. If you are ready to enroll your daughter or son for 2021-2022, you can begin the registration process here.

Lunch & Learn program runs from January to May

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, most of the Lunch & Learn programs for 2021 are being presented in an online format. Parents can participate with their children from home. They may also pick up a copy of the book for each month’s session from their local elementary school to read with their child.

May 2021 Lunch & Learn program
  Lunch & Learn for May will include an in-person outdoor reading activity and an opportunity for children to become comfortable with their future school and staff. This month’s book is What Will We Build Today? by Katherine Durgin-Bruce. Here is the May schedule:

  •  Central Manor (717-872-1401) – 2 p.m. May 18. Rain date: May 19.
  •  Conestoga (717-872-9535) – 4 p.m. May 19. Rain date: May 20.
  •  Eshleman (717-872-9540) – 1:30 p.m. May 18. Rain date: May 19.
  •  Hambright (717-872-9503) – 12 noon May 18. Rain date: May 19.
  •  Letort (717-872-9530) – May 19, 1:10 p.m. (last names A-L) and 1:45 p.m. (last names M-Z). Rain date: May 26.
  •  Martic (717-284-4128) – 6 p.m. May 18. No rain date.
  •  Pequea  (717-464-3831) – 11:45 a.m. May 19. Rain date: May 20.

    For more details, please contact the elementary school you plan to visit.

April 2021 Lunch & Learn program
Here is a link to the April Lunch & Learn program, based on the book “Shades of People,” by Shelley Rotner and Sheila Kelly.

March 2021 Lunch & Learn program
Here is a link to the March Lunch & Learn program, based on the book “We’re Different, We’re the Same,” by Bobbi Kates.

February 2021 Lunch & Learn program
Here is a link to the February Lunch & Learn program, based on the book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,” by Michael Rosen.

How to determine if your child is ready for kindergarten

The Community Action Partnership has prepared a helpful resource to assist parents in assessing their child’s kindergarten readiness that includes practical exercises. You can view it here.

Before- and after-school “wrap” programs offered for kindergarten 

If your child is enrolled in the Penn Manor kindergarten program for the 2021-2022 school year and is in need of “wrap” services, please review the information here and contact Charles Linares at clinares@ywcalancaster.org for more information or an enrollment packet.

Parents as Teachers sponsoring Festival of Colors, cooking series

Parents as Teachers is sponsoring two events for parents of preschool age children in March, April and May 2021.

Festival of Colors — March 30, 10 to 11 a.m. Registration is required by March 12. A guest speaker will read a story and share about the Hindu holiday of Holi, also known as the festival of colors. The activity will focus on colors and color mixing. (Families will receive an email with more information on how to prepare an activity) Register here.

Family Cooking Series — Registration required by March 12. This three-part cooking series is being presented by the Community Action Partnership Nutrition Education Program and will feature quick and easy recipes parents can make with their children.

   Series 1 is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, March 31, April 7 and April 14; Series 2 is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, April 22 and 29 and May 6. Register here

Tips for reading to your preschool child

The Junior League of Lancaster has created a video to give parents solid strategies for reading with their preschool aged children. Reading with your child will help ensure that he or she is exposed to great books prior to registering for kindergarten. Click here.

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Links and Other Resources

Free preschool programs

Lancaster County Preschool directory

Sign up for free books for preschoolers

Kindergarten readiness ENGLISH

kindergarten readiness SPANISH

Safekids Baby Guide

Early Intervention Program

Kindergarten Readiness Skills Handbook

10 Ways to Help Your Kindergartner

Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early

Born Learning Website

Milestone Website