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.

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.

Lunch & Learn program

    We are pleased to announce that the Lunch & Learn program is returning to all Penn Manor elementary schools.

    Beginning in February, each of our seven schools will welcome preschool children and their parents/guardians to story time, crafts, lunch and a visit to the school library to check out books that will be returned the following month.

    Lunch & Learn is designed to familiarize future students and their parents with our schools so they become comfortable with the school setting prior to their first day.

   Lunch & Learn activities will be held from February through May. The May events will be held in the evening, but all others are over lunchtime. Attached is a printable PDF schedule that includes phone numbers for each school. Please call to reserve a spot and confirm the time of each Lunch & Learn. Here is a printable schedule.

   You may attend at your home school or any other elementary school in Penn Manor. Siblings are welcome, and a parent/guardian must accompany all children.

Penn Manor Kindergarten Information

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. Registration for the 2022-2023 school year began January 17, 2022. You can begin the registration process here.

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.

Here is a guide to early-learning resources for parents.

Kindergarten Readiness Portfolio

We encourage all incoming kindergarten students to complete this kindergarten portfolio and return it to school for the 2021-2022 school year. Completing this booklet not only helps children practice for skills they will use in kindergarten, but it also helps them earn a “Kindergarten Crew” T-shirt.

Here are exercises parents can complete with their children to prepare them for completing the portfolio:
Portfolio Practice Part 1   
Portfolio Practice Part 2  
Portfolio Practice Part 3

Free Resource on Child Development, Birth to Age 3

Here is a free resource that provides parents a weekly text message with valuable tips on how to enhance their child’s development from birth to age 3. If you are interested, please watch the video and sign up for free educational text messages. This initiative is sponsored by CAP of Lancaster.

Kindergarten WRAP Around Care 

YWCA Lancaster partners with Penn Manor School District to provide an affordable and safe learning environment for elementary students. All programs are licensed by the PA Department of Human Services and participate in Keystone STARS.

YWCA Lancaster offers wrap-around care for AM Kindergarten students from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The YWCA has three WRAP sites: Central Manor and Pequea Elementary Schools and Manor Middle School. Letort and Eshleman Elementary students are bussed to Manor Middle, and Martic and Conestoga Elementary students are bussed to Pequea for WRAP care. Hambright Elementary students walk to Manor Middle School for WRAP care.  

If your child is in need of Kindergarten WRAP care, please visit ywcalancaster.org/ywonderfulkids or contact us at ywonderfulkids@ywcalancaster.org.

Parents as Teachers program assists families with young children 

The Community Action Partnership of Lancaster is sponsoring a program called Parents As Teachers that provides assistance to families with young children. Families receive personal home visits, child screenings, group connections, parenting workshops and referrals to community resources. You can leanr more and sign up 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

First 10 early childhood 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