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

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

Lunch & Learn is a program that welcomes preschool-age children and their parents to Penn Manor schools for reading and crafts activities and lunch in the school cafeteria. The program generally runs from January through May at all seven Penn Manor elementary schools.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, most of the Lunch & Learn programs for 2021 were 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.

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.

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.

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.

Attached to this post is a free resource that provides parents a weekly text message with valuable information about how to enhance your child’s development when they are birth to age 3. If you are interested please watch the video below and sign up for your free educational text messages. Funding for this initiative is through CAP of Lancaster.

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