Tiny Comets Program

Tiny Comets is offered to all children who live in Penn Manor School District who are not yet age eligible to attend kindergarten (less than 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the school year). This is not a formal preschool program.

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 Penn Manor elementary schools.

To sign up for information about these programs, send an email with the names of your children and dates of birth, email address and parents’ names to brian.wallace@pennmanor.net. If you have any questions, please contact Brian via email or at 872-9500 ext. 2241.

Kindergarten Information Night & Preschool Expo

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. The program will be available to parents in February 2021. More details will follow.

   Preschool Expo:  Penn Manor families have the opportunity to network with representatives of local preschools to learn about pre-K options in our area. Enrolling your child in a pre-K program helps build a solid foundation for learning and eases the transition to kindergarten.

    Kindergarten Information Night Penn Manor kindergarten teachers provide an overview of our curriculum and explain how you can help ensure that your child is ready to attend kindergarten. If you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, he/she is eligible to enroll in kindergarten.

   Parents may attend one or both events. Registration is NOT required, and child care will not be provided.

   Please join us!

Elementary Lunch & Learn program runs from January to May

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2021 Lunch & Learn program will be presented in an online format, beginning in February. More details will follow.

Lunch & Learn is a program designed to help preschoolers and their parents transition to kindergarten. The program, which runs from January into early May, includes a story and craft time, library visit and lunch for participants ages 3 and older. Starting times vary by school, and programs run for an hour each month at all district elementary schools. Pre-registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and siblings are welcome. 

Learning Round House planned at Kids Express Preschool

Kids Express Preschool at Grace Church at Willow Valley is sponsoring a Learning Round House for children ages 1 and 2 and their parents. The activities will run from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Jan. 29, Feb. 19 and March 5. More details and registration information: Kids Express Preschool program

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

Important Toddler Milestones

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