Tiny Comets

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). 

Tiny Comets is not a formal preschool program. Penn Manor School District does not operate its own preschool classes. Your child may, however, qualify to attend the Head Start/Pre-K Counts preschool programs for families that qualify based on economic need. Learn more about free preschool options.

To sign up for information about Tiny Comets 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.

Schedule of Lunch & Learn activities.

Lunch & Learn program

Beginning in February, each of our seven elementary 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 schedule that includes phone numbers for each school. Please call to reserve a spot and confirm the time of each Lunch & Learn. 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.

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.

Guide to early-learning resources for parents.

Kindergarten Readiness 

Exercises parents can complete with their children to prepare them for kindergarten.

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. Learn more and sign up.

Tips for reading to your preschool child

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

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