PA Promise for Children and LEARN

Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children is a coordinated statewide campaign to raise awareness about the value of quality early learning and to build responsibility among every Pennsylvanian for the early learning of the children in their lives.

On the PA Promise for Children website families can find out why their child’s first five years are so important to a lifetime of learning, how they can help their child be prepared for kindergarten, how to choose and afford a quality Pennsylvania child care /early learning / home visiting program, and how to use their voice to help their friends and family.

Also, on the PA Promise for Children website community members can find out how to become more involved, sign up to be a LEARN Partner and how to help make the case for Early Care and Education.

Community Innovation Zone Grants

Providing Pennsylvania’s children with quality early learning experiences is a collaborative effort of families, schools, and communities that can produce a return on investment for all. Supports at the state level are important, but often the most innovative and successful strategies are borne from local collaboration and solutions. The Early Childhood Education Community Innovation Zone Grant Program will offer 50 Community Innovation Grants to at-risk elementary schools and neighborhoods. The first phase of the grants was awarded in 2014 to 12 communities with exemplary innovations in place.

Over the course of three years, Early Childhood Education Community Innovation Zone Grant recipients will receive intensive supports focused on increasing the use of developmental screenings, implementation of the Kindergarten Entry Inventory, and local grants to strengthen relationships between early childhood providers and schools to build birth – 3rd grade alignment, to increase family supports and engagement, and to strengthen community networks of organizations supporting families.

In 2014, Pennsylvania awarded 12 Early Childhood Education Community Innovation Zone Grants to 12 communities to expand local programs that help bridge the achievement gap for at-risk young children. In 2015, Pennsylvania awarded an additional 38 grants to local communities for a total of 50 Community Innovation Zone grantees.

Community Innovation Zone Grantees in the Northeast Region:

Phase 1 (First grants issued in 2014-2015)

  • Luzerne County – Greater Nanticoke Area School District, serving KM Smith and Kennedy Elementary Schools (Greater Nanticoke Area School District)

Phase 2 (First grants issued 2015-2016)

  • Berks County – Berks County Intermediate Unit serving Glenside Elementary School (Reading School District)
  • Bradford, Sullivan, and Tioga Counties – The ARC of Pennsylvania (Include Me) serving Towanda Area School District (Towanda Area School District)
  • Lackawanna/Wyoming Counties – Keystone College serving Lackawanna Trail Elementary School (Lackawanna Trail School District)
  • Lackawanna County – United Way of Lackawanna & Wayne Counties serving McNichols Plaza Elementary School and John F. Kennedy Elementary School (Scranton School District)
  • Luzerne County – Hazelton Area School District serving Hazle Township Early Learning Center and Arthur Street Elementary School (Hazleton School District)
  • Luzerne County – Luzerne Intermediate Unit serving Hanover Green Elementary School (Hanover Area School District)
  • Northampton County – Family Connections of Easton serving Paxinosa Elementary School (Easton Area School District)

Local Education and Resource Network (LEARN)

Engaging communities throughout Pennsylvania around quality early learning is an ongoing process that involves a variety of community members: families, school districts, early learning providers and programs, churches, community organizations, businesses – EVERYONE CAN BE INVOLVED!

Pennsylvania’s Local Education and Resource Network (LEARN) Partners conduct community outreach in their local communities and work with organizations and individuals interested in quality early education. LEARN Partners can bring together early childhood programs, parents and families, school districts, and child-serving organizations to assess what quality early learning programs are currently available in the community and to develop ways to encourage quality early learning. They may also work with school districts and community-based early learning programs to develop ways to make smooth transition from preschool to kindergarten for children, parents and teachers.

Anyone can be a LEARN Partner!
Families, early learning providers or programs, school district representatives, business leaders, organizations, members of the faith-based community, or any other group or individual who is interested in supporting and promoting quality early learning. If you are an individual or organization that conducts or is interested in community outreach, family engagement, and/or transition in their local communities related to quality early education, then LEARN is for YOU!

Sign up TODAY to be a LEARN Partner by going to the PA Promise for Children Website or by clicking on the following link:

Become a LEARN partner

The following is the information for the counties in the Northeast Region who have an active LEARN Team. Click on their links to find county specific information for their group. More information to come, check this section regularly for updated information.

If you have any questions about becoming a LEARN Partner or about the program in general, please contact Beth Gambone, Community Engagement Manager, at or at 610-437-6000 or 800-528-7222, extension 2391.

County Contact Information
Berks County United Way of Berks County
Contact: Cindy Line
Bradford County Bradford-Sullivan Early Childhood Coalition
Contact: Beth Gambone
800-528-7222, ext. 2391
Carbon County Lehigh Carbon Community College
Contact: Evalynn Kuehner
Columbia County Northeast Regional Key
Contact: Beth Gambone
800-528-7222 ext. 2391
Lackawanna County United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne County
Contact: Lisa Berardelli
570-343-1267, extension 232
Lehigh/Northampton Counties United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley
Contact: Jill Pereira
Luzerne County United Way of Wyoming Valley
Contact: Ashley Morrow
Monroe County Pocono Services for Families and Children
Contact: Sandy Shay
570-421-2711, extension 226
Montour County Northeast Regional Key
Contact: Beth Gambone
800-528-7222, extension 2391
Pike County Discover the Rainbow Mt. View School (R.E.E.C.H.)
Contact: Luann Genovas
Schuylkill County Northeast Regional Key
Contact: Beth Gambone
800-528-7222 ext. 2391
Sullivan County Northeast Regional Key
Contact: Beth Gambone
800-528-7222, ext. 2391
Susquehanna County Northeast Regional Key
Contact: Beth Gambone
800-528-7222 ext. 2391
Wayne County Northeast Regional Key
Contact: Lisa Berardelli
570-343-1267 ext. 232
Wyoming County H.A.N.D.S. of Wyoming County
Contact: Cathy Franko