May 3, 1992 |
Four-year-old Carolyn Smarr put her left hand over her heart during the Pledge of Allegiance. Immediately, her 5-year-old friend gently pushed her left hand down and placed Carolyn's right hand on her chest. Observing this, preschool psychologist Donna Hegstrom smiled. To her, the incident is one more sign of a program that is working. Hegstrom is one of three special-education support staff in the Neshaminy School District's early-intervention program, which provides remediation to developmentally delayed preschool children.
May 5, 2006 |
Seventy-eight years after he exploded into America's consciousness in "Steamboat Willie," Mickey Mouse is now trying to appeal to an audience that wasn't even born in the same century as he was. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, debuting today on the Disney Channel (7:30 p.m., then 9 a.m. on Saturdays), is an educational series aimed at preschoolers, designed to help them develop both their math skills and their love of Disney characters. "I've worked with Mickey on previous projects," says the show's executive producer, Bobs Gannaway, before pausing in amusement.
May 30, 1987 |
Five-year-old Annie Clark always said she liked the preschool parties at Smith Memorial Playground better than trips to the apple orchard and the zoo, but not better than snack time. Yesterday she changed her mind. That was because the Philadelphia School District sponsored a celebration of 100 years of kindergarten in Philadelphia that focused on the city's past as seen through the eyes of its future. More than 500 children from the 22 Parent Cooperative Nurseries operated by the city attended the celebration, held at Smith Memorial Playground in Fairmount Park.
April 22, 1994 |
"I'm the preacher!" Lamar announces, nabbing the exalted position by yelling first. "I'm the song leader!" Avery chimes in. Turning to the congregation, he raises his hands. The preacher, Bible in hand, and the song leader, hymn book in hand, then belt out their rendition of "This Little Light of Mine - I'm Gonna Let It Shine!" Lamar, 4, and his brother, Avery, 3, are in their living room with an imaginary church flock, but it doesn't detract from their enthusiasm. They throw themselves with great energy into any project, from splashing in a pool or mud puddle to picking strawberries and pulling onions from the garden.
September 27, 1989 |
Last year, part of the lower level of Monroe Township's Pfeiffer Community Center was turned over to preschoolers who filled the center with sounds of laughter and ABCs. This September, it's quieter at Pfeiffer. The children are gone. The Monroe Township Pre-School Program that was held at the community center on Blue Bell Road in Williamstown one day a week for the last four or five years has been shut down, at least temporarily, according to officials. Fred White, director of community affairs, said he canceled the session in part because the township could not meet all of the latest requirements of the state Division of Youth and Family Services, which certifies the operation.
June 10, 2004 |
Comcast Corp. is reportedly in advanced talks with the Public Broadcasting Service, Sesame Workshop, and Britain's HIT Entertainment to launch a commercial-free, 24-hour digital cable network for preschool children. Officials at Comcast, which would own the largest piece of the proposed network, declined to comment on the report, which was in yesterday's Wall Street Journal. PBS and Sesame Workshop officials also declined to comment. The channel would have rights to such shows as Barney & Friends, Sesame Street, Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine, among other kiddie brands.
May 24, 1992 |
It was their first opera performance, but the preschoolers at St. Davids Nursery School in Wayne sang loudly, mostly on key, along with some giggles, for their parents and teachers recently. Wearing hats, suspenders and aprons, 164 children ages 2 to 6 re-enacted the story of a town making a soup out of stones. The performance, called Stone Soup, A Rock Opera, was taught and directed by Debbie Downing, a sophomore at Eastern College. "The original script was for 15 children so I rewrote it and added two original songs called "Grab Your Knees" and "Sorry It's All Gone.
December 18, 1994 |
The last note of the preschoolers' Christmas carols had barely faded when little Maria Bailey started walking into the audience of patients at Buttonwood Hospital. The 4-year-old, whose dark brown ponytail snaked most of the way down the back of her print turtleneck, hesitated only a moment before shaking hands with and then hugging one of the elderly women seated before her. The early December visit to the nearby nursing home and hospital, which are run by Burlington County, has become an annual event for children in the federally funded Good Starts preschool program at the Joseph F. Stackhouse School.
September 21, 1989 |
Traditional preschool experiences - smooshing Play-Doh, building with blocks, using fingerpaints, socializing - are better for children than an early emphasis on academics, according to a recent study by three Main Line professors. Pushing preschoolers into academics actually may have a negative effect on their development, the study said. The two-year study looked at creativity, anxiety, sociability and academic skills in 120 4-year-olds from middle- and upper-middle-class families attending 11 preschools in suburban Philadelphia and in Delaware.
April 20, 1989 |
Hundreds of parents of handicapped preschoolers rallied at the Capitol yesterday for an additional $8 million in program funding for next year, and they went away with promises from both Democratic and Republican legislators that they would get it. Now all they have to do is convince Gov. Casey. The parents, organized under a group called Special Needs Alliance of Parents, say early-intervention programs across the state will be curtailed unless the administration agrees to spend $17.58 million instead of the $9.58 million proposed within the Department of Education budget.