Making Today Count: The Positive Impact of Early Learning Initiatives
The winter months of January and February brought challenges to our daily and monthly schedule due to delayed starts or cancellation of school due to inclement weather. Our staff endured the craziness of the schedules and continued to make our schools a safe, warm, and productive environment for our students.
The activities and accomplishments of January and February kept us focused on our mission as a district, to nurture and challenge our students. The nurturing and challenging is quite evident in our early childhood initiatives – we are striving to reach our youngest learners! Quality early learning opportunities are essential components of a successful, comprehensive school district – the foundation of the educational continuum that continues through adulthood. I am proud that at Manheim Township we begin our educational efforts in working with families shortly after the birth of their children, offering programs and resources through our early learning initiatives. Through the awarding of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s 2017 Prenatal to Grade 3 (P-3) Grant: Collaboration-Working Together for Student Success, our district has been able to make the vital connections and collaborations with community organizations to provide our families with important resources for early learning.
We also offer the Plant the Seed of Learning program that involves a collective impact grant offered by the United Way of Lancaster County. In partnering with other local school districts, the program offers meaningful classes that help our children (Birth to age 2) get off to the great start. These classes provide helpful strategies for early childhood education and wellbeing, and are facilitated by school district and medical professionals, as well as other community agency staff.
These early learning initiatives create excellent outcomes for students. The potential benefits of supporting early childhood development include improved growth and development, enhanced academic outcomes, and increased productivity in life. Even more, these opportunities help to instill a love of learning in children.
All of our learning initiatives, combined with dedicated school and district staff and administrators, contribute to making our district a high performing organization. We are proud of the accomplishments of our students, which led to the district’s achievement of several national and statewide rankings and awards that focused on our academic programs, STEM-related programs, athletic programs, and overall student performance. Our district-wide attention on addressing the “whole child” – their cognitive development, social-emotional and physical growth, and community awareness and engagement helps promote their overall academic learning.
Our community and parent support continue to be hallmarks of our district as we remain dedicated to partnering with our youngest of learners and their families, in a continuum of services that last through their educational years and beyond.