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tion a c u d E d o o h d il h C WCCC Early r (PreK-4) Newslette Volume 5, Edition 1

September 7, 2012

The mission of this newsletter is to keep all ECE PreK-4 students informed of program activities, volunteer events in the community, ECE professional development opportunities and anything related to the ECE field. Westmoreland County Community College

Welcome to the Fall Semester All New and Returning ECE (PreK-4)Students!

Inside this issue: WCCC Band and Choir Benefit for Flight 93 Memorial

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WCCC Family Fest Saturday, Sept. 22

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PAPA/Praxis 1 Prep Class 3 Starting Oct. 1 Online

Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children and Allegheny County Family Support invite you to

PLAY! Conference 2012 Fri. Sept. 21 & Sat. Sept. 22

ECE Professional Development Opportunities

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Become a Member of PAEYC

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At the David Lawrence Convention Center ~ Pittsburgh

Come see how play transforms children, families, communities, and lives! Register by Sept. 14

Student rates: $95 one day, $150 both days

Early Childhood Education Program Beth Hoden Office Phone: 724-925-4013 Email: hodenb@wccc.edu Nancy Rustic Office Phone: 724-925-4035 Email: rustic@wccc.edu Vicki Hricik Office Phone: 724-925-4013 Email: hricikv@my.wccc.edu

Transportation Available for PAEYC Conference A bus will be provided for students attending the PAEYC Conference on Saturday, September 22. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board outside room 870 for those interested. Departure time to be determined.


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WCCC Band and Choir to Perform Benefit Concert for Flight 93 Memorial Fund Three community bands and two community choirs will perform benefit concerts for the Flight 93 Memorial Fund at two locations in September. The concerts will be held at 7 pm, Thursday, September 13 at Greensburg-Salem High School and at 3 pm, Sunday September 16 at the Somerset Senior High School. The benefit concert participants will include the Westmoreland County Community College Choir and Band, the Somerset Community Band, the Jeannette Community Band and the Laurel Highlands Chorale. Each group will perform three selections and then combine for the finale. The program will include the performance of a composition written for the families of the victims of Flight 93 along with a tribute to the United States Armed Forces. Admission is $10 each and tickets are available for sale Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the WCCC Youngwood Campus in the Science Hall theater, room 3210. Tickets may be ordered online at bookerr@wccc.edu. Checks may be made payable to “Flight 93 Memorial Fund” and sent with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to WCCC Music Department, % Cindy Watson, 145 Pavilion Lane, Youngwood, PA 15697. Tickets are also available at the Jeannette VFW Hall.

Volunteer Opportunity— WCCC 7th Annual Family Fest Saturday, September 22 The 7th Annual WCCC Family Fest will be held on the Youngwood WCCC Campus on Saturday, September 22 from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm in the Founders Hall Student Center & Gym. The Family Fest event is a community service project raising food and funds for the Westmoreland County Food Bank geared to families with young children ages 3 to 12 and is organized by the WCCC Campus Activities Board. Family Fest is advertised in all local school districts, through the WCCC website and community posters. The admission is a donation of canned foods for the Westmoreland County Food Bank. Student involvement is crucial for this event to continue thriving! Our attendance last year hit a record breaking 600 people and we expect a similar size crowd this year. Please consider participating in this worthwhile event. ECE students have taken part previously by reading books to the children related to the theme of the Family Fest. This year’s theme is “Enchanted Forest.” There are many other activities planned where volunteers are needed so check with Beth or Nancy if you can help. You can also contact Kelly Carpenter, Coordinator of Student Activities and campus Activities Board Advisor, at 724-925-4055 or carpenterk@wccc.edu.


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Gate Opener Project PAPA/Praxis I Prep Class passpraxis.com Online October 1, 2012 – November 3, 2012 Sponsored by Lock Haven University Designed for those working 20 hours/week in an early childhood setting (birth – PreK).

Includes full scholarship and materials.

This is a l-credit preparation course designed to help students prepare for the new Pennsylvania PAPA Exam or for retaking any of the PPST Praxis I Reading, Writing and Mathematics Exam components. Instructor: Mrs. Holly Murphy is an elementary education teacher for Ross Elementary School in North Hills School District, Pittsburgh, PA. To register contact:

Elizabeth Manlove, Ph.D. PreK-4/Early Childhood Education Lock Haven University emanlove@lhup.edu or 570-484-3024


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Professional Development Opportunities To earn Pennsylvania DPW hours as required, check out the PA Keys website, www.pakeys.org, for professional development opportunities. Westmoreland County Community College sponsors affordable ECE workshops ($14 each) made possible through Southwest Regional Key funding. Workshops are being held at WCCC - Youngwood Campus, WCCC - Fayette - Laurel Highlands High School in Uniontown and WCCC New Kensington Education Center. You may take one workshop or the entire series of fifteen workshops to earn three college credits. The courses offered are ECE 187 Child Care Management at Youngwood and ECE 194 Young Children with Special Needs at both Laurel Highlands and New Kensington.

Become a Member of PAEYC The Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) is the professional membership organization for those involved with the early care an education of young children. Doctors, lawyers, and other professionals have membership associations which provide a unified voice on behalf of their members. In the same way, PAEYC serves as a community resource, and advocate for quality, and a voice for those in the profession of early care and education. PAEYC currently serves over 1000 members and is governed by an elected board. Members and those interested are encouraged to serve on a committee and take an active role in PAEYC programs including Membership Services, Advocacy & Public Policy, and Professional Development.

Benefits of Membership Become a Member! 

Membership in national, state, and local affiliates

6 issues of Young Children, NAEYC's journal

Exclusive access to PAEYC Newsletters

Reduced rates to PAEYC and NAEYC conferences

Career advising services

Meets STARS 3 Requirements

Borrowing privileges with PAEYC's early childhood resource library

Voting rights and eligibility to hold office in PAEYC, Penn AEYC, and NAEYC

Opportunity to participate in insurance plans offered through NAEYC

WCCC Early Childhood Education (PreK-4) Newsletter  

Volume 5, Edition 1. September 7, 2012

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