Come Join the Parent Cafes!

by Mary on August 28, 2015 Filed under: Uncategorized

Come join a new opportunity for Pottstown’s families to connect with each other.

Parent Cafe is a FREE group open to mothers, fathers and caregivers of children under the age of 18.

Through the use of trained moderators and group discussions, participants will learn ways to strengthen their families, parenting strategies, and tips on how to connect with other parents and caregivers. Join us for Free coffee and refreshments, free childcare, giveaways and an opportunity to connect with others.

Place: Connections on High Café, (238 East High Street)


Thursday, September 3, 10 a.m.–Noon

Thursday, September 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 1, 10 a.m.–Noon

Thursday, October 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 5, 10 a.m.-Noon

Thursday, November 19, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Participants may attend morning and/or evening sessions.

Registration is REQUIRED. contact Deborah Callender of Family Services/Pottstown Family Center at 610-326-1610 ext. 330 or


Summer Kindergarten Readiness Classes

by Mary on June 22, 2015 Filed under: Family Information,News

FREE PEAK Summer Kindergarten Readiness Program
August 10-21, 2015 – Enroll Now

Take away your child’s kindergarten jitters. This free state-funded 2 week program helps children entering Pottstown School District 2015 Kindergarten get a jump start with transitioning into the new school year.

A few reasons why you and your child can benefit by coming to the Summer Kindergarten Readiness Program (SKRP):

  • · Introduction to Kindergarten routines and structure
  • · Get into the rhythms of school before the school year
  • · Fosters independence and responsibility

Whether your child has been to Pre-K or not, our SKRP teachers will help make the new experience of entering school fun.

To participate in SKRP, your child must be entering a Pottstown School District Kindergarten and the family income cannot exceed 300% of federal poverty level (for a family of four, yearly income cannot exceed $72,750).

Contact the following Pre-K Counts sites to register your child:

KinderCare Learning Center 610-326-0554
Pottstown YMCA 610-323-7300
YWCA Tri-County Area 610-323-1888
Montgomery Early Learning Centers 610-326-3819
Pottstown School District Pre-K Counts 610-970-6655

Or contact the PEAK Coordinator at 610-970-6655.


Let’s Talk Summer!

by Mary on May 25, 2015 Filed under: Family Information


PEAK and the Pottstown School District invite our PreK through 4th grade families to attend the Our Kid’s …Their Future, LET’S TALK SUMMER, Community Conversations.

Please join us over food, in a relaxed setting, with child care, raffles and giveaways to discuss and share ideas about upcoming events, programs and activities for our kids this summer.

Choose from the following dates, and please note the start times:

Wednesday, May 27, 1-3 pm at CCLU-1st Baptist Church, 301 King & Charlotte Street or
Wednesday, May 27, 5:30-7:30 pm at St John’s Church, 11 S. Price & High Street

Thursday, May 28, 5:30-7:30 pm at St Peter’s Church, 564 Glasgow & W. Walnut Street

Tuesday, June 2, 6-8 pm at the YWCA Tri-County Area, 315 King Street

For more information, contact Jane Bennett, 610-256-6370 or  We look forward to seeing you!


Pottstown Celebrates Young Children

by Mary on April 8, 2015 Filed under: Family Information

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What has llamas, goats, fire trucks, clowns, snacks, an obstacle course, moon bounce, DJ and more? It is that time of the year for our community celebration for families with young children!

The ninth annual Pottstown Celebrates Young Children event will be held on April 18, 2015 from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Pottstown High School, 750 North Washington Street. This free event designed for families with young children is sponsored by PEAK, Pottstown’s school readiness initiative. Fun family activities and resources from more than 40 community organizations along with music from D.J. Steve, What Knott Petting Farm, Smokey the Bear, Dumpo, , Pipper the Clown and Rainbow the Clown, Fit for Life Obstacle course, Athlete Assessments with Rian Wallace and Goals Over Obstacles, Goodwill Fire Company, a moon bounce plus a few more surprises are planned.

This year PEAK is again partnering with Pottstown Memorial Medical Center as the main sponsor for the Month of the Young Child events. According to PEAK Coordinator, Mary Rieck, “We are very thankful for the partnership with Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Pottstown Celebrates Young Children is a great way to raise awareness for early education and services of the hospital, as well as an enjoyable afternoon for the whole family. We look forward to finding new ways to work with the hospital to help Pottstown’s children enter kindergarten ready to learn and achieve.”

To date, PEAK has also received donations to support the event from J.P. Mascaro & Sons, Wegman’s, and Giant Food Stores. For more information about the April 18th event, contact Jane Bennett at or 610-256-6370.

The Miller Keystone Blood Mobile will also have a blood drive in conjunction with the event from 12:30 to 3 pm.  Please go to to register.

Remember, we have a new location this year – Pottstown High School. Come out and join the fun! Hope to see you April 18!


Pottstown Family Fest

by Mary on March 17, 2015 Filed under: Family Information

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Don’t forget… Pottstown Family Fest is Wednesday, March 18 from 5:00-7:00 at Pottstown High School. Lots of fun for the family!

Family Fest is a free, annual, community-based event that has been in effect for well over a decade.  This affair is a collaborative effort organized by the following entities: Pottstown Parks and Recreation, the Pottstown Family Center (a program under Family Services of Montgomery County) and the Pottstown School District.

Family Fest is an entertaining night for local families, providing them an opportunity to visit the local high school, engage in healthy and enjoyable family-friendly activities, such as Zumba, yoga and variety of arts and crafts.

Food, drinks and Rita’s water ice is provided at no cost, the Pottstown High School jazz band performs and parents are informed of local resources, agencies and businesses along with upcoming events in the greater Pottstown community.

This year’s Family Fest takes place on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at the Pottstown High School from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.