Announcing “PEAK Summer School!”

by Mary on June 21, 2016 Filed under: Family Information,News

Pottstown families,

Today, we launched “PEAK Summer School” on our Facebook page. Each day throughout the rest of summer, we’ll be posting a new fun and educational activity for you to complete with your Pre-K Counts or soon-to-be Kindergarten student.

These activities will range from arts and crafts to science experiments to light physical exercise, to reading. Most of the “PEAK Summer School” assignments will also prompt you to do “homework.” But don’t worry, because that will simply consist of you sending us pictures of your finished activity or project with your child(ren).

The “PEAK Summer School” activities are intended to reinforce Pre-K Counts classroom learning while providing a fun bonding time with the adults in a child’s life.

To participate, follow us on Facebook, check out our daily activities, complete them with your child, and share your results with us. We will also post our activities on Twitter, and there will be weekly activity videos on our YouTube channel. Your photos or videos can be shared by commenting on the activity Facebook post, by tagging us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or by using the hashtag #PEAKSummerSchool.

We look forward to seeing the fun you have with your Pre-K or future Kindergartner this summer!


Pottstown Celebrates Young Children

by Mary on April 5, 2016 Filed under: Family Information


It is that time again! Join the fun on Saturday, April 16 from 1-3 pm on the grounds of Pottstown High School for this free event!  PEAK, Pottstown’s school readiness initiative, is partnering with Pottstown YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day to provide family activities and resources from more than 40 community organizations along with music from D.J. Steve, moonbounce, celebrated mascots, Pipper the Clown and fitness activities on the field followed by a community swim at the YMCA from 3-5 pm.

Thank you to Pottstown Memorial Medical Center for once again being the main sponsor for April’s PEAK Month of the Young Child events.

For more information contact Jane Bennett – or 610-256-6370,  PEAK – Pottstown Early Action for Kindergarten Readiness. See you on April 16 at Pottstown High School!


Join Us at the Parent Cafe

by Mary on March 30, 2016 Filed under: Family Information

Spring is FINALLY here – and so is the next series of Parent Cafe, totally revamped and better than ever with a few surprises underway!
The Pottstown Family Center and PEAK, would like to formally invite past and future participants of Parent Cafe to register. Our spring sessions will be twice monthly, one in the morning and one in the evening beginning in the month of April. 
Mornings                                                            Evenings
Thursday, April 7 10 a.m.–Noon          Tuesday, April 19 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 5 10 a.m.–Noon           Tuesday, May 17 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 2 10 a.m.-Noon          Tuesday, June 14 5:30–7:30 p.m.
*Participants may attend morning and/or evening sessions.
Place: Connections on High Café 238 East High Street, Pottstown, PA
As always, childcare is provided free-of-charge! Registering is extremely important for the sake of having enough qualified staff on hand to provide a fun and safe experience for your children, and there is limited space so it is first come/first serve for those who are registered. We are excited to announce that the local library and Art Fusion will providefun activities and entertainment for the children on some of the sessions.

Please email  with your name, your children’s name and ages (if they need care) and which session you are interested in attending. You may also call Kristen Peck at 610-326-1610 ext. 324. Se Habla Espanol. 
Feel free to share the this information with other families whom might be interested.  We look forward to seeing you soon! 


New Pre-K Counts Classes for Pottstown

by Mary on February 6, 2016 Filed under: Family Information

PrintGood news for Pottstown’s families! Pottstown School District is pleased to announce new funding to support early education in Pottstown. The Pottstown PEAK Pre-K Counts Partnership has been awarded an additional 60 full-day slots for the free state funded Pre-K Counts program which serves eligible district three and four year olds. The new funding brings the number of PA Pre-K Counts slots in Pottstown to 220.

The new classes are located at Montgomery Early Learning Centers, YWCA Tri-County Area and Elizabeth Barth Elementary. For the remainder of this school year, Barth will continue the half day classes and move to full day classes in the new school year.

To enroll in Pre-K Counts, families must meet the income requirements, live in Pottstown School District and the child must be three or four years old by September 1. Barth Elementary Pre-K Counts will continue to serve only four year old children.

Families with children who meet the eligibility requirements and are interested in a free high-quality full-day instructional program, contact Karen Kile at 610-718-8635. For a listing of Pre-K Counts sites visit the PEAK web site at Families can enroll now for the remainder of this school year.

Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts is funded through the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning which works in partnership with local providers to provide high quality early learning experiences.


Pottstown Holiday Happenings

by Mary on December 2, 2015 Filed under: Family Information


Take a look at all of the great holiday happenings in Pottstown from Pottstown Downtown Development Authority!
Enjoy hot dogs, hot chocolate and S’MORES with the PHILLIES FIRE COMPANY! They will be at Smith Family Plaza Nov 28th, Dec 5th & 12th serving you holiday hospitality!

PDIDA ANNUAL HOMETOWN HOLIDAY RAFFLE: Be sure to purchase your raffle ticket ($15 each) – YOU COULD WIN $500 while you support the Downtown Holiday Events! Drawing will be at 7pm December 12th at Santa House (100 E High St)

Don’t forget to take a selfie with your favorite ADOPTED REINDEER. You can win gift cards from the local businesses. Linda Jacobs from Downtown De[z]ign has adopted one, Grumpy has been sharing some of his hand carved turkey with some, Beverly’s Pastry Shop is fattening them up, while Rich Ranieri is making sure their homes are beautiful! Noonie at Memories and More is enjoying the recent adoption of her reindeer as well! Check them out at Smith Family Plaza – take a selfie & win a free GIFT CARD!  Be sure to visit the local shops during the holidays!

Do your children have an “Elf On The Shelf“? Would you like to win gift cards for spotting him/her in our local shops? Then be sure to keep an eye out and win! Find the Elf in one of our downtown businesses. Take a selfie. Be the first for that day to send it to 484-948-6061 and receive a DOWNTOWN GIFT CARD!

BEVERLY’S BAKERY (and the new owner) will be making candy cane cookies for your children to decorate throughout the holiday events. November 28th between 1 and 3pm; December 5th & 12th between 4pm & 6pm

Our very own STEEL RIVER PLAYHOUSE will be showing “WHITE CHRISTMAS” ($) for the holiday season! Be sure to check their website for ticket information

TREE DECORATING CONTEST – Vote for your favorite tree on December 12th between 2pm & 7pm. The team with the most votes ($1 each) will win $500! Be sure to check out the trees on Saturday November 28th at the Old Ellis Mills Building – 225 E High St. All the trees will display a sign so you know exactly who you are voting for. Come downtown on Saturday December 12th and meet the teams, cast your vote and support the hometown holidays!

FREE MOVIES starting Saturday November 28th at 5:30pm. The fun continues on December 5th & 12th as well. CONNECTIONS ON HIGH is located in the New York Building – 238 E High St

SPAGHETTI DINNER WITH SANTA & GRUMPY’S 137 E High St / ($10 adults / $8 children 3 to 13 years old) All you can eat buffet and a personal visit with Santa. Call for tickets 610-323-5400

VAN GOGH’S SHOP AT ARTFusion19464 ($) Your little one will enjoy shopping for family and friends while keeping it a secret from mom and dad! Times are 10:30 – 2:30 each of the following dates. December 5th, 12th & 19th

TEA W/ MRS CLAUSE / November 28th at 2:30 – 4:30. Enjoy tea and fun at The Sitter’s Clubhouse – 333 E High St

Welcome Santa at Smith Family Plaza about 4:30pm on November 28th (photos shortly after) – Cost is $7 per sitting. Photography by Samantha Vega. You might catch Santa early   shopping small for the holidays!  Photos with Santa will be available on Saturdays Dec. 5th & 12th

ROAMING ILLUSIONISTS KYLE & KELLY – November 28th 2:30-4:30 & December 12th  3:30 – 5:30pm

JUDY TUDY THE CLOWN arrives at Smith Family Plaza at 3pm on December 5th. This clown has lots of holiday fun with balloon sculptures for the holidays!

STORYTIME WITH THE ELVES 3pm to 5pm (every half hour) Join us at the Visitor’s Center December 5th (17 N Hanover St) for storytime with the elves. Lots of laughter with our special elf!

Join us at the newest addition to the downtown – located at 310 E High St (3rd floor) you will find our elf and a wonderful new Badminton Gym.  Smashville Badminton is delighted to be a part of the downtown of Pottstown and welcomes all to enjoy fun stories and our Elf!

TROLLEY RIDES: December 12th between 2pm & 4pm

December 11th 6pm – 8pm / OPEN HOUSE AT ARTFusion19464 / Come check out the beautiful Holiday gift items and enjoy lite fare!

TREE DECORATING PARTY AT RED CLOUD KUNG FU – December 5th at 2pm. Come out and enjoy time with Sifu Knight as he gets help decorating the studio for the holidays!

HOLIDAY YOGA WITH KIDSDecember 5th at 141 E High St at 2pm, 3pm & 4pm – enjoy learning about the benefits for children with Yoga!