The Erie Playhouse is thrilled to announce the launch of their newest program PLAYtime, developed by Youtheatre/Education Director Kate Neubert-Lechner (pictured above with the pre-school class from the DT YMCA). PLAYtime was born from inspiration by the United Way’s Imagination Library and uses theatre, the arts, and the boundless creativity and imaginations of pre-school children aged 2-5 to make books come alive. PLAYtime is designed to assist these children to enter Kindergarten with a love of books as well as the building blocks needed to become enthusiastic readers.
Due to a generous three-year grant from the United Way of Erie County, PLAYtime was able to grow from a pilot to a year-long program that the Playhouse will bring to classrooms at the Downtown YMCA, Downtown Early Connections, St. Martin’s Early Learning Center, & St. Benedict’s Center. Kate Neubert-Lechner, along with her assistant, Trisha Yates, will be working in the classrooms in three eight week sessions over the course of the upcoming school year.
In addition to the classroom sessions, PLAYtime will also offer Parent and Me sessions to encourage student’s families to get in on the action and continue to promote a love of books at home. And, finally, the sessions will culminate in a live performance of My Lucky Day at the Erie Playhouse in April for all students attending the participating pre-schools, as well as a series of public performances.