NORTHUMBERLAND - More than 50 parents and guests of Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) early childhood education programs won children's books as bingo prizes in an event held at Townside Too. Each player took home more than 10 books, and more than 300 books were distributed.

"Book Bingo is a way to celebrate and support literacy," said Patty Edwards, CSIU Head Start programs manager. "Parents have the power to boost their children's learning potential simply by making books a fundamental part of their lives."

She said the event gives parents an opportunity to engage with other parents of young children.

Parents from Northumberland Area Early Head Start in Stonington; Northumberland Area Head Start in Herndon, Milton, Mount Carmel, Shamokin, Sunbury and Turbotville, and Pre-K Counts at Line Mountain, Shikellamy and Milton Area school districts were invited.

Early Head Start is a comprehensive program for expectant mothers, infants and toddlers (from birth to 36 months). The program offers education, nutrition, health, social and mental health services, and emphasizes parent involvement.

Head Start and Pre-K Counts are programs that promote school readiness for children ages three to five and emphasize parents as their child's first teacher.

Head Start and Early Head Start are federal grants awarded to the CSIU to conduct programs in Northumberland County. Pre-K Counts is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and is administered by the CSIU.

These early childhood education programs are available at no cost to parents. For more information, call 570-523-1155, extension 2240.