Youth Program Application- Experience Works

The Private Industry Council of Westmoreland and Fayette Counties is currently accepting applications for the Experience Works! Summer Youth Employment Program.  The program is for youth 16 to 24 years old.  Participants will be placed in worksites in their local area.  They can work between 20 and 40 hours each week throughout the summer and will earn $9.00 per hour.   In addition to valuable work experience, they will participate in career exploration and workforce development to assist them as they move forward on their career path.  For more information contact Debbie Cohen at (724) 836-2600, Extension 228. 

 2017 Summer Work Experience Participant Application

SCHOOL YEAR 2017-2018 HEAD START/EARLY HEAD START RECRUITMENT

Head Start/Early Head Start of Fayette County, a program of the Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc. (PIC), will be taking applications throughout Fayette County for the 2017-2018 program year, beginning in March. A Community Day will be held on March 10, 2017, for those interested to meet teachers, tour the classrooms, ask questions, and fill out an application. Information on times and locations is provided on the program’s Facebook page.

 

Head Start/Early Head Start of Fayette County provides comprehensive early childhood education services to low-income families with children from birth to age five and pregnant women, including inclusive services to children with disabilities and other special needs.

 

The Early Head Start program provides home-based services to pregnant women and children up to three years of age and their families at no cost to the parent.

 

The Early Head Start Child Care Partnership program provides center-based services that support high-quality care to low-income families with infants and toddlers enrolled in participating child care centers, also at no cost to the parent.

 

The Head Start program, which is also at no cost to the parent, prepares preschoolers to make the transition into kindergarten. Children learn to get along well with other children; explore and learn through play; and learn about numbers, letters, words, and many other things.

 

Head Start services are offered through both classroom- and home-based options. Through home-based programming, instructors visit families in their homes to work on children’s learning goals. They also help parents find ways to meet family needs through community resources and services.

 

Through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), children are served healthy and nutritious meals and snacks while attending Head Start classrooms and home-based socials. Parents may participate in program planning and decision-making and volunteer in the classroom to learn more about how to help children learn and develop.

 

Research has consistently shown that children who enter school ready to learn succeed academically later in life. To sign your child up for Head Start or Early Head Start, please call the PIC office at 724-430-4818 or visit the website at www.privateindustrycouncil.com.

 

Mill Run Head Start/Early Head Start Parent Event

             On October 27, 2016 the Mill Run PIC (Parents Impacting their Child’s Success) Head Start/Early Head Start Parent Group held a Fall Festival Event from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Mill Run Head Start/Early Head Start Center. The events are held to promote parent and child interaction while also making connections with other families. Early Head Start serves pregnant women and children from birth to three years of age while in their home (home-based services); Head Start serves children ages three to five years old in either a classroom or home-based program.

The evening consisted of various child and family activities. The children were given donated pumpkins and foam leaves to paint and express their creativity in any way. Parents created two photo booth back drops in which children could choose from: one with hay bales to sit upon, corn stalks as the back drop, and a fence decorated with various fall leaves, pumpkins, gourds, and a sign reading “Mill Run 2016.”; another booth was with a large spider. A hole was cut out from the spider’s face for the children to put their heads through so they could become the spider. The families also participated in games which allowed them to interact with their child(ren). They played tic tac toe and had spider races. The families used straws to blow the toy spiders down a race track. Fun was had by all.

            Ending the fun-filled evening, families were provided a snack, consisting of milk and animal crackers. Forty-five attendees were present for the event: 18 adults and 27 children. Due to the success of the Fall Festival Event, the Head Start/Early Head Start Parent Group is planning a Winter Wonderland event scheduled for the Mill Run Head Start/Early Head Start families on December 22, 2016. If you are interested in learning more about or applying for Head Start or Early Head Start please contact us at 724-430-4818.

Head Start of Beaver County Recruitment for the 2017-2018 School Year

Head Start of Beaver County, a program of the Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc. (PIC), will be taking applications for our locations throughout Beaver Countyfor the 2017-2018 program year, beginning in March. A Head Start Day will be held on March 16, 2017 at our Beaver Valley Mall location from 10 am to 6 pm. This will be an opportunity to meet teachers, tour a sample classroom, ask questions, and fill out an application. Local agencies will attend also to provide information on additional resources. Information about this event can also be found on the program’s Facebook page.

 

Head Start of Beaver County provides comprehensive early childhood education services to low-income families with children from age three to age five, including inclusive services to children with disabilities and other special needs.

 

The Head Start programis provided at no cost to the parent. It prepares preschoolers to make the transition into kindergarten. Children learn to get along well with other children; explore and learn through play; and learn about numbers, letters, words, and many other things.

 

Head Start services are offered through both classroom- and home-based options. Through home-based programming, instructors visit families in their homes weekly to work on children’s learning goals. They also help parents find ways to meet family needs through community resources and services.

 

Through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), children are served healthy and nutritious meals and snacks while attending Head Start classrooms and home-based socials. Parents may participate in program planning and decision-making and volunteer in the classroom to learn more about how to help children learn and develop.

 

Research has consistently shown that children who enter school ready to learn succeed academically later in life. To complete an application for Head Start, pleasecall the office at 724-728-2110 or visit the website at www.privateindustrycouncil.com.

 

Surpassing the Goal!

The Foster Grandparent Program of Southwestern PA sponsored by the Private Industry Council partnered with Jumpstart Pittsburgh, Read for the Record celebration on October 27th, 2016. 

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is a national campaign that was launched over a decade ago to address the education inequities that leave too many children unprepared for kindergarten.

Jumpstart Pittsburgh’s hope was to reach close to and potentially exceed 2000 children in Southwestern PA, one of the biggest celebrations in our nation.

Not only did Jumpstart Pittsburgh provide books and activities for our Allegheny County stations but all stations located in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties.

Our volunteers were provided training in their October In-service training meetings by Jumpstart Pittsburgh staff on how this celebration would be fulfilled. They were given a book, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich  by Julia Sarcone-Roach to read to all of the children in their designated stations.  They also facilitated a “Bear Charades” Activity and they made a Paper Bag Teddy Bear craft with their children that day. 

The approximate number of children impacted by this initiative due to the Foster Grandparent Program of Southwestern PA participation is as follows:

Allegheny: 844
Beaver: 247
Butler: 91
Fayette: 114
Greene: 80
Washington: 315
For a total of 1691 Children!

With our help Jumpstart Pittsburgh exceeded their 2000 children goal and reached 3,297 children this year!!!!