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.

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!!!!


Head Start/Early Head Start of Fayette County is supporting the statewide effort by PennDOT to promote public awareness and education on with school bus safety with Operation Safe Stop.
On Wednesday, October 19th, 2016, during National School Bus Safety Week (October 17th through October 21st), the Pennsylvania State Police, local law enforcement agencies, school districts, intermediate units, school bus contractors and school administrators will monitor and report motorists who illegally pass a school bus while children are loading or unloading at designated school bus stops.
The Pennsylvania School Bus Stopping Law requires motorists to stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have the red flashing lights activated and the stop arm extended out with flashing red lights.
• Pennsylvania motorist must stop when positioned behind a school bus anytime the 8-way red light system on the bus is activated and flashing until all children have reached a point of safety either inside or outside of the school bus. 
• Motorists must stop at an intersection when meeting the school bus or approaching a school bus where a school bus is stopped with the 8-way red light system activated and the lights are flashing until all children have reached a point of safety either inside or outside of the school bus.
• Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop where a school bus is stopped with the 8-way red light system activated and the lights are flashing until all children have reached a point of safety either inside or outside of the school bus.

In all cases, motorist should wait until the 8-way red light system is deactivated (turned off and the lights no longer flashing) prior passing the school bus to insure that all children have reached a point of safety either inside or outside of the school bus. 
If you are convicted of violating Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law, one of the following penalties could apply:
• 60 Day Driver’s License Suspension
• Five (5) points on your driving record
• $250.00 Fine

If you would like more information about Operation Safe Stop, please contact Harry Metz, Transportation Coordinator for the Head Start/Early Head Start of Fayette County at 724-430-4818, extension 3103 or email any questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Please help us keep your children safe on the roads and report anyone who violates the Pennsylvania School Bus Stopping Law to local law enforcement.



     All states except South Dakota and Florida have car seat regulations for children birth to age eight. Just recently Pennsylvania becomes one of four states implementing a new car seat law stating that all children the age of 2 and under remain in a rear-facing car seat. Pennsylvania is one of eight states where children must be in a booster seat to age eight regardless of height and weight. Children over age eight must use the car seat belts and all children under the age of 13 must ride in the back seat.

     Before buying a new car seat, check the manufacturer label on your car seat to see if it meets your child’s height and weight specifications for the rear facing position. More expensive is not always better. Check your vehicle manual to see if you need to buy a specific seat that will fit your car’s seats. Never buy a car seat at yard sales or flea markets. You cannot tell if the car seat has been in a crash previously, over six years old, or has been recalled for defective parts. If you have a reliable friend that wants to give you a car seat, make sure the seat is no older than 6 years past the manufacturer date, all labels are intact and the car seat installation manual is with the seat.

     Car seat checks are conducted through-out the county by the Pennsylvania state police. Listen to your local radio stations, watch for flyers in local merchants or look for the signs put up the day of the check by the police. The next car seat safety check will be held on November 21, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Mike Wood Toyota in Uniontown behind the Wal-Mart store.

     If you have any questions or are looking to attend a car seat check, please call Kathy Shimko, L.P.N., Child Passenger Safety Technician at 724-430-4818 ext.3131 or Lisa Seese, Child Passenger Safety Technician at 724-430-4818 ext. 3113.

Remember children learn by our example, so always buckle-up and drive safe.









Pets in the Classroom

When setting up their classrooms, teachers spend many hours to make sure it is the most beneficial for their students learning. They plan for the layout design, decorations on the wall, supplies, toys, and even for a classroom pet. At Head Start of Fayette County’s North Union classroom, Ms. Michele has her classroom setup just the way she wanted with her furniture, toys, and decorations. After browsing on the internet one evening she felt she found a great opportunity to add something to the classroom. An advertisement on the internet webpage she was visiting promoted a “Pets in the Classroom” grant from Petco. The advertisement sparked Ms. Michele’s interest in wanting a pet in the classroom for her students.
 The “Pets in the Classroom” grant allows classroom teachers from any school to apply for the grant. The grant was developed to help teach children the responsibility of caring for a pet and to promote the bond of having a pet. Pets in the Classroom allow the teachers to choose small animals such as fish, hermit crabs, or hamsters. Teachers are notified with a certificate of the approval. Coupons are sent allowing the teacher to select a small animal and the starter kit for the cage FREE!!!!!
  Ms. Michele applied for the “Pets in the Classroom” grant. She received her certificate and approval letter a week later. Ms. Michele chose a hermit crab as the classroom pet. Although, the hermit crab has not yet arrived to its new home (Petco is currently sold out) the children are busy preparing for its arrival.
 In preparation for their new classroom pet, the North Union Head Start classroom has been busy studying hermit crabs using their Smart TV and watching videos about hermit crabs. The videos have helped the class to learn about and care for the hermit crab. They have even been practicing how to care for this pet. Ms. Michele has focused on teaching the children where hermit crabs live, what they eat, and how the classroom is going to have to take care of and nurture the classroom pet. The children are voting on a name for the hermit crab.
 Ms. Michele and the entire class are patiently waiting the call from Petco so they can prepare for the delivery of the classroom pet. She plans to read “A House for a Hermit Crab” the day the hermit crab arrives. Ms. Michele, Ms. Christine, Ms. Liz, and Mr. Walter, the entire classroom team, are very appreciative to be awarded this meaningful opportunity for their students at the North Union Head Start to learn about the time and care it takes to have a pet.