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.

 

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!!!!

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.

ARE YOU SURE YOUR CHILD IS SAFE!

     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.