Sherri Taylor Awarded Francine Bunch Memorial Parent Award

Sherri Taylor Awarded Francine Bunch Memorial Parent Award


The Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc. (PIC) and the Head Start/Early Head Start of Fayette County program are proud to announce that Sherri Taylor has received the Francine Bunch Memorial Parent Award for the Pennsylvania Head Start Association (PHSA). This award ceremony took place in early April at the Annual Awards Luncheon at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, State College.                                     


Each year the PSHA honors one parent who epitomizes the characteristics of Francine Bunch. Francine Bunch was an active Head Start parent who recognized the importance of continuing education and giving back to the community.


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The Power Initiative

The Power Initiative 

The Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, INC, is working with the Westmoreland/ Fayette Workforce Investment Board to provide funding for our local miners that have become dislocated.  The “Power Grant” is intended to support eligible dislocated workers who have been impacted by job loss within the coal industry.  It is anticipated that more than 4,000 workers will be dislocated in the region to be served by this grant.

 PIC has hired Peer Counselor, David Serock, a dislocated miner with a strong background in the coal industry, to help his fellow miners engage in services not only through the CareerLink, but supportive services throughout the different communities.  David has become an integral part of referral and access to needed services.  He has attended many orientations and meetings within the counties of Fayette, Greene and Washington where this grant is also being utilized. David is also working with the CareerLink staff to enhance specialized services to fulfill their needs such as resume classes, job fairs, and referrals to employers or different funding sources. David has been invited to the coal mining food banks and rallies where he introduces these services.  He also has meetings with employers to show how the mining skills are transferable skills to employment opportunities within their company. 

 In the referral process, dislocated miners will be referred to a PIC Employment Specialist to register with JobGateway and develop an Individualized Employment Plan.  In this plan, the Employment Specialist will assess the dislocated worker through different assessments to determine basic skills, and have a one on one interview to define barriers. Once assessed, the individual will be ready to pursue other employment or educational assistance.

The goal of these partnerships is to promote economic growth by meeting training needs and to connect our dislocated workers to long term career paths that lead to family sustaining wages.



Head Start/Early Head Start of Fayette County, a program of the Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc. (PIC), will be recruiting throughout Fayette County beginning in March. Staff will be taking applications for the 2016-2017 program year.

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.

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

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 a 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. They explore and learn through play; they learn about numbers, letters, words and many other things!

Head Start services are offered through 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. If you are interested in signing your child up for Head Start or Early Head Start, please call our office at 724-430-4818 or visit us at

Eat Well, Be Well

Eat Well, Be Well

By Cynthia Fisher, Child Health and Safety Supervisor, Head Start of Fayette County

We’ve all enjoyed the comfort foods of the winter, hearty soups, casseroles, and baked goods, but as we move into spring, it’s time to get back into the groove and back on a healthy track.

Sponsored by the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, March is National Nutrition Month. Nutrition Month encourages us to focus our attention on making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right”. The theme is used to promote the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines, in which it is recommended that we limit the amounts of added sugar, sodium, and saturated fats (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2016).

 Here are some tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2016) you can try today:

  1. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  2. Vary your protein foodKeep meat and poultry portions small and lean.
  • Cut back on foods high in solid fats, added sugars, and salt
  1. Choose food and drinks with little or no added sugars.
  2. Add spices and herbs to season foods to season rather than adding salt.
  3. Use oils when preparing foods rather than solid fats.
  • Eat the right amount of calories for you
  1. Cook more often at home where you are in control of what’s in your food.
  2. Get your personal calorie limit at
  • Be physically active (USDA, 2016).
  1. Young Children (2-5 years) need to play actively several times a day.
  2. Children and Adolescents (6-17 years) need 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day.
  3. Adults (18-64) need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes each week of aerobic physical activity at a moderate level or 1 hour and 15 minutes each week of aerobic physical activity at a vigorous level.
  • Use food labels to help you make better choices
  1. Read labels, look for food items that are lower in sugar, sodium, and saturated

 For more information and healthy tips, visit or


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (2016, January). National Nutrition Month.  Retrieved from:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (2016, March). Savor the Flavor of Eating Right. National Nutrition Month.  Retrieved from:

United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA). (2015). Physical Activity. How Much. Retrieved From:

How to Protect Yourself on the Internet

How to Protect Yourself on the Internet

Have you ever realized how many hackers there are on the Internet trolling for your confidential information? There have been 6.4 million user passwords stolen from the LinkedIn website and 250,000 Twitter accounts hacked per I don't want my personal data stolen, so the first thing I would do is to install some sort of antivirus program on my computer, tablet and smartphone. This will help guard against attacks. Secondly, use different passwords for every account. It is easier to keep track of one password, but when you have multiple accounts, hackers will try the known password on these accounts. Thirdly, what is a password if it isn't strong? By strong, I mean hard to guess. It is a good practice to use a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. I also would change your password every six months. Lastly, watch what information you are transmitting over a public WIFI network like Starbucks and Panera Bread. You never know who is around the corner stealing your precious information!