February, 2019
We want to hear from you!

When you participate in the Early Intervention Family Survey, you will make your voice heard.
The state is working to streamline the family survey
and wants to know what matters most to families.

Follow this link to let the state know what matters to you.

Or use the link below to take part in web-based forums.
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Save Your Heart
and Other Organs too!

Tobacco smoke contains a deadly mix of more than 7,000 chemicals, according to the Centers of Disease Control and prevention. We've been taught for generations that smoking is bad for our health, but second-hand smoke can be deadly too. It's linked to stroke, lung cancer and coronary heart disease in adults. Children who are exposed to second hand smoke are at increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome and other serious health conditions too. Read more at the CDC website .
TV Tip Overs

Despite our increased access to safety information over the past decade, most parents aren't aware of the dangers of furniture tipping over to injure a child. In fact, there has been a 31% increase in TV tip-over related injuries during that 10-year time frame. Safe Kids Worldwide aims to change that. Check out their report on the dangers of TV tip-overs.
Happy Families Through Healthy Eating is
rescheduled for March 5 !
Watch for more information to come!
Adverse Childhood Experiences
and Brain Development

All childhood experiences affect the developing brain. How? Click here to watch a 4 minute video, How Brains are Built: Core Story of Brain Development, produced by the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative and the Harvard Center on the Developing Child.

Chester County's ACEs Coalition's mission is to increase our county’s awareness and knowledge of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and to build resiliency and foster hope in order to offset the cycle of trauma. Check out their website with this link .
Chester County Drug and Alcohol Services and their partners believe in strengthening the community through helping every person live healthy, fulfilled life. One aspect of this is supporting recovery.
The Women With Children Wellness Seminar taking place on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM at the Best Western Premier The Central Hotel & Conference Center Union Deposit in Harrisburg. This year’s keynote speaker is Kim Jones, BA, Intake Specialist from Gaudenzia who will be presenting  Fresh Start The Road to Self-Discovery   The intended audience for this conference is women in treatment or women who have recently completed treatment. Transportation to the conference is provided. For more information or to register, click here    (password Chester County).
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SINGLE MOTHERS CONFERENCE

The 7th Annual Single Mothers’ Conference is set for Saturday, April 27 at West Chester Henderson High School. The free, day-long event gathers resources from more than 70 local vendors dedicated to various aspects of the lives of single mothers, including self-care. Lunch and free childcare is provided. Find out more at the website.
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Did you know...

There are several other county departments who send out community newsletters and announcements just like this one. If you're interested, sign up  here .
More links and resources!

Use the underlined links to learn more

The Incredible Years is a 20-week program for children 6-8 years with behavioral health concerns.

Mental Health First Aid classes are open for the community. Learn more about this free certificate program.

 Learn about Charting a Lifecourse - Contact Darcy Elks, Chester County Family Adviser, PA Family Network, at delks@visionforequality.org . Call 1-844-PAFAMILY  or 484-459-0538.

Chester County Health Department has information about flu vaccines.

CODE BLUE - Resources for people left out in the cold, including overnight shelters and places to get hot meals.

Vision for Equality - Programs, resources and more for people with disabilities and their families.

Chester County Early Intervention Connections has a Facebook page. Connect with us!

Chester County Refer Web for social services in our area.
Chester County Department of Mental Health/Intellectual
& Developmental Disabilities

Chester County Commissioners
Administrator - Linda Cox
Director, Early Intervention Services - Lori Gallagher