January 2019
Winter Car Seat Travel Tips

When traveling by car this winter, keep your child warm and safe with tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The general rule it to not dress children in bulky clothing or snowsuits when they ride in their car seat. In a car crash, the extra padding in the garments will compress, leaving extra space in the harness and inadequate protection. What can parents do? Click to see tips .

To make sure your child's car seat is properly installed, the Chester County Highway Safety Project and Safe Kids Chester County offer free car seat inspection stations throughout the year. Check the updated schedule with this link, and make an appointment today.

The ABC's of safe sleep means having baby sleep Alone , on his or her Back and in a safe Crib . The campaign has been a key to educating parents and caregivers about creating safe sleeping environments for infants.

The National Institutes of Health and other partners created the Safe to Sleep campaign, which goes beyond sleep environments to reduce risks for babies. Click here for more information and to see what a safe sleep space looks like.
Let's Get Messy!

Stuck inside on a cold winter day? Out of ideas for something to play? Create sensory activities for some slimy, silly fun. The website, Hands On As We Grow has lots of ideas to keep kids and parents actively engaged in playtime. Check out the links to see their 25 sensory activitie s , including ideas to keep the mess to a minimum!
West Chester Area School District Preschool Parents Group

The West Chester Area School District offers lots of learning opportunities and fun events for local families. Many events are free and open to the public. This month they are hosting Kindergarten 101 and music sessions. Check out these and other events here.
The Center for Autism Research (CAR) Celebrates 10th Anniversary

In 2008, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia gathered its resources and expertise to establish a preeminent center for autism research. In the decade since CAR became a reality, the center has led the way with brain research, effective interventions and technology and family support. The full 15-page, reader-friendly CAR Anniversary Report covers its incredible discoveries and accomplishments. Click for the report .

As part of the family support, CAR is offering Next Steps for Families workshops. Find out more .
Early Intention IS making a Difference!

Production is complete and the new Chester County Early Intervention video is now posted on our county website. We hope families will check out and share the five and a half minute clip for an overview of what Early Intervention is all about - families, coaching, meeting needs, building confidence, hands-on techniques, feeling supported, feeling empowered, having a game-changer plan!
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 .

Stewards of Children - a free community workshop to keep children safe. Offered Feb. 20 and 27th.

´╗┐ 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