July, 2019
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Vacation is Important for Our Health

More than half of American workers forfeited millions of paid days off in 2017, according to the United States Travel Association. But it seems the the trend may be turning.

For decades, studies have shown specific benefits of taking time off of work to relax and recharge. Vacation time is beneficial for our cardiovascular health, sleep, and overall well-being. It reduces stress, improves productivity, and enhances personal relationships. Even a single, short vacation can have large, positive and immediate effects.

Today many businesses encourage work-life balance, and it may be one reason why American workers reported increases in the number of vacation days they have used over the past 3 years. The average is 17.2 days. To help reluctant workers take the plunge, the Travel Association's Project Time Off published a nine-page guide,  The Power of Vacation Planning last year.
Stay Safe!

Chester County has implemented Code Red procedures to help residents stay safe in the heat. Information about local cooling stations are included, as well as recommendations from the Chester County Health Department.
Visit the site at: https://www.chesco.org/codered .

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has information about staying safe in the extreme heat, as well as other helpful tips for parents. Visit the site to read about water safety and the best ways to stay hydrated this summer. Go to: https://www.cdc.gov/

The American Academy of Pediatrics has a Healthy Children website with sun safety and protection tips for families and children of all ages. Go to:

For specific sun protection tips, use this link .

The Look before you Lock campaign information and reminders are at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration site. Go to:
Pennsylvania's Early Learning GPS has a new look, but still has a lot of great information and resources for families and caregivers. For those who created an account in the old Early Learning GPS, you can still access the quiz, resources and print the resources--without having to create a password or provide personal information!

If you are new to this resource, choose infant, toddler or preschooler for 10 questions about your child to learn about your child's brain, development and more. Responses are not recorded and you don't give any personal information about your child or yourself. At the end of the 10-question quiz, you will get a list of helpful resources. You can also stop the quiz at any time to jump right to the resources.

The Early Learning GPS can help you set the right course for your child’s success in kindergarten and beyond. Use the link to go to PA Promise for Children .
Pop Up Farmers Market for
Head Start & Early Head Start Families

Chester County Head Start and the Chester County Food Bank are hosting a Pop Up Farmer's Market on Thursday, August 8 from 4:30 - 6:30 PM. The event will give families the opportunity to access free produce and other resources at Gordon Literacy Center, 351 Kersey St, Coatesville. Click for flier.
The documentary film Resilience: The Biology of Stress and Science of Hope will be shown at Chester County's Suicide Prevention Task Force meeting at West Chester University on August 14 from 3-5 PM. The public is welcome to attend.

The Center for Autism Research at CHOP
(The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) is holding a

Next Steps Workshop for Families

September 25 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Click link for more information and registration.
Positions Open!

If you are interested in County of Chester Job Opportunities,
please check our our current openings at the link below:
More links and resources!
Use the underlined links to learn more

Macaroni Kid has 60+ Activities for Kids In & Around Chester County.

Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania matches parents, family members, and caregivers one-to-one with volunteer peer supporters, according to conditions or concerns.

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

Chester County Early Intervention information at the MHIDD website.

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