October, 2019
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Fellowship Awarded
to Chester County's EI Coordinator

Stacy Barno, the Early Intervention Coordinator for Chester County's Department of MH/IDD, has been selected to participate in the 2019-20 Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) Policy Fellowship Program. Stacy was chosen through a highly-selective process, due to his/her commitment to the field of early learning and a track record of leadership. Click to continue reading .
Have you taken the Early Learning GPS Infant Quiz?
Early Learning GPS (Guiding Parents Smoothly) can help parents set the right course for their child's success in kindergarten and beyond. Parents respond to 10 questions about their child's development and learning. There are no wrong answers, but there are helpful resources a the end of the quiz!
National Award Winner
Patrica Yoder, from Chester County's Health Department

Patricia Yoder RN, BSN, MSN, received the 2019 Tenacious Caregiver Administrator Award at the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) National Symposium on September 18, 2019. The award is given to professionals who exemplify an extraordinary commitment to first-time moms and to the NFP model of service. NFP is a program that cultivates supportive relationships between trained nurses and first-time, at-risk moms and their children. Please click here to read the rest of the article.
Safe Kids Worldwide offers Halloween Safety Tips!
Lots to do with the West Chester Area Preschool Parents Group

Preschool families will have a smoother transition to the West Chester Area School District with the help of the Preschool Parents Group. The group offers free programs that provide educational and fun activities for preschool-age children and educational sessions for parents. Families are invited to attend any events that interest them. Click for more information .
Trunk or Treat
at the Arc of Chester County

The Arc of Chester County Preschool is hosting their second annual Trunk or Treat event Thursday, October 17 from 5:30 - 7:30. Free and open to the public, this event is being held onsite at 900 Lawrence Drive in West Chester.

Cars will be decorated for little trick or treaters to visit and collect goodies. Local food trucks will be onsite with a variety of purchase options. Inside the building, children may participate in games and activities. Click to register for this free event at the Arc of Chester County website.
Would you like to learn how to help someone struggling with a mental health condition or crisis?
Become a Mental Health First Aider!

Chester County is offering free classes this fall.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months old or older get a flu shot by the end of October. Chester County's Health Department has flu vaccine information at the website.
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

Accessing the Child Serving Systems in Chester County - Wednesday, October 16 at the Government Services Center, West Chester.

Give Kids Sight Day , October 5 for uninsured children in Philadelphia.

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
Director - Michelle Davis