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Posted by: | Posted on: October 16, 2020

Gov. Wolf: Investing $15 Million to Expand Access to High-Quality Affordable Child Care, Reduce Waiting Lists

first_imgGov. Wolf: Investing $15 Million to Expand Access to High-Quality Affordable Child Care, Reduce Waiting Lists SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 04, 2019center_img Government That Works,  Human Services,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf today announced the award of $15 million to expand access to high-quality, affordable child care to more than 900 infants and toddlers around Pennsylvania. The investment comes from the 2019-2020 budget, which included the $15 million investment in federal funds to expand access to high-quality care and reduce the subsidized child care waiting list.“Investing in early education and the future of our youngest learners – and the future of our commonwealth – is a top priority for my administration,” said Gov. Wolf. “The first few years of a child’s life have a profound influence on brain development and growth. My administration continues to invest in early education to expand access to quality programs so children can have the opportunity to excel – helping children start school ready to become life-long learners.”Pennsylvania’s subsidized child care program, Child Care Works, helps families with incomes below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guideline access high-quality child care through financial assistance. This supports the family’s ability to work and go to school while their children spend time in early learning environments that support their development and school readiness.This investment supports eligible, low-income Pennsylvania families who have young children, specifically families with a parent or parents who are working or pursuing training opportunities, such as vocational or job-specific training, pursuing 2-year or 4-year post-secondary degree programs, internships, English as a second language programs, apprenticeships, and more.This initiative is a part of Gov. Wolf’s Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) that seeks to support working Pennsylvanians through expanded opportunities for workforce development, skills training, and supports like child care that help Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement.Funding will be distributed through the Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs) around Pennsylvania for STAR 3 and 4 programs. Adding more infant and toddler slots will reduce the time infants and toddlers spend on the Child Care Works waiting lists and ensures providers have the resources, supports, and fiscal stability to achieve and maintain high-quality services. It also strengthens and maintains continuity of care for infants and toddlers in STAR 3 and 4 programs with a seamless transition to existing pre-kindergarten slots within those same programs.“The cost of child care and access to early learning programs can be a significant barrier for low-income families – often limiting their ability to go to work knowing their children are safe and cared for,” said Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller. “By investing in child care opportunities, parents can confidently enter the workforce knowing their child is receiving high-quality care and early learning support. Access to care also creates lifelong impacts to break down the intergenerational cycle of poverty for the future of families across the commonwealth for years to come.”Education is a top priority for Gov. Wolf. In addition to the $15 million in federal funds to reduce waiting lists for high-quality child care, the fiscal year 2019-2020 budget provides $5 million to expand home-visiting programs for pregnant women and at-risk infants and toddlers, and $5 million for wrap-around services so parents can attend college or other training to get skills for family-sustaining jobs. The budget also provided $30 million to expand Pennsylvania’s Pre-K Counts and Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program.For more information on child care and early child development opportunities in Pennsylvania, visit www.findchildcare.pa.gov.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 20, 2020

Fabregas’ ban cut to one match

first_img A statement from Chelsea read: “The standard sanction would have been a three-match suspension. “However, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing earlier today, the club’s claim that a three-match suspension is excessive was successful. “Fabregas will therefore now only miss our final game of the season against Sunderland on Sunday and will be available for selection from the start of the 2015/16 campaign.” Fabregas was dismissed in the first half of Chelsea’s defeat at The Hawthorns after hitting Brunt on the head from 20 yards while referee Mike Jones spoke to Gareth McAuley and Diego Costa after they grappled in the area. A statement from the Football Association read: “A claim by Chelsea that the three-match suspension for Cesc Fabregas is excessive has been upheld by an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing. “Fabregas was dismissed for violent conduct during the West Bromwich Albion FC v Chelsea FC fixture on 18 May. The Regulatory Commission has reduced the Chelsea midfielder’s suspension to one match, to be served with immediate effect.” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho questioned the dismissal after the game and called it “bizarre”. He said: “Where is the danger of the situation, where is the aggression in the situation to get the red card in a friendly game? Cesc Fabregas has had his three-match ban reduced to just one after Chelsea successfully argued the initial punishment was excessive. The Spain midfielder was sent off in Monday’s 3-0 defeat at West Brom after kicking the ball against Chris Brunt’s head during a break in play. He will now only miss Sunday’s final Barclays Premier League game against Sunderland, when champions Chelsea will lift the Barclays Premier League trophy. Press Association “I really don’t understand. I think (Darren) Fletcher was aggressive, he pushed him (Fabregas) in the chest because he is experienced and knows where he can push for a yellow card. He is much more aggressive than what Fabregas did. “For me a top referee, a stable, big personality and in control of the game, goes there, two or three words and it’s done. It’s a bizarre red card. “A three game ban for this? Harsh? Of course it’s harsh. Why does he have to explain? He doesn’t need to explain.” last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 28, 2020

Two Alpena Men Facing Charges After High Speed Chase

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisTwo young men from Alpena are facing a number of charges after stealing a truck and leading police on a high-speed chase through the ‘UP.’According to the Alpena Police Department, MSP Wakefield Post spotted a missing 2017 Ram pick up truck, after it was traveling at high speeds on August 11th.Troopers revealed that the truck failed to stop, causing the vehicle to collide with another vehicle at an intersection. Attempting to flee on foot, the two suspects didn’t get far, leading up to their arrest by the MSP Wakefield Post.After the chase, troopers discovered two stolen firearms from a residence in the Alpena area, inside of the stolen truck. Alpena Police Department is still trying to find the owners of the firearms, which is now another investigation.The Alpena Police Department wants to remind citizens to lock their vehicles.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena arrest, Alpena Police Department, High Speed ChaseContinue ReadingPrevious Seniors at the Alpena Senior Citizens Center Create Kites to Remember Loved OnesNext Better Living Massage Center Preps for 3rd Annual ‘Relax in Alpena Day’last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 12, 2020

Disney World to reduce hours beginning Sept. 8

first_imgChanges in hours come just weeks after theme parks reopened. Walt Disney World in Florida will start reducing their hours on September 8.According to the calendar on its website, Magic Kingdom will close at 6 p.m. and Hollywood Studios will shut down at 7 p.m., which is an hour early than usual.Magic Kingdom will operate from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., while Hollywood Studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Epcot will empty out at 7 p.m., two hours sooner than they usually close. Its new hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Animal Kingdom, which is usually open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., will be open from 9 a.m. and to 5 p.m.Hours for Disney Springs, however, remain unchanged.Last week, Walt Disney Co. announced they suffered a fiscal third-quarter loss of $3.5 billion, which they said was due to resorts and parks being closed for the entire quarter.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 5, 2020

Local Food Summit at SPSCC October 20-21

first_imgFacebook6Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Thurston Economic Development CouncilThe South Sound Food System Network (SSFSN) welcomes the south sound area community for an evening of celebration and tastings, and a day of food, educational workshops, panels, and speakers at Olympia’s own South Puget Sound Community College.  The summit brings diverse groups of people together to discuss three key themes: the environmental, economic & social impacts of local food.“It is both an exciting and challenging time as we work to rebuild our local food systems– supply chains, production, processing, distribution and markets.” Aslan Meade, the Business and Investor Relations Manager at the Thurston Economic Development Council explains, “There is a lot of momentum and interest driving us as more and more consumers see the value of eating locally produced food and demand greater access.”The Friday evening Local Flavors Tasting Salon will feature delicious bites from local farmers, ranchers, restaurants & other food artisans, as well as craft beer, cider, wine & non-alcoholic beverages. In addition to finger-licking local flavors, attendees will enjoy live local music by the Oly Mountain Boys, inspirational speakers, and a lively community celebration. The Saturday Food Summit is an all-day event that will engage attendees in sessions ranging from cooking demonstrations to farmer panels to playback theatre and so much more. There will be opportunities to hear from local food leaders on the future of sound food and time for individual reflection and small group dialogue, as we contemplate our own part in the local food system and the many different ways we can access, participate in and transform it.Aslan Meade said:“Immersing ourselves in this work, we come to realize just how deeply food connects us—to each other, and to just about every aspect of our lives– from the environment, to social issues, health, politics, economy and more. We need to educate ourselves and others and then we need to embrace our local food culture and celebrate it.”To register for The Local Food Summit and learn more about the South Sound Food Network go to ssfoodsystemnetwork.org  Then join us on October 20 and 21 for the Local Tasting Salon and Food Summit.About the South Sound Food System NetworkOur mission is to grow a vibrant local food economy, ensure broad access to healthy foods, and steward the environment in the South Sound. Community organizations, food businesses and governmental agencies make up our network and work to educate the community and policy and decision-makers concerning food system related health disparities, food security, food sovereignty, economic development and environmental stewardship in the South Sound. Learn more at ssfoodsystemnetwork.org.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 5, 2020

What Coronavirus? Fans flock to MS Dhoni in Ranchi!

first_imgImage Courtesy: BCCI/InstagramAdvertisement yqpeqNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsgWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Exqm( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) cswWould you ever consider trying this?😱7v17zCan your students do this? 🌚1kwfk5Roller skating! Powered by Firework The Coronavirus pandemic brought in some major disruptions in the sport of cricket. The India vs South Africa One Day International series was dropped, and the 2020 Indian Premier League was also pushed back from 29th March to 15th April. There is also warnings against large gatherings to avoid any risk of contamination or further spread of the virus in the population. But what warnings could work when former Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is on the streets with his bike? Fans flocked in to see their idol!Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCI/InstagramSince the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Dhoni has been on a hiatus away from international duty. However, the veteran batsman was scheduled to return to the 22 yards this IPL season, and the long wait for his fans would have finally come to a closure in the season opener between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. But as now the tournament is pushed back two weeks, Dhoni’s fanbase couldn’t control themselves seeing the superstar cricketer riding his cruiser motorcycle, a Harley Davidson Fat Boy in Ranchi.Instagram user @machamanamthopulumra shared a video of MS Dhoni on his bike as fans gathered around him for selfies. Check it out below-Advertisement The beloved CSK captain was seen in early practice session for the Chennai-based franchise along with teammate Suresh Raina in early March. However, after the postponement of IPL, the legendary wicket keeping batsman has gone back to his home town.Although there hasn’t been any updates on the 38 year old’s return to the Men in Blue dugout, speculations were on the air about that IPL would open Dhoni’s doors back to international duty.However, official statement comes from BCCI themselves, who have indicated that a a stunning performance in the upcoming IPL season would get Dhoni back into the team, ending his nearly a year long break from the Indian squad.“He will be back in the reckoning only if he has a good IPL. And why only him? There are so many senior and young players who will play in the IPL. If they do well, they ought to be considered too. So, you could see some surprise inclusions,” a BCCI official had recently told PTI.Also read-Classy Sanjay Manjrekar reacts to being left out of IPL commentary team5-time World Champion and one of India’s greatest stranded in Germany due to Coronavirus Advertisementlast_img read more