Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Celebrating Adult Education

As we celebrate Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, we'd like to revisit a post from earlier this year about our Adult Ed graduates.

DCLC Graduates: Suwah Davies, Michael Ernst, Onnica Gaglio,
Denise King, Youssuf Kromah, LawShawna Wiley
PathWays PA Graduates: Sandra Cerminaro,
Anthony Freeman (not pictured - Abiodun Olawiyi)
On July 29, 2015, adult education students from the PathWays PA and the Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) celebrated earning their GEDs at a joint ceremony.
The moving ceremony began with Laila Hill, an accomplished singer, sharing her rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. Brenda Dawson, president and CEO of PathWays PA, gave the welcome and introduction.
The GED test gives students of all ages the chance to move ahead with their educational attainment. In Delaware County, 6% of adults ages 25-64 do not have a high school education.
Earning the GED is much more than a certificate.
The difference in earnings for Pennsylvanians with high school diplomas versus those who have not graduated is stark - workers who graduated from high school or got their GED have average wages that are $7,000 higher than those without this education.
If you or someone you know needs help attaining a GED, please contact PathWays PA at 610-543-5022.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Voting: It's Up To You

We’re excited to once again be part of a national effort to strengthen our community today by helping people learn how they can register to vote!

Voters in Pennsylvania now have a new way to register, thanks to a recent decision to provide voter registration online. You can sign up to vote here.

But why register in 2015, you may ask? Well next year’s Presidential election is obviously going to be one of the most important of our lifetime, but in advance of that, there are many primary elections as well as state and federal elections taking place. As a non-partisan coalition of organizations, National Voter Registration Day is the perfect opportunity to get involved no matter what party you support or which issues matter most to you.

You can register to vote and learn more at and use #CelebrateNVRD on social media to spread the word!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Changes are Coming to the FAFSA

FAFSA screenshot using cameraBeginning October 1, 2016, students applying for financial aid for higher education will be able to use a new, easier process being proposed today.

Traditionally, students preparing for college or graduate school must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, to qualify for federal grants and loans. The FAFSA application window runs from January 1 to June 30 for the upcoming school year, so if you were going to school in September 2015, you sent in a FAFSA sometime before June 30, 2015.

While the application has become easier in recent years, it still takes time and persistence. Even once the FAFSA is filed, students must sometimes wait until their taxes - and their parents taxes - are filed for the paperwork to be processed. By the time students receive their financial aid packages, they have already applied to colleges and may have even made a decision on where to go without knowing how much funding they will have.

Under the new proposal being made by President Obama, the FAFSA will change in the following ways:

  • Students can begin the process the October before the next school year
  • Information from the FAFSA can be retrieved electronically from the IRS based on current tax returns 
These steps should simplify the process, making it easier for families to get the financial assistance that is available to them for higher education.

If you plan on undertaking higher education in 2016, PathWays PA is here to help with the FAFSA process. Please visit us online or contact us at 610-543-5022 for more information.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Webinar: New Spanish Language Nutrition and Wellness Resources for Child Care/ Nuevos Recursos Nutrición y Bienestar para el Cuidado Infantil en Español


September 18, 2015
1:00-2:30 EDT
Register here.

Join USDA, FRAC and Robert Wood Johnson to learn how you can create healthier child care environments with the newly released Spanish language version of USDA's "Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program," and other Spanish language resources, including the Look and Cook Recipe Cards and the Two Bite Club.

Find out how to:
  • Build a healthy plate with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans,
  • Encourage physical activity and active play,
  • Keep food safe and more!
This is an opportunity to learn and ask questions.

18 de septiembre 2015
1:00-2:30 EDT
Regístrate ahora.

Acompáñanos a aprender cómo puedes crear entornos de cuidado infantil más saludables con la nueva versión en español de “Consejos de Nutrición y Bienestar para Niños Pequeños: Manual Proveedor del Programa de Asistencia Alimenticia para Niños y Adultos" del Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), y otros recursos en español, incluyendo las tarjetas de receta de Mira y Cocina (Look and Cook) y el club de los dos bocaditos (The Two Bite Club).

Descubre cómo:

  • Construir un plato saludable con frutas, vegetales, granos enteros y frijoles,
  • Fomentar la actividad física y el juego activo,
  • Inocuidad Alimentaria y mucho más!

Esta es una oportunidad para aprender y hacer preguntas.

Friday, September 11, 2015

New Research on Food Insecurity in Early Childhood

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) has released new research on the Importance of Early Childhood Nutrition, WIC, and CACFP. Here are some of the highlights:
  • Prenatal nutrition is critical to the development of children's bodies and minds
    • Poor iron and folic acid status in pregnant mothers is linked to preterm birth and fetal growth issues
    • Food insecurity in pregnant mothers puts children at increased risk of cleft palate, spina bifida, and other birth defects
  • The first years of a child's life requires adequate food and nutrition to sustain the rapid growth and development required for school readiness and adult well-being. Household food insecurity is linked to physical health and developmental risk during early childhood.
  • Participation in the Women, Infants, and Children program (WIC) leads to better maternal and child outcomes.
    • Mothers participating in WIC while pregnant were more likely to stay connected as their children got older and had "higher rates of good or excellent maternal health".
    • Receiving WIC while pregnant leads to mothers that are more likely to give birth to healthy, full-term babies than non-WIC mothers.
    • WIC participation during the first year is associated with healthy weight, length, and access to medical care than children who do not.
    • For toddlers, WIC usage leads to better cognitive development scores, reduces child food insecurity, and promotes better overall health.
If you or your household are food insecure or need help learning more about food programs, please contact PathWays PA today at 610-543-5022.