Author: Kathleen Golden

PACE Head Start recognized by the American Heart Association and Nemours as a Healthy Way to Grow Silver Center for improving nutrition, physical activity, and screen time policies and practices

September 13, 2019

Healthy Way to Grow (HWTG), a joint program between the American Heart Association and Nemours Children’s Health System, is a national, science-based, early childhood technical assistance program to help improve practices and policies for obesity prevention.

With 60 percent of American children spending a majority of their day in early childhood programs, the goal of Healthy Way to Grow is to help improve and sustain nutrition, physical activity, screen time, infant feeding, sleep habits, staff wellness, and family engagement. Healthy Way to Grow provides support to participating centers through subject matter experts and guides policy change as centers implement key HWTG components.

Child care providers and parents want standards that promote good nutrition and physical activity. Specifically, they want kids to be served more fruits and vegetables as well as water or milk instead of sugary drinks. They want kids to be physically active for at least one to two hours each day and to keep time spent watching tv or in front of a computer or tablet to under 30 minutes. HWTG teaches techniques to support healthy lifestyles in early childhood environments and provides hands-on assistance, resources, tools, and customized training.

The American Heart Association and Nemours are pleased to announce the following early childhood programs which have received Healthy Way to Grow Recognition for 2019-2021. They have made great strides in implementing best practices to create healthy environments for children, families, and staff.

“At Nemours Children’s Health System, we believe Healthy Way to Grow provides the perfect opportunity to reach children across the U.S. and shape habits in ways that will benefit them throughout their life,” said Allison Gertel-Rosenberg, Operating Vice President, Nemours National Office of Policy and Practice. “We congratulate all the centers for achieving recognition for the care they provide to children.”

Maplewood YMCA, Rochester, NY
Nina’s Family Child Care Center at Park Lee, Phoenix, AZ
Park Ridge Child Care, Rochester, NY
S.E.E.K Early Learning Center, Phoenix AZ

Bridges Gilbert, Gilbert, AZ
PACE Head Start, Madison St, New Bedford, MA
PACE Head Start, Smith Street, New Bedford, MA

Birth Academy LLC, St Louis, MO
Cape Cod Children’s Place, Eastham, MA
The Children’s College, Cape Cod, MA
Delmar Garden North Early Childhood Center, St Louis, MO
Forever Children Daycare, Salt Lake City, UT
Kingdom House, St Louis, MO
Little Stars Learning Center, Dennis, MA
Nina’s Family Child Care Center at Main, Phoenix, AZ
Smart Kids 1, Taylorsville, UT

Since the program began in 2013, Healthy Way to Grow reaches more than 447 early childhood programs, 48,610 children and 5,667 staff nationwide.
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PACE – Health Access Offers Free Assistance To Seniors Over 65 Who Are Applying For Medicare Part A, Part D And Other Health Insurance Programs

Senior Health Specialist available on Fridays from 9:00am – 3:00pm (by appointment only) to assist seniors with their health insurance applications. There is no charge for this service.

New Bedford, MA (August 27, 2019) – PACE’s Health Access Program announces that they have a Senior Health Specialist available on Fridays from 9:00am – 3:00pm (by appointment only) to assist seniors with their health insurance applications. There is no charge for this service.

The Senior Health Specialist will assist anyone over 65 with their applications for Medicare Part A, part B, and part D; Medigap insurance, Medicare HMOs, retiree insurance plans, prescription drug programs, Medicaid and Medicare.

In addition, Pace Health Access Program continues to assist anyone under age 65 with their health insurance needs. Trained Navigators assist clients who do not have health insurance by helping them apply for health insurance to the Massachusetts Health Connector and/or Mass Health. For more information for this free program or to make an appointment please call 508-999-9920.

PACE –  People Acting in Community Endeavors, Inc.

The mission of PACE is to provide services and resources for people in need to improve their quality of life. Through work with community partners, P.A.C.E., Inc. develops and supports strategies that encourages elf-sufficiency.

PACE programs include: Child Care Works, YB Youth Development Center, The Family Center, Head Start, Housing Services, Fuel Assistance, Clemente Course, Tax Preparation, Health Access, and Food Bank.

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PACE Head Start Accepting Applications for 2019-2020 School Year

PACE Head Start is currently accepting applications for the upcoming school year which will begin in late August 2019.

Head Start provides a free family centered school readiness program for approximately 300 children ages 3-5 from income eligible families living in New Bedford, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, and Acushnet,

Head Start children benefit from an individualized early education curriculum which supports their growth in a variety of learning domains and prepares them for kindergarten, a news release notes. The program’s comprehensive approach to learning includes a creative education curriculum, comprehensive health services, parent education, meaningful family engagement and support services

Part and full day preschool options are available.

“Children are free to explore, experiment, socialize, problem solve, master new skills and gain self confidence while guided by qualified early childhood professionals in a classroom environment,” the release said.

All children enrolled at PACE Head Start receive nutritious meals and snacks. Free busing services are available to and from school. A small fee based on family income is charged to parents whose children are enrolled in the full day option. Child care vouchers are accepted for full day services.

Ten percent of enrollment opportunities are reserved for children with special needs.

For more information and an application, call PACE Head Start Family Services Office at 508-999-1286 or 508-984-3557, or visit us at  

South Coast Today – August 6, 2019

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