Quality of Life Survey

Chester County Commissioners announce

Quality of Life residents’ survey

 

West Chester University’s Center for Social and Economic Policy Research conducts survey to help direct the county’s strategic plan for the next five years

 

WEST CHESTER _ As part of its on-going strategic planning effort, the Chester County Commissioners announce a countywide Quality of Life survey that asks residents to comment on their experiences in using county services and interacting with county staff.  The survey, an update on Chester County Quality of Life surveys undertaken in 2009 and 2013, has been developed in partnership with West Chester University’s Center for Social and Economic Policy Research.

Results of the survey will be incorporated in the county’s 2019-2023 strategic plan. The survey has been mailed to 12,000 households, which represents more than 7.5 percent of all residents. The survey is also available online at the county’s website, www.chesco.org/survey.  The online survey takes five to 10 minutes to complete and is available in both English and Spanish. To obtain a paper version of the survey, residents can call 610-344-6280.

“We want to hear about our residents’ experiences using our county services,” said Chester County Commissioners’ Chair Michelle Kichline. “We are interested in hearing from those who use our parks and trails, those who visit our health clinics, anyone who appreciates our public safety services, our thriving downtowns, as well as all of the other vital programs and services that the county provides.”

Dr. Jeffery Osgood of the West Chester University’s Center for Social and Economic Policy Research said, “The mailed surveys were randomly sent to homes through a process where residences in each region of the County had a relatively equal chance of being invited to participate in the Chester County Quality of Life Survey.”

“In everything we do, we plan,” said Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone. “We need to hear from the public about what they believe are the most important topics are for us to address during the next five years – from open space and urban growth to transportation options, job creation and economic development.”

Survey questions seek information about recent interactions with county offices and employees, experiences using county services and facilities, as well as opinions on how tax dollars should be spent. The survey also addresses questions about the quality of life for residents of Chester County.

“Time and again Chester County is recognized as an excellent place to live, work and raise a family,” noted Chester County Commissioner Terence Farrell. “As county commissioners, we make every effort to provide cost-efficient and effective programs and services that will ensure these top accolades continue.  We need our residents’ viewpoints to help us plan for the future.”

For questions or a request for further information, please contact:

Rebecca Brain, Communications Coordinator at 610-344-6279, rbrain@chesco.org.

He Started It Word Puzzle

Word Puzzle Wednesday

It’s Word Puzzle Wednesday! Stop by on Wednesdays (or subscribe to AdLib) to see a new fun puzzle. Look at the theme to help guide you to the solution. Feel free to use the internet to find the answers.

See the solution for the He Started It Puzzle

Share your thoughts

Let us know what you thought on social media using the hashtags #wordpuzzlewednesday  #hestartedit & #tplrocks

Did you figure it out? Post a smiley emoji or a thumbs up. Stumped? Let us know that too!

What a Tragedy Word Puzzle

Word Puzzle Wednesday

It’s Word Puzzle Wednesday! Stop by on Wednesdays (or subscribe to AdLib) to see a new fun puzzle. Look at the theme to help guide you to the solution. Feel free to use the internet to find the answers.

See the solution for the What a Tragedy Puzzle

Share your thoughts

Let us know what you thought on social media using the hashtags #wordpuzzlewednesday  #whatatragedy & #tplrocks

Did you figure it out? Post a smiley emoji or a thumbs up. Stumped? Let us know that too!

Pen Pals Word Puzzle

Word Puzzle Wednesday

It’s Word Puzzle Wednesday! Stop by on Wednesdays (or subscribe to AdLib) to see a new fun puzzle. Look at the theme to help guide you to the solution. Feel free to use the internet to find the answers.

See the solution for the Pen Pals Puzzle

Share your thoughts

Let us know what you thought on social media using the hashtags #wordpuzzlewednesday  #penpals & #tplrocks

Did you figure it out? Post a smiley emoji or a thumbs up. Stumped? Let us know that too!

RIP Neil Simon Word Puzzle

Word Puzzle Wednesday

It’s Word Puzzle Wednesday! Stop by on Wednesdays (or subscribe to AdLib) to see a new fun puzzle. Look at the theme to help guide you to the solution. Feel free to use the internet to find the answers.

See the solution for the RIP Neil Simon Puzzle

Share your thoughts

Let us know what you thought on social media using the hashtags #wordpuzzlewednesday  #ripneilsimon & #tplrocks

Did you figure it out? Post a smiley emoji or a thumbs up. Stumped? Let us know that too!

Nancy Drew Word Puzzle

Word Puzzle Wednesday

It’s Word Puzzle Wednesday! Stop by on Wednesdays (or subscribe to AdLib) to see a new fun puzzle. Look at the theme to help guide you to the solution. Feel free to use the internet to find the answers.

See the solution for the Nancy Drew Puzzle

Share your thoughts

Let us know what you thought on social media using the hashtags #wordpuzzlewednesday  #nancydrew & #tplrocks

Did you figure it out? Post a smiley emoji or a thumbs up. Stumped? Let us know that too!

Her Name Is Word Puzzle

Word Puzzle Wednesday

It’s Word Puzzle Wednesday! Stop by on Wednesdays (or subscribe to AdLib) to see a new fun puzzle. Look at the theme to help guide you to the solution. Feel free to use the internet to find the answers.

See the solution for the Her Name Is Puzzle

Share your thoughts

Let us know what you thought on social media using the hashtags #wordpuzzlewednesday  #hernameis & #tplrocks

Did you figure it out? Post a smiley emoji or a thumbs up. Stumped? Let us know that too!

PA FORWARD

That logo? You’ll be seeing a lot of it . . .

So what exactly is going on?

Your libraries are working toward becoming Gold Star PA Forward Libraries. Developed by the Pennsylvania Library Association, the PA Forward Star Library Program is part of a statewide initiative whose goal is to improve the quality of life in Pennsylvania.  The program enables libraries to create new partnerships; develop broader community support; and develop a powerful, unified voice for libraries as community centers of information, technology and learning that fuel educational and economic opportunity for all.

The program recognizes libraries that incorporate the “five key literacies” -“Basic Literacy”, “Information Literacy”, “Civic and Social Literacy”, “Health Literacy”, and “Financial Literacy” into their programming activities, displays and events. Tredyffrin Public Library has and will continue to pursue efforts to incorporate all five literacies in programming offered for all ages throughout the year. Listed below are the five key literacies with a brief description and library programs that have and continue to contribute to achieving all five literacy goals.

Basic Literacy

Libraries aid Pennsylvania in its goals to achieve one of the highest literacy rates in the country; develop a better trained and more skilled workforce; broaden the tax base, improve the economy, and increase population. In support of Basic Literacy, Tredyffrin Public Library provides story times that prepare young children for school, summer reading programs for children that promote family literacy, and adult reading programs such as book groups and adult summer reading that encourage lifelong learning.

Information Literacy

Libraries help all Pennsylvanians learn how to use online resources and current technology to improve their education, enhance job skills, and participate fully in a digital society. Tredyffrin Public Library provides free 1 on 1 computer training sessions and offers technology assistance facilitated by librarians. The library also provides computers with high speed Internet access and a free Wi-Fi network.

Civic and Social Literacy

Libraries provide resources and services for citizens of all ages that improve the knowledge and skills to enrich their lives, contribute effectively in their communities, and participate in civil discourse. Tredyffrin Public Library supports this literacy by providing programs on local and national history, hosting English as a second language (ESL) classes, and a number of teen programs that focus on civic engagement and giving back to the community.

Health Literacy

Libraries play an important role in helping citizens actively manage their own and their family’s well-being, making them effective partners with their health care providers and reducing costs. Tredyffrin Public Library supports this literacy by offering classes on balance and yoga for adults, programs that encourage activity in children and other health and wellness programs throughout the year.

Financial Literacy

Libraries help citizens become informed consumers and guide individuals, small businesses, and other organizations to contribute to the economic vitality of their communities. Tredyffrin Public Library supports this literacy by partnering with Chester County SCORE to provide programs such as “Understanding Cash Flow” – a program designed to help small business owners and entrepreneurs differentiate between cash flows and earnings, programs on estate management, programs on home selling, as well as other programs throughout the year.

How can you help?

Visit the library, attend programs, share ideas for how we can offer the programs you yearn for, talk to your employers about partnering with the library & PA Forward, and most importantly, talk about your love of the library!

 

Book Wizards Word Puzzle

Word Puzzle Wednesday

It’s Word Puzzle Wednesday! Stop by on Wednesdays (or subscribe to AdLib) to see a new fun puzzle. Look at the theme to help guide you to the solution. Feel free to use the internet to find the answers.

See the solution for the Book Wizards Puzzle

Share your thoughts

Let us know what you thought on social media using the hashtags #wordpuzzlewednesday  #bookwizards & #tplrocks

Did you figure it out? Post a smiley emoji or a thumbs up. Stumped? Let us know that too!