January 31, 2024

Resources for February Observances

Various organizations, states, and nations recognize several observances each month. Resources help parents, caregivers, and childcare professionals acknowledge and navigate them.

Here is a list of resources for February observances:

Month-Long Observances:

Black History Month

Library Lovers Month

National Children’s Dental Health Month

Week-Long Observances:

February 14-20 is Random Acts of Kindness Week

Day Observances:

February 2: Groundhog Day

February 7: National Girls and Women in Sports Day

February 8: Take Your Child to the Library Day

February 10 Lunar New Year

February 11: National Make-a-Friend Day

February 20: World Day of Social Justice

February 21: Language Day

February 29: Leap Day


January 30, 2024

Affordable Connectivity Program Expected to End in Spring 2024

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is expected to end in spring 2024.


The ACP provides eligible, low-income households with up to $30 monthly broadband subsidies on internet service plans, and a one-time benefit of up to $100 to help buy a device, such as a laptop or tablet.

In 2021, Congress established the ACP in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and appropriated $14.2 billion for the program. Households enrolled in the program are projected to continue to receive the benefit on their internet service through April 2024.

The FCC has begun taking steps to wind down the ACP, which means:

  • No new ACP enrollments will be accepted after February 7, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Households that enrolled with an ACP internet company before February 7, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. will continue to receive their benefit until ACP funds run out as long as the household remains enrolled and eligible for the benefit.
  • When ACP funds run out, participating households will no longer receive discounts.

Details are available on the ACP Wind-Down Fact Sheet and at


Apply or Nominate: 2024 Pennsylvania Equity in ECE Champion Awards

Applications are now open for the Office of Child Development and Early Learning’s (OCDEL) 2024 Pennsylvania Equity in Early Childhood Education Champion Awards.

About the Awards

The Pennsylvania Equity in Early Childhood Education Champion Award brings awareness to and highlights the equity work being done within Pennsylvania’s early childhood education and afterschool settings, including child care, evidence-based home visiting, and early intervention. These professionals and organizations align with the position statement of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education Position Statement.


Submissions can be an application (apply on your own or a program/organization’s behalf), or nomination (submit another individual or program/organization) to be acknowledged for their work around equity.

Self-applications are accepted. Applications should be submitted by Friday, February 23, 2024. Applications are available in English and in Spanish.

All programs must be physically located and operating within Pennsylvania and providing early childhood education services or supports relating to Pennsylvania’s families/children. Those who were 2022 or 2023 awardees in the Gold, Silver, and Bronze categories are not eligible for submission for the 2024 Pennsylvania Equity in Early Childhood Education Champion Award.

Eligibility information and application details are available on the PA Keys website. For questions or concerns, email Mary Hall at


January 2024 Recalls on Children’s Products

Parents and caregivers should be aware of several child-related product recalls.

Learn More

Here is a list of January 2024 recalls collected from the following major federal agencies: the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

More Information

For recall details, visit the links above or review the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration websites.


January 29, 2024

PA Navigate Tool Aims to Connect Pennsylvanians with Community Resources

PA Navigate is a new online tool that connects Pennsylvanians with community-based organizations, county and state agencies, and healthcare providers, for referrals to community resources that help them meet their most basic needs like food, shelter, transportation, and more.

About PA Navigate

PA Navigate also allows individuals to refer themselves for services and facilitates greater connection and communication between healthcare providers and organizations that serve shared populations.

A person’s overall health and wellness are influenced by socioeconomic, environmental, and behavioral factors that shape our present and long-term health outcomes.

PA Navigate bridges these systems through a shared platform where health care providers and social services organizations can track referrals and better understand and assist by helping individuals access services and support. The system will also allow health care and service providers to assess an individual’s needs during a physician’s office or emergency department visit, when receiving case management services, or when seeking assistance from a community-based organization.

For more information and to find resources in your community, visit


January 24, 2024

Trying Together 2024 ECE Advocacy Fellows Complete First Month of Program

For the first time since 2021, 26 Advocacy Fellows successfully completed their first month in the 2024 Early Childhood Education Advocacy Fellowship program at Trying Together’s main office.


In January 2024, Trying Together commenced its fourth Early Childhood Education (ECE) Advocacy Fellowship. Throughout the year, Fellows will convene monthly, focusing on acquiring public policy knowledge, enhancing leadership skills, and cultivating their voices as advocates for early childhood education.

At their first workshop session in January, Fellows delved into  Early Learning PA (ELPA) campaigns, including Start Strong PAPre-K for PA, and Childhood Begins at Home, and Thriving PA. They also heard from past Fellows, gaining valuable insights on how to maximize their Fellowship experience and how their advocacy actions, no matter how big or small, can make an impact.

If you’re interested in advocacy, visit the Take Action page!

More Information

If you’re eager to learn more about the Fellowship, please visit our webpage, sign up to receive our newsletters, and follow us on Facebook or Twitter. We will share updates as soon as information becomes available.


January 22, 2024

2024 PA One Book: Slug in Love

“Slug in Love,” written by Rachel Bright and illustrated by Nadia Shireen has been named the 2024 Pennsylvania One Book.

About the PA One Book

The Pennsylvania One Book Early Literacy Program is an initiative that highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers; the significance of reading early and often to children; and how to engage them in conversation and other activities around books.

Each year, the PA One Book Committee chooses a different children’s picture book to highlight.

“Slug in Love” is the rhyming story of one slug’s search for love – and young readers will learn that there’s a friend for everyone.

For more information and resources, visit the Pennsylvania One Book website.


Child Care Career Openings in Pittsburgh

Are you looking for open child care positions? Early learning programs in the Greater Pittsburgh Area are hiring! See featured jobs for this week.

Child Care Positions in Pittsburgh


Elizabeth United Methodist Early Learning Center is seeking a Director to manage the child care center; administer all financial, personnel, maintenance, program activities, and objectives; and maintain compliance to Department of Human Services and Keystone STARS standards and regulations.

Candidates are required to have an Associate’s or Bachelors degree, two years experience working with children, and clearances. Interested applicants should send a resume to


Glenshaw Presbyterian Early Learning Center is accepting resumes for a Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher. Interested applicants should reach out to Fawn at

Youth Sports Instructor

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western PA is seeking a Youth Sports Instructor responsible for working with youth to educate them on a skillset in a specified sport. The instructor is responsible for supervising, coordinating, and promoting the athletics program for BGCWPA. At times, the instructor may be the referee for game play in addition to the instructor. Apply online.

Summer Camp Youth Development Instructor

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western PA is seeking a Youth Development Professional that will be hands on with the youth to implement curriculum and programming on a day to day basis. This role is responsible for the supervision and safety of all program participants as well as relationship building. This role will ensure that they follow all DHS Chapter 3270 Regulations and BGCA Safety requirements. Apply online.

STEAM Ambassador

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western PA is seeking a STEAM Ambassador for its STEM program. This position is a perfect fit for someone looking to take a first step in their career to work with youth in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics education setting. With the No. 1 priority being their work with the kids during program hours. Apply online.

Career Development Coordinator

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western PA is seeking a Career Development Coordinator who will be responsible for youth development through career exposure and preparation; support the career development program/curriculum across five teen locations in Allegheny County; support internships, certifications; and understands the needs and demographics of under-served communities. This position reports to the Manager of Career Development. Apply online.

Submit a Job

Trying Together highlights employer-submitted jobs on our website, social media, and in our newsletter.

All jobs submitted after Tuesday each week will be published in the following week’s news post. Publication dates may vary due to state and federal holidays. Unrelated jobs will not be included.

For questions, contact Heidi Winkler at

Other Jobs in Early Childhood


Visit the ECE Hire website to view early childhood education job listings and helpful tips on interviewing, resumes, and more.

Submit a Job to PACCA

Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA) offers a Job Board for its members to post jobs for free and sends out submitted jobs via their Facebook page and e-newsletter. PACCA members can submit jobs online after signing into their membership account. For questions, contact Maureen Murphy at

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January 18, 2024

New Report: The Value and Cost of High-Quality Early Care and Education

In partnership with Start Strong PA, Trying Together released the report, “The Value and Cost of High-Quality Early Care and Education,” which provides insight into the importance of high-quality early care and education.

About the Report

This report, the first in a series of exploring the barriers to high-quality, aims to:

  • outline the history of Keystone STARS (launched in 2002)
  • review current research
  • elevate providers’ voices to explore financial barriers related to reaching and maintaining quality ratings

While there is significant value in Keystone STARS, over 20 years after its creation, insufficient funding can make high-quality ratings unattainable for programs across the state. High-quality early care and education is associated with high costs because it requires multiple layers of resources, including experienced and qualified teachers.

Policy recommendations:

  • replace the current market rate survey with a cost estimation study using an approved cost modeling tool to ensure child care subsidy reimbursement rates meet the true cost of quality care
  • increase program incentives within Keystone STARS
  • invest in additional supports to recruit, recognize, and retain qualified early childhood teachers

Learn more and read the full report or its executive summary.


January 17, 2024

New Library Space at Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center

The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center unveiled its new library space for visitors.

Library Details

The library will have books for children ages birth through 18. Children who visit the Hub & Family Center can take a book home to keep.

Staff and Storytime at the Hub! participants held a ribbon cutting for the library on January 16.

After reading “Lola at the Library,” children decorated tote bags for their chosen book.

About the Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center

The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center is a community resource of Trying Together. It is one of 27 Family Centers located in neighborhoods around Allegheny County.

For more information about The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center, contact Toni Beasley at, see our full list of staff contacts, and see our events calendar.