Vision & Mission


Trying Together envisions a future in which all caregivers feel valued.


Trying Together supports high-quality care and education for young children by providing advocacy, community resources, and professional growth opportunities for the needs and rights of children, their families, and the individuals who interact with them. Trying Together works regionally (in Southwestern Pennsylvania) and takes its expertise and models to statewide and national audiences.



Early care and education professionals volunteer to create the Pittsburgh Area Preschool Association (P.A.P.A.)


1983 P.A.P.A. affiliates with the National Association for The Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and becomes The Pittsburgh Association for The Education of Young Children (PAEYC)


Early 2000s PAEYC moves from volunteer to staffed model


Five-year strategic plan and rebrand approved by PAEYC Board of Directors. PAEYC partners with The Pennsylvania Association for The Education of Young Children (PennAEYC) to support the Pittsburgh Chapter of PennAEYC.


PAEYC rebrands as Trying Together

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Quote by Fred Rogers

We need to remember that children are trying, too—trying to understand their feelings and their world, trying to please the people they love, trying to grow. When grownups and children are trying together, just about anything can be possible.

Fred Rogers

This quote from Mister Rogers acknowledges the hard work that goes into being a caregiver for young children, and how hard those same children are working to develop and learn.

When Trying Together collaborates with early care and education professionals, families, and other individuals to advocate together, partner together, and learn together, we create a future in which caregivers feel valued; children have access to high-quality, early learning environments; and families have the resources they need to support their children’s early learning experiences.

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