Vision & Mission

Vision

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

Mission

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.

History

1963

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

1983

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)

2000

Early 2000s PAEYC moves from volunteer to staffed model

2017

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.

2018

PAEYC rebrands as Trying Together

Cuvered Squiggle line separator

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.

Cuvered Squiggle line separator