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May 5, 2021

Teaching Policy Fellowship Opportunity

Are you a teacher in Pennsylvania who is interested in learning more about education policy? Sign up for the Teach Plus  Teaching Policy Fellowship.

About

In summer 2021, Teach Plus will launch a Teaching Policy Fellowship in Pennsylvania. This highly selective leadership opportunity is for 30 outstanding teachers looking to deepen their knowledge of education policy and amplify the voices of teacher leaders in Pennsylvania. Policy fellows, who will receive a $1,500 stipend for their commitment, will expand their influence without leaving the classroom and elevate teacher voice on important student equity issues. Early childhood educators are particularly encouraged to apply!

Fellows will attend two in-person training sessions (dependent on COVID-19 restrictions), monthly virtual meetings, and smaller, issues-focused working groups.

Qualifications

Teach Plus seeks a cohort of teachers who reflect the cultural, linguistic, and geographic diversity of our state.  Applicants must:

  • Be a current teacher of record (PK-12) in a PA public or charter school or early childhood education setting with at least two full years of teaching experience by June 2021.
  • Have a track record of success teaching students in Pennsylvania.
  • Be ready to dedicate time and energy to learning about policy and advocating on behalf of changes that impact your students — while continuing to teach full time.
  • Have a passion for sharing the diverse perspectives and experiences of students and teachers with policy makers.

Apply

To learn more about the fellowship or to apply, visit the Teach Plus website. Educators can also be nominated for the opportunity.

Teach Plus will host an information session about the fellowship on May 10, 2021 at 5 p.m. Register.

Fellowship applications are due May 17, 2021.

Interested? Email Laura Boyce at lboyce@teachplus.org. ​

 

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Nominations Open for the 2021 Voice for Children Award

Do you know an outstanding early childhood professional who is using their voice to advocate for young children and families? Nominate them for the 2021 Voice for Children Award!

 

About

The VOICE for Children Award is the only statewide award in Pennsylvania that recognizes early care and education professionals, who are not paid advocates, that go above and beyond their daily work in the field by being grassroots leaders through advocacy and public policy efforts.

Nomination Criteria

Nominees must:

    • Display dispositions of a model early childhood advocate, including (but not exclusive to) serving as an expert witness, providing public testimony, appearing in media, serving on a board in a public policy capacity, receiving distinctive honors or awards for previous advocacy work, leading advocacy campaigns or actions, working with leaders and elected officials, and/or recognized as an early childhood leader in their community.
    • Be a current member of PennAEYC to be considered.

Nominate an Educator

Nominations must be submitted no later than Friday, June 4, 2021. To submit a nomination, complete this nomination form and email it to Director of Public Policy and Advocacy Kimberly Early at kearly@pennaeyc.org. Please add “2021 VOICE Nomination” in your email subject line.

Nomination Guidelines

    • Nomination forms will be used to determine the winners of the VOICE for Children Award. Specific documentation (such as links to newspaper articles, titles, awards/honors) should be provided if known to substantiate a nominee’s advocacy efforts. PennAEYC staff will review each nomination based on the information provided. It is important that the nomination form is fully completed and all necessary information is included.
    • There is a 500-word maximum to your response to why you believe your nominee should be selected as a recipient of the 2021 PennAEYC VOICE for Children Award.
    • Including a biography of the nominee is encouraged, but not required.
    • Additional letters of support and endorsements for your nominee may be submitted. Encourage your colleagues to complete the form and indicate their endorsement.
    • Membership with PennAEYC is not required for the person nominating or endorsing a nominee.

More Information

To learn more, visit the PennAEYC website.

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PPS Take A Father to School Day

On May 21, Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) will be virtually celebrating Take a Father to School Day. Join them in celebrating this year’s focus: Resilience Through Reading.

 

About

This year’s virtual Take a Father to School Day event will focus on “Resilience Through Reading,” with partners including Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the Steelers, the Pirates, the Penguins, and Literacy Pittsburgh. The celebration will speak to the importance of fatherhood, being a positive role model, and fathers reading to their children. View this year’s activity list.

Purpose

The goals of Take a Father to School Day are:

    • inclusion;
    • increasing active participation of fathers, father figures, and positive male role models; and
    • welcoming father figures into a school atmosphere that encourages them to be actively involved in their child’s educational journey.

More Information

To learn more, visit the Pittsburgh Public Schools website.

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Child Care Jobs: May 5 – 12, 2021

Are you looking to enter the early learning field? View this week’s featured job descriptions.

 


 

Featured Jobs

 

Teacher (Temporary, Full-Time)

Heritage Community Initiatives, located in Braddock, is seeking experienced, compassionate, flexible, creative, and reliable Teachers for the Heritage Out of School Time (HOST) program. HOST provides before and after school support to children in grades K-8. The program is rated STAR 4 by Pennsylvania Keystone STARS, and is affiliated with NAEYC, PACCA, and the NAA. The Summer Session runs from June 7 to the end of August 2021.

Apply: To apply, send your resume to nhill@heritagesserves.org.

Lead Teacher

SmartKids Childcare and Early Learning Center is hiring a Pre-K Counts Lead Teacher. This position includes competitive benefits and salary.

Apply: To apply, contact Center Management at 724.229.9110 or smartkidscclc@yahoo.com.

Infant or Young Toddler Teacher

SmartKids Childcare and Early Learning Center is hiring Infant or Young Toddler Teachers to work with infants and young toddler age groups. Multiple positions are open and available for increasing enrollment.

Apply: To apply, contact Center Management at 724.229.9110 or smartkidscclc@yahoo.com.

Group Supervisor

Future Focus Childcare is hiring a Group Supervisor who will be responsible for classroom management, lesson planning, and observations for children ages one to three years old.

Apply: To apply, send your resume to futurefocus5936@gmail.com.

Daycare Teachers

TOLATR Highland Park Preparatory Academy is hiring Daycare Teachers. These professionals will provide a nurturing environment and support the beginning foundation of learning. Three positions are available: one full-time and two part-time.

Apply: To apply, send your resume and contact information to tolatr@aol.com.

Infant/Toddler Room Assistant Group Supervisor

All Star Learning Program is looking for a part-time staff member for their infant and toddler rooms. This person will be responsible for assisting the teacher in daily activities. Must obtain all clearances and adhere to state regulations. Hours will flex between 6:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Apply: To apply, send your resume to allstarlearningprogram@gmail.com.

 


 

Submit a Job Description

Each week, Trying Together publishes a news post that features employer-submitted job positions from early learning programs across Pennsylvania. Trying Together shares these posts online through our website, social media channels, and newsletter. To make it into next week’s post, please submit the Child Care Provider Job Post Submission Form no later than Tuesday, May 11.

This form is intended for positions in the early childhood field. Job descriptions not related to the early childhood field will not be included. All job descriptions submitted after May 11 will be published in the next week’s news post. Please note that publication dates may vary due to state and federal holidays. For questions, contact Lainey Yockey at lainey@tryingtogether.org.

 


 

Search Additional Jobs

Are you interested in starting or shifting your career in early childhood care and education? Visit the ECE Hire website or sign up for their weekly newsletter for current job listings and helpful tips on interviewing, resumes, and more.

To stay up to date on our featured positions, follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our newsletter.

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Free Community Dialogue Training

Want to learn how to hold space for tough conversations in your daily life, community, workplace, or during formal dialogues? Join Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Essential Partners on May 25 and 26 for their free virtual training sessions.

 

About

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Essential Partners are offering members of the Pittsburgh community the opportunity to attend free virtual training centered on facilitating dialogue. Training will be hosted from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m on Zoom Meetings.

Participants should plan to use a desktop, laptop, or tablet with a keyboard. This training is geared toward individuals who lead or influence groups of people that want to learn how to hold space for tough conversations.

Submit an Application

The application deadline is May 10, 2021. To apply, complete the online application form.

Learning Objectives

    • Understand the dynamics of stuck conversations.
    • Experience dialogic structures that break destructive or silencing patterns.
    • Experience Reflective Structured Dialogue.
    • Learn tools for reflection and inquiry that can be used in everyday interactions.
    • Learn how to establish the conditions for dialogue through the use of agreements, preparation, design, and the use of space.
    • Build connections between participants to support important, complex, or difficult conversations.
    • Structure dialogues in the community and design dialogue questions to invite narrative, value-based discussion, and complexity.
    • Use dialogue as a civic tool for reflection, self-authorship, connection to the values, and the development of conviction and intellectual humility.

Training Format

Day One

    • Group activity, training overview, introductions, break, information-sharing, group discussion, lunch, participate in a dialogue, journaling, break, dialogue debrief, review, and practice.

Day Two

    • Reflection share-out, information-sharing, exercises, break, dialogue facilitation using a script, debrief, lunch, exercise and teaching, facilitation deep-dive, exercise and teaching, break, additional practice, and wrap-up/evaluations.

Ask a Question

For questions, email baylessj@carnegielibrary.org. Share this flyer with your network.

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Fatherhood Program Offers Free Workshops

Goodwill Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Fatherhood FIRE program helps fathers get the skills they need to be actively involved in their children’s lives.

 

About

Through a series of workshops, FIRE provides fathers with the parenting, relationship, and communication skills they need to be involved, responsible, and committed fathers. The program offers incentives; transportation assistance; optional employment and training activities; and more.

Upcoming Virtual Class Dates

    • May 17 – June 24, Tuesdays/Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • June 8 – July 15, Tuesday/Thursday, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Eligibility

To be eligible, participants must be a father or father figure, age 18 years or older, of a child 24 years old or younger, and reside in Allegheny County.

Apply

To apply or ask questions, contact program staff at 1.877.499.3526 or fatherhood@goodwillswpa.org.

Learn More

To learn more, visit the program web page. Share this flyer with your network.

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April 29, 2021

Mortgage and Housing Assistance in Pittsburgh

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) of Pittsburgh offers several housing programs that offer financial assistance, including rental, utility, and mortgage assistance; down payment and closing cost assistance; and accessibility modification assistance.

For City of Pittsburgh residents only.

 

Assistance Programs

 

Housing Stabilization Program

This program offers one-time or short-term (up to three months) rental, mortgage, or utility assistance to households that are facing a temporary, non-recurring housing crisis.

Program Information (English) (Arabic) (Chinese) (Nepali) (Spanish) (Swahili)

Apply

To determine your eligibility and apply, contact United Way by calling 2.1.1. Calls are free and confidential. 140 languages available through interpreter services.

    • By phone: Text your zip code to 898-211 or call 2-1-1 on your phone.
    • By chatroom: Use the chat window in the bottom right corner of 2.1.1 website.

Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance Program

This program provides financial assistance to eligible first-time homebuyers in the City of Pittsburgh. To be eligible, individuals must:

    • have an annual gross household income that does not exceed 115% of the Area Median Income,
    • be purchasing the home as their primary residence and have their name on the deed, and
    • must not have any outstanding City, School, and County real estate taxes (or must be on a payment plan for at least six months).

Program Information (English) (Arabic) (Chinese) (Nepali) (Spanish) (Swahili)

Apply

Submit this application to Victoria Jackson, Senior Program Assistant, at vjackson@ura.org.

Homeowner Assistance for Independence Program

This program assists homeowners with permanent disabilities to make accessibility modifications for their homes. Homeowners can receive up to $10,000 in modifications. Landlords can receive up to $5,000 in modifications. Accessibility modifications can include, but are not limited to:

    • exterior ramps,
    • chair gliders or lifts,
    • door widening,
    • bathroom modifications,
    • visual doorbells, and
    • lowering kitchen counters.

View the full program information.

Apply

Submit this application to Victoria Jackson, Senior Program Assistant, at vjackson@ura.org.

Learn More

To learn more and view additional programs, visit the URA website.

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Child Care Jobs: April 29 – May 5, 2021

Are you looking to enter the early learning field? View this week’s featured job descriptions.

 


 

Featured Jobs

 

Assistant Educators

Beth Shalom Early Learning Center is looking for full-time assistant educators for their program for the 2020-21 school year. These educators must:

    • be comfortable working with children from infancy through pre-kindergarten age,
    • be comfortable using an iPad for a daily communication tool, changing diapers, feeding the children, etc., and
    • be able to work with three to four other educators and take direction from the lead educator.

Guaranteed 40 hours a week, Monday through Friday, at the Keystone STARS 4A and NAEYC accredited center. The hours will be a set schedule.

Apply: To apply, send your resume via email to Hilary Yeckel at hyeckel@bethshalompgh.org. Applicants can also call 412.421.8857.

Preschool Teachers

Carriage House Children’s Center is an exemplary, accredited child care center located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood in Pittsburgh. They are seeking highly motivated Preschool Teachers who:

    • value the importance of building strong relationships with children,
    • understand how young children learn and develop, and
    • are dedicated to creating a nurturing learning environment for every child.

If you have previous experience working with young children and are interested in joining their inclusive learning community where all families, children, and staff feel welcome and respected, they encourage you to apply today.

Apply: To apply, email your resume and a cover letter to chcc@carriagehouse.org.

Infant/Toddler Room Assistant Teachers

Carriage House Children’s Center is seeking Infant/Toddler Room Assistant Teachers who will be responsible for assisting with the children’s daily activities under the guidance of a teacher.

If you have previous experience working with young children and are interested in joining their inclusive learning community where all families, children, and staff feel welcome and respected, they encourage you to apply today.

Apply: To apply, email your resume and a cover letter to chcc@carriagehouse.org.

Teaching Assistant/Aide

Carriage House Children’s Center is seeking part-time casual Teaching Assistants/Aides who will be responsible for assisting with the children’s daily activities under the guidance of a teacher.

If you have previous experience working with young children and are interested in joining their inclusive learning community where all families, children, and staff feel welcome and respected, they encourage you to apply today.

Apply: To apply, email your resume and a cover letter to chcc@carriagehouse.org.

Assistant Educator

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh Early Childhood Development Center, South Hills location, is seeking motivated and enthusiastic professionals for full-time, part-time, and seasonal openings as Assistant Educators in Toddler and Preschool classrooms at their South Hills location. These professionals:

    • will be responsible for assisting the Lead Educator in the classroom oversight and implementation of the approved curriculum in the Early Childhood Department,
    • should have knowledge of the Pennsylvania STARS program,
    • should have knowledge of the Reggio Emilia approach and constructivist social learning theory (or a willingness to learn), and
    • must possess or obtain FBI, Act 33/34, NSOR clearances, and mandated reporter training.

Apply: To apply, send your resume and a letter of interest to hr@jccpgh.org.

Assistant Educator

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh Early Childhood Development Center, South Hills location, is seeking motivated and enthusiastic professionals for immediate openings as Lead Educators in Infant, Toddler, Preschool, and Pre-kindergarten classrooms. These professionals:

    • will be responsible for classroom oversight and implementation of the approved curriculum in the Early Childhood team,
    • should have knowledge of the Pennsylvania STARS program,
    • should have knowledge of the Reggio Emilia approach and constructivist social learning theory (or a willingness to learn), and
    • must possess or obtain FBI, Act 33/34, NSOR clearances, and mandated reporter training.

Apply: To apply, send your resume and a letter of interest to hr@jccpgh.org.

 


 

Submit a Job Description

Each week, Trying Together publishes a news post that features employer-submitted job positions from early learning programs across Pennsylvania. Trying Together shares these posts online through our website, social media channels, and newsletter. To make it into next week’s post, please submit the Child Care Provider Job Post Submission Form no later than Tuesday, May 4.

This form is intended for positions in the early childhood field. Job descriptions not related to the early childhood field will not be included. All job descriptions submitted after May 4 will be published in the next week’s news post. Please note that publication dates may vary due to state and federal holidays. For questions, contact Lainey Yockey at lainey@tryingtogether.org.

 


 

Search Additional Jobs

Are you interested in starting or shifting your career in early childhood care and education? Visit the ECE Hire website or sign up for their weekly newsletter for current job listings and helpful tips on interviewing, resumes, and more.

To stay up to date on our featured positions, follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our newsletter.

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April 28, 2021

Format Change for FBI Clearance Result Letter

As of April 17, 2021, ChildLine has changed the format of the FBI Clearance Result letter.
The major change observed in the new format is the consolidation of result boxes. Instead of the four checkboxes previously used on the letter, all result letters now display only two boxes and either “ELIGIBLE” or “INELIGIBLE” will be checked.
Any agency that receives these result letters and wishes to verify the validity may contact ChildLine at 717-783-6211 or 1-877-371-5422. Childline cannot discuss the specific outcome for the applicant(s) with third parties, but can verify receipt of the new letter template.
Information regarding clearances and fingerprinting can be found on the Department of Human Services website.

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New Resources from Trying Together

As Month of the Young Child comes to a close, Trying Together is featuring several resources that were released throughout April. These resources further Trying Together’s mission to 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.

New Resources

DAP Series Parts IV, V, and VI

As an early childhood nonprofit, Trying Together recognizes that a child’s parent is their first and most important caregiver. That’s why we created the Developmentally Appropriate Parenting (DAP) Series to assist parents and caregivers in creating high-quality learning experiences at the earliest stages of their child’s life. The series features digital and print content that provides information on critical early childhood topics.

As of April 2021, six Parts have been published, including: Part I: Developmentally Appropriate Practice; Part II: Childhood Physical Health; Part III: Child Care; Part IV: Early Intervention and Inclusion; Part V: Safety and Emergencies; and Part VI: Social-Emotional Development.  Resources will continue to be added through 2022 as additional Parts are finalized.

Parenting Together Pathway

The Parenting Together Pathway is a video-based learning series to provide high-quality information on early childhood development to parents and caregivers in Allegheny County and surrounding areas. Launched in April 2021, the Parenting Together Pathway provides families the opportunity to learn more about: brain development; play; interactions and relationships; technology; child care; and advocacy to better support their children’s healthy growth. Additional videos will be released through 2021.

Recess Advocacy Toolkit

In partnership with the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative and thanks to support from The Grable Foundation and Remake Learning Tomorrow Grants, the Recess Advocacy Team created a Recess Advocacy Toolkit. As schools shift from remote learning back to in-person education, the importance of play and recess must be at the forefront of the conversation around reopening schools and helping children adjust to a changed educational environment. This toolkit highlights research, strategies, and advocacy opportunities for play and physical activity at home and at school.