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July 23, 2021

Carnegie Library Resumes In-Person Services

All Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations are open at full capacity with no time restrictions. Curbside pickup and virtual services are still available.

 

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh In-Person Services

In July, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh resumed in-person services at full capacity at their locations across Pittsburgh. Here is what you can expect when visiting:

    • Expanded hours (including Mondays) and some additional morning and evening hours.
    • Capacity has returned to 100 percent.
    • Masks are no longer required for vaccinated staff or visitors. Children ages two to 12 years old and other vaccinated patrons should continue to wear masks while visiting.
    • Computer use time is unlimited unless others are waiting.
    • Laptop lending has returned and personal device use is permitted.
    • The return of furniture to help you relax, read, and work.
    • Meeting room spaces are not reservable or available for closed-door use.
    • In-person programming is still limited.
    • The Pennsylvania Department at the main location is currently not open for in-person visits.

COVID-19 Considerations

If you or a member of your household have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, feel sick (even if your symptoms are mild), or have been exposed to COVID-19 within the past 14 days, reschedule your visit to a later date. Carnegie Library offers a variety of digital materials, resources, and programming that are available 24/7. Curbside and virtual services are still available.

More Information

For more information, visit the Carnegie Library website or contact them via call, chat, or text:

    • Call: 412.622.3114
    • Text: 412.775.3900
    • Chat: Click the “How can we help?” icon on their website.

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Carnegie Library’s 2021 Best Books for Babies

Are you looking for books to read your baby? Check out the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s 2021 Best Books for Babies list!

 

2021 Best Books for Babies

Created by a panel of local librarians and child development experts, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s annual Best Books for Babies list is a nationally recognized guide assisting parents, teachers, and caregivers in selecting quality materials to share with their babies. The selected books will delight and engage babies ages birth to 18 months and the adults who care for them. The 2021 list includes:

    • an innovative fold-out board book,
    • books with fun movable features,
    • stories about young families,
    • familiar songs and rhymes,
    • and more!

View the List: To view the list, visit the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s website.

Where to Find Them

Pick up one or more of these books at a Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh branch near you. In addition to spending some cozy time together, you will prepare your baby’s brain to learn and grow!

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July 22, 2021

ECE Programs Hiring in Greater Pittsburgh Area

Are you looking for early childhood education (ECE) teaching jobs in Pittsburgh? View this week’s featured job descriptions from early learning programs in the Greater Pittsburgh Area.

 


 

Teaching Jobs in Pittsburgh

 

Teacher – Toddler, Infant, Resource

Bright Horizons is looking to hire teachers for their locations in Oakland, North Shore, Downtown, South Side, McCandless, and Murrysville. Hired teachers will have the opportunity to earn an ECE college degree for free!

Pre-K Counts Lead Teacher

Riverview Children’s Center is looking to hire a Pre-K Counts Lead Teacher who will be responsible for developing a cohesive teaching team, coordinating the curriculum, and managing the day-to-day operational activities of the classroom. An active PA Teaching Certification is required.

Toddler Teacher Assistant

Riverview Children’s Center is looking to hire a full-time, year-round Toddler Teacher Assistant to work alongside their Toddler Teacher in their NAEYC-accredited, STAR 4 Older Toddler classroom. Applicants should have a CDA or be CDA ready. Two years of experience is strongly preferred. Pay Rate: $12 per hour.

Assistant Teacher

Lightbridge Academy Hampton Township is looking to hire an Assistant Teacher to assist their Lead Teacher in implementing curriculum, lesson plans, and educational activities; maintain a well-kept classroom; and ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of children.

After School Program Supervisor

St. Paul’s Kidz Korner is looking to hire an After School Program Supervisor to manage their school-aged after-school program, create weekly lesson plans, manage after-school assistant teachers, supervise children, and ensure all licensing requirements are met and that children are safe at all times.

Preschool Teacher

Heart Prints Center for Early Education is looking for high-quality Preschool Teachers. Part-time and full-time teaching positions are available.

 


 

Submit a Job

Each week, Trying Together highlights employer-submitted early childhood jobs on our website, social media, and newsletter.

All job descriptions submitted after July 27 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 Lainey Yockey at lainey@tryingtogether.org.

 


 

Other Jobs in Early Childhood

See More Job Descriptions

For more teaching jobs in Pittsburgh, view our news posts from previous weeks:

ECE Hire

Visit the ECE Hire website to view early childhood 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 maureen.murphy@pacca.org.

 


 

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July 20, 2021

Yale Child Care Survey Offers Chance to Win $500

The Yale School of Medicine is awarding $500 Visa cards to 20 early learning professionals who complete their COVID Child Care Survey, which aims to ensure ECE voices are heard by policymakers who make decisions on child care.

 

Yale Child Care Survey

The Yale School of Medicine has partnered with the National Workforce Registry Alliance to launch their second COVID Child Care Study to ensure that the voices of early childhood professionals are heard by policy leaders who make health and economic decisions regarding child care. Results of their first study were used to share policy recommendations to:

    • help keep you and the children in your care safe,
    • provide financial and other supports for child care programs and professionals, and
    • make sure the voices of child care professionals were heard by policymakers.

As a special thank you, 20 survey participants will win a $500 Visa card. All survey respondents will be invited to option information sessions where survey results will be shared.

Complete the Survey

For a chance to win, complete the online survey. The survey is voluntary, confidential, and takes about 10 to 15 minutes. For more news, visit our News page.

Share Your Research Study or Survey

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Live Demo of New Keystone STARS Designation System

Child care directors, administrators, and owners in Pennsylvania are invited to a live demonstration of the new Keystone STARS pre-designation and designation applications. Join the PD Registry on July 28 to learn how to navigate the new process and more.

 

Keystone STARS Designation System

On July 28, the PD Registry team is hosting a live demonstration of the new Keystone STARS pre-designation and designation applications for child care directors, administrators, and owners in Pennsylvania. The new applications will officially launch on October 1, 2021 and will streamline the designation process for providers.

A demonstration recording will be available on the Pennsylvania Key website. In-depth training on how to apply for Keystone STARS designation in the PD Registry will be available in August 2021.

Live Demonstration Dates

For Center-Based Child Care Programs

    • Wednesday, July 28, 2021  |  1 – 2 p.m.  |  Register

For Family and Group Child Care Programs

    • Wednesday, July 28, 2021  |  6:30 – 7 p.m.  |  Register

Other Ways to Prepare

Other ways directors, administrators, and owners can prepare for this transition include:

    • applying for placement on Pennsylvania’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) Career Pathway;
    • assisting staff in completing their PD Registry profile and applying for Career Pathway placement; and
    • claiming their organization profile for their program.

The Pennsylvania Key offers tip sheets and video tutorials on how to complete these steps and more. For more events, visit our Events Calendar.

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Paid Training: Environmental Services Associate

Interested in being considered for a part-time or full-time Environmental Services Associate position at UPMC? Complete the paid training program!

 

Environmental Services Associate Paid Training

The Environmental Services Associate Paid Training Program seeks to prepare program participants to obtain jobs with sustainable compensation and avenues for career path growth. The program includes:

    • training on how to clean all aspects of a hospital to meet required safety standards, and
    • training on how to promote the quality of care that is given to all patients and patient families.

This opportunity is provided by the Energy Innovation Center Institute.

Program Details

The program is now recruiting for a September class. Classes start in September 2021.

    • Five weeks of classroom and hands-on training.
    • Classes are held Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Participants are paid $15 per hour during the training program.
    • Upon successful completion, participants will be considered for part-time and full-time positions with UPMC.

More Information

For more information, contact dstreepy@eicpittsburgh.org or 412.482.3365.

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July 19, 2021

FEC Program Helps Pittsburghers Reduce Debt and Save Money

If you are looking to reduce your debt, save money, or tackle a financial challenge, the Pittsburgh Financial Empowerment Center can help!

 

Reduce Your Debt and Save Money

The Pittsburgh Financial Empowerment Center (FEC) provides free personal financial management support to any Pittsburgher over the age of 18 through free, one-on-one financial counseling sessions. These sessions help participants:

    • tackle financial challenges,
    • reduce debt,
    • increase savings,
    • navigate complex systems, and
    • make concrete plans to achieve long-term goals.

Since the program’s launch in March 2019, FEC financial counselors have provided financial management support to over 1,000 people in support of their personalized financial goals.

Financial Counseling Sessions

To register for financial counseling, visit the Pittsburgh FEC website or follow them on Facebook.

More Information

The Pittsburgh FEC is a free public service provided in partnership between the City of Pittsburgh Mayor’s Office of Equity, Neighborhood Allies, Advantage Credit Counseling Service, and Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund.

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Relationships are the Heart of Early Childhood Education

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) and The Pennsylvania Key are offering a four-part virtual training series called “Relationships are the Heart of Early Childhood Education” for infant-toddler educators and supervisors.

 

Relationships are the Heart of ECE

The “Relationships are the Heart of Early Childhood Education” series is delivered virtually over four weeks to infant-toddler educators and supervisors in Early Childhood Education (ECE) settings. Participating professionals will learn about responsive teacher-child interactions that support babies and toddlers, as well as their parents/caregivers, in healing the trauma experienced due to COVID-19.

 

Session Topics

This series is being offered in a cohort model. Participants must attend all four sessions in their chosen cohort.

    • Session 1: Building Warm, Positive, and Nurturing Relationships
    • Session 2: Providing Responsive Caregiving
    • Session 3: Supporting Emotional Expression and Regulation
    • Session 4: Guiding Behavior

Apply to a Cohort

There are two cohorts available, with training dates on September 23, October 7, October 14, and October 21, 2021. Cohort 1 will meet from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cohort 2 will meet from 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Selected applicants will be notified by August 20, 2021. For more news, visit our News page.

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July 15, 2021

Mini-Grants Available for Child Care Providers

The Pennsylvania Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (PA NAPSACC) program is offering $500 mini-grants to child care providers in Pennsylvania for projects focused on children’s health.

 

PA NAPSCACC Mini-Grants

PA NAPSACC, a continuous quality improvement process focused on obesity prevention practices and policies within early care and education settings, is offering $500 mini-grants to child care providers in Pennsylvania to support projects focused on childhood health. Participating programs will:

    • utilize an online tool called GO NAPSACC to complete self-assessments, action plan, implement actions, develop policies, and reflect;
    • receive guidance from a Child Care Health Consultant who will review the program’s current practices and policies, assist with developing sustainable policies, and offer guidance for continuous quality improvement;
    • participate in online TA networks focused on policy development; and
    • have access to individualized technical assistance to increase knowledge and improve the quality of practice and policies.

Apply for a Mini-Grant

To apply, complete the online application by September 3, 2021. All applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by September 21, 2021. For more information, view this document.

 

Timeline

    • September 3 – Applications are due.
    • September 21 – Notification of acceptance.
    • Week of October 4 – Orientation and Kick Off.
    • 8 months to implement your project.
    • June 2020 – Reflections & Wrap Up.

How does this apply to performance standards?

For STAR 3 and STAR 4 programs (and STAR 2 programs moving to STAR 3), participation in all parts of this program satisfies the performance standards and/or bonus point requirements related to:

    • utilizing a health care consultant to establish and maintain health policies above those required by certification, and
    • participating in an organized effort to promote nutritional health for children.

More Information

For questions, contact Lori McMonigal, Coordinator for Special Projects – Tuscarora Intermediate Unit, at 717.248.4942 x 112 or lmcmonigal@tiu11.org. For more news, visit our News page.

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ECE Teaching Jobs in Pittsburgh

Are you looking for early childhood education (ECE) teaching jobs in Pittsburgh? View this week’s featured job descriptions from early learning programs in the Greater Pittsburgh Area.

 


 

Teaching Jobs in Pittsburgh

 

Early Childhood Assistant Teacher

Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh is looking to hire an Early Childhood Assistant Teacher. This professional will create loving environments for infants and toddlers, teach social-emotional skills, and allow children to be inquisitive and learn through experiences.

Early Childhood Teacher

Providence Connections, Inc. is looking to hire an Early Childhood Teacher who will oversee their daily program for children, coordinate daily activities, and supervise the classroom. This professional is responsible for supervising the participation of the Assistant Group Supervisor/Aide and engaging the AGS in planning and implementation. Hours may vary to support the needs of the program.

Lead Teacher

Angels’ Place, a nonprofit family support agency that serves single full-time student and working parents and their children, is seeking full-time Early Childhood Education Lead Teachers for their STAR 4, NAEYC accredited center in Swissvale. Ideal candidates would have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and experience working with families facing at-risk challenges.

Group Supervisors and Assistant Group Supervisors

Metropolitan Preschool & Nursery is looking to hire Group Supervisors and Assistant Group Supervisors who will provide nurturing and exceptional quality programs to children and families.

Assistant Toddler Teacher

Blessed Assurance Christian Child Care, LLC is looking to hire a full-time Assistant Toddler Teacher to provide enthusiastic, nurturing care to toddlers at their Keystone STARS site in Braddock. Candidates must have a minimum of a CDA Credential with 2,500 documented hours of working with children.

Assistant Director

Blessed Assurance Christian Child Care, LLC is looking to hire an Assistant Director. This professional will be responsible for assisting the Director with planning, managing, marketing, and directing the child care program. The Assistant Director will also maintain center paperwork, keep files, and perform other administrative duties as required.

Assistant Group Supervisor

Fifth Avenue Family Child Care, a parent-led co-op housed on The Ellis School campus, is looking to hire a dynamic full-time Assistant Group Supervisor with experience working with infants to preschool-aged children. This professional will start in August 2021. Fifth Avenue Family Child Care values creativity, child-led exploration, patience, and building an inclusive community.

Group Supervisor

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is looking to hire a Group Supervisor to ensure the coordination of program quality (NAEYC and/or Keystone STARS requirements) for all age groups in the Children and Youth Development and Education Department. This professional should have demonstrated knowledge of PA Early Learning Standards, the PA Keystone STARS Program, and Environmental Rating Standards. Knowledge of NAEYC and PA DHS standards, regulations, and requirements preferred.

Assistant Group Supervisor (Various Rooms)

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is looking to hire an Assistant Group Supervisor who will assist in the implementation of daily activities towards the goal of program quality (PA DHS Certification regulations, Keystone STARS criteria, and NAEYC accreditation requirements) for all groups in the Children and Youth Development and Education Department. This professional will work under the guidance of the Group Supervisor.

Cook

Heritage Community Initiatives is looking to hire a full-time Cook to perform a variety of duties within Heritage Nutrition Services. Under the direct supervision of the Executive Chef, the Cook will assist with prepping meals for nearly 700 children on a daily basis. The duties performed by the Cook are broad, flexible, and entry-level.

 


 

Submit a Job

Each week, Trying Together highlights employer-submitted early childhood jobs on our website, social media, and newsletter.

All job descriptions submitted after July 20 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 Lainey Yockey at lainey@tryingtogether.org.

 


 

Other Jobs in Early Childhood

See More Job Descriptions

For more teaching jobs in Pittsburgh, view our news posts from previous weeks:

ECE Hire

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

 


 

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