Hub & Family Center

The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center supports the early learning needs of young children, families, and early educators in the Homewood communities.

The Hub & Family Center offers:

  • developmentally appropriate activities for children from birth to age nine;
  • individual and group support for parents to set and meet goals for their family; and
  • professional growth opportunities for center-, family-, and home-based early learning programs, and relative-providers.

The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center is a community resource of Trying Together.

Location

The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center merged together with the former operations at the Homewood-Brushton Family Center and The Homewood Early Learning Hub under one roof at 7219 Kelly Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208. This change brings with it exciting new opportunities for serving the community in Homewood.

Families

A child’s home is the first and most influential environment in their development. Recognizing this, we collaborate in meaningful ways with families of young children to support this critical learning period in their lives.

As the lead organization for the Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center, Trying Together helps to foster responsive and caring family-child interactions through innovative programming and strategies.

Parent Advisory Committee

In the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), parents play an active role in designing the Hub & Family Center’s programs and services to meet the unique needs of the children and families in their communities. Through regular meetings and learning opportunities, Council members grow their leadership skills to set and support the Hub & Family Center’s goals. Hub & Family Center Committees work together to ensure there is meaningful engagement from all families and early learning programs to enable the Hub & Family Center’s success. Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month. Please contact Neil Walker at neil@tryingtogether.org with any questions.

Parent Cafés

Parent Cafés are safe physical and emotional spaces where parents and caregivers talk about the challenges and victories of raising a family. Through individual deep self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning, participants explore their strengths, learn about the Protective Factors, and create strategies from their own wisdom and experiences to help strengthen their families.

Please contact Serena Washington at serena@tryingtogether.org for more information.

Caregiver Groups

Please visit our events calendar to view information about upcoming sessions.

Are you a parent or caregiver? Would you like to build positive memories with your child and learn healthy ways to cope with barriers and stress? Join us for adult group discussion, and discuss ways to engage in parent-child interaction activities such as arts and crafts, learning through play, reading, and STEM.

This event is currently being held from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Fridays. For more information, contact Neil Walker at 412.545.5172 or neil@tryingtogether.org.

Are you a parent or caregiver in need of self-care? Women’s Rap provides a safe place for communication, encouragement, and reflection. Join us for a group discussion to build your confidence, gratitude, and supportive relationships with other women.

For more information, contact Toni Beasley at 412.540.5732 or toni@tryingtogether.org.

Want to strengthen emotional bonds with your child? Join other families to participate in adult group discussions and developmentally appropriate activities for young children. Together, you and your family will grow, learn, and play.

For more information, contact Nicole Banner at 412.540.5970 or nicole@tryingtogether.org.

Buzzword Pittsburgh

Buzzword Pittsburgh excites children ages 0-5 and their families as they discover the words that are all around them. Through talk and play about math, science, and art, families can expand their young children’s vocabulary and conversation skills. The program engages families and community organizations in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood and the greater community.

The Buzzword Pittsburgh collaborative consists of six partner organizations with expertise in the arts and sciences. They provide interactive learning opportunities that encourage imagination, investigation, creation, and reflection for families. This initiative is supported by PNC Grow Up Great®.

Please contact Toni Beasley at 412.540.5732 or toni@tryingtogether.org for information on participating in Buzzword.

Community Check-Up

Community Check-Up is a satellite clinic of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in collaboration with the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. Every first and third Wednesday, an advanced practice provider and pediatrician see children and young adults ages birth–26 years old (birthday). Services provided are at no out-of-pocket cost. Appointments occur on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. at The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center. Download the Community Check-Ups flyer.

Early Educators

High-quality child care is essential to early childhood development. Through our work with community partners, families, and local early care and education professionals at The Homewood Early Learning Hub, we provide a place for the community to gather, learn, and play.

Homewood Child Care Alliance

Are you looking for an opportunity to receive support from other providers, access new resources, and increase the quality of your child care program? Join the Homewood Child Care Alliance (HCCA)!

Now recruiting family/group child care providers to participate in a supportive and dedicated community, the HCCA enhances child care quality through shared services and professional development. Together, we support positive child interactions and connect the provider community to expanded resources.

Benefits:

  • professional development hours;
  • shared purchasing options;
  • mentoring opportunities;
  • networking opportunities with other program participants;
  • curriculum and planning support; and
  • family engagement strategies and events.

For more information, please contact Judy Graca at judy@tryingtogether.org.

Community

Homewood Early Learning Steering Committee

The Homewood Early Learning Steering Committee (HELSC) brings area organizations and individuals together in a shared vision of equitable opportunities for education, services, and resources that provide children a strong foundation for lifelong learning and development as engaged and empowered Homewood residents. The Committee leverages community strengths and collaborative partnerships across early learning, K-12 education, health and human services, financial literacy, and private sector initiatives to foster positive family outcomes and arm caregivers, educators, and other caring adults with the tools to support early learning in all community spaces.

For more information, please contact Toni Beasley at toni@tryingtogether.org.

Resources

Diaper Bank

Diapers in sizes one to six and wipes are available to families in Homewood and surrounding communities. Each family can receive up to two packs of diapers and/or pull-ups every three months. To schedule a time to pick up diapers and wipes, please complete the interest form. Once you have completed the form, a member of our staff will contact you to arrange a pickup. Please note that opened diapers and wipes may not be returned or exchanged.

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Face Masks

Face masks are available at The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center by request. Due to COVID-19, those interested in obtaining face masks must schedule a time for pickup by contacting Toni Beasley at 412.540.5732 or toni@tryingtogether.org.

Learn More

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

The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center is one of 27 Family Centers located in neighborhoods around Allegheny County. The Family Center network, first established in 1997, has recently been updated to invite a more inclusive definition of “family” to include children under 18 and their caregivers. Read more on the Family Centers website.

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