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 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 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. Virtual Groups Virtual group discussions are available via Zoom on an ongoing basis. Please visit our events calendar to view information about upcoming sessions. Fathers Trying Together: Virtual Sessions | First Fridays Monthly, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 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 virtually via Zoom from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Fridays. For more information, contact Neil Walker at 412.545.5172 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Women’s Rap: Virtual Sessions | Second Fridays Monthly, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 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 virtual group discussion to build your confidence, gratitude, and supportive relationships with other women. For more information, contact Toni Beasley at 412.540.5732 or email@example.com. Rise Together: Virtual Sessions | Fourth Fridays Monthly, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Want to strengthen emotional bonds with your child? Join other families to participate in virtual adult group discussion 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Raising Readers Together Club: Virtual Sessions | Wednesdays (tweens and teens) and Thursdays (ages six+), 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Families and community partners come together weekly for an hour of fun and relaxing conversation about the power of early reading experiences for young children. Families experience conversations, interactive storytelling and shared reading opportunities with their children. Download the Raising Readers flyer for more information. Due to COVID-19, the Raising Readers Together Club is being held virtually via Zoom. To register, contact Cynthia Battle at 412.567.1304 or email@example.com. 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! Now recruiting family/group child care providers to participate in a supportive and dedicated community, the Homewood Child Care Alliance (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 Sarah Byrne-Houser at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn More For more information about The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center, contact Toni Beasley at email@example.com, 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.