December 5, 2019

Trying Together Releases Professional Development Catalog

Focusing on early childhood professionals working in home-, center-, and school-based settings, Trying Together offers existing and customized growth opportunities targeted to individual or group goals, interests, and needs. To increase awareness of these opportunities, Trying Together developed an online, printable 2019-2020 Professional Development Catalog that features course titles, descriptions, Core Knowledge Competency (CKC) alignments, and more.


For more than 55 years, Trying Together has supported the work of early childhood with a dedication to making sure every caregiver feels valued. In pursuit of this vision, Trying Together not only offers courses that always provide Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS) and Act 48 credits, but also offers a plethora of professional growth opportunities, resources, and services. With this, Trying Together partnered with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services in summer 2019 to manage quality support for all Allegheny County early learning programs serviced by Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 5.

As part of this work, we are continuing and enhancing our commitment to providing quality services and supports that meet the unique needs of our region’s early care and education professionals. This work includes making our course catalog available publicly. With the year almost over, we are working to update and add more course offerings to ensure we are meeting the demands of both the field and new quality ratings and standards set by the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning’s (OCDEL) Keystone STARS Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). In early 2020, we plan to release a comprehensive update to this catalog. In the interim, we look forward to working together with you to support your goals and improve quality at your early learning program.

View the 2019-2020 Professional Development Catalog.

Core Knowledge Competencies (CKCs)

Trying Together’s courses align with the following Pennsylvania Core Knowledge Competencies:

    • K1: Child Growth and Development
    • K2: Curriculum and Learning Experiences
    • K3: Family, School, and Community Collaborations and Partnerships
    • K4: Assessment
    • K5: Communication
    • K6: Professionalism and Leadership
    • K8: Program Organization and Administration

Featured Focus Areas

To assist professionals in identifying relevant courses, the Catalog sorts listings into the following focus areas:

    • Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Interactions
    • Leadership
    • Play

All Trying Together courses provide PQAS and Act 48 credit.

Request Professional Services

To request professional services, please submit our online request form or contact Professional Development Manager Jasmine Davis at or 412.567.3933.

More Information

For more information, contact Jasmine Davis at or 412.567.3933.

Image: Early childhood professionals join together as a group, with one woman holding up a happy green face on a paper plate.