The Business of Child Care

Child care centers provide care, love, and social-emotional growth for young children. The benefits are invaluable to both the children and families. But, there is a real cost and reality to managing a center, whether the child care is a family, center based, or relative center. This UnConference dives into the business fundamentals of a successful child care business, from marketing and human resources to day-to-day accountability and business planning.


Join Trying Together on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for UnConference: The Business of Child Care at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. Keynote Rona Nesbit, CFO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, will share the benefits of shared services and how the award-winning Cultural District shared services model has provided growth, benefits, and smart business insights to downtown-based performing arts organizations. Following the keynote, Rachelle Duffy of Trying Together moderates a panel discussion and audience “Q&A” on how shared services can and does work for child care centers. Attendees will then engage in two workshops, featuring presenters from Trying Together, PNC Financial Services, Shared Source PA and more. Lunch is included and 5.5 hours of professional development credit will be offered.

UnConference: The Business of Child Care
Saturday, October 19, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Allegheny Intermediate Unit
475 East Waterfront Drive
Homestead, PA 15120


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How to Register

Register now to reserve your space! When the workshops are finalized, you will receive an email from Yu-Ling to select your preferred workshops. We will do our best to place you in your requested workshop, but this is not guaranteed. There is limited space in each workshop and workshop placement is based on the date of your registration, so we recommend you register early. Please register by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019. For groups of more than six people, there is a 10% discount. Please email Yu-Ling at for more information.

What Do I Receive?

  • PQAS/DHS credits and/or Act 48 (5.5 hours)
  • Light breakfast and lunch
  • Networking with colleagues
  • Hands-on, interactive workshop sessions
  • Refreshed or refined thinking about our work with young children
  • Refund policy

Attendees can receive refunds if requested 30 days in advance of the UnConference date. Please email Yu-Ling at


Please contact event planner Yu-Ling Cheng at For bus information, please visit for specific route information. If you need assistance with transportation to the UnConference location, please email us and we will do our best to help.

Thank You To Our Sponsors and Partners

A huge thank you to our: series sponsor PNC Grow Up Great and sponsor Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 5, and to our workshop partners!



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About Rona Nesbitt

Rona L. Nesbit is the Executive Vice President of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. In this role, Ms. Nesbit is the second-in-charge, and among her responsibilities is that of managing the finances of The Cultural Trust which operates The Benedum Center for the Performing Arts (2800 seats); Byham Theater (1300 seats); Harris Theater (200 seats); O’Reilly Theater (650 seats); African American Cultural Center (485 seats); Theater Square Building including a 250-seat Cabaret Theater; Wood Street Galleries, SPACE, and 707 Penn Galleries; the Trust’s Arts Education Center, among other several smaller arts venues. Close to 1,700 events take place annually in Trust-managed venues, with the Trust presenting over 300 performances annually. She also has senior management oversight responsibility for the Trust’s Shared Services initiative as well as all of the Trust’s information systems, including the Tessitura platform that the Trust deploys and manages for 10 independent arts organizations.

About Trying Together

Trying Together 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. Trying Together works regionally (in Southwestern Pennsylvania) and takes its expertise and models to statewide and national audiences.

About Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 5

The Allegheny County Department of Human Services (ACDHS) is pleased to partner with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) to support Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 5 in partnership with The Alliance for Infants and Toddlers, and Trying Together. Pennsylvania’s Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs) provide a single point-of-contact for families, early learning service providers, and communities to gain information and access services that support high-quality child care and early learning programs.