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September 6, 2019

Keeping Babies and Children in Mind Series

Professionals who work with infants, young children & their families (pregnancy through age eight), are invited to join PaTTAN Harrisburg for “Keeping Babies and Children in Mind”.

Series Objectives

This series is comprised of seven, three-hour workshops to:

  • promote awareness about the unique social and emotional development of our youngest children;
  • enhance the importance of reflective caregiving and parenting towards building resilience;
  • and reflect on the centrality of forming relationships and social connections in practice.

Although the workshops are designed to be taken in order, each workshop will be able to stand alone. This FREE training series meets specific requirements of PA-AIMH Competency Guidelines for Endorsement in Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® (www.pa-aimh.org).

Training Dates & Topics

Dates and times are listed as follows:

  1. Friday, September 7, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Workshop #1 of 7 | What Happens Early Matters
  2. Friday, November 2, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Workshop #2 of 7 | Infant and Early Childhood Development
  3. Friday, January 11, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Workshop #3 of 7 | The Language of Behavior
  4. Friday, March 1, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Workshop #4 of 7 | Early Stress & the Power of Meaningful Connections
  5. Friday, May 3, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Workshop #5 of 7: Relationship-based Practices
  6. Friday, July 12, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Workshop #6 of 7 | How Culture Shapes Social Emotional Development
  7. Friday, September 6, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Workshop #7 of 7 | Reflective Practices: Caring for Ourselves

Learn more and register online.

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July 12, 2019

Keeping Babies and Children in Mind Series

Professionals who work with infants, young children & their families (pregnancy through age eight), are invited to join PaTTAN Harrisburg for “Keeping Babies and Children in Mind”.

Series Objectives

This series is comprised of seven, three-hour workshops to:

  • promote awareness about the unique social and emotional development of our youngest children;
  • enhance the importance of reflective caregiving and parenting towards building resilience;
  • and reflect on the centrality of forming relationships and social connections in practice.

Although the workshops are designed to be taken in order, each workshop will be able to stand alone. This FREE training series meets specific requirements of PA-AIMH Competency Guidelines for Endorsement in Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® (www.pa-aimh.org).

Training Dates & Topics

Dates and times are listed as follows:

  1. Friday, September 7, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Workshop #1 of 7 | What Happens Early Matters
  2. Friday, November 2, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Workshop #2 of 7 | Infant and Early Childhood Development
  3. Friday, January 11, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Workshop #3 of 7 | The Language of Behavior
  4. Friday, March 1, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Workshop #4 of 7 | Early Stress & the Power of Meaningful Connections
  5. Friday, May 3, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Workshop #5 of 7: Relationship-based Practices
  6. Friday, July 12, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Workshop #6 of 7 | How Culture Shapes Social Emotional Development
  7. Friday, September 6, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Workshop #7 of 7 | Reflective Practices: Caring for Ourselves

Learn more and register online.

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May 9, 2019

Historic Increases for Early Learning & Development Programs

The House Appropriations Committee recently approved the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education spending bill for FY2020, which outlines funding for early care and learning programs critical to babies’ development. The first three years are a time in development unmatched by any other later point in life. But the recently released State of Babies Yearbook: 2019 reveals troubling early warning signs that too many young children face conditions that place their development – and our future – at risk.

About the Bill

The bill includes historic increases to key early learning and development programs that can help to reverse this path we have set for our future, including:

    • An increase of $2.4 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant;
    • $525 million increase in the set-aside for the expansion of Early Head Start, including through EHS-Child Care Partnerships;
    • Doubling of the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grant Program, to a total of $10 million; and
    • An increase of $21.3 million for Part C Early Intervention.

By laying the foundation today for 12 million infants and toddlers living in the U.S., we are investing in our society’s future.

Learn More

To learn more, see Zero to Three’s full statement.

*Information provided by Zero to Three

News

May 7, 2019

BreastFED: Breastfeeding Summit

Join Healthy Start for BreastFED, Pennsylvania’s only regional breastfeeding summit. BreastFED is a two-day regional symposium aimed at providing information from professionals and community experts locally, regionally, and nationally on innovative approaches to address the needs of mothers and lactation practitioners in this region.

Throughout the two days, participants will receive both clinical and community perspectives and will be able to share insights and experiences to move forward with best practices and groundbreaking methods to changing the culture of feeding our babies.

See the full agenda.

Continuing Education Units & Credits

CEU’s are available for:

  • Lactation
  • Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Midwifery

This summit is approved for a maximum of 10.75 continuing nursing education contact hours.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Learn More

To learn more about the summit and to register, visit the event website.

For any questions, contact Healthy Start by phone at 412.247.4009 or email at email@hsipgh.org.

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May 6, 2019

BreastFED: Breastfeeding Summit

Join Healthy Start for BreastFED, Pennsylvania’s only regional breastfeeding summit. BreastFED is a two-day regional symposium aimed at providing information from professionals and community experts locally, regionally, and nationally on innovative approaches to address the needs of mothers and lactation practitioners in this region.

Throughout the two days, participants will receive both clinical and community perspectives and will be able to share insights and experiences to move forward with best practices and groundbreaking methods to changing the culture of feeding our babies.

See the full agenda.

Continuing Education Units & Credits

CEU’s are available for:

  • Lactation
  • Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Midwifery

This summit is approved for a maximum of 10.75 continuing nursing education contact hours.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Learn More

To learn more about the summit and to register, visit the event website.

For any questions, contact Healthy Start by phone at 412.247.4009 or email at email@hsipgh.org.

News

May 3, 2019

Keeping Babies and Children in Mind Series

Professionals who work with infants, young children & their families (pregnancy through age eight), are invited to join PaTTAN Harrisburg for “Keeping Babies and Children in Mind”.

Series Objectives

This series is comprised of seven, three-hour workshops to:

  • promote awareness about the unique social and emotional development of our youngest children;
  • enhance the importance of reflective caregiving and parenting towards building resilience;
  • and reflect on the centrality of forming relationships and social connections in practice.

Although the workshops are designed to be taken in order, each workshop will be able to stand alone. This FREE training series meets specific requirements of PA-AIMH Competency Guidelines for Endorsement in Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® (www.pa-aimh.org).

Training Dates & Topics

Dates and times are listed as follows:

  1. Friday, September 7, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Workshop #1 of 7 | What Happens Early Matters
  2. Friday, November 2, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Workshop #2 of 7 | Infant and Early Childhood Development
  3. Friday, January 11, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Workshop #3 of 7 | The Language of Behavior
  4. Friday, March 1, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Workshop #4 of 7 | Early Stress & the Power of Meaningful Connections
  5. Friday, May 3, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Workshop #5 of 7: Relationship-based Practices
  6. Friday, July 12, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Workshop #6 of 7 | How Culture Shapes Social Emotional Development
  7. Friday, September 6, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Workshop #7 of 7 | Reflective Practices: Caring for Ourselves

Learn more and register online.

News

May 1, 2019

Carnegie Library’s 2019 List of Best Books for Babies

For the twentieth time since 2000, a group of local librarians and child development experts has sorted through the previous year’s publications to select and promote the 10 Best Books for Babies.

About Best Books for Babies

The Best Books for Babies project is intended to encourage reading beginning at birth and recognize publishers who create excellent books for the very youngest listeners. The books selected, from sturdy board books to fun lift-the-flap titles to charming picture book portraits of young families, will delight and engage babies age birth through 18 months and the adults who care for them.

See the List

Families and caregivers can view the full list by visiting the Library’s PDF.

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’ll be preparing baby’s brain to learn and grow.

*Information provided by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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April 26, 2019

PWSA Adopting Polices That Support Families

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) board will approve two policies that support caregivers.

 

Paid Safe Leave Policy

On Friday, April 26, 2019 the PWSA board will vote on a paid safe leave policy. The measure allows employees who have been victimized by domestic abuse to take days off from work. The PWSA joins Mayor Peduto who signed an Executive Order on safe leave for City of Pittsburgh employees last year.

“The cost of domestic violence for employers is the loss of productivity. Employees plagued by violence at home are often distracted and sometimes ill at work. This policy will allow employees in these situations to try and take steps to improve the situation without fearing the loss of their job,” a board statement says.

Parental Leave Policy

The PWSA board will also vote on a paid parental leave policy. This policy permits new mothers and fathers to take six weeks of paid leave after the birth, adoption, or fostering of a child.

“We’re grateful to the City of Pittsburgh for leading the way and our Board of Directors for adopting these progressive employment policies. The changes will help protect the well-being of our employees, help retain talent and attract the best and the brightest to join our team,” said PWSA Executive Director Robert A. Weimar.

Both policies were adopted by Mayor William Peduto and Pittsburgh City Council. Learn more about both PWSA policies by visiting the City of Pittsburgh press release page.

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April 25, 2019

Jeremiah’s Place: Spring Open House

Join Jeremiah’s Place for their Spring Open House on Thursday, April 25th to take a tour of Pittsburgh’s only emergency child care center, explore volunteer and employment opportunities, and learn more about how you can utilize their services.

About Jeremiah’s Place

Jeremiah’s Place provides emergency care for children ages 0-6 for a few hours or a few days based on the needs of the family. The primary focus at Jeremiah’s place is to keep children safe and to provide a supportive solution for families in need. Located in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh, Jeremiah’s Place is staffed by trauma-informed caregivers and social workers. All services provided by Jeremiah’s Place are free, available 24 hours a day, and most importantly, judgment-free.

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April 15, 2019

Sign-On to Support Families Impacted by Postpartum Depression

Understanding the Need

Postpartum depression can strike any new mother. Research shows that approximately 15 percent of new mothers suffer from postpartum depression. In Pennsylvania, this means about 21,000 infants and moms are affected each year.

The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that when a mother suffers from postpartum depression, both mothers and babies experience negative effects, including:

  • adverse effects on the baby’s brain and development,
  • increased danger of child abuse and neglect, and
  • increased medical care costs.

Will you sign-on to support Pennsylvania’s mothers and infants?

What is #StrongMomStrongBaby?

#StrongMomStrongBaby is a statewide effort to amend the existing early intervention law (Act 212 of 1990) to add postpartum depression as an at-risk condition allowing infants to undergo assessments, parents to receive assistance in bonding with their babies, and if needed, Early Intervention services to ensure moms and babies have the best start together.

To learn more and stay up-to-date, follow the campaign’s Facebook page.

Take Action

Show your support for Pennsylvania’s mothers and infants by adding your name to the #StrongMomStrongBaby petition.