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June 29, 2021

CDA Credential Course: 2020-21 Waitlist

Trying Together’s Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential Preparation Program offers 135 hours of professional development over the course of six to nine months focused on practice knowledge and skills early learning professionals need to become credentialed. Program participants can matriculate up to nine course credits at Carlow University once they obtain their credential.

This is not a single day event. The event date listed above is the waitlist registration deadline. At this time, CDA program sessions are being hosted virtually.

CDA Program Details

Through the program, early learning professionals:

    • focus on Competency Standards and Best Practices that support healthy early development in young children;
    • complete online coursework;
    • receive support from an experienced instructor; and
    • will be eligible to receive a nationally recognized credential upon completion.

Registration

By completing the online registration form, you will be placed on a program waitlist until spots are available in an upcoming cohort. Participants will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. You will receive more information about the course, upcoming cohorts, and anticipated timelines via email as spots open.

To add your name to the waitlist, complete this online form.

More Information

For questions or more information, please contact Theresa Hetler at theresa@tryingtogether.org.

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December 25, 2020

Rise Together: Virtual Sessions

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.

How to Virtually Attend

Rise Together sessions will be hosted using the web-based video conferencing platform Zoom. Please download Zoom prior to the event to your device of choice. Registration is not required.

Learn More

For more information, contact Nicole Banner at 412.540.5970 or nicole@tryingtogether.org. Learn more about the Homewood Early Learning Hub and Family Center on the Trying Together website.

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December 11, 2020

Women’s Rap: Virtual Sessions

Are you a single mom 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.

How to Virtually Attend

Women’s Rap sessions will be hosted using the web-based video conferencing platform Zoom. Please download Zoom prior to the event to your device of choice. Registration is not required.

Learn More

For more information, contact Toni Beasley at 412.540.5732 or toni@tryingtogether.org. Learn more about the Homewood Early Learning Hub and Family Center on the Trying Together website.

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Photo Credit

Photography by Emily O’Donnell.

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November 27, 2020

Rise Together: Virtual Sessions

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.

How to Virtually Attend

Rise Together sessions will be hosted using the web-based video conferencing platform Zoom. Please download Zoom prior to the event to your device of choice. Registration is not required.

Learn More

For more information, contact Nicole Banner at 412.540.5970 or nicole@tryingtogether.org. Learn more about the Homewood Early Learning Hub and Family Center on the Trying Together website.

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November 13, 2020

Women’s Rap: Virtual Sessions

Are you a single mom 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.

How to Virtually Attend

Women’s Rap sessions will be hosted using the web-based video conferencing platform Zoom. Please download Zoom prior to the event to your device of choice. Registration is not required.

Learn More

For more information, contact Toni Beasley at 412.540.5732 or toni@tryingtogether.org. Learn more about the Homewood Early Learning Hub and Family Center on the Trying Together website.

Please share this flyer with your networks.

Photo Credit

Photography by Emily O’Donnell.

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November 6, 2020

2020 VOICE for Children Awards Celebration

To protect the health and safety of their honorees and guests, the  Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children (PennAEYC) has decided to host their 2020 VOICE for Children Award Celebration on Friday, November 6 as a virtual event.

About

PennAEYC recognizes the critical role advocacy plays in high-quality early learning settings and celebrates those who speak on behalf of Pennsylvania’s children. As the voice for early care and learning, community advocates play an important role in assuring all Pennsylvania’s children get the start that they deserve in school and in life.

The VOICE for Children Award is the only statewide award in Pennsylvania recognizing the grassroots leaders whose work impacts the quality of care for young children. Now in its 10th year, the VOICE Award celebrates not only individual award recipients, but the early childhood profession. Join PennAEYC in celebrating grassroots advocates and individuals who demonstrate extraordinary commitment and innovation to support high-quality early childhood across Pennsylvania.

Registration

To register, visit the event webpage. For questions or more information, call 888.272.9267.

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October 23, 2020

Rise Together: Virtual Sessions

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.

How to Virtually Attend

Rise Together sessions will be hosted using the web-based video conferencing platform Zoom. Please download Zoom prior to the event to your device of choice. Registration is not required.

Learn More

For more information, contact Nicole Banner at 412.540.5970 or nicole@tryingtogether.org. Learn more about the Homewood Early Learning Hub and Family Center on the Trying Together website.

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2020 Family Support Needs Assessment

On October 22, the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) released a new Family Support Needs Assessment that covers the needs and challenges experienced by families with young children and opportunities to address these needs and better serve families.

Overview

Developed in partnership with PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the assessment found that substance abuse, intimate partner violence, and mental health challenges are among the most pronounced issues facing young families across urban and rural communities. The assessment also shows an overall improvement in maternal and child health outcomes across many of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties since the last statewide needs assessment in 2014.

Assessment Findings

Informed by community surveys, interviews, and statewide data sets, the 2018-2020 Family Support Needs Assessment categorizes Pennsylvania’s counties as having “elevated need,” “moderate need,” and “low need,” across six domains: maternal and child health; socioeconomic status; substance abuse; child safety and maltreatment; community environment; and child care.

Overall, the findings show that 44 counties have elevated need in at least one of the domains and 15 counties across the state met elevated need thresholds in three or more domains. Importantly, the data collection occurred prior to the arrival of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, and the researchers anticipate that the pandemic will exacerbate many areas of community need.

Despite the elevated need recorded in the report, maternal and child health outcomes have dramatically improved across much of the state since the 2014 federally-mandated statewide needs assessment. For example:

    • nearly every county (63) saw improved rates of preterm birth and teen birth;
    • 60 percent of counties saw improvements in infant mortality rates;
    • half of the counties saw a reduction in the percentage of children under age five living in poverty; and
    • more than half of the 2,220 individuals surveyed for the needs assessment have a favorable view of the availability and quality of health and social services in Pennsylvania for families with young children.

The assessment also includes a review of the capacity and scope of the state’s home visiting programs, which provide voluntary, in-home services to under-resourced pregnant moms and families of young children. Pennsylvania significantly increased its investment in evidence-based home visiting over the last four years so that today, six evidence-based home visiting models serve a total of 10,150 families.

More Information

For more information, read the full press release and review the 2020 Family Supports Need Assessment Report.

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October 13, 2020

Remake Learning Days Across America Launch

Are you a Remake Learning Days event host or educational stakeholder who is interested in learning more about Remake Learning Days Across America 2021? Join Remake Learning on Tuesday, October 13 from 7 – 8 p.m. EST for the National Launch!

About

Remake Learning Days Across America (RLDAA) is an innovative learning festival for families and youth. Hosted in 16 regions across the United States, RLDAA features hands-on and engaging events designed for kids of all ages at libraries, schools, tech centers, museums, play spaces, and more. Most events are free.

This year’s events will run nationally from April 22 – May 23, 2021, and from May 6 – 16, 2021 in Southwestern Pennsylvania. To view all dates and activities, visit the Remake Learning Days webpage.

RLDAA Kickoff Event

If you are an event host or educational stakeholder who is interested in learning more about RLDAA 2021 and celebrating family-engaged learning, join Remake Learning on Tuesday, October 13 from 7 – 8 p.m. EST for the National Launch! The event will feature special guests, hands-on activities, and national and regional partners. To register, visit the event webpage.

More Information

For more information on RLDAA 2021, visit the Remake Learning Days webpage.

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October 12, 2020

Grants Available for Child Care Programs

In partnership with the Pennsylvania Key, the GIANT Company is offering a grant opportunity for early childhood education providers licensed by and in good standing with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS).

About

Through this grant opportunity, early learning programs can apply for grants ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. This funding is intended to assist programs with meeting the unique needs of families and children served during the pandemic. These needs may include, but are not limited to, increased staffing, expanded operating hours, care of school-age children, Personal Protective Equipment or other sanitation measures, increased technology needs or services, school-age virtual learning labs, serving of meals, or addressing food insecurity needs of families and children served.

Eligibility Criteria

    • Applicants must operate a family child care home, group child care home, or child care center that is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services; the program must be in good standing with DHS.
    • Applicants must serve families that receive child care subsidy/Child Care Works funding or demonstrate other means of serving families in need.
    • Applicants must remain operational through part of all of the COVID-19 pandemic and provide services to children in any age range (birth through school-age).
    • The early childhood education facility must be located in one of the following counties: Adams, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union, York.

Submit An Application

To apply for a grant, visit the Pennsylvania Key website. All applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 13, 2020. Funds will be dispersed by January 29, 2021.