June 29, 2020

Creativity Concepts

Are you interested in learning about the role creativity plays in your early learning program? Join Trying Together on July 15 for our online course, “Creativity Concepts.”


This course will serve as an introduction to creativity and children’s developmental stages with arts learning. The course instructor will share ideas for visual art, music, movement prompts, and activities. A supply list will be shared before class for those interested in participating in hands-on artmaking.

All registrations must be submitted by Monday, July 13. Space is limited.

Course Details

  • Session Date: Wednesday, July 15 | 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Instructor: Alison Babusci
  • CKC: K11.C2
  • CDA Subject Area: Advancing children’s physical and intellectual development.
  • Two PQAS and ACT 48 hours available.


To register and learn more, visit the course webpage.

More Information

For more information, contact Community Engagement Assistant Rosie Hogan at


December 10, 2019

The Basics of Creative Curriculum

By attending “The Basics of Creative Curriculum,” participants will explore how the environment, teacher, and family work together to provide a solid foundation for early learning experiences. Additionally, participants will learn how to manage their classrooms, create lesson plans, and systematically observe children using the Creative Curriculum Framework.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

    • understand the role of the environment, teacher, and parent have in a Creative Curriculum classroom;
    • evaluate their classroom management skills and tools using the Creative Curriculum framework; and
    • develop lesson plans based on children’s interests and developmental needs.

Available Dates

    • February 17, 2020 | 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Event ID: 308108
    • April 16, 2020 | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. | Event ID: 308109
    • June 10, 2020 | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. | Event ID: 308110

To register and learn more, visit the PD Registry website.

More Information

For questions, please contact Annie Skamangas-Scaros at 412.608.2594 or

*Information provided by the Pennsylvania Key


May 28, 2019

Creative Learning Educator Survey Open For Responses

Are you an educator that encourages creative learning and expression? The Heinz Endowments and the University of Pittsburgh are looking to receive your input via the Creative Learning Educator Survey.


The Creative Learning Educator Survey was established to learn more about creative learning opportunities for youth in the Pittsburgh region. The survey will take about 20 to 30 minutes to complete, with questions related to teaching artistry and creative learning. Results from this study will be utilized to better inform how to support our region’s creative learning programs and organizations.

After completion, participants will be entered into a raffle to win an iPad. Participation is voluntary.

Learn More

To learn more and participate in the survey, visit their website.

For questions, contact Principal Investigator, Tom Akiva at or Project Coordinator, Esohe Osai at


Cast Your Vote: 2019 WQED Reader’s Choice Award

Community members are invited to take part in selecting the 2019 WQED Reader’s Choice Award Winner by casting their votes by Friday, May 31.


For the past 10 years, WQED has partnered with The EQT Corporation to present the Writers Contest to children throughout their viewing area. Through the support of EQT, WQED has been able to reach out directly to schools, libraries, and families throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia to encourage children to submit their original stories and illustrations.

In the 10 years of sponsorship from EQT, WQED has received over 12,000 story entries, communicated with hundreds of teachers and librarians to provide them with resources, impacted thousands of WQED viewers with messages about the contest, and provided a website full of information that encourages students and arms adults with relevant literacy information.

Cast Your Vote

Voting is now open and will end on Friday, May 31st at 12:00 p.m. The Reader’s Choice Award Winner will be announced on Monday, June 3. To learn more and cast your vote, visit the WQED website.

*Information provided by WQED


Carnegie Library Summer Reading Extravaganza

Join the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh on Sunday, June 9 from Noon – 5 p.m. in Oakland for its annual Summer Reading Extravaganza to kick things off. Families can enroll in the Summer Reading program and enjoy music, crafts, games, storytelling, food trucks, and more.


Library activities include:

    • Family PlayShop,
    • Global Library,
    • Bouncy House,
    • Inflatable Games,
    • Chess Club,
    • DataBurgh,
    • Creative Tech and Super Science,
    • Historical Tours of Main Library (offered in English and in Chinese),
    • and more!

Learn More

To learn more about the Summer Reading Extravaganza, visit the event website.


May 13, 2019

Centering the Identity of the Black Child through African Culture

Join the 2nd Annual Centering the Identity of the Black Child through African Culture conference to explore African-centered parenting and guardianship, psychology, and tools to heal vitality. Child care is provided.


Bringing together parents, caregivers, the Association of Black Psychologies, health experts, creatives, and learning leaders, the 2nd Annual Centering the Identity of the Black Child through African Culture conference will highlight health and education as a central focus to optimize energy, development milestones, and success. Attendees can expect to leave the conference with tools to latch onto the high teachings that have been preserved by the knowledge bearers to help families and communities understand the role of African Culture in the development of black children.


To RSVP, visit the event webpage.

For questions, contact 412.689.2812 or


March 19, 2019

Young Sprouts: Arbor Day Tree Celebration

What better way to show love to our Earth than to celebrate Arbor Day!  Join the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in “giving to trees” by decorating them with your creative expression. Drape, tie, and wrap trees to show the trees your love. You can even take a few moments to reflect by reading The Wish Tree by Kyo Maclear!

This program is designed for our youngest learners (0-5) but is suitable for all ages. The event is drop-in, so guests may come and go as they please! For more information, visit the event page!


March 18, 2019

Tech Tuesday: Green Screen

Experience our green screen and the magic that brings superheroes, video game characters and weather forecasts to life! Explore green screen technology as an effective tool for early childhood learning and make your own props and accessories to complete your scene. What new things and places will you imagine and create?

This program is drop-in, so feel free to come and go as you please! This program is designed for our youngest learners (0-5) but suitable for all ages. For more information about Early Childhood Learning, visit our home page!


November 27, 2018

Dancing Our Way Through STEM

Providing children opportunities to explore creative movement can spark so many natural connections to STEM concepts. During this interactive workshop, educators will participate in a variety of dance focused strategies that will deepen understanding in science, math, ingenuity, and other fundamental STEM concepts. Participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate their own creative movement techniques that can support student’s STEM learning.

Register here. Act 48 and PQAS credit hours available.