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August 24, 2019

P.R.I.D.E. Pop Up Mini Art Festival

Visit the P.R.I.D.E. Pop Up Mini Art Festivals and experience fun activities designed to help young Black children learn about and celebrate their race, culture, and heritage. Children ages 3 to 8 will enjoy activity stations designed by trained artists and educators. Families are invited to enjoy free food, performances, art, and music!

Festival Dates

Upcoming festivals will be held at the following locations:

Homewood
Hill District

Questions

For more information, contact Adam Flango at 412.383.8726 or AdamFlango@pitt.edu.

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August 6, 2019

Storymobile at Homewood-Brushton Family Support Center

Families and caregivers with young children are invited to join Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Pittsburgh at the Homewood-Brushton Family Support Center for their Storymobile visits!

About the Storymobile

Storymobiles are libraries-on-wheels; taking stories, activities, books, and literacy resources to early childcare centers, pre-k and kindergarten classrooms, afterschool programs, public housing communities, and community events across Pittsburgh.

Focused on kindergarten readiness, Storymobile programming is designed to introduce young students to the joy of reading; expose them to challenging subject matter, including math and science themes, in a way that they embrace and enjoy; and reinforce skills recommended by state and federal curricula.

All children that participate with Storymobile will be signed up for the Books for Keeps program, enabling them to select a book to take home and keep four times throughout the year.

Learn More

To learn more, contact RIF Pittsburgh at 412.321.8022 or email info@rifpittsburgh.org.

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August 2, 2019

The 10th Annual PA Infant Mental Health Conference

Join the Pennsylvania Association for Infant Mental Health (PA-AIMH) on August 1 and 2 for the 10th Annual PA Infant Mental Health Conference.

Keynote Topics

PA-AIMH strives to provide a meaningful professional learning environment for all cross-sector professionals working with very young children and their families. Keynote topics will include:

    • Infant and early childhood mental health-focused policy and messaging;
    • Clinical interventions;
    • Disaster and critical incident response; and
    • Reflective supervision and practice.

PQAS and Act 48 credits available for professionals in the Early Childhood Education system.

Keynote Speakers

    • Jordana ​Ash, ​LCSW, ​IMH-E
      Director ​of ​Early ​Childhood ​Mental ​Health ​Director, ​State ​of ​Colorado
    • ​Sherryl ​Scott ​Heller, ​Ph.D.
      Associate ​Professor ​of ​Clinical ​Psychiatry, ​Tulane ​University
    • ​Joy ​Osofsky, ​Ph.D.
      ​Professor ​of ​Pediatrics, ​Psychiatry, ​and ​Public ​Health ​Head, ​Division ​of ​Pediatric ​Mental ​Health, ​Louisiana ​State ​University
    • Christopher ​Watson, ​Ph.D., ​IMH-E ​
      Director ​of ​the ​Center ​for ​Reflective ​Practice ​at ​the ​Center ​for ​Early ​Education ​and ​Development, ​University ​of ​Minnesota-Twin ​Cities ​ ​

Registration

To register, visit the event website.

Registration cost:

    • Member: $315
    • General: $350

More Information

For more information, visit the event website.

For questions, contact PA-AIMH via email at pa-aimh@pa.-aimh.org.

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August 1, 2019

The 10th Annual PA Infant Mental Health Conference

Join the Pennsylvania Association for Infant Mental Health (PA-AIMH) on August 1 and 2 for the 10th Annual PA Infant Mental Health Conference.

Keynote Topics

PA-AIMH strives to provide a meaningful professional learning environment for all cross-sector professionals working with very young children and their families. Keynote topics will include:

    • Infant and early childhood mental health-focused policy and messaging;
    • Clinical interventions;
    • Disaster and critical incident response; and
    • Reflective supervision and practice.

PQAS and Act 48 credits available for professionals in the Early Childhood Education system.

Keynote Speakers

    • Jordana ​Ash, ​LCSW, ​IMH-E
      Director ​of ​Early ​Childhood ​Mental ​Health ​Director, ​State ​of ​Colorado
    • ​Sherryl ​Scott ​Heller, ​Ph.D.
      Associate ​Professor ​of ​Clinical ​Psychiatry, ​Tulane ​University
    • ​Joy ​Osofsky, ​Ph.D.
      ​Professor ​of ​Pediatrics, ​Psychiatry, ​and ​Public ​Health ​Head, ​Division ​of ​Pediatric ​Mental ​Health, ​Louisiana ​State ​University
    • Christopher ​Watson, ​Ph.D., ​IMH-E ​
      Director ​of ​the ​Center ​for ​Reflective ​Practice ​at ​the ​Center ​for ​Early ​Education ​and ​Development, ​University ​of ​Minnesota-Twin ​Cities ​ ​

Registration

To register, visit the event website.

Registration cost:

    • Member: $315
    • General: $350

More Information

For more information, visit the event website.

For questions, contact PA-AIMH via email at pa-aimh@pa.-aimh.org.

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July 9, 2019

Storymobile at Homewood-Brushton Family Support Center

Families and caregivers with young children are invited to join Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Pittsburgh at the Homewood-Brushton Family Support Center for their Storymobile visits!

About the Storymobile

Storymobiles are libraries-on-wheels; taking stories, activities, books, and literacy resources to early childcare centers, pre-k and kindergarten classrooms, afterschool programs, public housing communities, and community events across Pittsburgh.

Focused on kindergarten readiness, Storymobile programming is designed to introduce young students to the joy of reading; expose them to challenging subject matter, including math and science themes, in a way that they embrace and enjoy; and reinforce skills recommended by state and federal curricula.

All children that participate with Storymobile will be signed up for the Books for Keeps program, enabling them to select a book to take home and keep four times throughout the year.

Learn More

To learn more, contact RIF Pittsburgh at 412.321.8022 or email info@rifpittsburgh.org.

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July 1, 2019

ELRC Region 5 Launches in Allegheny County

Today, July 1, 2019, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (ACDHS) officially became the ELRC for Region 5, providing information and services to families and early childhood professionals about high-quality child care in Allegheny County.

These services and information provided include:

  • Child Care Works Subsidized Child Care Program (CCW)
  • Keystone STARS
  • Early Learning Programs (like PA Pre-K Counts and Head Start)
  • Early Intervention

As is customary for ACDHS, the agency chose two well established partners to facilitate this work including, The Alliance for Infants and Toddlers and Trying Together. The Alliance will provide direct service to families, while Trying Together will provide direct service to early care and education providers in Allegheny County.

About ELRC Region 5

CORE VALUES

At ELRC Region 5, we recognize the dignity and potential of all people through our interactions with those we serve and the services we seek to deliver, coordinate and align.

We commit to:

  • Meeting and honoring the child, family and early care and education professional where they are on their developmental journey.
  • Recognizing that children are best supported in the context of their family, culture, neighborhood, and community.
  • Recognizing (or realizing) we have much to learn from children, families and early care and education professionals and seek to bring this learning to our work.
  • Collaborating in partnership across sectors and expertise to deliver services that build on the inherent strengths of children, families, and the early care and education professional.
  • Building familial, professional and partner relationships with open and honest communication.
Services Available
FAMILIES

Community members may call or visit one of several ELRC sites to receive information or initiate services. Families will be greeted and connected to a Family Navigator for on-going assistance. The Navigators will help their clients understand and navigate the early care and education system, including supporting them through the process to apply for and enroll to receive a child care subsidy, while simultaneously assessing for and connecting them with other supports and services that meet their needs. Once a family has completed the initial application process, they are connected to a Family Specialist for the ongoing management of their child care subsidy.

EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONALS

Early childhood professionals first will connect with an Early Learning Program Engagement Specialist and subsequently a Quality Coach – all of whom are assigned to regions so that providers can turn to a consistent staff person in their community. The Early Learning Program Engagement Specialist will serve as the professional’s initial point of contact and will help to identify the initial needs of the provider, such as enrollment in Child Care Works (CCW – the child care subsidy program) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) or support to participate or increase quality in the Keystone STARS program. They are responsible for recruiting, establishing eligibility, and enrolling providers of all types in Child Care Works.

Quality Coaches will complete a full needs assessment with the program staff, and based on individualized plans, the coaches will use a variety of methods to support continuous quality improvement. The assigned Quality Coach will serve as the provider’s single point of contact, helping to coordinate support from the full team available to assist providers with a variety of tasks, specialized needs, or challenges (STARS designations, CCW billing, etc.).

Service Offerings
  • Supplemental services will vary by location, but core services available at each site include:
  • Assistance with understanding, identifying, and enrolling in high quality child care
  • Connection to an appropriate home visiting program, including Early Head Start
  • Information about the Family Support Centers
  • Public benefits enrollment through Compass
  • Voter registration
  • Support for Early Care and Education Providers
  • Provider enrollment in CCW
  • Provider enrollment in Child and Adult Care Food Program
  • Provider support for continuous quality improvement through individualized coaching to obtain higher STAR levels
  • Support for Relative Provider certification (health and safety)
  • Referrals and connections to community-based services covering a full range of human services
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Where are the ELRC Region 5 offices located and how do I contact them?

Main Office:

ELRC Region 5
304 Wood Street, STE 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1928

Satellite Offices: (Beginning August 1, 2019)

Kingsley Association
6435 Frankstown Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Hosanna House
807 Wallace Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15221

Human Services Center
519 Penn Avenue
Turtle Creek, PA 15145

South Hills Interfaith Movement
41 Macek Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15227

Providence Family Support Center
3113 Brighton Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Focus on Renewal Learning Center
500 Chartiers Avenue
McKees Rocks, PA 1513

Phone: 412.350.3577
Toll-Free: 1.888.340.3572
Fax: 412.350.3575

E-mail: elrc5@alleghenycounty.us

Website: https://elrc5.alleghenycounty.us
Facebook: @ELRCregion5
Twitter: @ELRCregion5

What are the hours of operation?

Monday–Friday

8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.*

*Walk-ins accepted until 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday

8:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m.**

**5:00–7:00 p.m. by appointment only

Who manages ELRC Region 5?

The Allegheny County Department of Human Services (ACDHS) partners 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.

In spring of 2018, the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) announced that the state was moving towards a new service model called an Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC). This change was made to consolidate family and early learning provider services to better meet the needs of young children, their families, and the early childhood professionals who interact with them.

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June 22, 2019

Jeremiah’s Place: Block Party & Resource Fair

Join Jeremiah’s Place on June 22 for a fun-filled day of festivities at their Block Party and Resource Fair.

Activities

This year’s event will include:

  • Resource tables,
  • Storymobile,
  • Fire truck tour,
  • Face painting,
  • Arts and crafts,
  • Free picnic and carnival food,
  • Free wellness sessions,
  • Raffle prizes, and much more!

This event is FREE and open to the public, rain or shine!

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June 9, 2019

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.

Activities

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.

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June 1, 2019

Behaviors: Ours & Theirs | WCCC Mini-Conference

On behalf of OCDEL and hosted by WCCC’s Early Childhood Education/Pre-K – Grade 4 Program, the “Behaviors: Ours & Theirs” mini-conference will focus on improving practitioners’ knowledge and skill to support children’s social and emotional development through culturally relevant practices, as well as exploring how to apply these skills to practitioners’ CQI plans.

About

Early childhood professionals are invited to attend a personalized mini-conference experience. Attendees will split into two groups and presenters will offer each session two times so that each group will have an opportunity to participate in both sessions. Participants will be provided with a continental breakfast, welcome and introduction, two educational sessions (each including a bound notebook of instructional materials), and a tour of WCCC’s NAEYC accredited Campus Children’s center.

This event includes 3 credit hours; PQAS approved. Participants should be familiar with the ECERS and other Keystone STARS CQI tools such as CLASS, PAS, and Good, Better Best.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will be able to:

  • Discuss and recognize positive observation and interactions with children and families,
  • Examine and organize their understanding of culture and how positive interactions can lead to solid  relationships with children and families,
  • Review commonly used Keystone STARS CQI tools to determine areas where changes or improvements can be made in their programs,
  • Explain why these changes will enhance the positive social and emotional development of children, and
  • Discuss how these changes will also help them recognize and value cultural diversity.

Registration

To register for this event, visit the registration document!

Registration is required and is $15 for the first 50 registrants! This fee is due (paid by check) on the day of the event, June 1, 2019. To learn more about the event, visit the PD Registry website.

Questions

For questions, contact Vicki Hricik at hricikv@westmoreland.edu or 724.925.4023.

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May 30, 2019

Addressing Domestic Violence in ECE Programs

Join Promising Futures on May 30 for a webinar exploring ways in which early childhood professionals and programs can support children and families affected by domestic violence.

About

Domestic violence harms many families with young children. However, early childhood teachers and caregivers can help children heal. Further, early childhood programs can support healthy development and work to stop domestic violence in their communities. Join Promising Futures for this upcoming webinar to learn how early childhood programs can help families affected by domestic violence. Presenters will share strategies, tools, and resources created in partnership with The National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement.

Presenters:
    • Virginia Duplessis, MSW, Program Director, Futures Without Violence
    • Mie Fukuda, MA, Senior Program Specialist, Futures Without Violence

Registration

To register for this event, visit their webinar page.

Questions

For more information, contact Graciela Olguin at golguin@futureswithoutviolence.org.

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