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November 3, 2020

First Up Virtual Conference

About

The First Up Conference is a special time for the early childhood education community to come together as colleagues and friends to learn, grow, and network. Due to COVID-19 concerns, First Up has decided to host their upcoming conferences virtually. Registration information will be available soon. For now, save the date!

Upcoming Conferences

    • Family Child Care Conference
      Saturday, September 26  |  9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    • Personal Empowerment for the ECE Professional featuring Dr. Veirdre Jackson
      Saturday, October 3  |  9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    • Male Engagement in Early Childhood Education
      Tuesday, November 3  |  12 – 4:30 p.m

More Information

For more information or questions, email Rebecca Tyrrell at rebecca.tyrrell@firstup.org.

News

October 3, 2020

First Up Virtual Conference

About

The First Up Conference is a special time for the early childhood education community to come together as colleagues and friends to learn, grow, and network. Due to COVID-19 concerns, First Up has decided to host their upcoming conferences virtually. Registration information will be available soon. For now, save the date!

Upcoming Conferences

    • Family Child Care Conference
      Saturday, September 26  |  9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    • Personal Empowerment for the ECE Professional featuring Dr. Veirdre Jackson
      Saturday, October 3  |  9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    • Male Engagement in Early Childhood Education
      Tuesday, November 3  |  12 – 4:30 p.m

More Information

For more information or questions, email Rebecca Tyrrell at rebecca.tyrrell@firstup.org.

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September 26, 2020

First Up Virtual Conference

About

The First Up Conference is a special time for the early childhood education community to come together as colleagues and friends to learn, grow, and network. Due to COVID-19 concerns, First Up has decided to host their upcoming conferences virtually. Registration information will be available soon. For now, save the date!

Upcoming Conferences

    • Family Child Care Conference
      Saturday, September 26  |  9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    • Personal Empowerment for the ECE Professional featuring Dr. Veirdre Jackson
      Saturday, October 3  |  9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    • Male Engagement in Early Childhood Education
      Tuesday, November 3  |  12 – 4:30 p.m

More Information

For more information or questions, email Rebecca Tyrrell at rebecca.tyrrell@firstup.org.

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August 31, 2020

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Medical Clinic

Don’t let your child fall behind on their needed immunizations. Visit the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile to access vaccinations for children ages two months through high school, receive WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) form assistance, learn important health and safety information, and more.

About the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, UPMC Children’s Community Pediatrics, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh and Morgantown are partnering to bring needed vaccines, safely, to western Pennsylvania communities through the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.

Appropriate physical distancing measures will be maintained. Please give yourself adequate time in case of a wait. Adults and children over age two are asked to arrive wearing a mask. A mask will be provided if you do not have one. Children must be accompanied by one parent or legal guardian.

Services Provided

The following services will be available:

    • vaccinations, ages two months through high school;
    • WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) form assistance;
    • health and safety information;
    • kindergarten registration information;
    • at-home activities for summertime; and
    • food and infant formula resources.

Available Dates and Locations

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is scheduled at the following locations and times:

Always call the Care Mobile prior to coming to any clinic at 412.352.1059 or 412.352.1060 for updated information about any weather or mechanical difficulties. No appointment is necessary at most sites.

More Information

For questions, contact the Care Mobile at 412.352.1059. To view the updated schedule, please visit the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh website.

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August 19, 2020

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Medical Clinic

Don’t let your child fall behind on their needed immunizations. Visit the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile to access vaccinations for children ages two months through high school, receive WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) form assistance, learn important health and safety information, and more.

About the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, UPMC Children’s Community Pediatrics, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh and Morgantown are partnering to bring needed vaccines, safely, to western Pennsylvania communities through the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.

Appropriate physical distancing measures will be maintained. Please give yourself adequate time in case of a wait. Adults and children over age two are asked to arrive wearing a mask. A mask will be provided if you do not have one. Children must be accompanied by one parent or legal guardian.

Services Provided

The following services will be available:

    • vaccinations, ages two months through high school;
    • WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) form assistance;
    • health and safety information;
    • kindergarten registration information;
    • at-home activities for summertime; and
    • food and infant formula resources.

Available Dates and Locations

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is scheduled at the following locations and times:

Always call the Care Mobile prior to coming to any clinic at 412.352.1059 or 412.352.1060 for updated information about any weather or mechanical difficulties. No appointment is necessary at most sites.

More Information

For questions, contact the Care Mobile at 412.352.1059. To view the updated schedule, please visit the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh website.

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August 11, 2020

IEPs and the 2020-21 School Year: What Families Need to Know

Are you the parent or caregiver of a student with an IEP? Join the PEAL Center on August 11 for the webinar, “Students with IEPs and the 2020-21 School Year: What Families Need to Know.”

About

On August 11, Carole Clancy, Director of the Bureau of Special Education at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, will join the PEAL Center for a live presentation to offer an overview of guidance being provided to schools regarding students with IEPs. Director Clancy will discuss the following:

    • COVID-19 compensatory services;
    • instructional days and hours;
    • the use of masks at schools; and
    • COVID-19’s impact on evaluation, re-evaluation, and delayed eligibility determinations.

Participants are encouraged to submit any questions they may have for the presenter in advance by completing this online form. Questions must be submitted no later than August 3, 2020.

Registration

This live event will be available on the PEAL Center Facebook page and will be recorded for those unable to attend. A webinar recording will be available on the Facebook event page after the session ends.

Training will be delivered in English, with Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL) translation available. Captioning in other languages is available if participants download the Microsoft Translator app.

More Information

For questions or more information, contact info@pealcenter.org or 1.866.950.1040.

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August 6, 2020

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Medical Clinic

Don’t let your child fall behind on their needed immunizations. Visit the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile to access vaccinations for children ages two months through high school, receive WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) form assistance, learn important health and safety information, and more.

About the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, UPMC Children’s Community Pediatrics, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh and Morgantown are partnering to bring needed vaccines, safely, to western Pennsylvania communities through the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.

Appropriate physical distancing measures will be maintained. Please give yourself adequate time in case of a wait. Adults and children over age two are asked to arrive wearing a mask. A mask will be provided if you do not have one. Children must be accompanied by one parent or legal guardian.

Services Provided

The following services will be available:

    • vaccinations, ages two months through high school;
    • WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) form assistance;
    • health and safety information;
    • kindergarten registration information;
    • at-home activities for summertime; and
    • food and infant formula resources.

Available Dates and Locations

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is scheduled at the following locations and times:

Always call the Care Mobile prior to coming to any clinic at 412.352.1059 or 412.352.1060 for updated information about any weather or mechanical difficulties. No appointment is necessary at most sites.

More Information

For questions, contact the Care Mobile at 412.352.1059. To view the updated schedule, please visit the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh website.

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August 5, 2020

New Hotline Helps Families Navigate Academic Needs

Need assistance in navigating the academic and personal needs of those in your household? Call this new Family Hotline offered by the Pittsburgh Learning Collaborative.

About

In August 2020, A+ Schools, ARYSE, Lawrenceville United, the Latino Community Center, the Boys & Girls Club, and Heinz Fellows launched their new Family Hotline to answer questions and offer support to families as they navigate the academic and personal needs of those in their household.

The Hotline is available in English and Spanish and will remain available until September 30, 2020. Calls can be received 24/7. A representative may answer your call, but if not, please leave a voicemail. You will receive a call back within 48 hours on weekdays. Voicemails can be left in any language.

Hotline Phone Numbers

    • For calls in English: (412) 256-8536
    • Para llamadas en Español: (412) 256-8536

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August 3, 2020

New Family Care & Education Forum

In response to uncertainty surrounding the 2020-2021 school year, Trying Together has launched the Family Care & Education Forum.

This new community resource will connect parents and caregivers across Southwestern Pennsylvania and provide a space to ask questions, network, and support one another.

About

The Family Care & Education Forum is an online forum where parents and caregivers can engage in conversation with one another. Upon signing up, users will be able to post questions, respond to comments, and learn more about care and education opportunities in their area.

With the upcoming start to the 2020-2021 school year, conversations in the Forum will start with a focus on finding in-home and out-of-home care; discussing safety measures being taken within local school districts; connecting with virtual learning programs; and brainstorming ways to incorporate play with socially distant learning. As this platform grows and expands, there will be new discussion topics related to care and education.

Sign Up

The Family Care & Education Forum is open to all caregivers, which Trying Together defines as any adult who interacts with young children. Users are encouraged to review Trying Together’s Social Media Policy and Privacy Policy prior to creating an account. While the focus of the Forum in the coming months will be Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Forum is open to all regions.

More Information

To view availability at licensed child care and out-of-school time programs in Allegheny County, please visit Allegheny Child Care on the Trying Together website. For questions regarding child care in Allegheny County, visit the ELRC Region 5 website, call 412.350.3577 or 1.888.340.3572, or email elrc5@allegheny county.us

Please contact forum@tryingtogether.org with any questions.

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July 31, 2020

New Process to Prevent Suspensions and Expulsions

Effective August 1, a new process to request support for a child with unique needs or challenging behaviors to prevent suspension and/or expulsion from early learning programs is available for families and early learning professionals.

How to Request Support

To request assistance from the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), early learning professionals and families can complete a new online form entitled, “PA Key Expulsion/Suspension Support Request.”

Circumstances for Alternative Support

More Information

For more information, view the Developing Suspension and Expulsion Policies document.