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June 17, 2022

New Text4FamilyServices Available for Head Start Professionals

On June 16, The National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE) launched its new Text4FamilyServices. The text messaging service is dedicated to supporting and enhancing the vital work of Head Start and Early Head Start family services professionals, supervisors, and other staff who work directly with families.

About

Text4FamilyServices is a messaging service that supports the work of Head Start and Early Head Start family services staff, their supervisors, and other program staff who work with families.

Individuals who sign up, will receive free text messages, including:

  • Two to three texts messages per month with information and links to helpful resources to strengthen their practice with families
  • Additional messages about:
    • Upcoming parent, family, and community engagement (PFCE) professional development opportunities and new resources
    • Office of Head Start campaigns and initiatives

Subscribe

To subscribe for Text4FamilyServices, text PFCE to (toll-free) 833-302-0206. Select your job title [family services staff, supervisor, other] and preferred language [English or Spanish] to start receiving free PFCE (Parent, Families and Community Engagement) text messages.

Text STOP to (toll-free) 833-302-0206 to unsubscribe or HELP for technical assistance or reach out to pfce@ecetta.info.

Learn more about Text4FamilyServices.

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May 15, 2022

Ultimate Play Day

Join the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative and CitiParks for the Ultimate Play Day this spring! Ultimate Play Day is a celebration of playfulness for people of all ages.

Hosted by the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative, this annual event is an opportunity for people from throughout the Pittsburgh region to play together and raise awareness of the benefits of play for everyone—from birth to 199 years. Partner and community organizations offer play activities for all ages at a different venue each year.

Location

Liberty Green Park
100 Larimer Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Additional Information

This event is a part of Remake Learning Days. Remake Learning Days Across America is an innovative learning festival for families and youth! Taking root in regions across the nation, these hands-on and engaging events are designed for kids of all ages at libraries, schools, tech centers, museums, play spaces, community centers and more. This year’s festival is from April 22 – May 23, 2022.

More details for this event will be available in the coming months. Please subscribe to the Trying Together newsletter for more details.

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February 8, 2022

Co-Creating A Healing Community of Equity & Trust

Join Trying Together for an upcoming session, “Co-Creating a Healing Community of Equity & Trust”.

Communities, however defined, are made up of people who bring a range of experiences and histories. Remaining open, curious, and culturally humble is essential to understanding a community’s resilience, strength, and wisdom. Claudia Woody says, “Inclusion means not ‘just we’re allowed to be there,’ but we are valued there.” Participants will explore the 5 Blocks of Building Restorative Relationships that allow caregivers to create holistic and supportive spaces that are responsive to historical trauma and equity literacy which holds us accountable to doing the work of learning together, seeking understanding, and creating a safe, valued, and heard community.

UnConference: Creating a Safe Place with Trauma-Informed Care

This session is a part of Trying Together’s upcoming UnConference. Between February 8-18, expert-led workshops will share content related to trauma-informed care. We begin the UnConference with keynote speaker Dr. Veirdre Jackson and dive into how we can create an environment of healing through equity and trust. Following the keynote, workshop sessions include how to identify family stressors, how to provide responsive care-giving for children experiencing trauma, and an overview of the recently launched Rapid Response Team from Trying Together.

Individuals can learn more and register on Trying Together’s website.

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November 3, 2021

Promoting Mental Health and Family Well-Being in Today’s World Workshop Series

Are you interested in learning more about promoting familial mental health and well-being? Join Brazelton Touchpoint Center for a series of three sessions on various ways that professionals can support the families that they serve.

Sessions

This series features three sessions, each costing $35 or $90 for all three sessions. Registration is available online.

  • October 20: Enhancing Partnerships Between Parents and Staff
  • October 27: Understanding Depression and Fostering Resilience
  • November 3: Talking with Children about Difficult Issues

More Information

Social-emotional wellness is essential for young children, their families, and the providers who work with them. Yet, promoting wellness and responding to the mental health needs of children and families may be challenging, especially during the ongoing pandemic. In this three-part series, you will learn knowledge and skills to strengthen relationships with adults and children and promote family well-being. You will:

  • Learn practical strategies for building strong partnerships with families
  • Learn the signs, symptoms, and causes of depression
  • Explore communication challenges that can occur between staff and parents, and how to overcome them
  • Enhance your understanding of resilience and how to partner with families to strengthen their resilience
  • Learn how to talk more effectively with children about difficult issues
  • Enhance your ability to support families seeking access to mental health services

This series is for all professionals who work with families of young children, including early care and education providers, family child care providers, home visitors, and more.

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October 27, 2021

Promoting Mental Health and Family Well-Being in Today’s World Workshop Series

Are you interested in learning more about promoting familial mental health and well-being? Join Brazelton Touchpoint Center for a series of three sessions on various ways that professionals can support the families that they serve.

Sessions

This series features three sessions, each costing $35 or $90 for all three sessions. Registration is available online.

  • October 20: Enhancing Partnerships Between Parents and Staff
  • October 27: Understanding Depression and Fostering Resilience
  • November 3: Talking with Children about Difficult Issues

More Information

Social-emotional wellness is essential for young children, their families, and the providers who work with them. Yet, promoting wellness and responding to the mental health needs of children and families may be challenging, especially during the ongoing pandemic. In this three-part series, you will learn knowledge and skills to strengthen relationships with adults and children and promote family well-being. You will:

  • Learn practical strategies for building strong partnerships with families
  • Learn the signs, symptoms, and causes of depression
  • Explore communication challenges that can occur between staff and parents, and how to overcome them
  • Enhance your understanding of resilience and how to partner with families to strengthen their resilience
  • Learn how to talk more effectively with children about difficult issues
  • Enhance your ability to support families seeking access to mental health services

This series is for all professionals who work with families of young children, including early care and education providers, family child care providers, home visitors, and more.

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October 20, 2021

Promoting Mental Health and Family Well-Being in Today’s World Workshop Series

Are you interested in learning more about promoting familial mental health and well-being? Join Brazelton Touchpoint Center for a series of three sessions on various ways that professionals can support the families that they serve.

Sessions

This series features three sessions, each costing $35 or $90 for all three sessions. Registration is available online.

  • October 20: Enhancing Partnerships Between Parents and Staff
  • October 27: Understanding Depression and Fostering Resilience
  • November 3: Talking with Children about Difficult Issues

More Information

Social-emotional wellness is essential for young children, their families, and the providers who work with them. Yet, promoting wellness and responding to the mental health needs of children and families may be challenging, especially during the ongoing pandemic. In this three-part series, you will learn knowledge and skills to strengthen relationships with adults and children and promote family well-being. You will:

  • Learn practical strategies for building strong partnerships with families
  • Learn the signs, symptoms, and causes of depression
  • Explore communication challenges that can occur between staff and parents, and how to overcome them
  • Enhance your understanding of resilience and how to partner with families to strengthen their resilience
  • Learn how to talk more effectively with children about difficult issues
  • Enhance your ability to support families seeking access to mental health services

This series is for all professionals who work with families of young children, including early care and education providers, family child care providers, home visitors, and more.

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September 7, 2021

Parent Café: The Homewood Early Learning Hub and Family Center

Parent Cafés are physically and emotionally safe spaces where parents and caregivers talk about the challenges and victories of raising a family. Through individual deep self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning, participants explore their strengths, learn about the Protective Factors, and create strategies from their own wisdom and experiences to help strengthen their families.

To join the Parent Café, please complete the online registration form.

About The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center

The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center supports the early learning needs of young children, families, and early educators in the Homewood communities.

The Hub & Family Center offers:

  • developmentally appropriate activities for children from birth to age nine;
  • individual and group support for parents to set and meet goals for their family; and
  • professional growth opportunities for center-, family-, and home-based early learning programs, and relative-providers.

The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center is a community resource of Trying Together.

Please share this flyer with your networks.

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August 30, 2021

Parent Café: The Homewood Early Learning Hub and Family Center

Parent Cafés are physically and emotionally safe spaces where parents and caregivers talk about the challenges and victories of raising a family. Through individual deep self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning, participants explore their strengths, learn about the Protective Factors, and create strategies from their own wisdom and experiences to help strengthen their families.

To join the Parent Café, please complete the online registration form.

About The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center

The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center supports the early learning needs of young children, families, and early educators in the Homewood communities.

The Hub & Family Center offers:

  • developmentally appropriate activities for children from birth to age nine;
  • individual and group support for parents to set and meet goals for their family; and
  • professional growth opportunities for center-, family-, and home-based early learning programs, and relative-providers.

The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center is a community resource of Trying Together.

Please share this flyer with your networks.

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August 23, 2021

Parent Café: The Homewood Early Learning Hub and Family Center

Parent Cafés are physically and emotionally safe spaces where parents and caregivers talk about the challenges and victories of raising a family. Through individual deep self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning, participants explore their strengths, learn about the Protective Factors, and create strategies from their own wisdom and experiences to help strengthen their families.

To join the Parent Café, please complete the online registration form.

About The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center

The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center supports the early learning needs of young children, families, and early educators in the Homewood communities.

The Hub & Family Center offers:

  • developmentally appropriate activities for children from birth to age nine;
  • individual and group support for parents to set and meet goals for their family; and
  • professional growth opportunities for center-, family-, and home-based early learning programs, and relative-providers.

The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center is a community resource of Trying Together.

Please share this flyer with your networks.

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February 2, 2021

Family Engagement Toolkit Now Available

When adults come together to support children, profound changes can happen. To reinforce parents, caregivers, and early learning professionals in their work to create strong partnerships, Trying Together created the Family Engagement Toolkit.

About

When early learning programs implement family engagement practices, they invite parents, caregivers, and other important adults to learn the best ways to connect, build trust, and join in true partnership for the wellbeing of their child. In fact, research shows that active family engagement leads to better outcomes for children and builds stronger learning communities.

In an effort to support caregivers in bolstering their family engagement practice, Trying Together created the Family Engagement Toolkit, an online toolkit of printable resources that enable families and early childhood educators to:

    • access strategies that strengthen the relationships that nourish a child’s growth and sense of belonging,
    • find ideas and resources to enrich relationships in their learning community,
    • learn ways to increase equity and access for all involved, and
    • take the opportunity to reflect on the family engagement practices in their home or program.

The Toolkit is best suited for families and child care providers of children ages birth to nine years old. The Toolkit provides information and resources on family engagement practices in a variety of settings, including: child care centers, family child care homes, group child care homes, and relative provider locations. For more information, visit our About the Family Engagement Toolkit page.

Featured Resources

Trying Together’s Family Engagement Toolkit includes resources for families and child care providers. Continue reading below to view some of our featured resources.

Resources for Families

Each family brings its own unique talents, customs, and vibrancies to their child’s child care program. Because of this, it is essential that each family offers its own knowledge, lived experiences, and partnership to best support their child. To assist in this process, Trying Together developed the following resources:

    • Access a curated list of family resources on topics such as Choosing a Child Care Provider, Preparing for Transition, Anti-Racism Tools, Child Behavioral and Mental Health Support, Child Development Milestones, English as a Second Language Support, Food Assistance, and more.

Resources for Providers

Family engagement is a process in which educators and families build intentional, authentic relationships toward the shared goal of supporting a child’s healthy growth and development. To assist providers in achieving this goal, Trying Together developed the following resources:

More Information

Support, inspiration, and insight for the Family Engagement Toolkit were drawn from several sources, including Jefferson Regional Foundation. To view the full Toolkit, visit our Family Engagement Toolkit page. For assistance with creating a family engagement plan, contact Trying Together at 412.421.3889 or info@tryingtogether.org.