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January 9, 2020

Raising Readers: Picture Book Selection Potluck

Parents and caregivers of young children are invited to join Trying Together for two sessions to review, discuss, and choose quality picture books!

About

By participating, parents and caregivers will help Trying Together select which picture books will be read during the upcoming Raising Readers Together Club series. This is a potluck event, so main course or side dishes are appreciated. Trying Together will provide dessert.

The Spring 2020 Raising Readers Together Club series will run February 6–March 26, 2020 on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at The Homewood Early Learning Hub and is suitable for children ages five and younger.

More Information

For questions, contact Cynthia Battle at cynthia@tryingtogether.org or 412.567.1304.

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December 14, 2019

Swap Meet | Child Care Provider Item Swap

Child care providers are invited to join Trying Together on December 14 for “Swap Meet,” the first-ever share event for regional child care providers. Take this opportunity to find what you need and to get rid of what you don’t need.

About

We all have something we need and many of us have something we can offer. The more we can provide for each other locally, the more sustainable our programs grow. “Swap Meet” is a fun opportunity for programs to connect, socialize, and share. Participants will enjoy music, munchies, and more!

Rules for Listing Items

During the registration progress, participants will provide Trying Together staff with a “WANT” and/or a “HAVE” list. These lists will be placed in a central location. Staff will be sorting the swap items into two main areas – “Free” and “For Barter.”

Accepted Used Items

Participants may list any clean, gently-used learning materials, classroom furniture, and play equipment. Examples of these items include:

    • books,
    • dramatic play clothes,
    • kitchenware,
    • theme kits,
    • program supplies (tools, power strips, electronics, wall art, etc.),
    • classroom furniture,
    • gross motor equipment,
    • toys (games, puzzles, LEGO bricks, etc.),
    • and art supplies.

Things to Keep in Mind

When listing items, be sure to clearly state the type, style, and quantity of the item. Describe the size of the item as well as the material from which it’s made.

Please note that Trying Together reserves the right to inspect all merchandise and to refuse or return any item. All materials and equipment must be suitable for children. Swappers shall conduct themselves in an orderly manner at all times. Unless you request otherwise, unclaimed items will be donated to local resale shops.

Register Your Program

If your program is interested in participating, complete the registration form. Programs must register by Friday, November 29, 2019.

More Information

For questions, contact 412.567.3598 or rosie@tryingtogether.org.

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December 12, 2019

Raising Readers: Picture Book Selection Potluck

Parents and caregivers of young children are invited to join Trying Together for two sessions to review, discuss, and choose quality picture books!

About

By participating, parents and caregivers will help Trying Together select which picture books will be read during the upcoming Raising Readers Together Club series. This is a potluck event, so main course or side dishes are appreciated. Trying Together will provide dessert.

The Spring 2020 Raising Readers Together Club series will run February 6–March 26, 2020 on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at The Homewood Early Learning Hub and is suitable for children ages five and younger.

More Information

For questions, contact Cynthia Battle at cynthia@tryingtogether.org or 412.567.1304.

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November 7, 2019

Raising Readers Together Club | Ages 0-5

The Raising Readers Together Club runs weekly and explores the importance of acceptance, equality, and tolerance through reading. Thursday sessions are suitable for children ages five and younger.

Raising Readers provides free books, discussion, food, songs, storytelling, and resources.

Fall 2019 Books:

    • September 19: You Hold Me Up
    • September 26: Sign Off
    • October 3: When Aidan Became a BrotherMommy’s Khimar
    • October 10: Magnets Push, Magnets Pull
    • October 17: Mixed: A Colorful Story
    • October 24: How Rocket Learned to Read
    • October 31: Pop Pop and Me*
    • November 7: Mary Had a Little Glam

*The October 31 Raising Readers Together Club session will be hosted at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Homewood – 7101 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208.

Questions

For questions or more information, contact Cynthia Battle at 412.567.1304 or cynthia@tryingtogether.org.

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November 6, 2019

Raising Readers Together Club | Tweens & Teens

The Raising Readers Together Club runs weekly and explores the importance of acceptance, equality, and tolerance through reading. Wednesday sessions are suitable for tweens and teens.

Raising Readers provides free books, discussion, food, songs, storytelling, and resources.

Featured Book

    • September 18 – October 30: Ugly by Robert Hoge

Poetry Party Event

On November 6, Raising Readers Together participants ages six and older are invited to a poetry party at the Frick Environmental Center! The field trip will celebrate Heinz History Center’s “From Slavery to Freedom Film Series 2019,” featuring a screening of the documentary, “Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask.” Bring your favorite Paul Laurence Dunbar poem and learn more about the first African American to achieve national fame as a writer.

    • Poetry Party
      November 6, 2019
      5:30 – 8 p.m.
      Frick Environmental Center
      2005 Beechwood Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Questions

For questions or more information, contact Cynthia Battle at 412.567.1304 or cynthia@tryingtogether.org.

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October 31, 2019

Raising Readers Together Club | Ages 0-5

The Raising Readers Together Club runs weekly and explores the importance of acceptance, equality, and tolerance through reading. Thursday sessions are suitable for children ages five and younger.

Raising Readers provides free books, discussion, food, songs, storytelling, and resources.

Fall 2019 Books:

    • September 19: You Hold Me Up
    • September 26: Sign Off
    • October 3: When Aidan Became a BrotherMommy’s Khimar
    • October 10: Magnets Push, Magnets Pull
    • October 17: Mixed: A Colorful Story
    • October 24: How Rocket Learned to Read
    • October 31: Pop Pop and Me*
    • November 7: Mary Had a Little Glam

*The October 31 Raising Readers Together Club session will be hosted at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Homewood – 7101 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208.

Questions

For questions or more information, contact Cynthia Battle at 412.567.1304 or cynthia@tryingtogether.org.

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October 30, 2019

Raising Readers Together Club | Tweens & Teens

The Raising Readers Together Club runs weekly and explores the importance of acceptance, equality, and tolerance through reading. Wednesday sessions are suitable for tweens and teens.

Raising Readers provides free books, discussion, food, songs, storytelling, and resources.

Featured Book

    • September 18 – October 30: Ugly by Robert Hoge

Poetry Party Event

On November 6, Raising Readers Together participants ages six and older are invited to a poetry party at the Frick Environmental Center! The field trip will celebrate Heinz History Center’s “From Slavery to Freedom Film Series 2019,” featuring a screening of the documentary, “Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask.” Bring your favorite Paul Laurence Dunbar poem and learn more about the first African American to achieve national fame as a writer.

    • Poetry Party
      November 6, 2019
      5:30 – 8 p.m.
      Frick Environmental Center
      2005 Beechwood Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Questions

For questions or more information, contact Cynthia Battle at 412.567.1304 or cynthia@tryingtogether.org.

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October 29, 2019

Come Play!

Guided by the staff at Trying Together, Come Play! is an opportunity for group and family child care providers to bring their enrolled children for hands-on professional learning.

Provider Benefits

By participating, providers will receive:

  • PQAS / Act 48 Hours
  • Mentoring
  • Program Resources

Questions

For more information or to ask questions, contact Mimi Loughead at 412.567.5163 or mimi@tryingtogether.org.

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October 26, 2019

CitiParks Annual Track & Treat

Join Citiparks on October 26 for its annual “Track and Treat” event at the Bud Harris Cycling Track on Washington Boulevard.

About

Citiparks Track and Treat is a free, fun, and active seasonal event for children and families with a Halloween theme. Children and families are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes, bring their own bikes, or borrow one! Cycle around the Bud Harris Cycling Track–stopping along the way to learn bike etiquette, safety, and maintenance from the Pittsburgh Police Bicycle Unit and have fun decorating their bikes.

Children can play a host of Halloween and seasonal games and win prizes, enjoy Pittsburgh Puppet Works Halloween shows and the Dr. Sparks Science Show, and enjoy giant bubble making, balloons, and face painting. Generous donations include Eat n’ Park Monster Mash Cookies and Bike PGH information and resources. Children and families can enjoy life-size hand-painted seasonal decor including a haunted house facade, a barn and barnyard characters, minion city, pumpkin people, and more.

Games and Activities

Games and activities include:

    • Halloween Costume Contest (2 p.m.),
    • Pumpkin Decorating,
    • Inflatable Games,
    • Pumpkin Cone Toss,
    • Spider Corn Hole Toss,
    • Pumpkin Bowling,
    • Guess How Many (Candy Corn),
    • Break a Balloon,
    • and more!

More Information

To learn more, visit the CitiParks website.

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October 24, 2019

Raising Readers Together Club | Ages 0-5

The Raising Readers Together Club runs weekly and explores the importance of acceptance, equality, and tolerance through reading. Thursday sessions are suitable for children ages five and younger.

Raising Readers provides free books, discussion, food, songs, storytelling, and resources.

Fall 2019 Books:

    • September 19: You Hold Me Up
    • September 26: Sign Off
    • October 3: When Aidan Became a BrotherMommy’s Khimar
    • October 10: Magnets Push, Magnets Pull
    • October 17: Mixed: A Colorful Story
    • October 24: How Rocket Learned to Read
    • October 31: Pop Pop and Me*
    • November 7: Mary Had a Little Glam

*The October 31 Raising Readers Together Club session will be hosted at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Homewood – 7101 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208.

Questions

For questions or more information, contact Cynthia Battle at 412.567.1304 or cynthia@tryingtogether.org.

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