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June 29, 2021

CDA Credential Course: 2020-21 Waitlist

Trying Together’s Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential Preparation Program offers 135 hours of professional development over the course of six to nine months focused on practice knowledge and skills early learning professionals need to become credentialed. Program participants can matriculate up to nine course credits at Carlow University once they obtain their credential.

This is not a single day event. The event date listed above is the waitlist registration deadline. At this time, CDA program sessions are being hosted virtually.

CDA Program Details

Through the program, early learning professionals:

    • focus on Competency Standards and Best Practices that support healthy early development in young children;
    • complete online coursework;
    • receive support from an experienced instructor; and
    • will be eligible to receive a nationally recognized credential upon completion.

Registration

By completing the online registration form, you will be placed on a program waitlist until spots are available in an upcoming cohort. Participants will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. You will receive more information about the course, upcoming cohorts, and anticipated timelines via email as spots open.

To add your name to the waitlist, complete this online form.

More Information

For questions or more information, please contact Theresa Hetler at theresa@tryingtogether.org.

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December 11, 2020

Women’s Rap: Virtual Sessions

Are you a single mom or caregiver in need of self-care? Women’s Rap provides a safe place for communication, encouragement, and reflection. Join us for a virtual group discussion to build your confidence, gratitude, and supportive relationships with other women.

How to Virtually Attend

Women’s Rap sessions will be hosted using the web-based video conferencing platform Zoom. Please download Zoom prior to the event to your device of choice. Registration is not required.

Learn More

For more information, contact Toni Beasley at 412.540.5732 or toni@tryingtogether.org. Learn more about the Homewood Early Learning Hub and Family Center on the Trying Together website.

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December 4, 2020

Fathers Trying Together: Virtual Sessions

Are you a single father or caregiver? Would you like to build positive memories with your child and learn healthy ways to cope with barriers and stress? Join us for a virtual group discussion.

How to Virtually Attend

Fathers Trying Together sessions will be hosted using the web-based video conferencing platform Zoom. Please download Zoom prior to the event to your device of choice. Registration is not required.

Learn More

For more information, contact Neil Walker at 412.545.5172 or neil@tryingtogether.org. Learn more about the Homewood Early Learning Hub and Family Center on the Trying Together website.

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November 13, 2020

Women’s Rap: Virtual Sessions

Are you a single mom or caregiver in need of self-care? Women’s Rap provides a safe place for communication, encouragement, and reflection. Join us for a virtual group discussion to build your confidence, gratitude, and supportive relationships with other women.

How to Virtually Attend

Women’s Rap sessions will be hosted using the web-based video conferencing platform Zoom. Please download Zoom prior to the event to your device of choice. Registration is not required.

Learn More

For more information, contact Toni Beasley at 412.540.5732 or toni@tryingtogether.org. Learn more about the Homewood Early Learning Hub and Family Center on the Trying Together website.

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November 6, 2020

Fathers Trying Together: Virtual Sessions

Are you a single father or caregiver? Would you like to build positive memories with your child and learn healthy ways to cope with barriers and stress? Join us for a virtual group discussion.

How to Virtually Attend

Fathers Trying Together sessions will be hosted using the web-based video conferencing platform Zoom. Please download Zoom prior to the event to your device of choice. Registration is not required.

Learn More

For more information, contact Neil Walker at 412.545.5172 or neil@tryingtogether.org. Learn more about the Homewood Early Learning Hub and Family Center on the Trying Together website.

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October 27, 2020

Advocacy 201: Crafting and Sharing Your Message

Are you interested in speaking with elected officials about the importance of early childhood? Join Trying Together on October 27 for our free virtual workshop, “Advocacy 201: Crafting and Sharing Your Message.”

About

Effective messaging helps advocates communicate key points to their audience that can potentially influence their level of support. This workshop is for Early Childhood Education professionals who have taken Trying Together’s Advocacy 101 course (or any other foundational advocacy training) and would like to take the next step in preparing to speak with elected officials.

Course instructors will review early childhood research and effective messaging such as brain science, return on investment, impact on workforce and business community, and high-quality teaching. Attendees will leave the workshop with talking points for meeting with elected officials to advocate for early childhood.

Session Details

    • Session Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020  |  6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
    • Instructors: Cristina Codario, Emily Neff, and Lindsey Ramsey
    • Core Knowledge Area: Professional and Leadership
    • CDA Content Area: Maintaining Professionalism
    • Registration Deadline: Sunday, October 25, 2020

Registration

To register, visit the course PD Registry page. Space is limited. Participants will receive the course Zoom link via email within 24 hours before the course start date. Participants will receive the course Zoom link via email within 24 hours before the start date for the course.

If you do not have a PD Registry account, please complete this online form to create one. If you are unable to create an account, please contact Jasmine Davis at jasmine@tryingtogether.org for more information.

More Information

For questions or more information, contact Jasmine Davis at jasmine@tryingtogether.org.

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October 15, 2020

Raising Readers Together Club: Virtual Sessions

About

Families and community partners come together weekly for an hour of fun and relaxing conversation about the power of early reading experiences for young children. Families experience conversations, interactive storytelling, and shared reading opportunities with their children.

Due to COVID-19, the Raising Readers Together Club is being held virtually via Zoom. Wednesday sessions are suitable for tweens and teens. Thursday sessions are suitable for children ages five years old and under.

To register, contact Cynthia Battle at 412.567.1304 or cynthia@tryingtogether.org.

Featured Books

Wednesday Sessions: Tweens and Teens

    • August 26 – September 16: “New Kid” by Jerry Craft
    • September 23 – October 14: “The Breakaways” by Cathy G. Johnson

Thursday Sessions: Ages Five and Under

    • August 27: “Anna Carries Water” by Olive Senior
    • September 3: “My New Friend is So Fun!” by Mo Willems
    • September 10: “We’re Different, We’re the Same” by Bobby Jane Kates
    • September 17: “Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, A Young Artist in Harlem” by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts
    • September 24: “I’m New Here” by Anne Sibley O’Brien
    • October 1: “My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden’s Childhood Journey” by Jeanne Walker Harvey
    • October 8: “Jacob Lawrence in the City” by Susan Goldman Rubin
    • October 15: “Boonoonoonous Hair!” by Olive Senior

More Information

For questions or to register, contact Cynthia Battle at 412.567.1304 or cynthia@tryingtogether.org. Learn more about the Homewood Early Learning Hub and Family Center on the Trying Together website.

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October 14, 2020

Raising Readers Together Club: Virtual Sessions

About

Families and community partners come together weekly for an hour of fun and relaxing conversation about the power of early reading experiences for young children. Families experience conversations, interactive storytelling, and shared reading opportunities with their children.

Due to COVID-19, the Raising Readers Together Club is being held virtually via Zoom. Wednesday sessions are suitable for tweens and teens. Thursday sessions are suitable for children ages five years old and under.

To register, contact Cynthia Battle at 412.567.1304 or cynthia@tryingtogether.org.

Featured Books

Wednesday Sessions: Tweens and Teens

    • August 26 – September 16: “New Kid” by Jerry Craft
    • September 23 – October 14: “The Breakaways” by Cathy G. Johnson

Thursday Sessions: Ages Five and Under

    • August 27: “Anna Carries Water” by Olive Senior
    • September 3: “My New Friend is So Fun!” by Mo Willems
    • September 10: “We’re Different, We’re the Same” by Bobby Jane Kates
    • September 17: “Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, A Young Artist in Harlem” by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts
    • September 24: “I’m New Here” by Anne Sibley O’Brien
    • October 1: “My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden’s Childhood Journey” by Jeanne Walker Harvey
    • October 8: “Jacob Lawrence in the City” by Susan Goldman Rubin
    • October 15: “Boonoonoonous Hair!” by Olive Senior

More Information

For questions or to register, contact Cynthia Battle at 412.567.1304 or cynthia@tryingtogether.org. Learn more about the Homewood Early Learning Hub and Family Center on the Trying Together website.

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What We Can Learn from Children About Mindfulness

Are you interested in gaining a deeper understanding of how to practice mindfulness together with young children? Join Gryphon House on October 14 for their webinar, “What We Can Learn from Children About Mindfulness to Transform Our Learning Environments.”

About

During this webinar, Dr. Elizabeth Joy Erwin, Professor of Education at Montclair State University, will discuss why we have so much to learn from children, especially the youngest ones; how to develop and maintain a culture of mindfulness; and simple mindfulness practices to engage in starting now. By discovering how to integrate simple ideas and practical strategies to calm the body and quiet the mind, educators can select the exact tools they want to ensure all children learn and thrive.

This webinar is best suited for PreK-5 teachers, librarians, therapists, and school and district leaders. Time for questions will be provided.

Registration

To register and learn more, visit the event webpage.

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October 9, 2020

Women’s Rap: Virtual Sessions

Are you a single mom or caregiver in need of self-care? Women’s Rap provides a safe place for communication, encouragement, and reflection. Join us for a virtual group discussion to build your confidence, gratitude, and supportive relationships with other women.

How to Virtually Attend

Women’s Rap sessions will be hosted using the web-based video conferencing platform Zoom. Please download Zoom prior to the event to your device of choice. Registration is not required.

Learn More

For more information, contact Toni Beasley at 412.540.5732 or toni@tryingtogether.org. Learn more about the Homewood Early Learning Hub and Family Center on the Trying Together website.

Please share this flyer with your networks.