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April 16, 2024

Make a Month of the Young Child Donation

April is the Month of the Young Child, which emphasizes the importance of early child care and celebrates organizations that provide vital services.

Trying Together supports the work of early childhood by facilitating inclusive learning opportunities for early educators. By providing numerous pathways for early learning professionals to grow in their careers, Trying Together helps to ensure that every child has access to high-quality early care and education that prepares them for their future.

Empower Early Childhood Development

You can help empower early child care professionals by making a donation for the Month of the Young Child.

Gifts of any amount will help and are appreciated. However, these suggested amounts would directly impact quality improvements for regional early learning programs:

  • $50 helps to cover the average cost for one early educator to attend a Trying Together professional learning course.
  • $500 covers the cost for an early educator to complete necessary job requirements as well as receive support from Trying Together through the Child Care 101: New Hire Orientation Professional Development Series.
  • $2,500 provides an early educator the opportunity to grow in their career by obtaining a Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate or School-Age Professional Credential offered by Trying Together.

If you’re interested in supporting the Month of the Young Child campaign or learning more about how to work with Trying Together, contact Kerry May at 412-206-1053 or email kerry@tryingtogether.org

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April 1, 2024

April is the Month of the Young Child

April has been designated as the Month of the Young Child. Trying Together has planned a month full of events and opportunities to tout the importance of early child care and celebrate organizations that provide vital services.

History

The Week of the Young Child was first established in 1971 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Its aim was to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and recognize early childhood programs and services that are centered around those needs.

Over time, increased interest led Trying Together to designate the entire month of April as the Month of the Young Child (MOYC). We celebrate MOYC to elevate the important work of families and early care and education professionals, who strive to meet the needs of the young children in their care. 

MOYC-in-a-Box

Early learning programs can request a mailed box of materials related to the month. Materials include posters to display at program locations or to give to businesses to promote the importance of child care in the community; buttons for staff and families to wear in April; and printed materials and resources from Trying Together and Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 5.

To request the MOYC box of materials, fill out this form. Materials are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. The last day to request materials is Friday, April 12. 

Events

There are a number of great events to celebrate the Month of the Young Child. These include:

2024 Annual Celebration of Early Childhood Educators Dinner – Trying Together will join early care and education colleagues from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 at Acrisure Stadium for dinner, a photo booth, and prizes. There is currently a wait-list for this event.

Homewood Early Learning Block Party – This free event will feature craft activities as well as face painting, dancing, and other activities. There will be resources from organizations in Homewood and the Pittsburgh region for caregivers and families. The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at the Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center.

Affirming Black Joy: Race, Identity, and Early Childhood – The Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education (P.R.I.D.E.) program’s spring speaker series event will feature Trying Together’s Cara Ciminillo as a guest speaker. This virtual event will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10. Registration for this event is now open.

Education Affiliate Dinner and Lecture – Beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, this event at Saint Vincent College will feature a dinner and lecture with Todd Whitaker, a leading authority on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness. The event kicks off at 5 p.m. at the college’s Event and Conference Center and the lecture will follow at 7 p.m. at the Carey Performing Arts Center. More details are available on the college’s Education Department website.

NAEYC Week of the Young Child – The NAEYC will celebrate daily themes as part of its Week of the Young Child from April 6 to 12. Visit the NAEYC’s website for more information on the daily themes and activity resources.

News

March 29, 2024

Resources for April Observances

Various organizations, states, and nations recognize several observances each month. Resources help parents, caregivers, and childcare professionals acknowledge and navigate them.

Here is a list of resources for April observances:

Month-Long Observances

Month of the Young Child
Month of the Young Child, Trying Together
2024 Annual Celebration of Early Childhood Educators Dinner, Trying Together
2024 Homewood Early Learning Block Party, Trying Together
Affirming Black Joy: Race, Identity, and Early Childhood, Trying Together

Celebrate Diversity Month
A Celebration of Diversity in Pittsburgh, Visit Pittsburgh
Events, Pittsburgh Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

World Autism Month
Autism Acceptance Month, University of Pittsburgh
World Autism Month, American Autism Association
Family Guide for Early Intervention and Inclusion in Allegheny County, Trying Together
Upcoming Events, Autism Pittsburgh
A Sensory Friendly Guide to Pittsburgh, Visit Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Autism Services, The Children’s Institute

National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Developmentally Appropriate Practice: A Guide for Parents, Trying Together
Resources to Keep Kids Safe, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS)
Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Managing Problem Behavior at Home, Child Mind Institute
National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Child Welfare Information Gateway
Strategies for Reducing Inequity in Child Protection: Addressing Bias, Child Welfare Information Gateway

Sexual Assault Awareness Month
National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
Sexual Violence Education, Pennsylvania Department of Health
Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2024, National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Medical Treatment for Sexual Assault, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
National Resources for Sexual Assault Survivors and Their Loved Ones, Rape, Incest, and Abuse National Network (RAINN)
A Guide for Friends and Family of Sexual Assault Survivors, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR)
Caring for Kids: What Parents Need to Know About Sexual Abuse, National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Week-Long Observances

April 6-12 is the Week of the Young Child
Week of the Young Child, National Association for the Education of Young Children
Week of the Young Child Events, Carnegie Science Center

April 7-13 is National Library Week
National Library Week Activities Scheduled at Northland Public Library in McCandless, TribLive

April 22-26 is Every Kid Healthy Week
Take Action During Every Kid Healthy Week, Action for Healthy Kids

Day Observances

April 2 is International Children’s Book Day
International Children’s Book Day 2024, Awareness Days
The 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time, Time Magazine
The Complete Checklist: 100 Must-Read Books, Scholastic

April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day
Call for Participation: UN World Autism Awareness Day Event 2024, LinkedIn

April 4 is National School Librarian Day
National School Librarian Day 2024 Celebration Ideas, We Are Teachers
National School Librarian Day, There is a Day for That

April 5 is National Self Care Day
Caring for the Caregiver, Trying Together
Grandfamily Tip Sheets Provide Information on Self-Care and Youth Mental Health, Generations United

April 6 is National Library Day
National Library Day, Holiday Calendar
National Library Day, April 6, 2024, National Today
Events, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

April 15 is National American Sign Language Day
44 Incredible Ways to Teach Sign Language to Your Kids, Teaching Expertise
7 Children’s Books About Deafness, Deaf Unity

April 21 is National Kindergarten Day
National Kindergarten Day, National Day Calendar
Top 10 Kindergarten Readiness Skills, Hi5!
Kindergarten Transition, Trying Together
Kindergarten Registration Information for the 2024-25 School Year: Allegheny County, Trying Together
Kindergarten Registration Information for the 2024-25 School Year: Westmoreland, Fayette, Armstrong, Greene, and Butler Counties, Trying Together

April 22 is Earth Day
Wild Earth Music, Art, and Culture Festival, Pittsburgh Earth Day
History of Earth Day, National Geographic Kids
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Announces Earth Day Events in April, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Honoring Earth Month in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

April 23 is World Book Day
Book Request Form, Reading Ready Pittsburgh
Buzzword Words & Activities, Buzzword
World Book Day, Worldbookday.com
World Book Day 2024, National Literacy Trust
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Book Lists, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

News

March 8, 2023

Trying Together Offering MOYC Opportunities

Trying Together is offering families, community members, and child care providers a number of opportunities to celebrate Month of the Young Child.

MOYC-in-a-Box

Trying Together is offering child care programs in Allegheny County the opportunity to receive Month of the Young Child (MOYC) materials. Programs may request a mailed box of materials related to Month of the Young Child including:

  • Posters to display at their program location or to give to local businesses to promote the importance of child care in the community
  • Buttons for staff and families to wear during the month of April
  • Printed materials and resources from Trying Together and ELRC Region 5
  • A copy of this year’s PA One Book, “Mel Fell” by Corey R. Tabor

Materials will be shipped by the end of March, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

Request your MOYC box.

Month of the Young Child Events

MOYC Resource Open House

  • Friday, April 7
  • The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center, 7219 Kelly St., Pittsburgh, PA 15208
  • Details to come

Student Affiliate Dinner

  • Wednesday, April 12 | 5 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Seton Hill University, Cecilian Hall Administration Building (2nd Floor), 1 Seton Hill Dr., Greensburg, PA 15601
  • Register

Homewood Block Party

  • Saturday, April 15 | 12 – 4 p.m.
  • The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center, 7219 Kelly St., Pittsburgh, PA 15208
  • Pre-registration not required

Annual Celebration Dinner

  • Thursday, April 27 | 6 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Acrisure Stadium, UPMC Club, 100 Art Rooney Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212
  • Register

About Month of the Young Child

First established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in 1971, the Week of the Young Child is an opportunity to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.Over the years, with growing interest and focus, Trying Together designated the entire month of April as the Month of the Young Child (MOYC).

In April 2023, we will offer opportunities to elevate and celebrate early childhood by providing resources, hosting, co-hosting, and participating in child and caregiver -focused events, and working with early learning programs to share MOYC materials and experiences.

Learn More

To learn more about Month of the Young Child, visit Trying Together’s Month of the Young Child webpage.

News

April 28, 2021

New Resources from Trying Together

As Month of the Young Child comes to a close, Trying Together is featuring several resources that were released throughout April. These resources further Trying Together’s mission to supports high-quality care and education for young children by providing advocacy, community resources, and professional growth opportunities for the needs and rights of children, their families, and the individuals who interact with them.

New Resources

DAP Series Parts IV, V, and VI

As an early childhood nonprofit, Trying Together recognizes that a child’s parent is their first and most important caregiver. That’s why we created the Developmentally Appropriate Parenting (DAP) Series to assist parents and caregivers in creating high-quality learning experiences at the earliest stages of their child’s life. The series features digital and print content that provides information on critical early childhood topics.

As of April 2021, six Parts have been published, including: Part I: Developmentally Appropriate Practice; Part II: Childhood Physical Health; Part III: Child Care; Part IV: Early Intervention and Inclusion; Part V: Safety and Emergencies; and Part VI: Social-Emotional Development.  Resources will continue to be added through 2022 as additional Parts are finalized.

Parenting Together Pathway

The Parenting Together Pathway is a video-based learning series to provide high-quality information on early childhood development to parents and caregivers in Allegheny County and surrounding areas. Launched in April 2021, the Parenting Together Pathway provides families the opportunity to learn more about: brain development; play; interactions and relationships; technology; child care; and advocacy to better support their children’s healthy growth. Additional videos will be released through 2021.

Recess Advocacy Toolkit

In partnership with the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative and thanks to support from The Grable Foundation and Remake Learning Tomorrow Grants, the Recess Advocacy Team created a Recess Advocacy Toolkit. As schools shift from remote learning back to in-person education, the importance of play and recess must be at the forefront of the conversation around reopening schools and helping children adjust to a changed educational environment. This toolkit highlights research, strategies, and advocacy opportunities for play and physical activity at home and at school.

News

March 19, 2019

Tech Tuesday: Food Science!

Join the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to delve into the science of sprouting food scraps! Did you know you can “force” carrot tops, sprout avocado pits, and regrow celery? Look closely and learn about science experiments to try at home. This program is drop-in, so guests may come and go as they please! This program is designed for our youngest learners (0-5) but is suitable for all ages.

For more information, visit the event page!

News

March 4, 2019

Month of The Young Child Events Announced

Throughout April, early childhood nonprofit Trying Together will host and highlight local events in celebration of the Month of the Young Child (MOYC). Held annually in April, MOYC is a month-long celebration in recognition of the important role that early childhood care and education play in the lives of children and families.

“While we designate April as the time of year when we formally recognize early care and education professionals and family caregivers with special events, we want them to know we value them for the important work they do everyday to support healthy development for the young children the care for and educate,” said Cara Ciminillo, Executive Director of Trying Together.

MOYC Organization Event Submissions

New this year, local nonprofits hosting events for young children in April are invited to submit details to Trying Together for inclusion in promotions. Organizations interested in submitting their events must meet the following requirements:

  • The event is hosted in April
  • The event is open to the public
  • The event features opportunities for young children (birth – nine), explores early childhood topics, or provides professional development opportunities for early childhood educators, families, and/or professionals

To submit your events, visit tryingtogether.org. For questions on applying, contact Maria Pisano at 412.421.3889 or maria@tryingtogether.org.

Annual Celebration Dinner

On Thursday, April 4 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m., Trying Together will host its their Annual Celebration Dinner at the Carnegie Museum of Art. This event, featuring keynote speaker Illah Nourbakhsh, CMU CREATE Lab Director of the Community Robotics, Education, and Technology Empowerment, will bring together local early childhood care and education professionals in celebration of the work they do to support Pennsylvania’s youngest generation. Guests will enjoy a dinner buffet, photo booth, prizes, and more. Tickets are currently available online for $12 per person, or $100 for a Director’s Table, at tryingtogether.org.

 

Update

This year’s Annual Celebration Dinner is officially sold-out! If you still require a ticket, Trying Together may be able to accommodate the request. Please contact Sharon Seitam at 412.421.3889 or sharon@tryingtogether.org.

 

The Student Affiliate Dinner

On Thursday, April 11 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., Carlow at Greensburg and Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC) will host the 9th Annual Student Affiliate Dinner at WCCC to celebrate local early childhood education students and community. Featuring keynote speaker Dr. Melissa Sherfinski, the conversation will explore how educators can empower students through equitable practices. Register for The Student Affiliate Dinner by Wednesday, April 3 at 4:30 p.m.

For questions about The Student Affiliate Dinner, contact Vicki Hricik at 724.925.4013 or hricikv@westmoreland.edu.

The Homewood Block Party

On Saturday, April 27 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Trying Together, the Homewood Early Learning Hub, and Homewood-Brushton Family Support Center will host their annual Homewood Block Party on Kelly Street. Young children and their families are invited to enjoy an afternoon of free activities, food, performance, and information from local partners about the work they do. No registration is required.

For questions or more information, contact Rosie Hogan at rosie@tryingtogether.org.

News

March 1, 2019

Annual Celebration Dinner

Join Trying Together and early childhood colleagues at the Annual Celebration Dinner to celebrate the work you do for young children. Enjoy dinner, a photo booth, and prizes.

Details

Thursday, April 4, 2019
5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Registration Is Now Closed

  • Individual Ticket: $12.00
  • Director’s Table (10 Tickets): $100

A buffet meal will be served. Please indicate at time of purchase if you require gluten-or dairy-free options or a kosher meal. Limited quantities will be available.

If you are still interested in a ticket, Trying Together may be able to accommodate the request. Please contact Sharon Seitam at 412.421.3889 or sharon@tryingtogether.org for more details.

Emcee

Charles “Chuck” Herring, EdD

Keynote Speaker

Illah R. Nourbakhsh
K&L Gates Professor of Ethics and Computational Technologies
Director CREATE Lab
Carnegie Mellon University

Honoring

PNC Grow Up Great 15th Anniversary

Questions?

Sharon Seitam, Operations Manager
412.421.3889
sharon@tryingtogether.org

News

April 2, 2018

April is Month of The Young Child

Throughout April, Trying Together will host the Month of The Young Child to focus public attention on the needs and rights of young children, their families, and the adults who interact with them.

MONTH OF THE YOUNG CHILD

In the Pittsburgh-area, Trying Together observes the Month of The Young Child by providing advocacy, resources, and events that support high-quality early learning experiences for young children.

“We look forward to recognizing the Month of The Young Child every year,” said Cara Ciminillo, Trying Together Executive Director. “During the month we take a moment to pause and reflect not only on where the early childhood field is and where we want it to go, but on the individuals who care for and educate young children each day.”

ANNUAL CELEBRATION DINNER

The Annual Celebration Dinner for early care and education professionals will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Museum of Art and host keynote speaker William (Bill) E. Strickland, Jr. of Manchester Bidwell Corporation.

“Those in the early childhood field are often underpaid and undervalued,” said Ciminillo. “I hope the opportunity to hear from someone like Mr. Strickland whose life’s work was inspired by an educator is particularly meaningful for those in attendance.”

Trying Together will also honor early childhood advocate and professional Patricia (Pat) Cobbs (posthumously) at the Dinner.

“Miss Pat used to say, ‘It’s all about the kids!”, said Ciminillo. “Whether she was advocating on behalf of young children, or managing JLC Daycare which she owned in Swissvale, Pennsylvania, her mission was always to make sure we were doing what’s best for children.”

Later in the week, Ms. Cobbs’ family will accept The Pennsylvania Association for The Education of Young Children (PennAEYC) 2018 VOICE for Children Award on her behalf on Friday, April 13 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Ciminillo says the Dinner will be very celebratory as Trying Together completed its rebrand and released its five-year strategic plan earlier this year.

“Our board, partners, and staff invested a great deal of energy, expertise, and time into the rebrand and strategic planning process. With our refreshed look and name, and a clear path for the future, I’m looking forward to celebrating together with them and thanking those involved at the Dinner.”

Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner, photo booth, prizes, and more. This year’s dinner is now at capacity and has sold-out.

CAPITOL VISIBILITY DAY IN HARRISBURG

Trying Together staff and advocates will travel to the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg to bring attention to the unmet needs of young children statewide. Currently, 106,000 pre-k eligible 3 and 4-year-olds lack access to publicly funded programs throughout the Commonwealth. On Wednesday, April 18, 2018 staff and advocates will visit with State Legislators and ask visitors to decorate paper stacking blocks in the Rotunda.

“Everyone has an early care or education story to tell,” says Ciminillo. “As principal members of the Pre-K for PA Campaign, we are committed to bringing those stories to policymakers’ attention to ensure every child attends a high-quality pre-k program and enters kindergarten ready to succeed.”

Participants will be able to add Polaroids, draw pictures, write their stories, and decorate with stickers on the blocks. The blocks will then be stacked to visually represent the expansive impact early childhood programs have on constituents. Those interested in joining in this or other legislative visits should submit a form at tryingtogether.org.

THE HOMEWOOD BLOCK PARTY

The Homewood Block Party will be held on Saturday, April 28, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Kelly Street in front of The Homewood Early Learning Hub, a community resource of Trying Together.

“This event enables us to celebrate and connect with the children and families served through programming at the Hub and at Homewood-Brushton Family Support Center where we are the lead organization,” said Ciminillo.

The Block Party is FREE and features activities, food, performances, and resources for young children. Registration is not required. Interested vendors are asked to contact Cynthia Battle at 412-421-3889 or cynthia@tryingtogether.org.

Full details on the Month of The Young Child.

News

January 9, 2018

Month of the Young Child

First established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in 1971, the Week of the Young Child is an opportunity to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

Over the years, with growing interest and focus, Trying Together designated the entire month of April as the Month of the Young Child (MOYC). MOYC is a time to plan how we will better meet the needs of all young children, families, caregivers, and early care and education professionals.


Elevate Early Childhood

The Month of the Young Child is a time during which the dedicated work of early educators can be promoted for the essential role that it plays in our society. The events of the last few years have demonstrated just how important it is to fund, support, and elevate the work of child care. Trying Together has assembled a month full of opportunities to share the importance of early care with the audiences that need to hear it most.

Empower Early Childhood Development

You can help Trying Together achieve the goal of empowering early child care professionals by making a donation for the Month of the Young Child.

Gifts of any amount will help, but these are suggested amounts to consider that would directly impact quality improvements for our region’s early learning programs:

  • $50 helps to cover the average cost for one early educator to attend a professional learning course offered by Trying Together.
  • $500 covers the cost for an early educator to complete necessary job requirements and receive support from Trying Together through the Child Care 101: New Hire Orientation Professional Development Series.
  • $2,500 provides an early educator the opportunity to grow in their career by obtaining a Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate or School-Age Professional Credential offered by Trying Together.

If you’re interested in supporting the Month of the Young Child campaign or learning more about how to work with Trying Together, contact Kerry May at 412-206-1053 or email kerry@tryingtogether.org


Month of the Young Child Events

2024 Annual Celebration of Early Childhood Educators Dinner

Join Trying Together and your early care and education colleagues to celebrate the work you do for young children and families. Guests will enjoy dinner, a photo booth, and prizes. Individual and group ticket prices are available. 

When

Thursday, April 25, 2024
6:00 – 8:30 p.m. 

Where

Acrisure Stadium, UPMC Club
100 Art Rooney Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Free parking in Gold Lot 1 (W. General Robinson Street) will be available for guests.

Dress Code

While we have never had a formal dress code for this event, many have used it as an opportunity to dress up. We recognize that many people will be coming from work directly to the event. For this reason, please dress in what is most comfortable and convenient for you!

More Events

Education Affiliate Dinner and Lecture

Event Details

Thursday, April 18, 2024
5 – 6:45 p.m.
Event and Conference Center, Saint Vincent College

Lecture with Todd Whitaker
7 p.m.
Carey Performing Arts Center, Saint Vincent College

Details are available on the Saint Vincent College Education Department website.

Check out our Events page to discover all of the Month of the Young Child programming available throughout April 2024.


Join the Celebration from Home

NAEYC Week of the Young Child

Celebrate the daily themes featured during the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Week of the Young Child (WOYC). This year’s events will be held on April 6 – 12, 2024. Daily themes include:

Kick-Off Saturday (April 6, 2024)
Music Monday (April 8, 2024)
Tasty Tuesday (April 9, 2024)
Work Together Wednesday (April 10, 2024)
Artsy Thursday (April 11, 2024)
Family Friday (April 12, 2024)

To learn more about WOYC, WOYC daily themes, and WOYC activity resources, visit NAEYC’s WOYC webpage

Share Your Celebrations With Us

Follow Trying Together on Facebook, X, Instagram, and LinkedIn! If you’re hosting a Month of the Young Child or Week of the Young Child celebration, tag us on social media with the hashtags #TryingTogether and #MOYC2024.