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 9, 2019

Month of the Young Child: Celebrating Early Childhood

With Trying Together having designated April as the Month of the Young Child (MOYC), Kidsburgh asked Executive Director Cara Ciminillo to explain why access to high-quality early childhood care and education is so vital for our youngest generation.

Overview

In the article, Ciminillo explains why access to early learning and care is critical and moves on to discuss the roles of advocacy, policy, and investments. Identifying connections to Trying Together’s public policy agenda, Ciminillo explains that by successfully advocating for increased investments in early childhood, we’re working to ensure that all young children have access to affordable, high-quality programs; that all early childhood professionals are being compensated appropriately; and that all early childhood programs have access to the support they need to provide high-quality services.

Article

To read the full article, visit Kidsburgh’s website!

News

March 28, 2019

Work Together Wednesday’s

Join the Carnegie Science Center every Wednesday during the Month of the Young Child (April) from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for a series of collaborative building activities inside of their Little Learner Clubhouse. All Little Learner Clubhouse activities are included with the purchase of general admission.

Children under the age of 2 receive free admission.

About the Little Learner Clubhouse

Aspiring scientists age 6 and under and their families are invited to explore this nature-inspired hub for free-play and hands-on activities! Located on the fourth floor of the Science Center, Little Learner Clubhouse is a colorful gallery featuring a variety of interactive exhibits designed to foster scientific curiosity, including:

  • The Clubhouse
  • The Learning Tree
  • The Water Table
  • The Tomato Stand
  • The Book Cove
  • The Baby Garden
  • The Button Wall

Buy Tickets and Learn More

Individuals interested in purchasing tickets online, learning more about the Little Learner Clubhouse, or viewing available ticket discounts can do so by visiting the Carnegie Science Center website. Discounts are available for Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cardholders, active military members, veterans, and more. Discounts require specific verification. Please see their website for details.

Ticket Costs:
  • General Admission Adult: $19.95
  • General Admission Adult 65+: $14.95
  • General Admission Child: $11.95
  • General Admission Child Under 2: Free
  • Carnegie Science Center Membership Holders: Free

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 where 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.

Celebrating Early Care and Education

Trying Together is offering early learning programs the opportunity to receive Month of the Young Child materials and experiences. 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

To request the MOYC-in-a-Box, please fill out this form. Materials are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Programs can expect to receive their boxes before the beginning of April.


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.

Cost

Individual tickets: $15 

Groups of 10 may reserve a table* at a discounted rate of $135.
*Please Note: If you are purchasing a table, you will be required to input each attendee’s full name and email address during the registration process.

Trying Together aims to make attending the Annual Celebration of Early Childhood Educators Dinner equitable for all attendees. The standard ticket price is set at $15 and tables of 10 are set at a discounted rate of $135 to ensure accessibility. We encourage registrants to consider the value of each ticket and table – $140 and $1,400, respectively – and contribute more if they are willing and able to do so. Your additional contribution will help support our dinner and enhance the experience of all attendees. We thank you for your generosity and for the additional support.

Register

To learn more about the Annual Celebration Dinner or register for the event, visit the Annual Celebration Dinner event page.

For questions or assistance, please email info@tryingtogether.org.

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!

Recognize an early childhood educator 

New this year, individuals can recognize the early childhood caregivers in their life.  Businesses, organizations, and individuals can purchase full-color advertisements to appear in the 2024 Annual Celebration of Early Childhood Educators Dinner program book. Want to honor an early childhood educator? Add their name to the Recognition List in the program book

Sponsorship

Sponsorship packages are available for the dinner for the first time this year. If you’re interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities or donating raffle items or baskets, please contact Kerry May, Assistant Director of Development, at kerry@tryingtogether.org or 412.206.1053.

Homewood Early Learning Block Party

Join us for a free event in the Homewood community! There will be craft activities, along with face painting, dancing, and more for people of all ages. There will be a wide variety of resources from organizations in Homewood and the Pittsburgh Region for caregivers and families.

When

Saturday, April 13, 2024
12–4 p.m.

Where

The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center
7219 Kelly Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208 (Outside)

There is no cost to attend this event. For more information, visit the Homewood Block Party event page. For details or questions, visit The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center Facebook Group.

Sponsorship

Sponsorship packages are available for the dinner for the first time this year. If you’re interested in supporting the work of early childhood and learning more about this opportunity, please contact Kerry May, Assistant Director of Development, at kerry@tryingtogether.org or 412.206.1053.

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.