March 6, 2020

First Up Annual Conference

Early childhood professionals are invited to join First Up on March 6, 2020 for their Annual Conference!


First Up’s Annual Conference will feature national and local experts presenting on a range of topics, including managing challenging behaviors, negotiating risky play, practicing mindfulness, and stress management for parents, children, and professionals! Come prepared to enjoy a full day of professional development, networking, and inspiration – all centered around building strong classroom curricula and engaging learning environments for young learners. Space is limited.


To register and for information on fees, please visit the First Up website.

More Information

For more information, including a complete workshop listing, visit the conference website.

For questions, contact Rebecca Tyrrell at


February 27, 2020

Trying Together Friendraiser

Are you interested in learning more about Trying Together, advocating for early childhood, and expanding your network? Join Executive Director Cara Ciminillo and Trying Together’s Board of Directors on February 27 for our 2020 Friendraiser! The event will feature a brief presentation and networking with early childhood professionals and stakeholders.

Click here to learn more about Trying Together’s Board of Directors.

Event Details

Thursday, February 27, 2020
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Southern Tier
316 N Shore Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15212


Registration is required and must be completed by February 25, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. During registration, if you do not know the email address(es) of your guest(s), please insert your email in the associated field. A copy of the registration receipt will be sent. To register, complete the form below.



November 9, 2019

Annual PENN SACCA Conference

Join the Pennsylvania School-Age Child Care Alliance (PENN SACCA) on November 9 for their 22nd Annual Statewide Conference! This year’s theme: Afterschool time is STEM time!


Featuring keynote speaker Jeff Remington, this year’s theme will explore all things STEM in afterschool. As one of ten National STEM Teacher Ambassadors, an international STEM advocate, trainer, and consultant, Jeff has a unique perspective of how the daily practice of STEM impacts the big picture of educational systems tied to a global 21st Century economy.

This year’s conference will be held at Toftrees Golf Resort in State College, PA. Click here to make reservations.

Participants will receive PQAS hours, but must provide their Registry ID number upon registration. For Act 48 credits, participants must submit their PPID number, complete necessary paperwork, and pay a $10 fee.

National and State Experts Will Discuss:

    • STEM in afterschool
    • STEM career readiness
    • 21st-century skills
    • Makerspaces
    • Implementing STEM


To register for the conference, visit the event webpage.

Group discounts are available for organizations registering four or more participants. To receive the group discount, all group attendees must be a PENN SACCA Comprehensive Member.

Learn More

For more information, visit the event webpage or contact


November 7, 2019

Recess: A Community Conversation

Children, parents, and community members are invited to join the Recess Advocacy Team on November 7 to discuss their school recess experiences.

The evening will include conservation, playful activities, networking, dinner, and more!

More Information

For questions, contact

Share this flyer with your network.


To register, complete the form below.



April 25, 2019

Engaging Early Learners with Technology: Sharing Research and Best Practices


In this edWebinar, the presenters will discuss the best practices for technology use with young children (birth through age five) and their families. They will also discuss how to support early childhood educators in grades K-3 with effective technology strategies. Research on technology use in early childhood education from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Common Sense Media will provide the framework for this discussion. With digital devices becoming more readily available in school settings, the logistics of implementing technology in the classroom as a tool for learning must be examined in order to utilize emerging technology most effectively.


The edWebinar will also share insights from a roundtable facilitated by Hi5!, a kindergarten readiness and registration campaign in the Greater Pittsburgh Region. The roundtable served as a professional development and networking event for over 20 school districts to share best practices for how they are using technology to support the transition to kindergarten for students and families. The discussion included developmentally appropriate technology use across the early childhood continuum.


This presentation will be of interest to preK-3 teachers and school leaders. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of the presentation. Be sure to view and share this event flyer (PDF) with your network.

For more information and registration, click here.


November 29, 2018

PSAYDN Annual Partners’ Retreat

Focusing on policy development, coordination of quality initiatives, and sustainability, the PSAYDN Annual Partners’ Retreat provides professional development opportunities for OST professionals, school administrators, teachers, nonprofits, policymakers, and more. Register here to attend.

PSAYDN Retreat and PENN SACCA Conference

For the first time, the PSAYDN Retreat and PENN SACCA Conference will run consecutively to provide additional opportunities for OST advocates and professionals to receive professional development and participate in networking activities.

National and State Experts Will Discuss:

  • STEM and Advocacy
  • Career Pathways
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Behavioral Development
  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Sustainability and Partnerships
  • Leadership Development

Act 48 credits available.


September 21, 2018

Trying Together Introduces Social Media Policy

Today, Trying Together released a Social Media Policy. The purpose of this policy is to establish a set of guidelines for the public to address user expectations, guidelines, and appropriate conduct while engaging with page administrators and fellow fans and followers on Trying Together’s social networking platforms. Through this policy, Trying Together aims to ensure our social media communications build community and provide a space for respectful dialogue. Furthermore, we aim to maintain our brand, identity, and integrity.

Please take a moment to review our policy and follow us on our social media platforms:

If you have questions, please contact Maria Pisano, Director of Communications, by email: or by phone: 412.421.3889.