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February 5, 2020

Remake Learning Days Searching for 2020 Event Hosts

Is your organization or workplace interested in hosting a youth-centered event during Remake Learning Days? Submit your event online today!

About

Once again, Remake Learning is looking to celebrate innovative opportunities for youth through their annual festival, “Remake Learning Days Across America (RLDAA)!” The festival highlights events happening in local communities, hosted by a variety of organizations, including schools, libraries, nonprofits, early learning centers, universities, and more! Each event is organized around a learning theme, including: Arts, Maker, Outdoor Learning, Science, Technology, and Youth Voice.

RLDAA is searching for event hosts in 15 regions, including Southwestern Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and more. Additional opportunities are available for organizations that are interested in hosting a “pop-up” event in their location. Submitted events should be innovative, youth-centered (pre-k – grade 12), family-friendly, and open to the public and should provide hands-on learning experiences using one or more Remake Learning Days themes.

Submit Your Event

To submit your event, complete the online submission form. The form has four pages of questions and is available as a printable PDF. Visit the website to view the list of questions.

More Information

RLDAA is presented by Remake Learning with national partnerships with PBS Kids for Parents, Digital Promise, and Common Sense Media, along with many partners and host organizations in 15 regions across the nation. For more information, visit the RLDAA website to view recent updates, read the recap of the inaugural 2019 festival, and access planning guides and tips!

For general questions, contact Dorie Taylor, National Producer, at dorie@remakelearning.org.

*Information provided by RLDAA

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January 29, 2020

Census Mini-Grants Now Available

The Pittsburgh Foundation, Allegheny County-City of Pittsburgh Complete Count Committee, and Census 2020 Philanthropic Fund recently partnered together to create a mini-grants program to support census-related activities. Community-based organizations in Allegheny County are eligible to apply for a grant of up to $2,500 to advance the work of the 2020 Census with populations identified to be at risk of an undercount.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants must be either:

    • an incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization operating in the City of Pittsburgh and/or Allegheny County;
    • a school or educational institution operating in the City of Pittsburgh and/or Allegheny County; or
    • a municipality in Allegheny County.

Community-based organizations that are not schools, municipalities, or incorporated 501(c)(3)s must obtain a fiscal sponsor that is an eligible 501(c)(3) in Allegheny County to apply. For questions on how to obtain a fiscal sponsor, contact Emmie Calland at callande@pghfdn.org.

Priorities

Proposal submissions should focus on outreach activities to increase participation in the 2020 census and must benefit historically undercounted and hard-to-reach communities in Allegheny County. These populations include:

    • seniors,
    • people of color,
    • foreign-born residents,
    • children ages birth to five,
    • low-income residents,
    • persons experiencing homelessness,
    • persons with disabilities, and
    • persons who do not live in traditional housing.

Use of Grant Funds

Proposed activities should take place between now and July 31, 2020. Grant activities should focus on increasing census participation among the hard-to-count groups above. Activities could include:

    • alleviating language barriers in promoting census awareness and completion,
    • hosting events that encourage people to answer the census,
    • creating unique materials to encourage census participation for the populations you serve, and
    • purchasing technology to allow people to fill out the census on the spot.

How to Apply

To apply for a mini-grant, complete the online application. All applications must be submitted no later than February 1, 2020. For technical questions related to the application, contact Jennifer Steinmetz at steinmetzj@pghfdn.org.

More Information

To learn more about the 2020 Census, visit the Allegheny County-City of Pittsburgh Complete Count Committee website. For questions about the program or content of the grant application, contact Emmie Calland at callande@pghfdn.org.

*Information provided by The Pittsburgh Foundation

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December 16, 2019

PDO Needs Assessment Survey: Upcoming Deadline

Early care and education professionals in southwestern Pennsylvania are being asked to take the Professional Development Organization (PDO) Needs Assessment Survey.

About

From now through December 31, 2019, PDOs are performing a needs assessment with early childhood professionals by region and will develop a strategic plan and timetable for each. The survey will take approximately 10 – 15 minutes. Responses will be used to finalize the work plan and timeline for the Southwest and other regions that Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania will serve. Following this period, community outreach will begin. Click here to take complete the survey.

During this transition, professionals who wish to obtain their Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential can find credit-bearing coursework through Westmoreland County Community College and Harrisburg Area Community College.

PDOs

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) announced the selection of its six regional PDOs in October 2019. The PDOs were created to coordinate and facilitate access to credit-bearing coursework and credentials for early care and education professionals in Pennsylvania. PDOs support direct access across each service region for the early childhood workforce to participate in continuing education through a mixed delivery model and coordinate with the Early Learning Resource Centers in improving the quality of early learning programs.

The regional PDO selection for the Southwest region is Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. The Shippensburg PDO also supports the Central, Northeast, and Northwest regions. See the regional PDO map here.

More Information

To learn more about PDOs, read the Pennsylvania Key’s announcement.

*Information provided by OCDEL 

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September 26, 2019

Free Lamaze Class Series

Join Maya Organization this September for their free Lamaze Class Series.

About

The goal of Lamaze is to increase women’s confidence in their ability to give birth. In this class, participants will learn a variety of simple coping strategies that facilitate labor and increase comfort.

Registration

To register or ask questions, call 412.945.7670, ext. 103 or email christy@mayaorganization.org.

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September 19, 2019

Free Lamaze Class Series

Join Maya Organization this September for their free Lamaze Class Series.

About

The goal of Lamaze is to increase women’s confidence in their ability to give birth. In this class, participants will learn a variety of simple coping strategies that facilitate labor and increase comfort.

Registration

To register or ask questions, call 412.945.7670, ext. 103 or email christy@mayaorganization.org.

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September 12, 2019

Free Lamaze Class Series

Join Maya Organization this September for their free Lamaze Class Series.

About

The goal of Lamaze is to increase women’s confidence in their ability to give birth. In this class, participants will learn a variety of simple coping strategies that facilitate labor and increase comfort.

Registration

To register or ask questions, call 412.945.7670, ext. 103 or email christy@mayaorganization.org.

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September 5, 2019

Free Lamaze Class Series

Join Maya Organization this September for their free Lamaze Class Series.

About

The goal of Lamaze is to increase women’s confidence in their ability to give birth. In this class, participants will learn a variety of simple coping strategies that facilitate labor and increase comfort.

Registration

To register or ask questions, call 412.945.7670, ext. 103 or email christy@mayaorganization.org.

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August 23, 2019

Theiss Community Resource Fair

Join the Family Engagement Team of the Matilda H. Theiss Early Childhood Behavioral Health and Trauma Treatment Center on August 23 for the Theiss Community Resource Fair.

About

Held at the Hill House Association, the Theiss Community Resource Fair seeks to provide families and the community with information about local organizations and opportunities to engage with Allegheny County Community Providers that serve families and children.

More Information

For more information or to host a table, contact  Ms. Dee Burgess at 412.383.1557.

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