December 2, 2020

Simple Interactions and Stories (Panel Discussion)

Are you interested in learning how to encourage, enrich, and empower human relationships in your work with young children? Join Simple Interactions on January 14 for “Simple Interactions + Stories.”


Throughout the pandemic, Simple Interactions has been inspired to hear stories from individuals across child-serving contexts about how COVID-19 has impacted their work and interactions with families, youth, and children. This event will feature a facilitated panel with four practitioners and professionals. Each panelist will share their stories of finding opportunities, overcoming challenges, and using relational thinking to support children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Panelists will include Lisa Kuh, Director of Early Education, Somerville Public Schools; Monica Allison, Site Coordinator, ParentChild+ Staff; and Amie White, Director of Family and Youth Engagement, A+ Schools.

Available Times

This session is available at the following times:

    • Thursday, January 14  |  12 – 1: 15 p.m.  | Register
    • Thursday, January 14  |  7:30 – 8:45 p.m.  |  Register

More Information

To learn more, visit the Simple Interactions website.


November 13, 2020

Fifth Annual Healthy Schools Summit

Are you interested in translating research into action to create green and healthy schools? Join Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE) on Thursday, December 3 for the Fifth Annual Healthy Schools Summit.


During this virtual conference, national, state, and local experts will tackle the following questions:

    • How are school stakeholders coming together to realize their shared goal for green, safe, and healthy schools for students and staff to return to?
    • How are school leaders translating public health research into action to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
    • What resources are available for educators, nurses, parents, and students to respond to existing and emerging school health needs?

For information on the Summit sessions, please see the list below or view the full Summit Agenda.



Morning Sessions

    • “From Research to Action and Knowledge to Practice”: Keynote Address
      by Tracy Enger, Program Manager, U.S Environmental Protection Agency
    • “Public Health Decision Making for School Leaders: A Panel Discussion”
      with panelists Dr. Farhad Ahmed (PA Dept of Health), Aimee Eckmann (Perkins + Will), Dr. Megan Freeman (Children’s Hospital), and Dr. Robert Scherrer (Allegheny Intermediate Unit
    • “Clearing the Air: Indoor Air Quality in the Time of COVID-19”: Expert Panel
      with panelists Nina Hwang (Green Seal), Al Pater (Riverview School District), Lynn Rose (Environmental Health Consultant), and Raj Setty (Setty & Associates)

Afternoon Sessions

    • “The Future of Green and Healthy Schools” Afternoon Address
      by Anisa Heming, Director, Center for Green Schools, US Green Building Council
    • Celebrating Five Years of Success through Our Healthy Schools Recognition Program: Virtual Awards Ceremony
      • Option A – Learning Through Pandemics Past: Bringing Public Health and Civics into the Classroom
      • Option B – “It’s Just a Cold” Navigating Student Health During COVID-19: Panel Discussion
      • Option C – Civic Engagement Through Climate Literacy



To register for the Summit, visit the Eventbrite page. For questions, please email Kara Rubio, Healthy Schools Manager at


May 13, 2019

Unshakeable Motherhood | Resources & Learning

Join Kangaroo Birthing and Maternity for the 1st Annual Unshakeable Motherhood event on May 28, 2019.


This one-day free evening opportunity is designed to help mothers feel confident about navigating pregnancy, labor and delivery, life with an infant, and the transition to motherhood. It’s a chance to explore new options and find resources on the aspects of pregnancy, birth, babies, or parenthood that are most important to mom and partner.

You will have an eye-opening experience to experience dozens of vendors along with featuring doulas, midwives, and OBs, pediatricians, lactation consultants and IBCLCs, chiropractors, photographers, prenatal fitness experts, child care facilities, book shops, baby boutiques, early childhood programming.

There’s a strong focus on education — there will be expert-led seminars, mini-classes, and panel discussions on topics related to pregnancy, childbirth, babies, and the transition to parenthood, as well as demonstrations designed to teach skills like babywearing and cloth diapering skills.


Registration for this event is free and may be completed via the event webpage.

Your ticket includes:

    • An opportunity to be selected to ask real-time questions with birth workers,
    • Dinner and snacks,
    • An “Unshakeable Motherhood” special gift bag, and
    • An opportunity to connect with the birthing community.


To learn more and contact the host, visit the event webpage.


May 9, 2019

Day of “SELF” Discovery Conference

The Day of “SELF” Discovery Conference is held each year to celebrate individuals who are involved in their own personal Recovery Journey!


This Conference serves as a way to learn tools to help promote Recovery, learn about available resources and services, share experiences related to personal recovery journeys, as well as a time to network and renew friendships made in previous years at the Conference.  Ultimately, this Conference is held each year to celebrate the infinite possibilities that lie within each of us! The 19th annual Day of “Self” Discovery Conference, “Caravan To Wellness: Just For The Health Of It!” will focus on knowledge and awareness to improve the overall mental and physical wellness of conference attendees.

In addition to some very stimulating workshops and presentations, the conference includes continental breakfast, lunch, raffles, and prizes as a part of the day’s activities.  The Joyce King “EveryDay People” Award will be highlighted during the lunch break.  Joyce King believed strongly that people who receive behavioral health and/or addiction services should have a voice in their treatment and that their voices must be heard!  The conference will also include a Recovery Panel Presentation.


For the registration form, agenda, and more information, see the event PDF. 

Registrations must be submitted before May 30, 2019, via mail or fax.


May 7, 2019

Pittsburgh Apraxia Specialists Panel

Join Apraxia Kids on May 16 for their Pittsburgh Apraxia Specialists Panel. Attendees will join local speech-language pathologists (SLPs) for a one-of-a-kind panel and Q&A session, visit the Apraxia Kids headquarters, and network with local families, caregivers, and therapists.


Apraxia Kids is the leading nonprofit that strengthens the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia of speech by educating professionals and families; facilitating community engagement and outreach; and investing in the future through advocacy and research.

This event coincides with Apraxia Awareness Month, an important time for informing the local community of the struggles that children with apraxia face each day. Apraxia Kids hopes to bring the Pittsburgh community together to raise awareness, support each other, and build a bridge between parents and professionals!


  •  Megan Overby, Ph.D., CCC-SLP – Duquesne University
  • Kathy Helfrich-Miller, Ph.D., CCC-SLP- Rehabilitation Specialists
  • Jen Rakers, MSLP, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd. – UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Carrie Van Soest, MS, CCC-SLP – UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Eileen Cirelli, MS, CCC/L-SLP – Allegheny Intermediate Unit
  • Gretchen Myers, MSLP-CCC; Recognized by Apraxia Kids for Advanced Training and Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech – Center4Speech
  • Katie Micco, MS, CCC-SLP; Recognized by Apraxia Kids for Advanced Training and Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech – Duquesne University


Registration for this event is free and may be accessed via the event’s webpage.


April 5, 2019

Learning to Listen: Webinar Series

Join Brazelton Touchpoints Center for the Learning to Listen webinar series, as they celebrate Dr. Brazelton’s enduring legacy by learning from other masterful communicators about what children and parents have taught them through the power of listening.

Available Times & Topics

The series includes three webinars:

  • May 21, 2019, 2:00 PM: Listen With More than Our Ears: Helping Children through Simple, Ordinary Interactions
  • Jun 4, 2019, 12:00 PM: Topic Name Not Listed

To register for these webinars, visit their registration page.

About T. Berry Brazelton, MD

T. Berry Brazelton, MD (1918 – 2018) foresaw the many new challenges facing families today, including the interference of social media and digital technology with family relationships and child development, and their polarizing effects on public debate. Brazelton was a master of the kind of observation and listening so desperately needed today, and helped generations of parents and professionals around the world to learn to listen to babies, children and to each other.


March 7, 2019

9th Annual Student Affiliate Dinner


This event celebrates local early childhood education students and the community as we explore the power and necessity of equity in education. A panel of students from diverse backgrounds will share their stories of the educators who have impacted their educational journeys. Dr. Melissa Sherfinski, a scholar in the field of early childhood education, will invite guests to share in the conversation and explore how educators can empower students.


Tickets are $20 per person. Guests may access Commissioners Hall through one entrance where a registration table will be located. The event will take place in: Rooms 2303 and 2304; and the Laurel, Vidmer, and Mon Valley Dining Rooms. The buffet dinner will include gluten-free and vegetarian options. In keeping with tradition, attendees are asked to bring a basket donation for the event.

Registration for this event is closed. 


Vicki Hricik, Education/Pre-K-Grade Program Support


November 2, 2018

Helping Young Children Cope with Fear and Tragedy

Attend Helping Young Children Cope with Fear and Tragedy on Wednesday, November 7 at the Rodef Shalom Family Center to hear from panelists from the University of Pittsburgh; Child, Family, and Community Inc.; Trying Together; and Allegheny Intermediate Unit #3. Moderated by Roberta Schomburg, Interim Executive Director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, this panel presentation will discuss methods and approaches that adults can use to help their child(ren) cope with fear and tragedy.


  • Roberta Schomburg, Ph.D.
    Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College
    Interim Executive Director


  • Dr. Kimberly Blair
    University of Pittsburgh
    Associate Professor of Psychiatry


  • Dr. Mary Margaret Kerr
    University of Pittsburgh
    Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology
    & Administrative & Policy Studies


  • Bonnie McNally-Brown, LPC
    Child, Family & Community Inc.


  • Tracy Larson, MSED, CAGS, NCSP
    University of Pittsburgh
    Office of Child Development


  • Cara Ciminillo
    Trying Together
    Executive Director


  • Dr. Cathy Lobaugh
    Allegheny Intermediate Unit #3
    Assistant Executive Director for
    Early Childhood, Family & Community Services

This event is free and open to the public. Please register.

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