July 14, 2023

HDELI Wild Family Literacy Night

Get ready for a “roaring” good time! Join Macedonia FACE and the Hill District Early Literacy Initiative (HDELI) for a jungle-themed Wild Family Literacy Night event for families! 🦁📚

The event will be filled with family-fun activities, snacks, crafts, games, and literacy learning opportunities.

When: Tuesday, 7/25 | 5 – 7 p.m.

Where: Center for Family Excellence, 409 Dinwiddle Street, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219

Registration required

Register by email at, or by phone at 412.281.2573.

For questions, use the contact information above or visit the Macedonia FACE website.


July 13, 2023

3 For Free: Free Admission in August for Three Local Museums

The Andy Warhol Museum, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, and the Heinz History Center will be open to visitors free of charge every operating day throughout the month of August 2023.

‘3 For Free’ Campaign

The ‘3 For Free’ campaign will celebrate the museums’ recognition among the nation’s best. All three museums recently won honors from USA TODAY 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

Through online voting, the museums collectively ranked in top five as some of the finest museums in the country: The Warhol (fourth in Best Art Museums), Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (second in Best Children’s Museums), and the Heinz History Center (second in Best History Museums).

Plan Your Visit

Visitors seeking free tickets during the ‘3 For Free’ month are encouraged to book online at each museum’s website. Advanced reservations are recommended, but not required.

Use the links below to secure your tickets:

This offer will be in addition to the annual free-admission RAD Days, which will begin in September.

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July 12, 2023

Hill District Conducting Survey on Parent Engagement in Child Literacy

The Hill District Early Literacy Initiative (HDELI), supported by the Macedonia Family and Community Enrichment Center (FACE), is conducting a survey on parent engagement in child literacy.

About the Survey

Entitled, “Hill District Early Literacy Initiative Survey,” the poll aims to discover strategies caregivers use to engage their children in reading comprehension, and establish what resources and supports parents need to assist in that engagement.

Just seven questions, the survey is brief and takes only five minutes to complete. HDELI encourages parents and caregivers of young children in the Hill District to complete it.

Take the Survey

Individuals interested in taking the survey can do so by either:

Learn More

Survey results are confidential. Please contact Macedonia FACE to learn more.


Information for this post was taken directly from the Hill District Early Literacy Initiative Survey and Macedonia FACE website. Some text may have been added, paraphrased, or adapted for readability and comprehension.

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July 11, 2023

The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Prevention Tactics

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have a lasting impact on a child’s life.

Fortunately, agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide strategies and resources to help define ACEs and to help caregivers and child care providers prevent traumatic experiences as much as possible before they happen, identify children whom have experienced ACEs, and respond to these experiences using trauma-informed approaches.

What are Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)?

ACEs are traumatic events or circumstances that occur during childhood. These experiences can range from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, neglect, household substance abuse, domestic violence, and parental separation or divorce, among others.

Through research conducted by the CDC and Kaiser Permanente, it has been revealed that traumatic experiences have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity.

ACEs can vary depending on the child and environment in which the child grows and learns. Some experiences can be witnessed directly, such as experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect or witnessing violence in the home or community. These experiences can also include aspects of the child’s environment that take away from a child’s sense of safety, stability, and bonding.

ACEs and associated social determinants of health, such as living in under-resourced or racially segregated neighborhoods, can cause toxic stress (extended or prolonged stress). Toxic stress from ACEs can negatively affect children’s brain development, immune systems, and stress-response systems.

Recognizing and addressing ACEs is important for promoting individual and societal well-being. Creating safe and nurturing environments for children, ensuring access to quality healthcare and mental health services, and implementing trauma-informed approaches in various settings are vital steps in preventing and addressing ACEs.

Risk Protective Factors

Risk factors are defined as things that increase the likelihood of experiencing ACEs. Protective factors are defined as things that protect people and decrease the possibility of experiencing ACEs. Individual, family, and community factors can affect the likelihood of these experiences, but they may or may not be direct causes of ACEs. Because ACEs include many different types of experiences and traumatic events, there are many risk and protective factors that apply to the range of different ACEs.

Learn more about Individual, Family, Community Risk and Protective Factors from the CDC.

Prevention Strategies for Children

CDC has developed a resource to help states and communities take advantage of the best available evidence to prevent ACEs. It features six strategies from the CDC Technical Packages to Prevent Violence.

  • Strengthen Economic Supports to Families: Community organizations such as faith-based and youth-serving organizations can promote policies that support families facing financial problems or help parents balance work and family responsibilities, which reduce stress and allow parents to meet children’s basic needs.
  • Promote Social Norms That Protect Against Violence and Adversity: Encourage community organizations such as youth-serving and faith-based organizations, coaches, and caregivers to promote non-violent attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.
  • Ensure a Strong Start for Children: Involved parents, strong preschool programs, and good quality childcare get children started on the right foot and help them succeed later in life. Youth-serving and faith-based organizations can contribute to this as well.
  • Teach Healthy Relationship Skills: Children and caregivers can both learn how to create healthy relationships and manage their emotions.
  • Connect Children to Caring Adults and Activities: Community organizations connect young people with positive role models and provide activities for young people to learn leadership and other new skills. Communities can help young people grow and succeed at school and in life, such as getting children involved in after-school activities.
  • Intervene to Lessen Immediate and Long-Term Harms: When ACEs occur, community organizations, can offer services and support to reduce harms and help break the cycle of adversity, including providing therapy to reduce symptoms of depression, fear or anxiety, and behavior problems.

By recognizing and addressing ACEs, parents and child care providers can create a bright future for children and promote resilience, healing, and well-being.

Visit the CDC website for more information about childhood trauma prevention and ACEs Resources.


June 29, 2023

Resources for July Observances

Various organizations, states, and nations recognize a number of observances each month. Resources help parents, caregivers, and child care professionals acknowledge and navigate them.

Here is a list of resources for July observances:

Month-Long Observances

National Parks and Recreation Month

National Make a Difference to Children Month

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Days of Recognition

July 4 is Independence Day

July 14 is International Non-Binary People’s Day

July 24 is National Parents’ Day

July 25 is World Drowning Prevention Day

July 26 is National Disability Independence Day


Kindergarten: Here I Come!

Visit the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh for one of their milestone events for early childhood education with “Kindergarten: Here I Come!

The 17th annual kindergarten readiness celebration takes place on Saturday, August 12, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

At this event, children entering kindergarten in the fall can experience a day full of fun activities, resources and learning from Children’s Museum staff and our amazing partners from around the city.

There will be back-to-school giveaways, resources for parents and caregivers, and even a real school bus!

Kindergarten: Here I Come! is free for one rising kindergarten student and one accompanying adult.

Reserve Your Tickets

For questions or to learn more, visit the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh website.


June 27, 2023

Who’s Stealing My Child’s Sleep? Parenting Strategies For Bedtime And Beyond

Multiple factors have been linked to the worsening sleep habits of young people, including social media, general smartphone use, early school start times, academic stressors, and a rise in anxiety symptoms. Parents of children three to 12 put in the equivalent of 18 workdays a year just trying to get their children to bed, and 77% of parents are left exhausted by these efforts. The struggle is worse during summer holidays when schedules are out the window.

In this webinar, Child Mind Institute and Fort Health tackle sleep; how much is needed for each age group, why aren’t children getting enough of it, and how parents can help their children go to sleep and stay asleep.

When: Thursday, 6/29 | 5:30 p.m.


The session will be a roundtable discussion between leading sleep and mental health experts followed by a live Q&A. The session will be recorded and links will be sent to anyone who registers.

Presented by Fort Health, a mental health provider for ages four to 19, which was built in partnership with the Child Mind Institute.


April 12, 2023

BabyTalks Series: Supporting Infant and Toddler Peer Relationships

Children are born with the amazing ability to form strong bonds with their caregivers, but how do we help infants and toddlers prepare for peer relationships?

Join the Office of Head Start and their National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning for this webinar, and learn how infants’ and toddlers’ experience with others shapes their understanding of themselves and their relationships with peers.

This webinar will have English and Spanish captioning.

Webinar Details

Thursday, April 20 | 3 – 4 p.m.



Learn More

In this webinar, Beth Zack, Ph.D., and Marley Jarvis, Ph.D., from the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning will present research on how children build peer relationships.

Attendees will discover the importance of creating spaces where children feel like they belong and how this helps children understand themselves and others, as well as explore strategies and resources that help infants and toddlers build a strong foundation for a lifetime of healthy peer relationships.

To learn more, visit the “Supporting Infant and Toddler Peer Relationships” registration page.


April 7, 2023

The Incredible Years Parenting Program

Parenting is a lot of hard work! If you have a child aged 2-10, join Wesley Family Services for this virtual learning series to find ways to make parenting easier and fun for both you and your child.

Program Details

Sessions for this virtual learning program are offered on Zoom from 6 – 8 p.m. every Wednesday between April 26 and August 9 on the following dates:

  • April 26
  • May 3
  • May 10
  • May 17
  • May 24
  • May 31
  • June 7
  • June 14
  • June 21
  • June 28
  • July 5
  • July 12
  • July 19
  • July 26
  • August 2
  • August 9

To enroll, contact Shana Orlic at (724) 217-8303 or

Learn More

The Incredible Years® Parenting Program is a ParentWISE Program of Wesley Family Services.

This evidence­-based program focuses on strengthening parenting competencies and fostering parent involvement in children’s school experiences, to promote children’s academic, social  and emotional skills and reduce conduct problems.

Anyone in a caregiving role to a child is eligible to participate (i.e. parent, step-parent, grandparent, foster parent, babysitter).

Classes for the program are provided through a grant from the Westmoreland Drug & Alcohol Commission.

To learn more, view the flyer for this event or visit the Wesley Family Services website.


April 5, 2023

Applications Open for Educators’ Neighborhood 2023-24 Cohort

The application for the 2023-24 cohort of the Fred Rogers Institute Educators’ Neighborhood is now open.

Educators’ Neighborhood is a community of educators who learn together through the life and work of Fred Rogers by studying artifacts from the Fred Rogers Archive and connecting ideas to daily practice.

All applications must be submitted by May 26 at 5 p.m.

About Educators’ Neighborhood

This year-long opportunity brings together a cohort of educators from across the world who learn together, primarily through virtual meetings, and consider how to deepen their application of Fred Rogers’ work and theory to their work with children.

The Fred Rogers Institute defines “educators” as any adult who directly serves children, youth, families, and/or other educators.

Members of the 2023-24 cohort will have opportunities to participate in community discussion, present to other educators and leaders in the community, and attend:

  • monthly whole community meetings to connect with educators across different contexts
  • monthly small group meetings with other educators from similar contexts
  • an opening and closing community convening to prepare for and reflect on learning from the year
  • a mid-year community convening featuring presentations from educators within the community

Application Process

Before completing the application, applicants may want to consider and prepare responses to the open-response questions. Those questions include:

  • Why do you want to be part of the Educators’ Neighborhood community? (50-100 words)
  • What questions and topics would you like to explore with others in the community? (25-50 words)
  • “There’s a world of difference between insisting on someone’s doing something and establishing an atmosphere in which that person can grow into wanting to do it.” What comes to mind as you reflect on this quote in the context of your work? (50-100 words)

To apply, visit the Fred Rogers Institute website and complete the online application.

Learn More

To learn more, visit the Fred Rodgers Institute website or sign up for the Educators’ Neighborhood newsletter.