September 4, 2019

The Business of Child Care

UnConference: The Business of Child Care

Child care centers provide care, love and social-emotional growth for young children. The benefits are invaluable to both the children and families. But, there is a real cost and reality to managing a center, whether the child care is a family, center based or relative center. This UnConference dives into the business fundamentals of a successful child care business, from marketing and human resources to day-to-day accountability and business planning. Join us for a keynote by Rona Nesbit, CFO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, to learn the benefits of shared services and how the award-winning Cultural District shared services model has provided growth, benefits and smart business insights to downtown-based performing arts organizations. Following the keynote, Rachelle Duffy of Trying Together moderates a panel discussion and audience Q&A on how shared services can and does similarly work for child care centers. Attendees will then engage in two workshops, featuring presenters from Trying Together, PNC Financial Services, Shared Source PA and more. Lunch is included and 5.5 hours of professional development credit will be offered.

How to Register

Register now to reserve your space! When the workshops are finalized, you will receive an email from Yu-Ling to select your preferred workshops. We will do our best to place you in your requested workshop, but this is not guaranteed. There is limited space in each workshop and workshop placement is based on the date of your registration, so we recommend you register early. Please register by 5pm on Friday, October 11, 2019. For groups of 6+ people, there is a 10% discount. Please email Yu-Ling at for more information.

What do I receive?

5.5 hours of PQAS/DHS credits and/or Act 48
Light breakfast and lunch
Networking with colleagues
Hands-on, interactive workshop sessions
Refreshed or refined thinking about our work with young children
Refund policy

Attendees can receive refunds if requested thirty (30) days in advance of the UnConference date. Please email Yu-Ling at


Please contact event planner Yu-Ling Cheng at or call 412-421-3889. For bus information, please visit for specific route information. If you need assistance with transportation to the UnConference location, please email us and we will do our best to help.

Thank You To Our Sponsors and Partners

A huge THANK YOU to our: series sponsor PNC Grow Up Great and sponsor Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC), and to our workshop partners!


January 9, 2018


Through the generous support of PNC Grow Up Great, Trying Together is proud to present a series of UnConferences as part of its leadership and professional development courses.




The UnConference is an innovative, hands-on professional development training format where a deeper experience is provided around a particular theme. Local and national speakers are invited to present and participants are encouraged to engage hands-on in the workshops.

The day concludes with a roundtable discussion on how to apply these experiences and ideas in the early childhood environment as well as share ideas on how to partner with new colleagues.


Past UnConferences


UnConference: Creating a Safe Place with Trauma-Informed Care, February 8–18

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Exceptional Care with a Team Approach to Inclusion, January 19–29


Virtual UnConference: Caring in a “New Normal”, September 14–23

Re-Opening to Our ‘New Normal’, May 26


The Business of Child Care, October 19

Young Learner’s Guide to Tech, March 30


P.R.I.D.E. Speaker Series – Reimagining Early Childhood: Being Intentional About Race and Young Children, September 27

Being Intentional about Race and Young Children, September 29

Play for Change, October 30

Destination Moon, November 3


Maker Tots, May 20 (part of Remake Learning Days)

Mindfulness, August 10

Get Dirty!, September 22

Friedberg-Segel Early Literacy featuring Hervé Tullet, October 14


An unprecedented six UnConferences were held including:

Total Leadership, March 9

Maker Tots, May 14

Children+Arts 2.0

Get Dirty!

Fred Rogers—The Friend, Teacher, Advocate

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood


The UnConference: Children+Arts was presented with the Reggio Emilia Pittsburgh Initiative, NAREA and the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh. In addition to a private tour of the “Wonder of Learning” exhibit presented by NAREA, this UnConference explored the importance of arts in early childhood education and highlighted its evolution of innovation through the lens of Reggio Emilia’s philosophy.

Keynote speaker was Reggio Emilia expert Jennifer Strange.

Workshop presenters included: Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Attack Theatre, Gemini Theater, Pittsburgh Opera, Carnegie Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Museum.


The inaugural UnConference, Game On! was presented in collaboration with the CREATE Lab and Google Pittsburgh.

This UnConference focused on how to embrace and appropriately use old and new technology with young children. In addition, Trying Together presented a “hackathon” where app ideas presented by teachers were brought to life through a hackathon team of programmers, designers and teachers.

Keynote speaker was Illah Nourbakhsh from CREATE Lab.

Workshop presenters included: Google Pittsburgh, TechShop, Dream Flight Adventures at Shaler Elementary, Pittsburgh Center for Creative ReUse, Schell Games, MAYA Design, Education Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University, CREATE Lab, MakeShop at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Etcetera Edutainment and Assemble.


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