July 7, 2020

CDA Community of Practice

Are you an early educator who is interested in advancing your career? Join Trying Together starting July 14 for our six-week online course, “CDA Community of Practice.”


This online course is intended for individuals who have completed the necessary hours and requirements for a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. During this community of practice, participants will explore the current theory, research, and best practices related to early childhood. Participants will focus on the completion of portfolio requirements, as well as preparation for the CDA credential exam.

This course will be hosted on Zoom. Participants will receive the Zoom link via email from the course instructor. For questions, contact Theresa Hetler at

Course Details

    • Timeline: July 14 – August 18, 2020 (Six Weeks)
      Sessions will be held every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Instructor: Theresa Hetler, Workforce Development Strategist
    • Course Type: Online (Zoom Meetings)
    • Registration Deadline: Friday, July 10


To register for this course, contact Theresa Hetler at Space is extremely limited. Registrations must be submitted no later than Friday, July 10.

More Information

For questions, contact Theresa Hetler at


June 29, 2020

The Mindful Mindset

Are you interested in learning how to incorporate mindful practices into your early learning classroom? Join Trying Together for our three-week, self-paced course, “The Mindful Mindset.”


Through this three-week online course, participants will learn about incorporating mindful practices into their early learning classrooms. Mindfulness has been shown to improve children’s attention spans, social skills, and emotional coping skills. It is also an imperative tool for educators to improve their practice by being more present and understanding with their learners. Even as we face the everyday onslaught of stimuli and emotion, we all possess the capacity for mindfulness.

All registrations must be submitted by Wednesday, July 15. Space is limited.

Course Details

  • Timeline: July 20 – August 10, 2020 (Three Weeks, Self-Guided)
  • Instructor: Sarah Byrne-Houser and Mimi Loughead
  • CKC: K6.4 C2
  • CDA Subject Area: Maintaining a commitment to professionalism.
  • Three PQAS and ACT 48 hours available.


To register and learn more, visit the course webpage.

Please note that participants will not have to attend the virtual course every day during the three-week period. Rather, participants can log on to the virtual course platform at any time during the three-week period to complete the session.

More Information

For more information, contact Community Engagement Assistant Rosie Hogan at


June 4, 2020

Executive Level Roundtable Series

Join APOST, Connections 4 Success, and Davis & Associates from June to August 2020 for a six-part Executive Roundtable Series.


The Executive Roundtable Series features next-steps and best practices to respond appropriately to recent industry disruptions due to COVID-19. The primary focus is to engage in meaningful dialog and share tips that help executive leaders to adapt and modify their business operations to recover and progress their organizations from survival to recovery to growth.

Available Sessions

More Information

For more information, please contact APOST at 412.456.6876.

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May 27, 2020

Virtual Home Visits and Socialization Activities

Are you interested in learning how to plan virtual home visits and socialization activities with families? Join the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (NCECDTL) on June 10 for their webinar, “Planning Virtual Home Visits and Socialization Activities with Families.”


In this webinar, participants will learn how to plan and individualize virtual home visits and socialization activities with families. Presenters will explore effective virtual engagement practices and review available resources to assist participants’ continued work with families. Both

This webinar is best suited for program directors; education managers; home visitors and their supervisors; teachers who are engaging virtually with children and families; and regional T/TA staff who support home visiting programs and home-based program staff. English and Spanish captioning will be available.

Featured Topics

    • Planning a developmentally appropriate virtual home visit as well as socialization activities with families.
    • Exploring tools to increase family engagement in home visits and socialization from a distance.
    • Reviewing resources to support home visitors and their work with families.


To register and learn more, visit the Home Visiting Webinar Series webpage.


April 3, 2020

eLearning Teaching Tips: Support for Educators During COVID-19

Are you interested in learning about best practices that support online learning? Join SETDA on April 9 for their webinar, “eLearning Teaching Tips: Support for Educators During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”


In support of the SETDA Coalition for eLearning, SETDA will collaborate with teachers that have extensive experience teaching online to share tips on how to best support online learning. Teachers are being asked to transform the way they teach and to meet diverse learning needs, and they need support. Join this webinar to hear from experienced teachers, ask questions, and share your examples on how to support students in this time of need.

This webinar will be of interest to pre-k through high school teachers and school leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.


To register and learn more, visit the event webpage!


Equity in Education: An Examination of Practices in the United States

Are you interested in learning ways that you can address equity in your classroom as an educator? Join Steven Almazan on April 8 for the webinar, “Equity in Education: An Examination of Practices in the United States.”


Educational equity is impacted by many contributing factors such as race, gender, socio-economic status, language proficiency, learning disability status, and other social and cultural factors. Students who hold unique identities should receive an adequate amount of resources, human capital, instructional time, and social support to ensure that they are learning and growing at their fullest potential. What can teachers and administrators do to promote equity in schools and classrooms? What practices should be examined and challenged as inequitable?

In this webinar, presenters will explore a variety of policies and practices that aim to address the foundational challenges of achieving educational equity in the United States. They will also highlight ways educators can address equity in their school systems.

This webinar will be of particular interest to pre-k through middle school teachers and school and district leaders and administrators. Time for questions will be included.


To register and learn more, visit the event webpage!


October 1, 2019

Indicators of High-Quality Inclusion | Webinar

Join the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) on October 15 for their free webinar, “Indicators of High-Quality Inclusion: A Comprehensive Set of Tools.”


This webinar is designed to provide an overview of the National Early Childhood Inclusion Indicators Initiative, a joint project by NCPMI and Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center.  The suite of materials—developed for states, local programs and child environments—intended to increase the implementation of high-quality inclusive practices will be presented.

Specific attention will be paid to the early childhood education environment (ECEE) inclusion indicators. Video examples will be used to illustrate the implementation of the ECEE inclusion indicators in a variety of programs as well as implications for local program and state level staff.


To register and learn more, visit the NCPMI website.

*Information provided by NCPMI


May 8, 2019

Behaviors: Ours & Theirs | WCCC Mini-Conference

On behalf of OCDEL and hosted by WCCC’s Early Childhood Education/Pre-K – Grade 4 Program, the “Behaviors: Ours & Theirs” mini-conference will focus on improving practitioners’ knowledge and skill to support children’s social and emotional development through culturally relevant practices, as well as exploring how to apply these skills to practitioners’ CQI plans.


Early childhood professionals are invited to attend a personalized mini-conference experience. Attendees will split into two groups and presenters will offer each session two times so that each group will have an opportunity to participate in both sessions. Participants will be provided with a continental breakfast, welcome and introduction, two educational sessions (each including a bound notebook of instructional materials), and a tour of WCCC’s NAEYC accredited Campus Children’s center.

This event includes 3 credit hours; PQAS approved. Participants should be familiar with the ECERS and other Keystone STARS CQI tools such as CLASS, PAS, and Good, Better Best.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will be able to:

  • Discuss and recognize positive observation and interactions with children and families,
  • Examine and organize their understanding of culture and how positive interactions can lead to solid  relationships with children and families,
  • Review commonly used Keystone STARS CQI tools to determine areas where changes or improvements can be made in their programs,
  • Explain why these changes will enhance the positive social and emotional development of children, and
  • Discuss how these changes will also help them recognize and value cultural diversity.


To register for this event, visit the registration document!

Registration is required and is $15 for the first 50 registrants! This fee is due (paid by check) on the day of the event, June 1, 2019. To learn more about the event, visit the PD Registry website.


For questions, contact Vicki Hricik at or 724.925.4023.

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April 16, 2019

Workshop: Supporting Pittsburgh’s Refugee Students

Join Dr. Xia Chao for the first of four interactive workshops in a series dedicated to helping educators understand the cultures, needs, and assets of the Pittsburgh area’s refugee communities.

Through a grant from the National Geographic Society, Dr. Chao has conducted research over the past several years that explores the experiences and narratives of local refugee communities including the Nepali/Bhutanese, Somali Bantu, and Sudanese. This workshop series seeks to incorporate the findings of Dr. Chao’s research in order to offer local educators insight into working with students from these populations and resources for creating culturally sustaining practices.

This event is free and light refreshments and Act 48 credits will be provided.


Workshop topics will be as follows:

  1. Understanding the Local Immigrant and Refugee Landscape | May 13, 2019 | City Theatre
  2. Culturally Relevant Pedagogy with Refugee Populations | June | TBA
  3. Cultural Navigation and Cultural Humility | Fall | TBA
  4. Putting Information into Action | Fall | TBA

More Information

For information on the May 13 event, contact Jenna Geiman at

For more information on the workshop series and content, contact Dr. Xia Choa at

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April 8, 2019

BreastFED: Breastfeeding Summit

Join Healthy Start for BreastFED, Pennsylvania’s only regional breastfeeding summit. BreastFED is a two-day regional symposium aimed at providing information from professionals and community experts locally, regionally, and nationally on innovative approaches to address the needs of mothers and lactation practitioners in this region.

Throughout the two days, participants will receive both clinical and community perspectives and will be able to share insights and experiences to move forward with best practices and groundbreaking methods to changing the culture of feeding our babies.

See the full agenda.

Continuing Education Units & Credits

CEU’s are available for:

  • Lactation
  • Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Midwifery

This summit is approved for a maximum of 10.75 continuing nursing education contact hours.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Learn More

To learn more about the summit and to register, visit the event website.

For any questions, contact Healthy Start by phone at 412.247.4009 or email at