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August 7, 2019

Buzzword: Talk & Play Series 4

Join Buzzword Pittsburgh every Wednesday from July 10 to August 7 for Talk & Play Series 4! All events are free for learners ages five and under, with their caregivers, and will include activities that enhance vocabulary and literacy skills.  A light dinner will be provided.

Program Schedule

The schedule of events is as follows:

    • Wednesday, July 10 • Word of the Day: SECRET

      with Carnegie Science Center and Pittsburgh Festival Opera

    • Wednesday, July 17 • Word of the Day: INFESTED

      with Carnegie Science Center and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

    • Wednesday, July 24 • Word of the Day: PROTECT

      with Carnegie Science Center and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

    • Wednesday, July 31 • Word of the Day: ERUPT

      with Carnegie Science Center and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

    • Wednesday, August 7 • Word of the Day: SOAR

      with Carnegie Science Center and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

More Information

For more information, contact Jan Jones at jan@tryingtogether.org.

Click here to view the Facebook event page.

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August 6, 2019

Storymobile at Homewood-Brushton Family Support Center

Families and caregivers with young children are invited to join Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Pittsburgh at the Homewood-Brushton Family Support Center for their Storymobile visits!

About the Storymobile

Storymobiles are libraries-on-wheels; taking stories, activities, books, and literacy resources to early childcare centers, pre-k and kindergarten classrooms, afterschool programs, public housing communities, and community events across Pittsburgh.

Focused on kindergarten readiness, Storymobile programming is designed to introduce young students to the joy of reading; expose them to challenging subject matter, including math and science themes, in a way that they embrace and enjoy; and reinforce skills recommended by state and federal curricula.

All children that participate with Storymobile will be signed up for the Books for Keeps program, enabling them to select a book to take home and keep four times throughout the year.

Learn More

To learn more, contact RIF Pittsburgh at 412.321.8022 or email info@rifpittsburgh.org.

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*Information provided by Reading is Fundamental Pittsburgh

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July 31, 2019

Buzzword: Talk & Play Series 4

Join Buzzword Pittsburgh every Wednesday from July 10 to August 7 for Talk & Play Series 4! All events are free for learners ages five and under, with their caregivers, and will include activities that enhance vocabulary and literacy skills.  A light dinner will be provided.

Program Schedule

The schedule of events is as follows:

    • Wednesday, July 10 • Word of the Day: SECRET

      with Carnegie Science Center and Pittsburgh Festival Opera

    • Wednesday, July 17 • Word of the Day: INFESTED

      with Carnegie Science Center and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

    • Wednesday, July 24 • Word of the Day: PROTECT

      with Carnegie Science Center and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

    • Wednesday, July 31 • Word of the Day: ERUPT

      with Carnegie Science Center and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

    • Wednesday, August 7 • Word of the Day: SOAR

      with Carnegie Science Center and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

More Information

For more information, contact Jan Jones at jan@tryingtogether.org.

Click here to view the Facebook event page.

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July 24, 2019

Buzzword: Talk & Play Series 4

Join Buzzword Pittsburgh every Wednesday from July 10 to August 7 for Talk & Play Series 4! All events are free for learners ages five and under, with their caregivers, and will include activities that enhance vocabulary and literacy skills.  A light dinner will be provided.

Program Schedule

The schedule of events is as follows:

    • Wednesday, July 10 • Word of the Day: SECRET

      with Carnegie Science Center and Pittsburgh Festival Opera

    • Wednesday, July 17 • Word of the Day: INFESTED

      with Carnegie Science Center and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

    • Wednesday, July 24 • Word of the Day: PROTECT

      with Carnegie Science Center and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

    • Wednesday, July 31 • Word of the Day: ERUPT

      with Carnegie Science Center and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

    • Wednesday, August 7 • Word of the Day: SOAR

      with Carnegie Science Center and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

More Information

For more information, contact Jan Jones at jan@tryingtogether.org.

Click here to view the Facebook event page.

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July 23, 2019

Supporting Families Impacted by Incarceration & Domestic Violence

Join the Partnerships for Family Support Office of Child Development on July 23 to learn how to recognize and support children and families impacted by incarceration and domestic violence. This training is for staff of centers in the Allegheny County Family Support Network.

About

Living in a household with domestic violence is a source of trauma for children. Even if the children don’t see the domestic violence, they are affected by the conflict in their family. Having a parent in jail or prison is also a source of trauma, as parental incarceration may include witnessing a parent being arrested, adjusting to their parent being gone, and adjusting to the return of their parents after serving a sentence.

When exposed to situations of domestic violence or incarceration, children can develop serious emotional and behavioral difficulties, many of which aren’t always recognized by parents or caregivers. As a result, children do not always get the help they need. In this training, participants will learn how to recognize, and support children and families impacted by these traumas.

Registration & More Information

To learn more, ask questions, and register, visit the event page. 

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July 17, 2019

Buzzword: Talk & Play Series 4

Join Buzzword Pittsburgh every Wednesday from July 10 to August 7 for Talk & Play Series 4! All events are free for learners ages five and under, with their caregivers, and will include activities that enhance vocabulary and literacy skills.  A light dinner will be provided.

Program Schedule

The schedule of events is as follows:

    • Wednesday, July 10 • Word of the Day: SECRET

      with Carnegie Science Center and Pittsburgh Festival Opera

    • Wednesday, July 17 • Word of the Day: INFESTED

      with Carnegie Science Center and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

    • Wednesday, July 24 • Word of the Day: PROTECT

      with Carnegie Science Center and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

    • Wednesday, July 31 • Word of the Day: ERUPT

      with Carnegie Science Center and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

    • Wednesday, August 7 • Word of the Day: SOAR

      with Carnegie Science Center and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

More Information

For more information, contact Jan Jones at jan@tryingtogether.org.

Click here to view the Facebook event page.

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July 16, 2019

The Incredible and DINAmic Family

About

If your child is challenging you with their behavior, learn positive ways to interact with and manage your child’s behavior. At this event, you will learn how to interact, communicate, and bond with your child. This event runs from March 19 to July 16.

Benefits

Through the DINA School, your children will learn social and friendship skills, which will help reduce problem behavior. Your child can use these necessary tools to improve their readiness for school and increase their coping and problem-solving skills.

Schedule

Dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. and the class is from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Please note that at least one caregiver must be present for children to attend DINA School.

More Information

For more information on this event, please view the attached flyer.

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Pittsburgh Children Receive First Round of Free Books

In July 2019, Pittsburgh preschoolers received their first round of free books from the City of Pittsburgh’s partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

About

The free book program – in conjunction with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the Benter Foundation, and the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania – mails all eligible children an age-appropriate book every month up until their fifth birthday. In February, legislation was introduced to Pittsburgh City Council to accept $250,000 from the Benter Foundation to establish the Pittsburgh program.

In early July, the first shipment of books was sent out to 1,402 children who were enrolled in the program at the beginning of June. Another 400 children have been added to the program since then and will receive their first books in coming weeks. All children receive “The Little Engine That Could” as their first book, as it is Dolly Parton’s favorite.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the program, preschoolers must:

  • Be a resident of the City of Pittsburgh
  • Have a parent or guardian fill out an official registration form
  • Notify the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania of any address changes

Sign Up

To sign up for this program, visit the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library website.

More Information

For instructions, frequently asked questions, and more, visit the City of Pittsburgh’s website.

*Information provided by the City of Pittsburgh

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July 12, 2019

Don’t Be A Trigger: Trauma-Informed Care Approach

Looking for a more in-depth dive into Trauma-Informed Care? Join Debralyn Woodberry Shaw of ELIE Circle, LLC to explore trauma might manifest in your early childhood or youth program.

About

Our past experiences – personal, familial, societal – influence our brain development and shape how we interpret and respond to the world. In this session, youth workers will explore how trauma might manifest in their program. Participants will also learn how self-awareness and a growth mindset aid in creating a Trauma-Informed Community and protect youth workers from the effects of vicarious trauma. Lunch will be provided.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

    • be introduced to the Trauma-Informed Care framework,
    • become familiar with the foundations of Trauma-Informed Care,
    • understand complex trauma and the parts of the brain related to trauma,
    • be introduced to vicarious trauma,
    • identify self-care and building resilience techniques,
    • reflect on their past experiences and how they influence their interactions with young people, and
    • explore the concept of a growth mindset.

Registration and Questions

To register for this workshop, visit APOST’s event page.

For questions, contact APOST at 412.456.6876.

*Information provided by APOST

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July 10, 2019

Buzzword: Talk & Play Series 4

Join Buzzword Pittsburgh every Wednesday from July 10 to August 7 for Talk & Play Series 4! All events are free for learners ages five and under, with their caregivers, and will include activities that enhance vocabulary and literacy skills.  A light dinner will be provided.

Program Schedule

The schedule of events is as follows:

    • Wednesday, July 10 • Word of the Day: SECRET

      with Carnegie Science Center and Pittsburgh Festival Opera

    • Wednesday, July 17 • Word of the Day: INFESTED

      with Carnegie Science Center and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

    • Wednesday, July 24 • Word of the Day: PROTECT

      with Carnegie Science Center and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

    • Wednesday, July 31 • Word of the Day: ERUPT

      with Carnegie Science Center and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

    • Wednesday, August 7 • Word of the Day: SOAR

      with Carnegie Science Center and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

More Information

For more information, contact Jan Jones at jan@tryingtogether.org.

Click here to view the Facebook event page.