September 30, 2020

Using Ages and Stages Questionnaires® as a Screening Tool

This event is full. Additional Ages and Stages Questionnaires® courses will be available soon. 

Are you interested in learning how to use Ages and Stages Questionnaires® as a screening tool for children ages three months to five years? Join Trying Together on October 12 for our virtual course, “Using Ages and Stages Questionnaires® as a Screening Tool.”


During this course, participants will learn how to use the ASQ® and ASQ:SE® as a screening tool for children ages three months to five years. The session will provide information on how to administer and score the screener and share results of the screener with families. Information about additional resources for making referrals to services will be included if needed.

Session Details

    • Session Date: Monday, October 12, 2020  |  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • Instructor: Pamela Zimmerman
    • Core Knowledge Area: Assessment
    • CDA Content Area: Observing & Recording Behavior
    • Registration Deadline: Saturday, October 10, 2020


To register, visit the course PD Registry page. Space is limited. Participants will receive the course Zoom link via email within 24 hours before the start date for the course. PQAS and Act 48 credit available.

If you do not have a PD Registry account, please complete this online form to create one. If you are unable to create an account, please contact Jasmine Davis at for more information.

More Information

For questions or more information, contact Jasmine Davis at


June 16, 2020

Allegheny Child Care Tool Expands Services

Are you interested in learning about child care, after-school, out-of-school, and summer programs in Allegheny County? Visit the Allegheny Child Care website to search for available child care spots at programs near you!

What is Allegheny Child Care?

Allegheny Child Care is a unique pilot project that has been developed to support the child care needs of families. Through this online tool, parents and caregivers can search for available child care spots at all Allegheny County early learning programs, including after-school, out-of-school, and summer camps. To search for a program near you, visit the Allegheny Child Care website!

Information for Early Learning Professionals

If your organization provides child care, after-school, out-of-school, and/or summer programming, update your listing as soon as possible on the Allegheny Child Care website. By updating your information, the Allegheny Child Care tool will assist you in promoting and marketing your program(s) to families. In turn, this will allow your program to expedite the process of getting children enrolled, thus making an often stressful task less burdensome for families.

For questions or concerns, please read the FAQ guide or email

Additional Resources

Trying Together developed the following resources to assist families in identifying high-quality early learning programs, as well as what questions to ask to better understand their program’s COVID-19 procedures.

For additional support in finding child care and/or funding your child care needs, visit the Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 5 website or call 412.350.3577.

More Information

The Allegheny Child Care initiative is managed by Trying Together in partnership with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, and Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST, an initiative of the United Way of Southwestern PA); with additional support from the City of Pittsburgh; and was developed in collaboration with Child Care Aware of AmericaThe Heinz Endowments, and technology partners BowtieBrightHive, and BridgeCare.

To learn more and search for programs near you, visit the Allegheny Child Care website.


June 4, 2020

Questions for Your Early Learning Provider During COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, early learning programs across Pennsylvania are adding new operating procedures (as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)) to maintain the health and safety of their staff and the families they serve. To help parents and caregivers better understand these changes, Trying Together developed a Family Checklist that features questions families can ask their early learning providers.

Access the Checklist

The Family Checklist features fifteen questions caregivers can ask, including questions on how programs plan to communicate with families, meet the developmental needs of children, implement health screenings, and more. To see the full list of questions, view the Family Checklist: Questions for Your Early Learning Provider During COVID-19. [En Español]

Additional Resources

In addition to the Family Checklist, Trying Together developed the following news posts to answer common questions and highlight resources for families, caregivers, and early learning professionals:

More Information

For more information about COVID-19 and to view current case counts in Pennsylvania, please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website. To view current guidance for child care programs that remain open, please visit the CDC website.


April 8, 2020

#ResourceWednesdays: Emergency Child Care

Has the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic affected your family’s ability to access child care services? If yes, how are child care center closures impacting your family? These are the questions at the center of the #ResourceWednesdaysChat on April 8, 2020, co-hosted by Single Mom Defined, Jeremiah’s Place, and Trying Together!

This live chat is powered by The Women and Girls Foundation.

How to Attend

If you’re a single mom, you can join the conversation in the private Facebook group on April 8 at 2  p.m. Click here to visit their page and join the group!


April 7, 2020

The Science of Learning and Teaching at Home During COVID-19

Are you interested in asking leading child development experts questions about learning and teaching from home during the COVID-19 pandemic? Join the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) on April 10 for their webinar, “At Home with the Child Experts: The Science of Learning and Teaching at Home During COVID-19.”


Are you wondering how to make sure your kids are staying on track with school work? If or when to reach out to your child’s teacher? Whether there are “fun” activities you can introduce to help your children learn?

This 30-minute informal conversation gives parents and caregivers a chance to ask leading child development experts direct questions about learning and teaching at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will have the option of submitting questions in advance or posting them in real-time during the event.


To register, visit the event webpage.


March 24, 2020

Questions Answered for Families During Time of Uncertainty

Join the PEAL Center on Wednesday, March 25 for their webinar, “Questions Answered for Families During Time of Uncertainty.”


In this webinar, PEAL Center team members will review the latest information and identify key information for families who have children with IEPs. Their goal is to ensure that families understand their rights under IDEA while encouraging collaborative problem solving and creative solutions. By attending, participants will hear about critical and timely information, including evolving guidance, resources for families, strategies for progress monitoring at home, and answers to questions you may have.


To register and learn more, visit the event webpage.


July 8, 2019

10 Questions to Ask: Child Care Emergency Plan

In a recent article, Child Care Aware of America reported out that 38 percent of parents were unsure of their child care provider’s emergency plan, with another 7 percent stating that their program doesn’t have one. To ensure your child’s safety, Child Care Aware recommends that caregivers be proactive by asking their child care provider these 10 questions.

Recommended Questions

  • Do you have an emergency preparedness plan for disasters that are likely to occur in our area?
  • How will you safely evacuate my child to a safe, predetermined location?
  • How and when will I be notified if a disaster occurs when my child is in child care?
  • If I can’t get to my child during or after a disaster, how will you continue to care for my child?
  • Have you and your staff received training on how to respond to my child’s physical and emotional needs during and after a disaster; for example, are all staff first aid and CPR-certified?
  • Will you teach my older child what to do in an emergency?
  • Do you have a disaster/supply kit with enough items to meet my child’s needs for at least 72 hours?
  • Do the state and local emergency management agencies and responders know about your child care program and where it is located?
  • How may I help you during and after a disaster?
  • After a disaster occurs, how will I be notified about your plan to reopen?

More Information

For more information, visit

*Information provided by Child Care Aware of America