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February 17, 2020

Message from Me Expands Its Services Nationwide

Made possible by PNC Grow Up Great, Message from Me is expanding its reach nationwide to serve parents, caregivers, and early care and education professionals in more than 50 PNC networks.

About

Although children are developing critical language and literacy skills in their early learning environments, they sometimes struggle to communicate what they learned to the adults and caregivers around them. That’s why Trying Together and Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab collaborated to develop Message from Me, a digital tool designed in alignment with the NAEYC and Fred Rogers Center Joint Position Statement on Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children Birth through Age 8.

Program Director Katie Gullone defines Message from Me as a child-led digital tool designed to strengthen relationships and provide children opportunities to share their thoughts and feelings with the adults most important to them. Implemented in early learning programs and classrooms, the digital tool provides caregivers with a series of pictures and audio messages of their child’s daily learning experiences. Delivered through email or text, these messages build connections between home and early learning environments by providing children with a platform to share their voice, feelings, and perspective on the world around them.

Why It Matters

Caring, responsive adult-child relationships play a critical role in the healthy development of young children, and these types of relationships are exactly what Message from Me helps to foster.

“When children are exposed to high-quality early learning environments, they gain access to credentialed professionals who support their development through child-led, developmentally-appropriate activities and learning experiences. Message from Me was developed to ease the transition between school and home. By receiving photos and audio messages of their child’s early learning experiences, parents and caregivers gain a frame of reference they can build from when interacting with their early learner.” – Cara Ciminillo, Executive Director, Trying Together

Thanks to PNC Grow Up Great for their continued sponsorship of Message from Me. With their generous support, countless children, families, and early care and education professionals throughout the country will now gain an opportunity to further nurture their adult-child relationships through the latest expansion of Message from Me.

Impact

To date, Message from Me has been implemented in early learning centers and school districts in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Utah, Michigan, and Atlanta Public Schools. Through its nationwide expansion, Message from Me looks forward to engaging more children and families as early childhood professionals begin implementing Message from Me in their classrooms.

More Information

Educators interested in using Message from Me receive hands-on professional development that supports teaching practices when using digital technologies with children. Trying Together exclusively provides the professional development for Message from Me.

For more information, visit the Message from Me website and sign up to receive their newsletter.

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October 15, 2019

Developing Social and Emotional Skills Through Positive Relationships

Join Senior Fellow Venola Mason from the International Center for Leadership in Education on October 15 for her webinar, “Developing Social and Emotional Skills Through Positive Relationships.”

About

Relationships are the foundation for the development of the cognitive, social, and emotional skills and competencies that students need to be successful within the classroom and beyond. This webinar is designed to help educators understand the critical nature of these relationships and the impact they have on student learning. Time for questions will be provided.

Attendees will leave the session with:

    • A deeper understanding of the science and practice of social and emotional learning
    • Practical tips to establish and maintain relationships with students
    • Strategies to cultivate a sense of belonging within your classroom and among students

Registration

To register and learn more, visit the edWeb website.

*Information provided by edWeb

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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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July 9, 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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July 2, 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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June 28, 2019

Utilizing Nature Storybooks in Early Childhood

Join the Allegheny Land Trust at the Frick Environmental Center on June 28 for a hands-on course that explores opportunities to incorporate nature-themed books in your early childhood classroom.

About

This hands-on course provides early childhood educators with the knowledge and skills needed to incorporate nature-themed books into their classrooms. Games, dramatic play, songs, craft, and lesson themes will all be explored! PQAS hours are available and ACT 48 hours are available for an additional $5 fee.

Registration

To register, visit the event website.

Questions

For questions, contact the Allegheny Land Trust at 412.741.2750 or info@alleghenylandtrust.org.

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June 25, 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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June 18, 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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June 14, 2019

APOST Summer Conference for Out-of-School Time

Join Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School-Time (APOST) on June 14 for their Summer Conference for Out-of-School Time. PQAS/Act 48 credit available upon request.

About

The APOST Summer Conference for Out-of-School Time is a professional development conference that shares best practices in youth development. This conference is open to youth practitioners who desire to increase their skills in working with youth in out-of-school time programs or in mentoring relationships. This year’s event will feature Keynote Speaker Timothy Jones, an expert in youth development and hip-hop culture/pedagogy who has developed, implemented, and evaluated out-of-school time programs inside and outside of schools for over 20 years.

Limited free parking is available, but carpooling is recommended.

More Information

To learn more and register, visit APOST’s Eventbrite page.

For questions, contact APOST via phone at 412.456.6876.

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June 11, 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.