July 17, 2023

Trying Together Offering Free Idlewild & SoakZone Tickets Through Summer Giveaway

Trying Together is offering families a chance at two free Idlewild Park and SoakZone tickets through an online Summer Giveaway.

About the 2023 Summer Giveaway

Hosted on Facebook, the contest requires audiences to take three actions:

  1. Follow Trying Together on Facebook.
  2. Share any one post about the giveaway on Facebook.
  3. Tag any one friend in the comment section of the post they intend to share.

Individuals who meet these requirements will have the opportunity to win the two free tickets.

Offer available now through Sunday, July 23. Winners will be notified via Facebook messenger on Monday, July 24. 

The winner may receive their tickets in the mail or visit the Trying Together office at 5604 Solway Street, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15217 during regular operating hours to pick them up.

Enter the 2023 Summer Giveaway

Interested individuals should visit the Trying Together Facebook page to participate.

About Idlewild Park and SoakZone

Since 1878, Idlewild & SoakZone has been provided smiles on faces and laughter in the hearts of all who visit. What started out as a simple picnic ground along the Ligonier Valley Railroad has grown into one of the most scenic and well-loved entertainment facilities in all of Pennsylvania.

Nationally recognized as “Best Children’s Park” by Amusement Today magazine and “Best Park for Families” by the National Amusement Park Historical Association, Idlewild & SoakZone is your place for family fun! It offers seven theme areas of fun, including the nostalgic Story Book Forest and Olde Idlewild coupled with new and exciting areas such as SoakZone and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Jumpin’ Jungle, Hootin’ Holler, and Raccoon Lagoon Kiddieland round out the fun.

Visit the Idlewild Park and SoakZone website for more information.

Learn More

To learn more, visit the Trying Together Facebook page or email with any questions.

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April 20, 2023

ELRC Region 5 Shares Resources and Information on Facebook

Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 5 makes resources and information available on social media. With an active presence on Facebook, ELRC Region 5 provides families, early learning service providers, and communities support for their child care needs in real time.

Learn More

Social media managers post to the ELRC Region 5 Facebook page at least once a day, providing the most up-to-date early childhood news, professional development opportunities, family events, ELRC Region 5 office hours, Child Care Works (CCW) information, family assistance opportunities, and more.

Facebook users interested in receiving daily information from ELRC Region 5 should like or follow the ELRC Region 5 page.

For additional resources and information from ELRC Region 5, subscribe to the monthly ELRC Region 5 Family Newsletter, or weekly ELRC Region 5 Providers Newsletter.


April 7, 2023

Using Social Media to Advocate for Children

Social media can be an effective tool in advocating for what you want. However, it is important to use these platforms appropriately to achieve the desired outcome.

Join the Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children (PennAEYC) (an affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)) for this virtual session on learning effective ways to use social media to advocate for children and early education.

Session Details

Wednesday, April 12 | 1 – 2 p.m.

Virtual via Zoom


Learn More

To learn more, visit the PennAEYC website.


December 21, 2020

MLK Day 2021: Celebrate With Service

Join United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania (SWPA) in celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. by participating in their “Book Drive for Diversity” and “Family Forum on Equality and Kindness.”


To celebrate the work and teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr., United Way created two meaningful opportunities for families to celebrate one of MLK’s most relevant messages for their work today: Everyone can be great… because everyone can serve.

Book Drive for Diversity

United Way has partnered with the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Child Development to increase access to books promoting a positive equity message for young readers. Because of public health concerns, the Book Drive for Diversity will be completely virtual. Help United Wat put books championing people of all abilities, genders, races, ethnicities, and economic statuses into the hands of eager readers.

To register and receive a list of thoughtfully chosen titles to purchase on behalf of the drive, complete the online form.

Family Forum on Equality and Kindness

In the teaching spirit of Dr. King, United Way has joined with YWCA Greater Pittsburgh to host a virtual forum for families to engage in meaningful discussions about social justice, learn practical skills, and encourage a more inclusive culture.

Sign up for this lively, positive online event to bring greater significance of MLK Day to your family. Participants can choose from two breakout sessions. Both sessions are led by highly experienced, engaging experts in the field. Breakout sessions include the following:

More Information

For more information, view the full event flyer.


November 6, 2020

GivingTuesday 2020

Join Trying Together, your neighbors, and the global community on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, in celebrating kindness, collaboration, and generosity. Join us in #GivingTogether this #GivingTuesday.

What Is GivingTuesday?

First established in 2012, GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. It’s also an opportunity for people to stand together in unity—to use their individual power of generosity to support and champion the organizations and causes they care about.

Why Should You Participate?

2020 has been a difficult year, and it has been especially difficult for our nation’s families. Due to job loss, financial strain, education challenges, and limited access to child care, families have been working tirelessly to make ends meet and support the learning and development of their children. However, they cannot do it alone.

That’s why Trying Together’s mission to reinforce the work of early childhood is more important than ever before. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Trying Together has:

    • mobilized our advocates to ensure child care businesses receive the emergency funds they need to stay in business and provide services to families;
    • distributed critical health and safety supplies to early learning programs that serve essential workers and their families;
    • developed an online search tool to assist essential workers and families with quickly finding and choosing early learning programs that meet their needs;
    • created an online community for families to connect, discuss, and support one another in their care and education planning for the 2020-21 school year; and
    • curated comprehensive COVID-19 resource lists online, one of which is for families and caregivers and the other for early care and education professionals.

During the COVID-19 pandemic and after, Trying Together will continue to develop our programs, resources, and services to meet the needs of our communities. Will you join us in this work by showing your support on GivingTuesday?

What You Can Do

We all have gifts to give, and thanks to social media, online giving, mail, and phones, there are limitless ways to use your generosity to reinforce the early childhood field. For examples of how you can give this giving season, see the list below!

Submit A Donation

If you would like to support Trying Together’s work directly, consider submitting a financial donation! We appreciate donations of any size. However, for those looking for recommended amounts, Trying Together has identified the following tiers:

    • Early Childhood Supporter ($60)
    • Early Childhood Sustainer ($120)
    • Early Childhood Champion ($1,000)

Thanks to the generosity of Trying Together’s Board of Directors, all donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to $2,000. Help us secure these matched dollars by donating!

Share Your Story

When you think of a good teacher, who do you think of? Take time this GivingTuesday to thank that person via social media, phone, or email and let them know how their work has positively impacted your life or the life of your child.


1. Join the larger community in celebrating gratitude by posting your thank you message, picture, or video on social media using #GiveThanks or #GivingTogether.

    • Example: I’d like to say thank you to @amymiller for the wonderful work she’s been doing to support my child’s learning and healthy development! Ashton still can’t stop talking about the caterpillar craft he did last month! 🐛🦋 #GiveThanks #GivingTuesday

2. Set a goal for how many educators you’d like to thank this giving season and share it out on social media using #GiveThanks or #GivingTogether!

    • Example: This #GivingTuesday, I’m celebrating gratitude by thanking three early learning professionals who have had a positive impact on my life and child. Will you join me? #GiveThanks 📞💌

#GivingTuesday is on December 1 this year and to celebrate, I’d like to #GiveThanks to the early learning professionals who work tirelessly to make sure my child is safe, supported, and cared for. Your hard work does not go unnoticed. Thank you!CLICK TO TWEET


If you have their phone number or email, contact your early learning professional and let them know how much you appreciate the work they do to support your family.

Share Our Fundraising Page

Another great way to support Trying Together is by sharing our fundraising page with your network. To help get you started, we have created a GivingTuesday Social Media Toolkit that features sample social media posts and more!

More Information

For questions, please contact Trying Together at


November 18, 2019

Communication Basics Using Online Technology

This course is designed to provide early educators with the basic tools of communication, using online technology. Electronic communication and organizational applications such as email, social media, internet research, and basic computation skills will be discussed and contextualized to the early learning environment. Sample templates and resources will be distributed throughout the session to allow participants to continue practicing and strengthening their electronic communication skills upon completion of the course.

Two PQAS and ACT 48 credit hours offered.

Materials Required

  • Preferred Electronic Device (laptop, iPad, tablet, phone, etc.)


To register, complete the form below.


More Information

For questions, contact Jasmine Davis at 412.567.3933 or

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September 21, 2018

Trying Together Introduces Social Media Policy

Today, Trying Together released a Social Media Policy. The purpose of this policy is to establish a set of guidelines for the public to address user expectations, guidelines, and appropriate conduct while engaging with page administrators and fellow fans and followers on Trying Together’s social networking platforms. Through this policy, Trying Together aims to ensure our social media communications build community and provide a space for respectful dialogue. Furthermore, we aim to maintain our brand, identity, and integrity.

Please take a moment to review our policy and follow us on our social media platforms:

If you have questions, please contact Maria Pisano, Director of Communications, by email: or by phone: 412.421.3889.