November 4, 2020

Co-Educating with Families Webinar

Are you interested in learning how to utilize creative experiences to draw families into learning together? Attend the webinar “Co-Educating with Families” on November 4 to learn about practice strategies that bridge school and home learning.


In this webinar, Cheri Sterman and James Wells from Crayola will share practice strategies that bridge school and home learning. Whether it is Moved by Math, Writing Art-Inspired Stories, or STEAM for 21st Century Learners, projects that actively engage students as decision-makers who create, present, respond, and connect enliven learning!

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


To register and learn more, visit the event webpage.


October 27, 2020

Remote Learning Resources Available

With recent changes to schooling due to COVID-19, Trying Together has compiled a list of remote learning resources to support teachers, parents, and students as they transition to and navigate remote learning. The Remote Learning Resources list is available on the Trying Together website.


Additional COVID-19 Resources


To best support community members and the young children in their lives, Trying Together has created two resource lists, featuring helpful resources that families and educators can use to maneuver this difficult time.

About Trying Together


Trying Together supports high-quality care and education for young children by providing advocacy, community resources, and professional growth opportunities for the needs and rights of children, their families, and the individuals who interact with them. Trying Together works regionally (in Southwestern Pennsylvania) and takes its expertise and models to statewide and national audiences. Learn more on the Trying Together website.


October 5, 2020

Teaching Preschool with an Equity Lens

Are you interested in learning how to promote equity in your preschool classroom? Join the National Association for the Education of  Young Children (NAEYC) in October and November for their facilitated online mini-course, “Each & Every Child: Teaching Preschool with an Equity Lens.”


This online course will focus on what equity can look like for teachers working with children ages three to five years old on a day-to-day basis in the classroom. Participants will learn strategies and tips on how to support the learning and development of each child in their classroom through intentional play opportunities and guided instructional supports.

Course Timeline

This course includes four hours of self-paced learning and three hours of face-to-face video meetings with a facilitator over the course of four weeks:

    • October 5, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
    • October 19, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
    • November 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.


To register for this facilitated course, visit the NAEYC website. All registrations must be submitted by October 1, 2020. Space is limited.


CelebratED: 2020 Virtual Celebration

Join the Grable Foundation on World Teachers’ Day to celebrate the wonderful educators of the Pittsburgh region and explore the future of education. This is a one-hour virtual event. Multiple viewing times available.


During the CelebratED: 2020 Virtual Celebration, the Grable Foundation will highlight the voices of educators, students, and parents as they describe the importance of educators and share their thoughts on how our communities can remake education. Highlights of the virtual event include the following:

    • a keynote address by Deepak Ramola of Project Fuel;
    • a DJ set by Pittsburgh Dilworth PreK-5 Teacher Joseph Wilk;
    • storyteller Shannon Reed, author of “Why Did I Get a B?”;
    • a performance by Alumni Theater Company; and
    • soaring ideas, hard questions, and good thoughts expressed by innovators, agitators, and provocateurs.


To register and learn more, visit the event webpage.


September 21, 2020

Remote Learning Resources





September 16, 2020

Unpacking Research on the COVID Slide

Are you interested in learning about how much learning loss students are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Attend the webinar “Unpacking Research on the COVID Slide and Recommendations to Close the Gap” on September 16 to hear from researchers Dr. John Bielinski, Dr. Rachel Brown, and Dr. Kyle Wagner.


During this webinar, the researchers who authored the just-released report, “COVID Slide: Research on Learning Loss and Recommendations to Close the Gap”, will review the data and answer the following questions:

    • Did certain grade levels experience more pronounced learning loss than others?
    • Will core subjects experience the same levels of learning loss, or will one suffer more than the other?
    • Exactly how far behind can I expect students to be when we resume instruction?
    • What can I do to help catch students up quickly?

This webinar will be of interest to K-12 teachers, school and district leaders, guidance counselors, and school psychologists. Time for questions will be provided.


To register and learn more, visit the event webpage.


July 22, 2020

Virtual Service Delivery Webinar Series

To support family-facing providers in their online work with children and families, Brazelton Touchpoints Center is offering a series of free one-hour webinars and an online learning community that will explore how to manage the challenges posed by virtual service delivery and share strategies providers have found for building and sustaining strong relationships with families virtually.


In partnership with Parents as Teachers and the Rapid Response Virtual Home Visiting (RR-VHV) Collaborative, Brazelton Touchpoints Center will build on lessons learned from virtual home visiting, adapted for all family-facing providers.

All professionals who work with families of young children—including those who work in health care, early care and education, early intervention, child welfare, and family support—are encouraged to attend these webinars. Brazelton Touchpoints Center is pairing the webinars with an online learning community where webinar participants can engage with one another and BTC facilitators on topics and strategies discussed in the webinars.

Featured Webinars

    • Engaging Families Using a Strengths-Based Approach in the Virtual World
      Wednesday, July 22 | 2 – 3 p.m. | Register
    • Partnering with Families Virtually
      Wednesday, August 5 | 2 – 3 p.m. | Register
    • Providing Staff Support and Supervision Virtually
      Wednesday, August 19 | 2 – 3 p.m. | Register
    • Developmental Screenings on Your Screen
      Wednesday, September 2 | 2 – 3 p.m. | Register
    • Challenging Conversations with Families Virtually
      Wednesday, September 16 | 2 – 3 p.m. | Register
    • Taking Care of Yourself as a Virtual Service Provider
      Wednesday, September 30 | 2 – 3 p.m. | Register


To register and learn more, visit the Brazelton Touchpoints Center website. Participants can register for the entire series or for individual webinars.

More Information

For questions, email


April 8, 2020

How to Practically Implement the Six Keys to Early Childhood Reading

Are you interested in learning how and why the reading gap exists in children and how educators can help bridge the gap? Join Reading Expert John Lant on April 8 for his webinar, “How to Practically Implement the 6 Keys to Early Childhood Reading.”


In this webinar, participants will hear from reading experts who have spent 17 years in the classroom with children. Presenters will make it easy for attendees to understand how to apply and teach children the six keys to early childhood reading (as outlined by the NICHD) in a practical way. These six keys include the following:

    • teaching direct phonemic awareness;
    • teaching explicit letter-sound correspondence;
    • teaching frequent letter-sound relationships systematically;
    • demonstrating how to sound out words with letter-sound blending;
    • using connected, decodable text to practice letter-sounding relationships; and
    • reading interesting stories to develop language comprehension.

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


To register and learn more, visit the event webpage. Space is extremely limited.


June 1, 2019

Pittsburgh Infant/Toddler Symposium

Kaplan and YWCA Greater Pittsburgh PD/TA are partnering to provide a day of training and networking for area infant/toddler teachers. The day will consist of an opening keynote address, four hours of professional development training, resource tables. Lunch will be provided at no cost. This event is PQAS approved.

CDA Content Areas

The symposium will focus on the following CDA content areas:

  • Principles of Child Growth and Development
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Safe, Healthy Learning Environments

Learning Objectives

The students will be able to:

  • Discuss and explain topics that are relevant to the care and growth/development of infants and toddlers.

Participants will have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of courses related to infant/toddler caregiving. Courses offered at the Symposium will focus on topics such as; activities to stimulate brain development, social/emotional development, trauma-informed practice, and health/safety.


Registrations must be submitted by May 24, 2019 via the Symposium’s event page.


For questions, contact Tom Yeager at 412.255.1173 or

To learn more, see their event page.


April 25, 2019

Engaging Early Learners with Technology: Sharing Research and Best Practices


In this edWebinar, the presenters will discuss the best practices for technology use with young children (birth through age five) and their families. They will also discuss how to support early childhood educators in grades K-3 with effective technology strategies. Research on technology use in early childhood education from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Common Sense Media will provide the framework for this discussion. With digital devices becoming more readily available in school settings, the logistics of implementing technology in the classroom as a tool for learning must be examined in order to utilize emerging technology most effectively.


The edWebinar will also share insights from a roundtable facilitated by Hi5!, a kindergarten readiness and registration campaign in the Greater Pittsburgh Region. The roundtable served as a professional development and networking event for over 20 school districts to share best practices for how they are using technology to support the transition to kindergarten for students and families. The discussion included developmentally appropriate technology use across the early childhood continuum.


This presentation will be of interest to preK-3 teachers and school leaders. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of the presentation. Be sure to view and share this event flyer (PDF) with your network.

For more information and registration, click here.