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July 25, 2019

Changes Made to Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program

For Fiscal Year 2019-20, the Office of Child Development and Early Learning‘s Rising STARS Tuition Assistance (RSTA) program has undergone several important changes. Administered by The Pennsylvania Key, RSTA helps cover a portion of tuition costs for early childhood professionals.

Fiscal Year 2019-20 Changes

The following changes have been implemented for FY 2019-20:

    • “Grandfathered” applicants seeking an AA, BA, or PreK-4 Teacher Certification will continue to receive 95% of tuition costs with a maximum benefit of $6,000 per individual. These applicants will need to transition to T.E.A.C.H. or another financial aid resource by Fiscal Year 2020-2021.
    • For new applicants for approved CDA or Credential Coursework, individuals will receive 95% of tuition costs and fees net of other funding sources for approved credential or CDA coursework up to eighteen (18) credits.
    • Additionally, new applicants for approved CDA or Credential Coursework can submit a request form (including receipt) for reimbursement for books after purchase.

More Information

To learn more about the RSTA program, visit the Pennsylvania Key website.

For questions, call 1.800.284.6031 or email pakeyvoucherprogram@pakeys.org.

*Information provided by the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning

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July 20, 2019

Center for Urban Education Summer Educator Forum

Join the Center for Urban Education from July 18 to July 20 for their 2019 Summer Educator Forum.

About

The Center for Urban Education Summer Educator Forum (CUESEF) is a professional learning experience for education professionals, including pre- and practicing educators in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region, that focuses on Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Act 48 credits are available.

During this intensive forum, participants from PreK-12 from all subject areas will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the topic, while experiencing a series of workshops and keynote speakers, including Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: The Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

Registration

Registration is required; fees vary.

To register, visit the CUESEF event page.

Learn More

To learn more and see the forum schedule, visit the Center for Urban Education website.

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July 19, 2019

Center for Urban Education Summer Educator Forum

Join the Center for Urban Education from July 18 to July 20 for their 2019 Summer Educator Forum.

About

The Center for Urban Education Summer Educator Forum (CUESEF) is a professional learning experience for education professionals, including pre- and practicing educators in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region, that focuses on Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Act 48 credits are available.

During this intensive forum, participants from PreK-12 from all subject areas will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the topic, while experiencing a series of workshops and keynote speakers, including Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: The Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

Registration

Registration is required; fees vary.

To register, visit the CUESEF event page.

Learn More

To learn more and see the forum schedule, visit the Center for Urban Education website.

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July 18, 2019

Center for Urban Education Summer Educator Forum

Join the Center for Urban Education from July 18 to July 20 for their 2019 Summer Educator Forum.

About

The Center for Urban Education Summer Educator Forum (CUESEF) is a professional learning experience for education professionals, including pre- and practicing educators in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region, that focuses on Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Act 48 credits are available.

During this intensive forum, participants from PreK-12 from all subject areas will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the topic, while experiencing a series of workshops and keynote speakers, including Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: The Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

Registration

Registration is required; fees vary.

To register, visit the CUESEF event page.

Learn More

To learn more and see the forum schedule, visit the Center for Urban Education website.

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July 3, 2019

Paid Opportunity: Baby Brain Emotion Study

Are you the mother/caregiver of an infant age 0-3 months? If so, you and your baby may be able to participate in a Pitt+Me research study to help learn more about the ways in which infants’ emotions are connected to areas of the brain and how parenting behaviors might affect these connections.

About

The purpose of this study is to help researchers learn more about the ways in which infants’ emotions are connected to areas of the brain and how parenting behaviors might affect these connections. Researchers hope their findings will lead to a better understanding of emotional challenges in children in the future. Compensation provided.

Study Eligibility

  • Infant aged 0-3 months old
  • Infant was born full-term (at least 37 weeks)
  • Infant’s birth weight was more than 5.5 pounds
  • Infant has not been in the hospital for any physical health issues, including neurological
  • Infant does not have any metal in their body
  • Mother/Caregiver did not use illicit substances during pregnancy and is not using them now
  • Mother/Caregiver spends at least 2 hours per day caring for the infant

Learn More

For more information and to participate, visit the study webpage.

*Information provided by Pitt+Me

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June 22, 2019

Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education

Join the Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education (P.R.I.D.E.) program for a professional development training centered on exposing directors to strategies that promote positive racial identity in African American children. This session will offer 6 credit hours; PQAS approved.

Training Objectives

Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe racial awareness (i.e., the ages and stages at which children develop an awareness of physical characteristics related to existing social categories of race in America),
  2. Display awareness of the role of early educators in supporting children’s healthy understanding of race, and
  3. Illustrate techniques for working with staff and families to integrate conversations and activities that support children’s racial awareness and positive racial identity.

Registration

To register for this training, visit the Pennsylvania PD Registry website.

Questions

For registration questions, contact Emily Bengel at 412.255.1453 or ebengel@ywcapgh.org.

For course questions, contact Aisha White at 412.383.7372 or aiw9@pitt.edu.

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June 10, 2019

Tickets for Kids Book Club

Tickets for Kids and the Sto-Rox Library announced the discussion dates for their new collaborative book club. The book chosen by their group is: “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this book was also the One Book One Community choice of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Public Health.

If you would like to attend, RSVP to Jennifer Gray by email (jgray@forstorox.org) or phone (412.771.1222). Parking is located in the parking lot on the side of the building, PNC parking lot after banking hours, or on the street.

Discussion Dates

Discussions will be held at the Sto-Rox Library on the following dates:

  • December 10, 2018: 4-5:30 PM
  • February 11, 2019: 6-7:30 PM
  • April 8, 2019: 6-7:30 PM
  • June 10, 2019: 6-7:30 PM

About the Book

“Evicted” by Matthew Desmond describes the plight of poor families who, for want of a few dollars, are forced to move from their homes, apartments, or trailers. An ethnographer, Desmond shares the intimate vicissitudes of his subject/friends as they struggle to make ends meet while negotiating a bewildering system of slumlords, public agencies, law enforcement, and courts, a system that seems almost designed to reinforce a downward spiral of poverty. The consequences of eviction are especially felt by mothers with young children, whose development is jeopardized by substandard housing, low-quality neighborhoods, and poor nutrition.

*Information provided by Tickets for Kids Charities and Pitt Public Health*

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May 29, 2019

Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Sign Up Moving to PD Registry

Beginning Fall 2019, applicants will apply for the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program through the PD Registry.

About the Program

The Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program pays 95% of tuition costs for eligible college coursework taken by early learning professionals, with a maximum benefit of $6,000 per individual each fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). The program covers tuition costs only and does not include books, materials, or fees. Tuition costs net of other funding sources such as scholarships, stipends, discounts, or grants (except the Pell Grant) are used to determine the amount of assistance. It is recommended completed applications be submitted at least four weeks prior to the start of the course, or prior to the tuition due date, whichever is first.

Access the Program Before Fall 2019

During the transition, The Pennsylvania Key is still currently accepting applications for the 2018-19 fiscal year and summer classes. Early learning professionals taking coursework beginning before fall semester are welcome to apply using the current process in the Portal. At this time, applications will not be reviewed for the fall semester.

More Information

For new eligibility requirements and to stay up-to-date on the ongoing changes, visit the Pennsylvania Key website.

*Information provided by The Pennsylvania Key

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May 28, 2019

Creative Learning Educator Survey Open For Responses

Are you an educator that encourages creative learning and expression? The Heinz Endowments and the University of Pittsburgh are looking to receive your input via the Creative Learning Educator Survey.

About

The Creative Learning Educator Survey was established to learn more about creative learning opportunities for youth in the Pittsburgh region. The survey will take about 20 to 30 minutes to complete, with questions related to teaching artistry and creative learning. Results from this study will be utilized to better inform how to support our region’s creative learning programs and organizations.

After completion, participants will be entered into a raffle to win an iPad. Participation is voluntary.

Learn More

To learn more and participate in the survey, visit their website.

For questions, contact Principal Investigator, Tom Akiva at tomakiva@pitt.edu or Project Coordinator, Esohe Osai at ero19@pitt.edu.