May 10, 2021

Grandparent Council

Become an Advocate for Young Children

The Grandparent Council helps to ensure that all young children receive high-quality care and education. Members meet monthly through virtual Zoom meetings to:

  • learn more about the importance of an early childhood education;
  • receive guidance and support in identifying high-quality early learning environments; and
  • learn how to advocate for the well-being of all children in our communities.


Join the Council

To join Trying Together’s Grandparent Council, please complete and submit the sign-up form.

Submit The Online Form

Other Ways to Sign-Up

If you would like to submit the form via mail, please print, fill-out, and mail this form (PDF) to: ATTN: Grandparent Council 5604 Solway Street Pittsburgh, PA 15217. If you would like to submit the form via email, please print, scan, and email this form (PDF) to



Zoom 101

Presenter: Peter Sloan Navigating technology in our new virtual reality can sometimes be very challenging. This Zoom training will provide a brief overview of how to properly use the Zoom platform, along with tips and tricks to help everyone become more technologically savvy.

Zoom Training from Trying Together on Vimeo.

Grandparent’s Council Introduction and Advocacy 101

Presenters: Emily Neff and Lindsey Ramsey This workshop gives an overview of the origin and need for grandparent advocacy in our region. Participants will receive an overview of the Early Learning Pennsylvania (ELPA) campaigns, how ECE programs are impacted by the budget process and ways professionals and families can use their experience and knowledge to advocate. Participants should leave with foundational knowledge of the ELPA campaigns, and various advocacy actions they participate in or lead, and guidance on how to complete the mandated reporter training.

Grandparent’s Council Introduction and Advocacy 101 from Trying Together on Vimeo.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice and the Importance of Play

Presenters: Cristina Codario and Lainey Yockey As grandparents and caregivers of all types spend quality time with the young children in their lives, it is important to make every moment count! Young children need to engage in developmentally appropriate activities to ensure healthy development. This training will provide an overview of child brain development and the interactions and best practices that are needed to support it. We will also discuss the importance of play for children and provide caregivers with family resources to help support them along their journey.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice and the Importance of Play from Trying Together on Vimeo.

The Early Learning Landscape and Relative Providers

Presenter: Bliss Letang The Early Learning Landscape in Pennsylvania is full of care options for our little learners. Caregivers even have the opportunity to become “Relative Providers” for children who are receiving subsidized child care. This training will outline the care options available for children and families in our region along with giving detail on the steps it takes to become a “Relative Provider”.

The Early Learning Landscape from Trying Together on Vimeo.


More Information

For questions contact Lindsey Ramsey, Public Policy Regional Coordinator by calling 412.567.4173 or emailing