January 30, 2020

Registration Now Open for UnConference: Exceptional Care

Are you interested in learning about the role collaboration plays in creating inclusive environments for young children? Join Trying Together and The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh on March 28 at The Children’s Institute (1405 Shady Avenue) for “UnConference: Exceptional Care with a Team Approach to Inclusion.”


Young children thrive and grow in their natural learning environments, including children with developmental differences. Educators play a critical role in creating an inclusive and diverse environment for children to feel a sense of belonging, to feel valued as a member of the classroom and to feel empowered to learn to their full ability. This UnConference dives into the importance of working together – a collaboration between teachers, intervention specialists, and parents/caregivers – to provide this environment for children to learn and grow in differentiated ways yet feel included in the group.

Our keynote features Wendy Pardee, President and CEO of The Children’s Institute, who will share how they have created a collaborative environment that provides a positive view on early intervention in an effort to bring different parties together in the best interest of the child. The keynote is followed by a panel discussion featuring an educator, parent, and intervention specialist. Other workshops include: developing an understanding of what early intervention is, how to work with families, what you need to know during early intervention strategies, how to adapt lessons for different learning abilities, and more.

Conference Details

UnConference: Exceptional Care with a Team Approach to Inclusion
Saturday, March 28, 2020
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh
1405 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

What’s Included

By attending the UnConference, professionals will:

    • enjoy a light breakfast and lunch,
    • participate in hands-on, interactive workshops,
    • network with professional colleagues,
    • be eligible to receive 5.5 PQAS/DHS credits and/or Act 28 hours;
    • and experience refreshed or refined thinking about our work with young children.


Registrations to attend must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020. For individuals or groups with less than six people, please register using the form below. For groups of more than six people, contact Yu-Ling at to learn more about receiving a 10% discount.

When workshops are finalized, participants will receive an email from Yu-Ling to select their preferred workshops. Due to limited space in each workshop, Trying Together recommends registering early as placement is dependent on the date of your registration. UnConference staff will do their best to match participants with their requested workshops, but placement is not guaranteed.

More Information

For more information, visit Trying Together’s UnConference page.

This event is sponsored by PNC Grow Up Great and co-hosed by The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh.

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Image: A young child sits at a desk as an early learning professional bends over to help them with a project.