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Trying Together's Virtual Unconference! 

We are facing a “new normal” in our field that has never been envisioned before. COVID-19 has taken our state, our country, and our world on a tumultuous journey, invoking fear, anxiety, reflection, and change-making at unprecedented levels. As an early childhood educator, you are most likely thinking about how to continue supporting children and families while maintaining high-quality programming, business operations, and personal health for both you and your colleagues.

This free three-hour online Unconference will help you virtually connect with other educators while gaining information about the steps you can take to prepare for and respond to the effects of COVID-19 on early childhood programming. Three PQAS and Act 48 hours available.


Register for the APOST Virtual Summer Conference for Out-of-School Time Now!

This is a virtual professional development conference that shares best practices in youth development. Over the next couple weeks, we'll be offering relevant workshops to help you continue providing quality programming for youth during this troubling time, including; trauma informed self care techniques, ways to transition to virtual learning, how to better engage parents, and more! Register here!

UPMC Children's Hospital Virtual Sugar Shows 

Join UPMC Children’s Hospital Community Health Department’s Healthy-out-of-school-time (HOST) program for an interactive discussion on sugar sweetened beverages! HOST team members Shrenik and Jenny will be leading discussions and activities on all things sugar- what it is, why too much added sugar can be bad for your health, how to read nutrition labels, and healthy alternatives!

Teaching Tolerance: Grants that educate youth to thrive in a diverse democracy. Deadline: Rolling
Book Bank: New and donated books and resources. Deadline: Rolling. 
Pittsburgh Foundation: is establishing an emergency action fund for nonprofits. More info to come as they release details. Deadline: TBD
Emergency Fund for Artists: potential $500 support from GPAC for artists at a loss of income due to coronavirus. More emergency arts funding resources here. Deadline: Rolling
Peace First: $250 grants to youth 13-25 for projects developed to address community response to COIVD-19. Deadline: Rolling
The McElhattan Foundation: Education Program Area: grants to expand out-of-school time learning opportunities for children living in poverty and children of color. Deadline: August 31st

2-1-1 Resources 

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, if you are in need, contact United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania's PA 2-1-1 Southwest by dialing 2-1-1, texting your zip code to 898-211, or visiting 

Sign up to receive alerts with the most up-to-date information and resources at #COVID19 #UnitedWeWin

If you want to help raise funds to support our community, join us and our partner The Pittsburgh Foundation by giving to the Emergency Action Fund here!

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APOST Virtual Summer Conference for out-of-School Time 
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Outdoor Learning Resources

 We hope that you are well and safe during this time! We miss working with you, your students and families. Visit and share our new outdoor learning resources below. We encourage kids and families to continue to play and learn outside within the safety measures outlined by officials.
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