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Shady Lane School invites all families, alumni, staff and friends in the community to stay connected to the latest school news and events. Your interest and participation makes Shady Lane a special place. In addition to this page, please follow us on Twitter (@shadylaneschool) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/shadylaneschool). Watch for our "shade trees" logo!

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Think Shady Lane is overbooked? Think again!

Watch this space for news of special Open House events through the summer!


A critical safety reminder from PennDOT...

Shady Lane/Point Park CDA classes now enrolling

Point Park University and Shady Lane have offered college credit-bearing coursework toward a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential for almost ten years, maintaining a focus specific to the growth of children, educators, and programs. Over the course of three semesters CDA candidates will identify their strengths, design plans for professional growth, implement experiences in their classroom for children in their care, develop their portfolios, and recognize the importance of ongoing development as an early childhood educator.  

Upon successful completion of the three semesters each candidate will receive nine credits from Point Park University that may be applied towards further education at the University. In addition, the candidate will be eligible to apply for the CDA credential, recognized by DPW, Keystone STARS and NAEYC as an important addition to an early educator's qualifications.

All classes are held once a week at Shady Lane, either Tuesday or Wednesday evenings 6:30 – 9:30 PM. The $100.00 per semester/per student fee provides all texts, portfolio items, resources, and additional information related to the implementation of developmentally appropriate practices and professional enhancement of early educators. All other tuition costs are covered for students who currently work at an early childhood program that participates in the Keystone STARS program.

Orientation for the 2014-15 year will be held on August 21, 2014 and classes begin September 2, 2014. Limited spaces are available; please contact Polly Lipkind, via email or at 412-243-4040, ext. 13, by July 31 for more information.


Results of 2013-14 Family Program Evaluation are here!

Please click on the link below to see the results of our annual Family Program Evaluation. This evaluation is part of our ongoing work to renew our NAEYC Accreditation, and gives us valuable information in assessing the quality of our services.

We are proud of our continuing positive outcomes for children and their families, and hope these results help in showing how our families feel about the quality of Shady Lane School.

View Results »


Seen our blog?

We have created "Along Shady Lane" in an effort to both recollect our past and also share what we know today. To reflect the best of the thinking, creativity and learning of our widely talented professional staff, we’ll post a variety of formats: original writing, links to current research, quotes and comments that strike a chord, stories from Shady Lane’s past, photos and artwork, among many others. We’ll include interesting tidbits from our collection of historical artifacts and artwork. And, of course, we’ll include current and past work of the “short colleagues” who are at the center of everything we do–the remarkable 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds with whom we are honored to share our days.

Visit along.shadylane.org, explore our initial posts and pages, and bookmark it! We hope you enjoy and find it a worthwhile read. You can also go Along Shady Lane by clicking on Dolly the Dinosaur whenever you see her on the right side of any page on this website!


2014-15 Calendar & Tuition are here!

Click here for:
2014-15 School Calendar
2014-15 Tuition Rates & Policies
Or visit our Admissions & Financial Aid section for more details.


In Memoriam

Please click below or go to the "In Memoriam" page at "Our Story" to help us remember the legacy of Donna Chase.

Donna Chase


Now we're on Twitter!

Now you can follow Shady Lane on Twitter. Don't miss the latest! Click the button below to add us to your Twitter feed.



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