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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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Do you know how long until Shady Lane celebrates 50?

 


New Enrollment Open House...

We are having a very special open house on Saturday, November 22. Come take a look at our school AND enjoy fun activities for parents and children alike!

Come learn how all student gifts, and a diverse community of partners, contribute to the heart and soul of Shady Lane. We have a few spots left for the 2014-15 school year; bring your friends with young children!

When: Saturday, November 22, 9:00-12 noon

Where: Shady Lane School, 100 North Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh 15208

Look for Dolly the Dinosaur at the corner of Penn & N. Braddock Avenue!

We will waive our waitlist fee (a $25 value) for families who attend this Open House and complete a Waitlist Form at the event! If you're looking for a great preschool experience for your child, this is your chance.

Call us at 412-243-4040 with questions.


NPR and Daniel Tiger come to Shady Lane...

Click here for the article on the NPR Education Blog written by Erika Beras following her visit to Shady Lane in September.

Our story on Erika's visit with children from the Partners Class and Lexi Schaefers can be found on our blog, "Along Shady Lane".

Click on the links in the tweets below to see more about the upcoming radio report on NPR's Morning Edition featuring five children from the Partners Class and Co-Lead Educator Lexi Schaefers.


Great Community Support from Food Coop customers!

Thanks to all the customers at our neighboring organization, the East End Food Coop, for supporting Shady Lane by rounding up your purchases during the Coop's recent Register Roundup event! When customers asked to "round up for Shady Lane" in September, 100% of the pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters they'd have received as change came directly to support our work. We are thrilled to have received $1,641.58 in donations from Coop customers through this program!

Thanks again to all at the Coop for facilitating this program that benefits many area nonprofits throughout the year. Visit the Coop's website at EastEndFood.coop to learn more about the Register Roundup program.


Think Shady Lane is overbooked? Think again!

There are still a few Half Day and Full Day openings available. Some lucky children between 2 and 5 and their families will join us in September...call for information today.


Executive Director presenting at Early Childhood Summit in November

Patrick Webster, Shady Lane Executive Director, is making a presentation on a new topic at two major regional conferences this fall.

Patrick has developed an interactive presentation entitled "Diversity, Peace and the Developmental Perspective of Preschoolers" for presentation to early childhood professionals. He spoke at this year's PAEYC and Allegheny County Family Support Conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, downtown, on October 17. Patrick will make this presentation again at the seventh annual Pennsylvania Early Childhood Education Summit, being held at the Penn Stater in State College from November 10-12. Patrick will lead two sessions of this presentation at the summit, both on Tuesday, November 11.

Patrick will highlight observations of highly diverse classrooms and years of best practices in facilitating problem solving at Shady Lane. Participants will engage in a thought-provoking dialogue about broad views on the power of diversity, empathy, engagement, peaceful conflict resolution, and the unique developmental opportunities available to early childhood programs to lead their communities to more peaceful lives through their influence on children and families.

We are always proud and excited to have such opportunities to extend our professional development work to regional and state-wide audiences. Thanks to all who made these presentations possible.


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!


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 »


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


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