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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!

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 PAEYC Conference, Early Childhood Summit this fall

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

At the PAEYC and Allegheny County Family Support Conference, to be held this year on October 17-18 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, downtown, and the seventh annual Pennsylvania Early Childhood Education Summit, to be held at the Penn Stater in State College from November 10-12, Patrick will hold an interactive presentation entitled "Diversity, Peace and the Developmental Perspective of Preschoolers".

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!


A critical safety reminder from PennDOT...

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.

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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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