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Professional Development Programs

From the beginning, Shady Lane has served as a model for other early childhood programs, through site visits, publications, conferences and collaborations. Since 2000, Shady Lane has expanded its reach by providing high-quality professional development and other support and consultation services to the professionals and programs that, in turn, educate and care for our area's youngest children.

Please see the listings below for upcoming professional development opportunities being offered by Shady Lane. Follow the links to register for these events through the Pennsylvania Early Learning Keys to Quality website (login required).

Our thanks to our partners in early childhood professional development: Point Park University; the Southwest Regional Key; and the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC).

Professional Development Vodcasts from Better Kid Care
--with assists from Shady Lane...

The latest professional development resources created by our colleagues at the Penn State Cooperative Extension Better Kid Care program are now available online! Three "vodcasts" filmed in whole or in part at Shady Lane and featuring the insights of our professionals have just been released. These videos and associated research and printable materials are designed as tools for early childhood professionals. See below for embedded videos and more information. Thanks to everyone at Better Kid Care!

Executive Function: foster with Partner Time play

Video featuring our Young Threes Lead Educators, Maren Herman and Rachel Anderson, and great classroom footage illustrating the Young Threes' "Partner Time" process and how it supports development of Executive Function in young children.


Being There for Grieving Children

Important advice for supporting young children who have suffered a significant loss, featuring an interview and voiceover by Katie O'Neill, Shady Lane's Family/Child Advocate.


Change and Young Children

Katie O'Neill discusses the impact of changes in a young child's life and how best to support children's transitions and coping skills.

Thanks again to our friends at Better Kid Care for your work in educating our fellow early educators. For more vodcasts and supporting materials, visit the Better Kid Care website and click on the "vodcasts" button.

Shady Lane Professional Development Instructor

Click on these links to see profiles of Shady Lane's professional development instructors, including credentials and approved topic codes.

Polly Lipkind PQAS Profile as of 05-10-2013