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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).

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.

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 Instructors

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

Gina Capriotti PQAS Profile as of 05-10-2013

Katie O'Neill PQAS Profile as of 05-10-2013

Maren Herman PQAS Profile as of 05-10-2013

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