setting a solid foundation

We focus on a number of themes to foster the healthy development of young learners through at-home resources,  programs and partner organizations who serve young children across Pittsburgh.  We also strive to show parents the importance and relevance of exploring different subjects with young learners.

For more information, please contact Katie Koffler, Director of Education, at [email protected].

art, art history, and art exploration

Art and art history allow young children to establish an early foundation for art appreciation, visual analysis, imagination, and creativity that will extend well beyond their early years! Viewing and making art at an early age are crucial opportunities for multisensory immersion, creativity, fine motor skills, and cultural appreciation. These experiences focus on fostering a love and curiosity for art!

technology, science and making

With technology, science and making practices, learning becomes a multisensory and interactive experience! Each of these avenues for learning promote digital literacy, problem-solving skills, inquiry, and encourage a growth mindset. These process-based, hands-on programs honor all learning styles and are intentionally designed to expand and deepen learning for all young learners.

wellness and mindfulness practice

Our approach to the whole child allows us to introduce physical, mental, and emotional health practices that are essential elements in creating a strong foundation for our youngest learners. These experiences focus on introducing learners to practices that can foster an understanding of the importance of health and wellness.

nature and environmental learning

The world around us is a source of life, inspiration, and expression for our youngest learners. These programs bring both outdoor (and indoor!) spaces to life through an environmental lens to help children broaden their perspective about the world while instilling them with a sense of natural wonder and curiosity.

identity and culture exploration

Identity is a core part of what it means to be human. We believe that guiding young children in exploring their own identity as well as the diverse identities of the world is a fundamental step in preparing them for a rich future. These experiences focus on self identity and cultural competencies that are developmentally appropriate.

Educational Standards for Early Learning

[email protected] activities for early learners

We offer a collection of activities you can do at home with your youngest learners.

early learning @ home

Our Early Childhood team has created activity sheets for our youngest learners and their caregivers to explore. Each month, we’ll share themed activities focused on Art + Making, Wellness, and Outdoor Exploration. Click on the month to download the activity sheet.

art exploration

These activities foster observation, creativity and a curiosity for art.

wellness and mindfulness practice

Through this activity, you and your young child can think up and pass along messages of joy and love through a personal message delivered to a loved one or left in the neighborhood for others to find.

nature and environmental learning

Explore the outdoors a little more closely by making a pair of binoculars with your little one.  Or broaden your child’s perspective about the world and the food we eat as you write a letter to a local farmer.