About Us
The Office of Child Development is a university-community partnership dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth, and families. Through interdisciplinary collaborations across research, practice, and policy, we strive to turn knowledge into action and respond creatively and collaboratively to challenges facing children in Pittsburgh and around the world.


Grand Opening of the Hazelwood Family Center

This long awaited community resource opened its doors October 29, 2014. The facility includes a reading room, infant room, dramatic playroom, computer space, conference room, a huge kitchen and a bathroom with a child-sized potty.

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Homeless Young Children Webinar Resources

Young homeless children are experiencing their most critical stages of development right now. Click here for resources Ray Firth mentioned in the Littlest Residents Webinar on April 5, 2013.

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Presenting at the Young Children Without Homes National Conference 2013

Jessica Woelkers & Andrea Rudek shed light on the Littlest Residents experiencing homelessness and the impact of trauma and adversity on development.

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Ken Smythe-Leistico Q&A on making Pittsburgh's 40 under 40 honoree list for 2013

Read this intriguing Q&A with Ken, Assistant Director and creator of Ready Freddy, the mascot for kindergarten readiness and school success

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Laurie Mulvey Honored by Community Human Services

Celebrate Laurie Mulvey’s nearly 40 years of leadership in working with family services at the 4th Annual Community Ally Dinner and Benefit Auction.

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Heinz Endowments funds 8 for P.L.A.Y. project licensing!

Our very own Gloria Rodriguez-Ransom, Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist, is one of 8 trainees to become licensed in The P.L.A.Y. Project Model. The P.L.A.Y. Project is an intense intervention for families of children with Autism.

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Family Support Rally and Legislative Work Day

Family Support parents attend rally in Harrisburg and have individual meetings with 12 Allegheny County legislators who have centers in their districts.

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Kangaroo Care Helps EHS Mothers and Babies

Kangaroo Care is a simple idea that creates amazing results in the health and well-being of EHS babies and their mothers.

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Recent Publications
Annual Report (2013-2014)

February 2014 Issue of Developments
(The Office's newsletter)