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.


Connecting Reading with Kindergarten Attendance

Ready Freddy partners with Public Allies Pittsburgh to improve kindergarten attendance. Since reading at grade level is key to academic success, Public Ally Joanna Kemp, assigned to Langley K-8, spearheaded a book drive that enabled each kindergartner to take home 5 books they could call their own.

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Forging New Leaders through the LEND Program

The LEND Center at the University of Pittsburgh partners with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC to provide training that enhances the ability of clinicians to diagnose, treat, and manage disabilities in children and adolescents.

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The Power of Simplicity

The Simple Interactions (SI) approach is a process that empowers the people who work with children to engage in positive interactions.

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Aiding the Transition

OCD is evaluating and assisting the Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh as the association works with the Bhutanese population of Pittsburgh and moves to non-profit status.

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Communication not Competition

The Communication Alliance is working to bring together Pittsburgh non-profits and foster stronger communication and collaboration among the partners.

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Spotlight – Hazelwood Family Center

This community resource 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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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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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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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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Remake Learning Playbook - Building Collaborative Innovation Networks for Teaching & Learning The Sprout Fund has premiered the first release of the Remake Learning Playbook - a field guide full of ideas and resources for supporting learning innovation networks. Filled with practical and actionable information, the Playbook is based on the belief that to truly transform the way that teaching and learning happens today, we need to harness all the resources and assets in our communities and create ways for educators and innovators to collaborate, share ideas, and work together. The Playbook was created by members of the Remake Learning Network right here in Pittsburgh.

The Science of Giving Workshop
is back — brought to you by Communication Alliance

OFRE Grant Announcement: Secondary Analyses of Data on Early Care and Education

Listen to: Bob McCall Discussing universal pre-k for Essential Pittsburgh

Recent Publications