Beginning with Books, www.beginningwithbooks.org, founded in 1984, through its Center for Early Literacy works to surround young children with parents, caregivers, and volunteers who offer books, language, and love. Thus, giving the children the best possible start on the road to being successful readers and learners. The Center’s research-based programs serve children and families throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. The Center also provides materials, training, and technical assistance to others who wish to replicate or adapt its programs.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, www.carnegielibrary.org, with its Main Library, 18 neighborhood locations and Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, serves the dynamic and diverse information needs of people living in western Pennsylvania. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is a gateway to literature, culture, art, music, history, and technology. Each year, the Library offers thousands of free children’s programs, computer classes and training opportunities to the public.
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, www.chp.edu, is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all children through excellence in patient care, teaching and research. As the only hospital in western Pennsylvania devoted solely to the care of infants, children and young adults, the hospital has been named consistently to several elite lists of pediatric health care facilities. Children’s Hospital provides both specialty and primary pediatric care, and currently is developing a coordinated literacy program for promoting the health and well-being of the whole child.
All the work that Family Communications, www.misterrogers.org, does focuses on strengthening the relationships between children, their families, and the community of people who support them. Helping to nurture those relationships is the core of their work.
The mission of Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, www.gplc.org, is to ensure that youths and adults in Allegheny County have basic reading, writing, math, English language, and computer skills so that they may reach their fullest potential in life and participate productively in their community. GPLC is the training resource for all adult basic education in seven western Pennsylvania counties.
The Pittsburgh Public Schools, www.pghboe.net, are places where all students learn and thrive in a safe environment where they are respected and valued. Our schools foster a love of learning, equipping all students with the skills, tools, knowledge and understanding to live, play and work successfully in the new and different world of the 21st Century.
Reading Is Fundamental Pittsburgh, www.rif.org, formerly known as Central Northside RIF, has been providing the resources, motivation, opportunities and skills for children ages 2 through 12 to read, for more than 20 years. RIF prvides three programs designed to improve the reading skills, resources, and opportunities for children.
The University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development, www.education.pitt.edu/ocd, works in partnership with faculty and the community to enhance the welfare of children, youth, and families. The Policy Initiatives Division works on children’s issues including: health, behavioral health, early childhood education, promoting responsible parenthood, youth development, and early literacy. In early literacy, the goal is for all children to read at grade level or higher by the end of third grade. The key strategies are: to increase public awareness; develop a more unified approach among system's leaders; and develop a constituency for system's change.