Bridge to Summer News

We recognize families have a variety of needs as they navigate life during a global pandemic. Listed below are resources that address needs such as technology, school options, parenting resources and more.

Pittsburgh Learning Collaborative Family Hotline
Offering support and answering questions for families during COVID-19
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Calls can be received 24/7. A representative may answer, but if not- please leave a voicemail. You will receive a call-back within 48 hours on weekdays.
Need Tech Support?
During the COVID-19 crisis, the University of Pittsburgh IT Help Desk is providing FREE technology support to regional residents
Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm (hours are dependent on volunteer availability)
Call (412) 383-0805. If prompted enter ID:702 100 473#
New Family Care and Education Forum
The Family Care & Education Forum is an online forum where parents and caregivers can engage in conversation focused on finding in-home and out-of-home care; discussing safety measures being taken within local school districts; connecting with virtual learning The forum is open to any adult who interacts with young children. Users are encouraged to review Trying Together’sSocial Media Policy and Privacy Policy prior to creating an account. While the focus of the Forum in the coming months will be Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Forum is open to all regions. Visit Family Care & Education Forum to sign up and join the forum.
Find Child Care or Out-of-School Learning Opportunities
To view availability at licensed child care and out-of-school time programs in Allegheny County, please visit Allegheny Child Care For questions regarding child care in Allegheny County, visit the ELRC Region 5 website, call 412.350.3577 or 1.888.340.3572, or email elrc5@allegheny
PA 2-1-1: Health and Human Services Needs
PA 2 1 1 Southwest is operated by United Way of Southwestern PA. Together with local county government and provider agencies we work to ensure important local program information is accessible through our helpline when it is most needed.
Every day, highly trained 2 1 1 call specialists provide referrals to:
Basic Human Needs Resources: food banks, shelters, rent and utility payment assistance
Physical and Mental Health Resources: crisis intervention services, support groups, counseling
Employment Support: financial assistance, job training, education programs
Support for Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities: home-delivered meals, transportation, health care
Youth and Child Care Programs: after school programs, summer camps, mentoring, protection services
Regional Disaster Preparation Help is available 24/7 by calling 2 1 1 (or 1-888-553-5778). TTY and language services are available in more than 170 languages and dialects.

For more information or assistance, please dial 2 1 1. Calls are free and confidential
Countdown to Summer Fun (PghMomtourage)
If you have school-age kids, no doubt you have been counting down the days till summer break! In our household, we're down to single digits which is both exciting and terrifying. :) It will be awesome to have a break from the early morning routine of school, but at the same many hours to fill!
Free Ways to Have Fun this Summer (Pittsburgh Brown Mamas)
Finding free things to do in Pittsburgh this summer is at the top of my momlife agenda right now. Summer camp ain’t what it used to be. No more one and done camp registrations. If your summer plans look anything like my family’s, you’re piecing camps and activities together, like you’re doing a mega puzzle with your toddler.
Signing up!
Students can sign up for summer camps through Summer 16 website.
Pgh Brown Mamas
Instead of spending hours on Google searching for keywords like “activities for kids in the Pittsburgh region” or “Pittsburgh summer camps,” just go to the Summer16 website. Bottom-line, every parent hopes to get one thing from their kid’s summer vacation: memories.

What Pittsburgh Did in Summers Past

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