Allegheny County Children's Fund Working Group Community Meetings

Allegheny County’s goal is to make sure that every child can benefit from quality early learning and out-of-school time. In Spring 2019, a series of Community Meetings were held across the County to learn from families, caregivers, and educators what access to quality early learning and out-of-school time looks like today—from their perspective and in their communities.

The Allegheny County Children’s Fund Working Group, convened by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, facilitated a Community Outreach process to hear your thoughts about the programs that are supporting families today.

Our thanks to everyone who shared their views on what works best and what additional support is needed. Your input will help us determine how Allegheny County can be a leader for kids moving forward. A summary of the input we heard will be posted on this website in late Summer 2019.

Six Community Meetings were held in locations around the County. Childcare and light refreshments were provided at all the meetings.

An online survey (now closed) was developed to collect the input of families, caregivers, and educators who are unable to attend a meeting.

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At the conclusion of this Community Engagement Process, in late Summer 2019, we will be preparing a document summarizing what we heard from the Community Meetings, through the online surveys, and through the email responses you have submitted through this website.

If you joined us for a Community Meeting, opted in on the survey, or emailed us through the website, you will receive this summary; please join our email list if you would like to receive the summary as well!

Online Survey

The Allegheny County Children’s Fund Working Group developed three online surveys (one for parents/caregivers, one for parents/caregviers in Spanish, and one for providers) to collect the input of families, caregivers, and educators who was unable to attend one of the Community Meetings in person.

Thank to you everyone who participated in the surveys!

Community Meetings

Here is the presentation that given at the Community Meetings.

Meeting Name Meeting Date Meeting Location Meeting Time
City Meeting May 30, 2019 Jeron X Grayson Center, Hill Distict 6:30 PM
West Meeting June 3, 2019 The Landing Community Center, Moon Township 6:30 PM
South Meeting June 4, 2019 Bethel Park Community Center 6:30 PM
North Meeting June 5, 2019 Shaler North Hills Library 6:00 PM
East Meeting June 12, 2019 Founders Hall Middle School, McKeesport 6:30 PM
Spanish-Language Meeting June 18, 2019 YWCA Building, Downtown 6:30 PM

About the Allegheny County Children’s Fund Working Group

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald convened the Allegheny County Children’s Fund Working Group in spring 2019. At that time, he outlined the purpose of the group:

“Ensuring that the children in Allegheny County have the best services available to them is important to me and is why I’ve put this working group together. Children who have access to quality early childhood learning have improved social skills, better grades, and enhanced attention spans. Children who have access to after school programs do better in school, have fewer behavioral problems, and do not become involved with crime as young adults,” said Fitzgerald. “We want that for all of our children. The effort last year resulted in having more than 250,000 voters say yes; this is important to them too. And many other voters wanted to know more – which is why I’ve convened this group, to help all of us put together what a countywide program can look like.”

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