Providence Connections serves the neighborhoods on Pittsburgh's North Side, including some of the area's poorest communities. ln an effort to help these struggling families overcome the many challenges they face, Providence Connections provides a continuum of care for children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age in the form of child care, a curriculum-based early childhood education program, a summer day camp, and a after-school program. The center is licensed by the Department of Public Welfare and accredited as a Keystone STARS 3 facility. Equitable access to high quality, early childhood education is important, so we work with families to find tuition options that fit their budget, currently; nearly 70% of our families receive subsidized tuition.
Within our Family Support Center, Providence Connections also offers key programs designed to move parents toward self-sufficiency, obtain and retain employment, and learn positive parenting skills that often were not modeled in their own childhood homes. We provide in-home visiting, guidance toward reaching educational goals, and a variety of classes via our Parent Education Program to help parents develop self-esteem, learn anger management and parenting skills, and improve personal financial management.
Last year, the Center provided services to 250 families and 425 children; the Center has established collaborative partnerships with Allegheny County Departments of Human Development and Children, Youth and Families, PNC Grow up Great, University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development, Brightwood Civic Group, 412 Food Rescue, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Strong Women Strong Girls, Reading is Fundamental, Beverly's Birthdays, LaRoche College, the University of Pittsburgh, GTECH, and Venture Outdoors.