Grants Office Update: December 2020

Principal Investigator: Tracy Larson
Department: Office of Child Development
Project Title: Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 Head Start, HealthyChild for AIU 3 EHS
Agency Name: Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3
Award Dates: 11/1/20 – 10/31/21 
Amount: $70,000

The HealthyCHILD team will operate in a collaborative process with AIU3 EHS leadership, teachers and home visitors using the following general modes of support to promote the development of healthy social-emotional competencies and self-regulatory skills for infants and toddlers birth to 3 and effective strategies for instruction and management by teachers, home visitors and parents/caregivers.


Principal Investigator: Tracy Larson
Department: Office of Child Development
Project Title: Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 Head Start, HealthyChild Professional Development
Agency Name: Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3
Award Dates: 11/1/20 – 10/31/21 
Amount: $8,800

HealthyCHILD will provide professional development (4-part series) on trauma and trauma toolkits for educators. The kits will include information on common traumas, such as domestic violence, grief and loss, anxiety, drug and alcohol, community violence, racial discrimination, etc… and scripts to guide conversations with families, relationship building ideas and tools and picture books with lessons for use in classrooms to help children process and cope with stressful events.


Principal Investigator: Aisha White
Department: Office of Child Development
Project Title: P.R.I.D.E (Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education)
Agency Name: Heinz Endowments
Award Dates: 3/1/21 – 2/28/22 
Amount: $200,000

P.R.I.D.E. (Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education) interrupts racism by increasing the ability of adults to support Black children’s racial identity development through learning opportunities focused on racial awareness and anti-racism.


Principal Investigator: Cassie Quigley
Department: Teaching, Learning and Leading
Project Title: Research to Practice Partnership: Empowering Youth Together
Agency Name: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Award Dates: 9/1/20 – 8/31/21 
Amount: $45,000

The purpose of this grant is to establish a conduit between the Museum Lab and Manchester Academic Charter Middle School to determine mutual problems of practice. As a part of this work, the grant will work with a variety of partners to establish routines and tools for co-design. Through this work, CMP, the University of Pittsburgh & MACS will align museum educators, designers,  researchers, classroom teachers and administrators to look closely at learning in schools and museums. This partnership strives to expand the ideas about what learning is, and how learning happens. Through two distinct learning cultures, we support one another’s work, aspirations, and goals, and are learning from each other. Ultimately, the goal of the RPP is to empower youth together.