Children en A Lifetime of Helping Children, and Now a Lifetime Award <p>Allegheny County’s child welfare system was considered a “national disgrace” in the early ‘90s, but now it is being held up as a national model.</p><p>That’s according to Marc Cherna, director of Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS), who is the first person ever awarded the Casey Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Child Welfare Leadership.</p><p>The award presented by the <a href="">Casey Family Programs</a> recognizes someone who has contributed substantially to the field of child welfare.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:08:27 +0000 Jessica Nath 23234 at Cool Kids: Rockin' Out With Your Child Can Be More Beneficial Than You Think <p>As a father, WYEP <a href="">Morning Mix</a> co-host Joey Spehar has a unique outlook on modern music. This led him to develop <em>Cool Kids</em>, a daily segment where listeners submit, “kid approved” songs and share stories about listening to quality music with their child.</p><p>“I’m a dad, my daughter’s almost two years old, and I found that she really enjoys music,” says Spehar. “I’m sure there are countless people out there who have had similar experiences.”</p><p><a href="">Dr. Rachel Whitcomb</a>, assistant professor of music education at Duquesne University, says Spehar’s program touches on some important ideas in early childhood development. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:08:29 +0000 Reid Carter 14872 at Cool Kids: Rockin' Out With Your Child Can Be More Beneficial Than You Think Pittsburgh Researchers Link Premature Aging Cells With Childhood Arthritis <p>Pittsburgh researchers have found the joints of children with chronic inflammatory arthritis contain immune cells similar to those of 90-year-olds.</p><p>A new study suggests premature aging of immune cells are linked to children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).</p><p>The study, led by University of Pittsburgh professor of pediatrics and immunology Abbe de Vallejo, sampled immune cells called T-cells from 98 children with JIA.</p><p>The team found one-third of the T-cells in children had shortened “telomeres” that had reduced or lost the capacity to multiply.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 19:10:19 +0000 Michael Lynch 14139 at United Way Funds 15 Youth Programs <p>United Way of Allegheny County announced its funding allocations for children and youth programs this week, giving $2.4 million to more than 15 programs.</p><p>United Way focused its attention on after school programs, summer programs, future leaders programs, college preparation programs and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs.</p><p>Alicia Chatkin, United Way’s director of programs for children and youth, said the funding is meant to help children in two age groups.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:26:28 +0000 Michael Lynch 11717 at City Councilman Dowd to Resign, Take Helm of New Education Nonprofit <p>Pittsburgh City Councilman Patrick Dowd announced Monday that he will be stepping down from his elected office to become the first executive director of “Allies for Children.”</p><p>Having served 5 ½ years on council, Dowd will resign next month. A special election for his replacement is expected in November.</p><p>Dowd, a former educator and member of the Pittsburgh Board of Education (2003-07), said “Allies for Children” is an opportunity to return to his love of educating children.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:07:59 +0000 Michael Lynch 11606 at City Councilman Dowd to Resign, Take Helm of New Education Nonprofit Clairton Community to Build Playground in a Day <p>An empty lot in the Wilson neighborhood of Clairton will be transformed into a playground this weekend.</p><p>More than 200 volunteers will gather in Clairton Saturday to build a playground designed entirely by local children.</p><p>Volunteers from the Clairton Fire Department, the Unity Group of Clairton, local residents and organizers from KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit, are getting together to build the playground in just one day.</p><p>Wayde Killmeyer, superintendent of the Clairton City School District, said the new playground is long overdue.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 19:42:39 +0000 Michael Lynch 9744 at