Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Helping Kids be Kids, No Matter the Barriers

Learning. Playtime. Making friends. It’s what being a kid is all about. But for some, just being a kid has its barriers, and The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center is working to lift them.




 

It’s ten o’clock in the morning at Child’s Way®, a day care for medically fragile kids at The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center. The day begins, as always, in song:

“It’s circle-time. Lailah’s here! It’s circle-time. Maverick’s here! It’s circle-time. Cooper’s here! How are you today?”

Everyone is recognized, even the teachers and nurses. They read a story together, counting rocket ships and stars from one to ten. Children paint flowers and ducks in unique colors. Firefighters, doctors and great chefs appear in impromptu costumes. Jayce, the ever-energetic five-year-old, chooses to be a dinosaur instead. Imagination is everything and anything.

As similar scenes unfold in daycares throughout Pittsburgh, it’s the kids that make Child’s Way remarkable. They are all working to overcome barriers, each one experiencing physical disabilities, health disorders and/or developmental delays; all require ongoing nursing care to be healthy and safe.
 


 

Medically fragile children are unable to attend traditional daycare centers. Most are simply not equipped to administer medications or respond to emergent medical situations. For parents and family caregivers that still need child care to maintain employment, many rely on in-home nursing to ensure their child is safe during the day. But staying at home with a nurse means these kids lack the basic socialization with peers and early childhood education that are so important to success early on.

Created in 1998 as the first daycare for medically fragile children in Pennsylvania, Child’s Way uses education and health care to provide an exceptional child care experience for children and their families. Teachers and nurses work side-by-side, providing a Keystone STARS aligned curriculum and the health care kids need to be healthy and safe. The setting means each child can play, make friends and learn — preparing them for inclusive classrooms and other community programs when they’re ready.
 


 

Finally, the program means parents and family caregivers can maintain employment with child care they can trust, including additional support services often needed for medically fragile children. As part of their day, children benefit from physical, occupational and speech therapy, wheelchair repairs, adaptive equipment fittings, bloodwork draws needed for processing and more. This coordination of services seeks to create positive health outcomes for medically fragile children but also supports family caretakers.     
 


 

For every family that uses Child’s Way, The Children’s Home bridges any gaps in insurance coverage. A $32-per-day child care fee is also adjusted to whatever families may comfortably afford, whether it’s $10-a-day or nothing at all.

As a nonprofit, The Children’s Home relies on community support to provide financial assistance to families while ensuring high-quality services to children. Please consider giving a gift today to make a difference in the lives of these children and families by donating here

Sponsored content is created and paid for by the marketer.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit Module Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Latest

Can't Miss Concerts in Pittsburgh in July

This month's lineup includes Belle and Sebastian, Kurt Vile and actor-turned-rockstar Billy Bob Thornton and his band The Boxmasters.

Recommended Pittsburgh Eating: 3 Recent Dishes I Loved

PM dining critic Hal B. Klein is eating seasonal salads, sushi and sandwiches.

Transit May Improve Thanks to New Technology

Public transit users may luck out if Port Authority’s wristband ticketing service experiment goes well.

The 400-Word Review: Toy Story 4

Pixar's signature series comes up with an enjoyable fourth chapter. Just don't set your expectations too high.

The Latest Restaurant Openings In Pittsburgh

We say hello to three new Galley Group concepts, plus Con Alma, Over Eden and Inner Groove Brewing.

The Business of Building Cookie Table Bridges

After her cookie table bridges proved to be a hit at her own wedding, a Pittsburgh bride has taken her idea to the next level.

All You Need to Know About Fireworks in Pennsylvania

With new state fireworks laws in place, Pennsylvanians will get a little more freedom to celebrate this Fourth of July.

July 2019: Best of Culture in Pittsburgh

Check out some of the finest plays, dance performances and exhibits taking place this month in Pittsburgh.

What We're Reading in July: The Pioneers

The Pioneers is historian and Point Breeze native David McCullough’s retelling of the settlement of the wilderness northwest of the Ohio River, which contained the future states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Perspectives: On Caring to See

A teacher at the University of Pittsburgh learns a lesson about street medicine.

PPG Paints Singin' the Blues for 2020 Color of the Year

Meant to offer relief from the anxieties of today’s fast-paced lifestyle, Chinese Porcelain is a mix of cobalt and ink blue. Here’s why you can expect to see more of it in the coming year.

Watch: The Best of Three Rivers Arts Festival

The 60th Three Rivers Arts Festival is history, but you can still soak in the memories of the music, art and food.

This Brit Fell in Love with Pittsburgh's Dirt

During the Civil War, a British writer was enchanted by Pittsburgh’s dirt and soot.

Artist Invites Public to Add to Time Capsule at Arts Festival

Toby Fraley’s love for historical photos inspired him to take the next step for Pittsburgh’s future.

New Dimensions: The Comic Book Store's Surprise Move

Comic-book (store) avengers. How a sprawling comic-book shop moved out of its longtime home — and reopened for business mere hours later.
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags


Transit May Improve Thanks to New Technology

Transit May Improve Thanks to New Technology

Public transit users may luck out if Port Authority’s wristband ticketing service experiment goes well.

Comments

All You Need to Know About Fireworks in Pennsylvania

All You Need to Know About Fireworks in Pennsylvania

With new state fireworks laws in place, Pennsylvanians will get a little more freedom to celebrate this Fourth of July.

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Recommended Pittsburgh Eating: 3 Recent Dishes I Loved

Recommended Pittsburgh Eating: 3 Recent Dishes I Loved

PM dining critic Hal B. Klein is eating seasonal salads, sushi and sandwiches.

Comments

The Latest Restaurant Openings In Pittsburgh

The Latest Restaurant Openings In Pittsburgh

We say hello to three new Galley Group concepts, plus Con Alma, Over Eden and Inner Groove Brewing.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
5 Best Spots to Hang Out with Your Dog

5 Best Spots to Hang Out with Your Dog

For those who can’t stand the idea of leaving their dogs home alone on a beautiful day, these dog-friendly stores, restaurants and bars in the Pittsburgh area welcome humans and canines alike.

Comments

5 Races You (Yes, You) Can Run This Year

5 Races You (Yes, You) Can Run This Year

Even novice runners can work their way up to these fun and (mildly) challenging races.

Comments


In a Crowded City for Concerts, Rivers Casino Steps Up

In a Crowded City for Concerts, Rivers Casino Steps Up

The casino's new Events Center proves itself more than worthy of competing for big-name acts.

Comments

Our Favorite Events and Experiences at the 2019 Three Rivers Arts Festival

Our Favorite Events and Experiences at the 2019 Three Rivers Arts Festival

A pick — and another one — for every day of the festival's 60th year.

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
DeCastro’s Preferred Order: Fries with That, Hold the Drama

DeCastro’s Preferred Order: Fries with That, Hold the Drama

The Steelers have emerged from their offseason sessions confident they’re capable of playing better. They also maintain a new atmosphere and culture have been established. But they won’t know for certain until they actually start playing.

Comments

Pittsburgh Steelers' No. 1 Pick Makes a Lasting First Impression

Pittsburgh Steelers' No. 1 Pick Makes a Lasting First Impression

Devin Bush will still have much to prove once the pads come on and the hitting commences. But the presence and purpose he brought to OTAs justified the hype on draft day.

Comments


The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
The 400-Word Review: Toy Story 4

The 400-Word Review: Toy Story 4

Pixar's signature series comes up with an enjoyable fourth chapter. Just don't set your expectations too high.

Comments

The 400-Word Review: Murder Mystery

The 400-Word Review: Murder Mystery

Well into Adam Sandler's tenure as a Netflix actor, he finally comes up with a mostly enjoyable comedy.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
The Business of Building Cookie Table Bridges

The Business of Building Cookie Table Bridges

After her cookie table bridges proved to be a hit at her own wedding, a Pittsburgh bride has taken her idea to the next level.

Comments

The Most Popular Wedding Trends of Summer 2019

The Most Popular Wedding Trends of Summer 2019

Romantic bistro lights and balloon arrangements? Yes please.

Comments


Weekly inspiration for your home from the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine
 PPG Paints Singin' the Blues for 2020 Color of the Year

PPG Paints Singin' the Blues for 2020 Color of the Year

Meant to offer relief from the anxieties of today’s fast-paced lifestyle, Chinese Porcelain is a mix of cobalt and ink blue. Here’s why you can expect to see more of it in the coming year.

Comments

Tiny Cabins Offer Weary Pittsburghers a Relaxing Escape

Tiny Cabins Offer Weary Pittsburghers a Relaxing Escape

Located about an hour from Pittsburgh, the elegantly minimalist cabins from Getaway are nestled in nature — and offer an unplugged experience.

Comments