About Us

about us

Established in 1902, The Children’s Institute is an independent, nonprofit, licensed organization, dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, young people and their families by providing a specialized continuum of services that enables them to reach their potential. Today, our pediatric rehabilitation programs are nationally-recognized.

We are the only CARF-accredited freestanding pediatric specialty rehabilitation hospital in Pennsylvania, and one of only 5 in the nation. Our Day School is an approved private school serving nearly 200 students from 67 school districts. And we offer a wide array of family-centered adoption and foster care services through Project STAR.

Our Commitment to Quality

The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, young people and their families by providing a specialized continuum of services that enables them to reach their potential.

The Hospital is committed to providing high quality, effective medical and therapy services to children. We continually advance our treatment methods — by using new techniques as well as new technology — to result in better therapeutic interventions for children.

The Day School is dedicated to advanced instructional strategies, techniques and materials. We enhance our students' experiences through a skilled, energized staff, and an involved, supportive and positive school community. We explore new methods and materials, encourage “best practices” in all areas of the school and make certain that our staff has opportunities to maintain and improve their skills.

Project STAR promotes the right of all children to grow up with a loving, permanent family. We are committed to providing high-quality service to children and families, especially those with physical, emotional and intellectual disabilities.

Our Vision for the Future:

The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh will be a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the provision of family-centered care and coordination of services for children and youth with special needs and for any child needing rehabilitation services. The hallmark of The Children’s Institute’s legacy will continue to be an unwavering commitment to these children and their families.

Our values are:


  • Compassion: We provide a loving, caring family-centered environment for children with special needs, their families, and each other. We advocate for children and their families. 
  • Integrity: We are committed to organizational and financial accountability, transparency, respect for all, and ethical practices. 
  • Excellence: We will be the best at our work and provide the highest quality family-centered care and services to our children, constantly striving to improve. 
  • Innovation: We go above and beyond the norm and will be creative in providing services and solving problems. 
  • Teamwork and Collaboration: We seek to collaborate and partner in all that we do. We are a team where every person is needed to provide the quality care and services for which we are known. We work together and communicate effectively. 
  • Fun: We will provide a positive and friendly environment.

Learn more about our Medical and Therapy Services


Community Health Needs Assessment

The Children‘s Institute initiated a Community Health Needs Assessment in April 2011 and compiled the results into this report. Read our report here.

To provide input on the Community Health Needs Assessment, please contact us at [email protected] with the subject line “CHNA Comments”. Please be sure to include your zip code in the content of the message.

 In order to understand and meet the needs of the community  we serve, the Board, leadership and staff of The Children’s  Institute engaged in a    rigorous 18-month strategic  development process in 2011 and 2012. As part of that process,  we initiated a Community Health Needs Assessment  in April  2011  to identify potential gaps in service and determine an  effective  course of action for the future. Strategy Solutions, Inc.  was  retained to assist with data collection and facilitation of the  process.

 This assessment contains both quantitative and qualitative data  sources, along with significant internal and external stakeholder input. It is the  basis of our four-year strategic plan to guide The Children’s Institute through a transformational shift in our community role and expansion of our  programs and services to best meet identified needs.

To comply with the requirements of the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and to continue to be responsive to changing needs in the community, we will conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment every three years.

The Children’s Institute is grateful to everyone who participated in this process.

For more information, please contact Helene Conway-Long, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at 412-420-2203.

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