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INDEPENDENT, LICENSED NON-PROFITThe Children's Institute

At-A-GlanceOur Amazing Community

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The Children's Institute has done so much for us. I had a feeling they might be our lifeline and they have been...they really have.

Shannon S.
outpatient mom
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Christopher Wolfendale

"I will be amazing." Christopher Wolfendale & His Story of Amazing Growth

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The Children's Institute: A Legacy of Caring

What began in 1902 as an organization serving one child has grown to serve thousands of amazing kids and families each year. Read about our amazing history.

 

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Our Mission: To Heal. To Teach. To Empower. To Amaze.

To Heal. To Teach. To Empower. To Amaze.

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To Heal. To Teach. To Empower. To Amaze.

The Children’s Institute has grown and evolved since 1902. More than a century later, we remain rooted in phenomenal care and innovative practices. Our progress is evident in how we continually adapt to the changes in the world around us to best address the needs of individuals with special needs and their loved ones. Our evolution is reflected in our strategic plan, Vision 2023.
 

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The Children's Institute
Vision 2023

Our Values

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 are creative in providing services and solving problems.

Teamwork & 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.

Leadership

Our amazing place starts with amazing leadership.
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View Our Board of Directors
Wendy Pardee, Ph.D.

Wendy Pardee, Ph.D.

President & CEO
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Linda Allen, M.A., BABA

Linda Allen, M.A., BABA

Vice President of Human Resources
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John Jubas, BSBA

John Jubas, BSBA

Vice President of Finance
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Karen Markle, M.A., BCBA

Karen Markle, M.A., BCBA

Chief Operating Officer
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Emily Peters, J.D., M.A.

Emily Peters, J.D., M.A.

Vice President of Institutional Advancement
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Hear From Amazing Kids & Families

The Day School is really helping Wayne become more independent as he prepares for life after school.
Katie W.
school parent
We were just one little family with a child who was different, climbing this huge mountain of medical complexity and feeling lost, scared, and alone. And then, thank goodness, we discovered The Children's Institute.
Kim W.
school parent
It was only after our family moved to Pittsburgh in November 2014 - and discovered The Children's Institute - that life really changed for the better.
Kuhoo E.
outpatient parent
The Children's Institute has been a part of our lives for so long now, and they keep coming up with innovative ideas using new technologies to help Gabby...The support we've received has been phenomenal.
Tanya H.
outpatient parent
When I started looking for more information about adoption, [The Children's Institute] was very responsive. They answered all of my questions and were very flexible in accommodating our needs and desires. They provided so many resources to help us make the best decisions to grow our family.
Mary T.
adoptive parent

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Amazing Kids. Amazing Place. At The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, we’ve built our legacy on being “amazing.” After more than a century of the highest quality care and service to children and their families, we’re forever proud of our team members who don’t just make a career here – they make a difference.
 

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The Latest

Parents of special needs students adapting to virtual learning
10 Sep 2020

Parents of special needs students adapting to virtual learning

The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh earns Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE) Accreditation
8 Sep 2020

The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh earns Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE) Accreditation

Schools making changes to protect health of children with intellectual disabilities
13 Aug 2020

Schools making changes to protect health of children with intellectual disabilities

'Our Lifeline': Mother of girl with Down syndrome uses video sessions to connect with daughter's Physical Therapist
22 Apr 2020

'Our Lifeline': Mother of girl with Down syndrome uses video sessions to connect with daughter's Physical Therapist

COVID-19 Virtual Loss Support Groups

COVID-19 Virtual Loss Support Groups

13 Oct 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Awesome Night for Autism

Awesome Night for Autism

30 Oct 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
"I will be amazing." Christopher Wolfendale and His Story of Amazing Growth

From "I will be amazing" to "I am amazing," Christopher Wolfendale's iconic words hold so much meaning in relation to his journey as a student in The Day School at The Children's Institute to his adult life.

A Second Chance: Prioritizing Permanency for Transition-Age Youth

Through the Older Child Matching Initiative, 15-year-old Chance found his forever home when he was adopted by Tony Ranalli and Casey Chandler.

A Legacy of Empowerment

Meet Gez Ebbert, one of our superhero supporters. Gez made an amazing commitment to the future of The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh by making a legacy gift.

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Want to learn more about how The Children’s Institute can serve your amazing child and family? Contact us today. Our friendly team is happy to answer all your questions and get you connected with the proper resources.
 

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