WQED-TV’s “Hope and Healing: The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh” is now available! We’re proud to have our rich history and legacy featured in this half hour documentary.

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At-A-GlanceOur Amazing Community

dedicated team members
amazing kids served in 2023
uncompensated care in 2023

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
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.

amazing students at The Day School

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

For more than 120 years, the passionate team at The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh has been dedicated to the amazing kids and families we serve. Today, we help nearly 9,000 children and families each year reach their full potential through educational services, autism services, outpatient physical and behavioral health services, early intervention, and family support services. Thanks to your support, we provide more than $3 million in uncompensated care each year to ensure that every child receives the same level of care, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. As we look to the next three years, we strive to be a best-in-class provider across each of our services and to positively impact the lives of even more families and children. This is Vision 2026: Our Roadmap to an Amazing Future.

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Introduction screen to Strategic Plan Video reading Vision 2026 in the center with The Children's Institute logo and tagline, "Amazing Kids, Amazing Place" below.

The Children's Institute
Vision 2026

Our Values


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.


We are committed to organizational and financial accountability, transparency, respect for all, and ethical practices.


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.


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.


We will provide a positive and friendly environment.

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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"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 continue to hold so much meaning.

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A Legacy of Empowerment

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By leaps and bounds - this is how Italia grows. A superhero in training, Italia is meeting developmental milestones by leaps and bounds through hard work and with strong support from her family and team of therapists.

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Our experienced teachers are transforming the lives of many amazing children and their families. Read more about amazing student Amiyr's story.

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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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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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