Youth Programs

Family Foundations Early Head Start

Family Foundations at CHS provides child development and family support to low-income families with children from birth to age three and pregnant mothers in the North Side and Hill District neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. The program promotes the optimal social, intellectual, emotional, and physical development of children. Home visitors support parents in their role as caregivers, teachers, and providers, so that parent/child relationships and families will develop to their fullest potential. CHS staff also work with families to promote and enhance existing community resources for the benefit of children and their families. A neighborhood-based program, Family Foundations is made up of caring people who happen to be experts in child and family development. It was created by the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development as a program of the University of Pittsburgh Early Head Start Grant. Family Foundations operates in six local communities to provide information and fun ways for parents and children to learn and grow together. The program's goal is to embrace positive developmental outcomes of children through supportive services to the child, family, and community where they live. Services are also available in Clairton, the East End, Sto-Rox, and Turtle Creek.

For More Information, please contact:

Family Foundations Strip District 2525 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222 | 412.246.1660

Family Foundations North Side 1300 Brighton Road 2nd Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15212 | 412.246.1695

How to Apply: 

Please contact one of the sites below. The North Side location serves neighborhoods in the North Side, while the Strip District location includes the Hill District, the Strip District, Bloomfield, Polish Hill, and Lawrenceville. If you are not sure which location would serve you, or if you live in a neighborhood other than one of these, please call 412.246.1660 to be connected to the right location.

How Family Foundations Early Head Start impacted Pittsburgh communities in 2018:

-1,991 home visits with families we serve 

-131 children received dental care

-44 pregnant moms received prenatal support

-9 children graduated to Head Start 

Project Silk

Project Silk was created as a Community Based Participatory project, with CHS initially only providing service coordination and psycho-social support. However in 2015, CHS fully acquired the program as an effort to become more inclusive to the Pittsburgh communities it provides services for. Project Silk's mission is to provide a community health space for LGBTQIA youth of color, with an emphasis on HIV prevention and care. The program provides STI/HIV testing on-site to increase knowledge of undiagnosed infections. It implements behavioral interventions related to positive adult identity development and sexual health education; skills-based programming for youth to actualize their goals; and provides linkage to medical care and ancillary services to promote overall wellness within HIV positive as well as high risk negative communities. Within the program’s foundation is the understanding that youth voice is not just helpful, but is critical for program development. It’s advocacy at its finest, and that’s essential for groups facing institutional and societal barriers.

Partnerships with organizations in Pittsburgh include: AIDS Free Pittsburgh, Southwest PA Regional HIV Collaborative, Macedonia FACE, PACT Clinic, Central Outreach Wellness Center, PGH Equality Center, Persad, Allies for Health and Wellbeing, Positive Health Clinic, Carnegie Library, YWCA, Allegheny County Department of Human Services, and Dreams of Hope. These partnerships provide outreach and advocacy opportunities to its members and encourages them to share their experiences and knowledge. This provides the chance to be seen and heard.

For those interested in visiting Project Silk, the space is inviting with its brightly colored tile floor, lockers for those who need a stable place to keep their items, and space for members to hang out and be themselves. Members have a place to listen to music and dance, practice their makeup, sew new outfits, and express themselves through art.

Drop in hours are 1pm – 8pm. 

In just 6 months Project Silk impacted Pittsburgh:

- 42 HIV test events held

- 185 unduplicated youth visited Project Silk

- 46 youth engaged in social and therapeutic counseling services 



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