About the UPMC Passavant Children's House
Mission and Philosophy
The programs at the UPMC Passavant Children’s House are based upon the belief that early childhood is a unique and important period of growth. Education and caregiving during this period require the responsiveness of the adult to the needs of the young child in all areas of development: physical, social, emotional, and intellectual.
It is recognized that the child’s development is influenced greatly by his or her family and community. Through its programs, the UPMC Passavant Children’s House promotes the growth of the whole child and seeks to foster the relationships of the child within his or her family and community.
- To establish and maintain a safe, healthy, and attractive environment.
- To support emotional and social development and provide positive guidance.
- To create a stimulating environment in which children can develop their creativity, physical ability, and cognitive understanding through play.
- To establish positive and productive relationships with families.
- To support inclusive practices and celebrate each individual’s milestones.
- To foster an appreciation for the ethnic and cultural diversity of the families and community.
- To maintain a cooperative spirit among staff and continue their professional development.
- To establish and maintain a program designed to meet the child care needs of the hospital, UPMC, and surrounding community.
- To serve as a resource of child care and child development information for the community.
Responding to a request by a group of nurses in need of child care, hospital administration opened an on-site child care center, Children’s House, in October 1988. The center was expanded with the assistance of the Passavant Hospital Foundation, and the infant/toddler wing opened in 1990.
Over the next 10 years, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and summer school-age programs were added, and the center extended its services to include children of non-hospital employees. In 2001, with funds from a state grant program, Keystone STARS, UPMC Passavant Children’s House converted space in the Support Services Building on the McCandless campus to an indoor gym. In 2011, the center was moved into the lower level of the Support Services Building, where it currently resides.