Welcome to Small Wonders at the UPMC

Meet the Center Director

Kelly VanLaningham

M-F: 6:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Phone: 412-687-3677

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Our Educational Programs

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Infants

An exceptional place for your baby to thrive and grow

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Toddler/Twos

An engaging world where toddlers learn and explore

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Preschool

Where curious children become inspired and ready for school

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Kindergarten Prep

Preparing children for success in kindergarten and beyond

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Meet Our Teaching Team

Traci L.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I like to see children grow and achieve new developmental goals

Teaching since: 2000

Teresa B.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: They are honest and funny and they are curious and they love to learn and I can learn from children

Teaching since: 2001

Georgette G.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: They are great fun to be around, I love to hear them tell stories.

Teaching since: 1992

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The World at Their Fingertips

Our own World at Their Fingertips® curriculum is based on the research of the most renowned education experts. Designed by our education team, it’s created to support these important early years, to inspire children to be bold explorers today and joyful, confident learners for life.

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Literacy, language, and love of books cultivated through listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

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Science Rocks

Spurring a sense of wonder through observations and experiments in which we ask questions and form, record, and describe conclusions.

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Art Smart

Fostering an interest and appreciation of art, music, theater and dance, while encouraging individual talents and artistic expression.

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Math Counts

Early math concepts experienced through counting, sorting, patterning, one-on-one correspondence, and problem solving.

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Well Aware

Healthy living developed through physical activity, good nutrition, and healthful habits incorporated into every day routines.

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Towards a Better World

Experiences and activities designed to help children learn to respect our world, its diverse people, and the environment we live in.

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Caring Matters

Support for important social skills including compromise, self-regulation, negotiating with peers, and forming positive relationships.

“Our family is really thankful for your excellent teaching and care for our Zhenzhen. We have seen her amazing progress since last summer and this is for a big portion due to your contributions. We are so happy to see that she has had a good time in school and get along well with other kids.”

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Qian

“Dear ladies, thank you so much for your love, patience and great companion to our little Jingjing. We can truly see the difference on her and we know Jingjing really loves you all. We could still remember the hard beginning months but now the two's room is another home to her. Thank you again for all your effort.”

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Qian

“We can't thank all of Colin's teachers enough! From day 1 with Ms. Diana, we have felt at home and know that Colin is always in great hands. It's clear how much ALL of the teachers truly love the children. We love when Colin comes in and gives his teachers a big hug! He is very happy and so are we!”

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Annie and Brian McLaughlin

“Ms. Haley is so great at trying to distract Eloise when she’s crying during drop off. We are grateful of for her as Eloise’s teacher! She’s always happy to see Eloise and is so patient with her, even when she’s having a bad day. Thank you, Ms. Haley!”

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Gina & Greg

“We are so grateful for Ms. Cherice! She always does a great job working with and being patient with Eloise. Ms. Cherice always gives us feedback on how Eloise is doing, and even when she has a bad day, we always receive some positive news too. Thank you, Ms. Cherice!”

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Gina & Greg

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Healthy Food for Growing Children

Healthy food is part of children’s development. Our menus align with our wellness commitment to Partnership for Healthier America. By eating family-style and serving themselves, children learn about making healthy choices and the connection between food and community.

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Early Education Awards & Partnerships

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