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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An exceptional place for your baby to thrive and grow

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An engaging world where toddlers learn and explore

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Where curious children become inspired and ready for school

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Kindergarten Prep

Preparing children for success in kindergarten and beyond


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

serrina e.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: children give unconditional love, and they are incredibly cute

Teaching since: 1994

Diana T.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: being around children and teaching them enriches my life as well as their's. I feel as though I'm making an impact on their lives.

Teaching since: 1997

Christina N.

Preschool Classroom

I love teaching because: I love helping them learn and grow. Helping them to learn love, compassion, and kindness towards each other even when we may be different from one another. Helping them grow to learn new things and challenge them to try something new.

Teaching since: 2003

Shatera W.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: i enjoy watching the infants achieve developmental milestones. They are such a joy to be around

Teaching since: 2015

Geena K.

Preschool Classroom

I love teaching because: to me, it is the most important work. Children are our future, and here, we teach them to be kind, compassionate, curious and inventive. They're ready for school, but we help them to be confident little members of the world as well.

Teaching since: 2013

Isabella B.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I love how much children teach me! Circular learning when working with children.

Teaching since: 2015

Joanna M.

Kindergarten Prep

I love teaching because: I cannot think of a better job than one where I can invest in a child's future. Everyday that I spend encouraging kids to achieve their goals is time well spent!

Teaching since: 2014

Haley K.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: I learn everyday just like them

Teaching since: 2011

Cynthia K.

Preschool Classroom

I love teaching because: I enjoy helping a child into their next stage of mastery

Teaching since: 2016

Kimoni W.

Twos Classroom

I love teaching because: I love seeing the children learn new things also I learn from the kids as well

Teaching since: 2014


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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Language Works

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

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Science Works

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.

“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!”


Gina & Greg

“Miss Crystal is an amazing teacher. She is incredibly patient, caring, and kind with Beckham and all of the children in the class. She is always smiling when my husband or I come to pick up Beckham, despite the crazy mess the children have made and the chaos they are causing. She is one of Beckham's favorite teachers.”


Sarah Rubin

“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!”


Gina & Greg

“we would like to thank you for all your support and encouragement that you have given Jeremy during his kindergarten. we are very pleased that Jeremy is enjoying his class with you. We appreciate that . Thank you again.”


Jeremy Lee

“Miss Kiki is absolutely wonderful! Whenever Beckham cries when he's dropped off, she is always the first to come over and comfort him. Miss Kiki hugging him is usually all that Beckham needs to feel comfortable and happily incorporate himself into the rest of the group. Miss Kiki is a bright light with a continuous smile that makes children happy and puts parents at ease when leaving their children at daycare. We are very lucky to have Miss Kiki as a teacher for our child.”


Sarah Rubin

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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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