About Us

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Established in 1902, The Children’s Institute is an independent, nonprofit, licensed organization, dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, young people and their families by providing a specialized continuum of services that enables them to reach their potential. Today, our pediatric rehabilitation programs are nationally-recognized.

We offer specialty physician and therapy services through our outpatient programs. Our Day School is an approved private school serving nearly 200 students from more than 65 school districts. And we offer a wide array of family-centered adoption and foster care services through Project STAR.

Our Commitment to Quality

The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, young people and their families by providing a specialized continuum of services that enables them to reach their potential.

Through our physician and therapy services, we are committed to providing high quality, effective medical and therapy services to children. We continually advance our treatment methods — by using new techniques as well as new technology — to result in better therapeutic interventions for children.

The Day School is dedicated to advanced instructional strategies, techniques and materials. We enhance our students' experiences through a skilled, energized staff, and an involved, supportive and positive school community. We explore new methods and materials, encourage “best practices” in all areas of the school and make certain that our staff has opportunities to maintain and improve their skills.

Project STAR promotes the right of all children to grow up with a loving, permanent family. We are committed to providing high-quality service to children and families, especially those with physical, emotional and intellectual disabilities.

Our Mission
To Heal. To Teach. To Empower. To Amaze.

Our Vision

Imagine the proud new parents who have just delivered a beautiful baby. The doctor comes in and calmly announces the baby has Down syndrome. Suddenly, the future they envisioned shifts out of focus and the ground beneath them unsettles. The puzzle pieces that have constructed their world are tossed into the air, and they are confused and uncertain as to what happens next. We, at The Children's Institute, want to be there as the world begins to reassemble - to be a resource, a beacon, a partner for the journey. Our vision is as follows:

We seek to be the lifelong partner to individuals with a disability and their families. We will position our services to reach more individuals with an array of exceptional services that cross the lifespan, advance the models of care, and establish our organization as an influential voice regarding the subjects of disability, education, family support services and behavioral health.

Our Values

  • Compassion: 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. 
  • Integrity: We are committed to organizational and financial accountability, transparency, respect for all, and ethical practices. 
  • Excellence: 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. 
  • Innovation: We go above and beyond the norm and will be creative in providing services and solving problems. 
  • Teamwork and 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. 
  • Fun: We will provide a positive and friendly environment.


Community Health Needs Assessment

The U.S. Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March, 2010. The legislation covers many changes to the nation’s health care system, including the requirement that nonprofits like The Children’s Institute must conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) every three years. Through the CHNA, we define the community we serve, assess the health needs of that community, and describe how we plan to address the significant health needs identified.

The Children‘s Institute completed a Community Health Needs Assessment in June 2018 and compiled the results into a report that includes an evaluation of the impact of actions we have taken toward implementing key initiatives to better meet the health, social, behavioral and environmental needs of the under-served population of children and youth with special needs and their families living in our community.

Read our report here.

To provide input on the Community Health Needs Assessment, please contact Emily Peters, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, at 412.420.2216 or ejp@the-institute.org with the subject line “CHNA Comments." Please be sure to include your zip code in the content of the message. 


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