IMPORTANT REMINDER – CLEARANCES
Since PALS is an all-volunteer organization, please remember that under the recently passed law, all adults who will be attending PALS need to have obtained state-required CLEARANCES (as described below) before they will be permitted to register for classes and before they or their children will be permitted to attend PALS classes.
Once you have received your two (or, if applicable, three) clearances, email to SecretaryJoPALS@gmail.com. They will be kept in strict confidentiality. Your privacy is our utmost concern. Any volunteer that has clearances on file with PALS does not need to resubmit another copy unless your clearances have expired. Clearances are good for 3 years. If you are not sure if PALS has a copy of your clearances, please contact Joanne at SecretaryJoPALS@gmail.com.
All adults attending PALS with their children must obtain at a minimum both (1) the Child Abuse Clearance and and (2) the PA State Police Criminal Record Check BEFORE registering for PALS classes. Governor Wolf has waived the fees for any volunteers working with children starting July 25th. All links and information to get your two clearances can be found at Clearances
To see the press release in which Governor Wolf discusses the new fee structure, go to Press Release
If you have NOT lived in Pennsylvania for at least 10 years, you are also required to obtain an FBI Criminal Background Check. If you are an OUTSIDE TEACHER (teach at PALS as an independent contractor and charge a fee to families) you are required to have an FBI Criminal Background Check. The cost is $27.50 and you will need to be fingerprinted. Please use the link below for Cogent Fingerprinting Applicant Registration for the Department of Welfare. Choose DHS Volunteer for the reason fingerprinted.Cogent Fingerprinting
Mission of PALS Enrichment Classes:
PALS is a secular, parent-run homeschool group for families with children in preschool through high school. We are a diverse community that offers support and friendship, and draws on the strengths of participating parents and families. We welcome families with all learning styles, including cyber, traditional homeschoolers, unschoolers, or eclectic.
As a community, PALS relies on parental participation to maintain the quality of our programs. Parents teach, run clubs, plan events, and assist with other functional and administrative needs.
Enrichment classes are held on ten Wednesdays each term from 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at The Pittsburgh Project in the North Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh (click here for detailed directions). We have the use of multiple classrooms and a clubroom/parent lounge/lunch room. There is also a room available for young toddlers/infants who are accompanied by their parents or other adults.
For information on classes and registration, please see the menu items under the menu heading Enrichment Classes. Even after the term has started, many clubs and some classes may be open to new students. If you are new to us or to homeschooling and wish to see whether your child(ren) may join a class which is in progress, please contact Merry Demko, Board President at merrydPALS@gmail.com.