Project STAR at The Children's Institute

Alternate Name / Acronym

Project STAR

Parent Organization

The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh

Options: Vision, Mission and/or Purpose of Organization

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.

History of Organization:

Since 1985, Project STAR has been one of the three components of The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh. We offer a range of permanency planning services for children with special needs and their families.

Options: Accreditations and Licenses

Project STAR at The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh is licensed by
the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare as an
adoption, foster care and private children and youth
social service agency.


Project STAR is an affiliate member of the
Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN).
Project STAR maintains contracts with local, statewide
and out-of-state counties in the areas of placement
services and family preservation/reunification services.

Legal Structure

Non-profit corporation

Funding Sources



Key Leaders

Name* Title/Description (Executive Director, Vice President, etc.) Phone Number 1 Phone Number 2 Fax Number Email Address
Dr. Patricia Saunders-Madison Executive Director, Project STAR 412-244-3055 412-242-7414 fax
Dr. Patricia Saunders-Madison Director 412-244-3055

Contact Information

Contact Person(s)

Name* Title/Description (Intake Specialist, Secretary, etc.) Phone Number 1 Phone Number 2 Fax Number Email Address
Tim Chevalier Manager Beaver County Services 724-775-0209 x 6031 724-775-1260 fax
Tim Chevalier Beaver County Program Manager 724-494-0260

Contact Emails

Email* Title / Description (Director, General, Intake, etc.) Beaver County Office

Web Addresses

Website* Title / Description (National, Local office, etc.)

Primary Address

Title/Description (Corporate office, Headquarters, etc.)

The Children's Institute-Beaver County Office


1598 Virginia Ave
Monaca, PA 15061
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Additional Addresses:

Title/Description (Branch office, Satellite office, etc.) Address Line 1 Address Line 2 Address Line 3 City State Zip Code
The Children's Institute-Pittsburgh Office 1405 Shady AvenuePittsburghPA15217

Service Area

Statewide and national referrals

Services Provided

Service Description

  • Adult Literacy Action offers classes and individual tutoring for: basic skills in reading, writing, and math, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), U.S. citizenship/naturalization preparation, workforce education, GED, family literacy, tutor training certification program, institutional adult basic education and GED, and assessment of basic skills.

Available Hours

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday

Fees/Cost for Services

There is no cost for Project STAR services

Eligibility Requirements

Voluntary or Court-ordered

Required Documentation

Varies according to service

How to Access Services or Schedule Appointments

Pittsburgh-Janet Ocheltree 412-244-3066
Beaver County-Tim Chevalier 724-775-0290 x 6031

Handicap Accessibility


Languages Spoken or Available


Speaker Available


Volunteer Use


Volunteer Need


Volunteer Description

Persons interested in volunteering with Project STAR can contact Monica Smith, The Children's Institute's coordinator for Community Resources and Training at 412.420.2228.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

We are grateful to our many partners who provide financial and operational support.