The Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) is a branch of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and is the largest of the 29 intermediate units in Pennsylvania. It was created by the state’s General Assembly in 1971, and is headquartered in Homestead. The AIU provides specialized education services to 42 suburban public school districts and five career and technical centers in Allegheny County. The agency, which has about 1,800 employees at 441 sites throughout the county, also operates 10 family centers and three schools for exceptional children. Funded by federal, state, county and private grants, the AIU coordinates nearly 140 programs designed to help infants, young children, students and adults. In 2016, the programs offered by Allegheny Intermediate Unit served 115,095 students in public schools. The organization offers a wide variety of educational services to school districts and the public. These service areas include, but are not limited to, special education, professional development, early childhood and community education, workforce development as well as online and alternative education. In addition, the AIU offers a myriad of administrative services in the areas of human resources, finance, communications, legislative advocacy and technology to assist school administrators adapt their internal operations as needed.