For 25 years, First Up has honored individuals and companies from outside the field of early childhood education for their dedication and commitment to our youngest learners at the Champions for Young Children event. Past Champions have included elected officials, authors, industry leaders, foundations, and corporations that have made a significant investment to benefit all children in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Join us on September 24, 2019 at 6:30pm as we celebrate the 2019 Champion for Young Children and raise funds for a worthy cause! This event is not to be missed as we drink, eat, dance, and play at The Lucy (231 S Broad Street, Philadelphia). Your ticket includes open access to a selection of beer and wine, a chef-curated menu, and the opportunity to release your inner-child by engaging in quality early education experiences with a grown-up twist.

Registration is now open! Buy your ticket today using the form below. Special pricing for NAEYC members: Contact Drew Martin for access to $100 tickets!


This year we are proud to honor The Vanguard Strong Start for Kids ProgramTM as the 2019 Champion for Young Children. Their work to give children growing up in poverty the opportunity to grow, thrive, and learn, with a focus on improving kindergarten readiness, has made significant impact in this region.
In celebration of the past 25 years of this event, First Up will also present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Marlene Weinstein in recognition of her many contributions to the field of early childhood education.

Champions 2019:

Registration and Sponsorship Opportunities

Our online registration has closed, but your can still register on site at The Lucy (231 S Broad St, Philadelphia), starting at 6:00 pm tonight!

Event Sponsors

Classroom Chief

Block Builders


First Up Friends

There are sponsorship and advertising opportunities available to meet a variety of goals and budgets. Please contact Rebecca Tyrrell for more information.