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Our Annual Conference

Conference registration is NOW OPEN! Join us on March 2nd and 3rd at University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman Quadrangle to explore The Resilient Child at the First Up Annual Conference!

We have two amazing keynote presentations – Dr. Rosemarie Allen on Friday, and Steve Pemberton on Saturday – and our annual offering of national and local experts to help you expand your Early Childhood Education knowledge and toolkit.

Keep yourself informed about the latest developments by downloading the free First Up Conference App (coming soon to the App Store and Google Play) and following us on Facebook and Twitter. You’ll find everything you need to know listed in our conference app, including a complete schedule of workshops and special events.

Workshop Tracks

TRAUMA TALKS sponsored by Lakeside Global Institute
Join staff from Lakeside Global Institute for comprehensive sessions where you will learn both the importance of trauma-informed practices in the early childhood classroom, as well as how to integrate these practices into your current workplan. These sessions are appropriate for all audiences regardless of position or age group.

The cornerstone of social-emotional learning is relationships. These sessions will explore the many changing relationships involved in early childhood education and care, whether it be with children, their caregivers, or even with each other, join us to learn how to build strong relationships to support the children in your care.

Looking for strategies to creating positive environments to assist with managing challenging behaviors? Ever wonder how to encourage your children and yourself to relax and be present? These sessions will explore the value of practicing mindfulness and other strategies to bring a new level of peace and engagement to your program.

Nurturing resilient children begins with us! Learn the skills you’ll need to take your professional practice to the next level and broaden your impact for children through advocacy and leadership development.

Saturday Only:
Involving Males in the Early Years

Join First Up Staff, regional, and national experts for a one-day featured track focused on engaging male professionals in the field of early childhood education.

Space is limited and this special offering requires advance registration. For questions about this track please contact Tyrone Scott.

There’s an App for That!

Our conference app is coming soon to the App Store and Google Play for up to the minute updates and additional information about The Resilient Child! Check back later for more information about how to download this FREE app.


  • Complete schedule of events
  • Listing of breakout sessions with speaker bios
  • Interactive map of the Quad
  • List of Exhibitors
  • Map of the surrounding area
  • Plus much more!