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Our Annual Conference

Due to current concerns, First Up has made the decision to move this beloved event to a virtual platform for 2020-2021. We will be offering multiple, half-day, virtual institutes on a range of topics over the course of the year. For information about a specific event, please visit that event tab. Learn more about both upcoming institutes focused on home-based providers (but with something for everyone) by downloading this flyer.

About the Virtual Events Platform

The First Up Institutes will be held via an immersive event platform called Accelevents. It’s as close to an in-person conference experience as we can offer without being physically together. You can learn more about what you can expect from Accelevents by clicking here and here. To get the full conference experience, we recommend participating via computer or laptop if possible.

Professional Development Credit

First Up offers two types of professional development credits offered for institute participation:

  • Pennsylvania Key PD Hours (PD Registry)
  • Pennsylvania Act 48 Credits

Be sure to indicate the type of credit you need when you register! All Conference credits must be selected at the time of registration. Any credit requests made more than 30 days post-event cannot be guaranteed. Each conference attended will entitle participants to 4.5 credit hours. A Certificate of Attendance will be available for download in the event platform or by e-mail following the event.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

First Up is currently offering a variety of engagement opportunities to meet your goals and budget. Contact Rebecca Tyrrell (rebecca.tyrrell@firstup.org or 215-893-0130 x229) to customize the package that’s right for you. Click here to download the electronic prospectus!

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Family Child Care Conference – September 26

All early childhood education professionals are invited to join us at the first Family and Group Child Care Conference. This event was planned in partnership with First Up, the Family Child Care Advisory Council, and the Family Child Care Coalition. This will be a time of inspiration, reflection, and learning as we begin our day by honoring the Trailblazers of Family Child Care (F/GCC professionals that have been in this field for 20+ years) and hearing their wisdom and advice.

Conference Schedule:

8:00-9:00 – Open Networking Time
9:00-10:00 – Plenary Session featuring Trailblazers of Family Child Care
10:00-10:15 – Networking Break
10:15-11:45 – Breakout Session 1
11:45-12:00 – Networking Break
12:00-1:30 – Breakout Session 2

Please note that you will not need to select workshops when you register. Workshops will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Personal Empowerment for the ECE Professional – October 3

All early childhood education professionals are invited to join us for a morning of personal empowerment and professional development. Featuring workshops on financial stability, professional communication, and other best practices in ECE — this conference will help you to achieve your personal and professional goals.

Conference Schedule:

8:00-9:00 – Open Networking Time
9:00-10:00 – Plenary Session featuring Dr. Veirdre Jackson
10:00-10:15 – Networking Break
10:15-11:45 – Breakout Session 1
11:45-12:00 – Networking Break
12:00-1:30 – Breakout Session 2

Please note that you will not need to select workshops when you register. Workshops will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Featuring Dr. Veirdre Jackson