Dear First Up Community,

As our lives are being changed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we remain committed to all of you – to ensure you have the information and resources you need to take care of yourselves and your communities. In times of uncertainty, it’s easy for our attention to be fractured – and we don’t know where to go information. We are committed to supporting you as you navigate the changes in the ECE community and as you support your own friends and family. In the midst of it all, please remember to find time to look after your own needs as well.

To that end, we have collected some important resources about ECE Updates, fun activities parents can do with children, free meals for families who need them, unemployment compensation and advocacy updates, as well as resources for stress management.

Use the tabs above to navigate the page and please reach out to us if there is something you need that you can’t find here.

You are a valued part of the First Up family. We are in this together. Take good care.

We will be updating the following collection of links as more information, processes, and policies are released. If you want to suggest an essential link/resource not found on this list, please email Mindi Leiber.

First Up is offering FREE technical assistance with the help of our partners to support your childcare re-opening process. Use this form to apply for help from experts in a variety of fields. Selection is based on need and the availability of experts.

PLEASE NOTE: We have streamlined these COVID-19 resource offerings in order to improve navigation and highlight re-opening information. If you are looking for a link found in our previous postings, please visit this archive page. We will not continue to update the archive page, so please be aware that some information on the archive page may be outdated or contradicted by current policy and recommendations.

Take Action Today!

Early Childhood Education doesn’t stop because we may not be in our early childhood programs or school buildings. We need your support to get services and resources for programs and families. Please click on the Advocacy and Civil Engagement tab for ways to take action!

Guidance from PA Governor Wolf’s Office

Guidance from the PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) and PA KEYS

From Philadelphia Mayor Kenney’s Office

Local News and Resources

National News and Resources

For more information and resources, please see the other tabs.

Take Action Today!

Early Childhood Education doesn’t stop because we may not be in our early childhood programs or school buildings. We need your support to get services and resources for programs and families. Please click on the Advocacy and Civil Engagement tab for ways to take action!

Business Practices

Electronic Tools and Forms

General Health & Safety

First Up Webinars

First Up and Ronald V. McGuckin and Associates present a three-part series of webinars on the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), opening procedures, legal guidance, and policies. We are grateful to provide these webinars free of charge with the support of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and Women’s Way!

Other Webinars

For more information and resources, please see the other tabs.

Take Action Today!

Early Childhood Education doesn’t stop because we may not be in our early childhood programs or school buildings. We need your support to get services and resources for programs and families. Please click on the Advocacy and Civil Engagement tab for ways to take action!

Family Engagement

Social Stories and Videos

Teaching Practices

General Health & Safety

Webinars

Take Action Today!

Early Childhood Education doesn’t stop because we may not be in our early childhood programs or school buildings. We need your support to get services and resources for programs and families. Please click on the Advocacy and Civil Engagement tab for ways to take action!

COVID-19 Recovery Assistance

Social Stories and Videos

Information on Returning to Child Care

Information on Returning to K-12th Grade

Support for Adults Returning to Work/School

First Up Webinars

First Up invites you to join us for Parenting in a Pandemic: Help in a Time of Need, a three-part series of one-hour informative webinars. Each session, presented by professionals with early childhood expertise and certificates in trauma-informed practices, will:

  • introduce the concepts of how brains develop and the impact that current events might have on children from birth through age 8;
  • introduce new ways to think about self-care, and;
  • offer strategies for supporting children’s mental well-being.

Please refer to this flyer for dates, webinar links, and contact information if you have questions.

Participation enters you into a drawing for special giveaways!

We are grateful to offer Parenting in a Pandemic: Help in a Time of Need with the generous support of ELRC Region 18, a program of Caring People Alliance, and the United Way of Greater Philadlephia and Southern New Jersey!

Take Action Today!

Early Childhood Education doesn’t stop because we may not be in our early childhood programs or school buildings. We need your support to get services and resources for programs and families. Please click on the Advocacy and Civil Engagement tab for ways to take action!

Books and Resources to Support Conversations

Conversation Starters

Teacher Webinars

Teacher Articles

Teacher Classroom Materials

The State of ECE

Southeast Pennsylvania Advocacy

Statewide Advocacy

You did it, we did it, 125 million dollars allocated to save early learning!

National Advocacy

Take Action Today!

Early Childhood Education doesn’t stop because we may not be in our early childhood programs or school buildings. We need your support to get services and resources for programs and families. Please click on the Advocacy and Civil Engagement tab for ways to take action!

We Are All in This Together!

First Up is providing $20 online Professional Development in support of our partners’ needs, including the following webinars through Zoom alongside your colleagues for continued virtual learning facilitated by our expert PD Instructors Alix Cozen, Nancy Nicewonger, Kim Farmer, Rosanna Matos, and Wendy Wagner. We will explore topics and ideas to enhance your classroom learning centers and learn more about literacy. Learn from our expert staff how to infuse your classroom with exciting, new ideas and activities for your children.

Online pre-registration with the PD Registry is required (please use the same steps as above) even though the following sessions are free of cost. Contact Ashley Haneiko with questions about registration.

Low-cost Webinars from First Up

  • Monday, July 6th: Creating Successful, Sustainable Classroom Routines, Rituals and
    Traditions with Nancy Nicewonger

    1:00-3:00pm
  • Tuesday, July 7th: Developing Self-Directed Play Tool Kits: for Infants & Toddlers with Nancy Nicewonger
    1:00-3:00pm
  • Wednesday, July 8th: Developing Self-Directed Play Tool Kits: for Preschool to K with Nancy Nicewonger
    1:00-3:00pm
  • Thursday, July 9th: Mindfulness: Healing into the Present: Part I with Alix Cozen
    1:00-3:00pm
  • Friday, July 10th: Mindfulness: Healing into the Present: Part II* with Alix Cozen
    1:00-3:00pm
    *Please note: Part II is intended for participants to self-reflect on the practices they have implemented from Part I and discuss how to apply those mindfulness theories into the lives of both the practitioners and their students.

Additional Webinar Links and Opportunities

Please note: Those offerings listed without dates are pre-recorded and available on-demand.

Tome medidas hoy!

  • Comparta su historia de cuidado infantil COVID-19
    ¡La mayoría de los padres no tienen acceso al cuidado de niños debido a los cierres obligatorios COVID-19 y necesitamos saber de usted! ¿Trabaja desde casa con niños presentes? ¿Está trabajando trabajos esenciales sin cuidado de niños? ¿Ha llegado a una nueva apreciación de su programa de cuidado infantil? ¿Sus hijos están perdiendo a sus maestros o amigos? Para ayudar a los responsables políticos a entender la importancia del cuidado de niños, ¡necesitamos saber de usted! Para compartir su historia, escríbale a: clic aquí.
  • Census 2020 está abierto!
    Esto es aún más importante en este momento, ya que los recursos gubernamentales se asignarán en función del censo. Completa esto en línea desde casa.

Información General – COVID-19

Asistencia Financiera y Mas para proveedores de ECE

Recursos para la familia

Para información sobre unas actividades a hacer con su niño en casa, va al tabulador “Recursos para familias.” Muchos sitios web referenciados tienen opciones para hispanohablantes.

PLEASE NOTE: We have streamlined these COVID-19 resource offerings in order to improve navigation and highlight re-opening information. If you are looking for a link found in our previous postings, please visit this archive page. We will not continue to update the archive page, so please be aware that some information on the archive page may be outdated or contradicted by current policy and recommendations.