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.

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 We will not continue to update the archive page, so please be aware that some information on the archive page may be outdated or contradicted by current policy and recommendations.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!

Government & Regulatory

Child Development

Social-Emotional Development

Health and Safety

Finance and Operations

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!

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!

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!

First Up Virtual Institutes

We are thrilled to announce the first three dates and topics for our new virtual institutes this year:

  • Saturday, September 26, 9:00am-1:30pm – Family Childcare Conference
  • Saturday, October 3, 9:00am-1:30pm – Personal Empowerment for the ECE Professional, featuring Dr. Veirdre Jackson
  • Tuesday, November 3, 12:00-4:30pm – Male Engagement in Early Childhood Education

Registration is now open for the first two conferences with a special deal for Home-based Providers!

Be sure to like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to get all of the latest details.

Contact Rebecca Tyrrell with any questions.

As we continue to move forward in these uncertain times, we will continue to listen to YOU, the early education professional, and plan to continue exploring more online conference possibilities and topics to ensure your comfort and continued professional development.

First Up Webinars

Earn PD hours from Pennsylvania Key and get great trainings from First Up by logging into the PD Registry and searching for First Up in the “Sponsor Name” field. We have many offerings available, including the following free titles:

  • Introduction to Are You a Bucket Filler?
  • Introduction to Out of the Box Ideas for the Block Center
  • Introduction to Out of the Box Ideas for the Library Center
  • Introduction to Out of the Box Ideas for the Science Center
  • Introduction to Out of the Box Ideas for the Writing Center
  • Introduction to Out of the Box Ideas for the Art Center
  • Introduction to Out of the Box Ideas for the Math Center
  • Introduction to Out of the Box Ideas for the Music Center
  • Introduction to Stress Management for the ECE Practitioner
  • Mindful Families

Archived Webinars & Sign-ups for Live Offerings

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

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

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

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.