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 We will not continue to update the archive page, so please be aware that some information on the archive page may be outdated or contradicted by current policy and recommendations.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

Guidance from PA Governor Wolf’s Office

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

Financial Guidance from OCDEL and PA KEYS

Operations Guidance from OCDEL and PA KEYS

Local 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!

Surveys

Financial Resources and Policies

Operations Resources and Policies

Electronic Tools and Forms

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Health & Safety Guidelines

Social-Emotional Health & Safety

Health & Safety with Families

First Up Webinars & Conferences

We are thrilled to announce the first three dates and topics for our new virtual conferences 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 early bird 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.

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

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 Financial Assistance

Family Support

Information on Returning to Child Care

Information on Returning to K-12th Grade

Support for Adults Returning to Work/School

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

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.