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 We will not continue to update the archive page, so please be aware that some information on the archive page may be outdated or contradicted by current policy and recommendations.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

Health & Safety

Other Sources of Guidance

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!

Philadelphia-specific Operations Information & Resources

Pennsylvania-wide Operations Information & Resources

US-wide Operations Information & Resources

Southeastern Pennsylvania Early Childhood Coalition (SEPECC)

Classroom 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!

Nation-wide ECE Financial Assistance & Other Assistance

 Pennsylvania State-wide ECE Financial Assistance & Other Assistance

Philadelphia-specific ECE Financial Assistance & Other Assistance

Regarding Unemployment Compensation

For information on food assistance, please see the Resources by County tab.  For information on unemployment, please see the Financial Assistance for Childcare Providers and Staff tab!

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!

Rebounding from COVID-19

Supporting Child Care through COVID-19 Advocacy

Resources for Children with Special Needs

Family Health & Wellness

Family Social-Emotional Health & Wellness

Family Financial & Health Assistance

Family Fun at Home – Physical Activities

Family Fun at Home – Reading and Literacy

Family Fun at Home – Science, Nature, & Sensory Play

Family Fun at Home – School-age Resources

Family Fun at Home – Virtual Trips & Activities

Family Resources & News

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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!

Bucks County Resources

Chester County Resources

Delaware County Resources

Montgomery County Resources

Philadelphia County Resources

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!

Remember that Caring for Yourself Is Necessary in order to Care for Others!

The State of ECE

Southeast Pennsylvania Advocacy

Statewide Advocacy

  • Save Early Learning in PA
  • Contact Your Legislator Today!
    Tell your State Legislator about the impact the COVID-19 closures have had on you.
  • TAKE ACTION! COVID-19 Child Care Crisis
    Pennsylvania’s economy depends on working families and working families depend on child care. Tell the Governor and General Assembly to include child care in PA stimulus package! Child care programs will not survive if stimulus funds are not available to them. Take action today to help ensure the sustainability of the child care sector and protect the health and well-being of children.
  • Absentee Voting

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 FREE online Professional Development in support of our partners’ needs, including the following free webinars through Zoom alongside your colleagues for continued virtual learning facilitated by our expert PD Instructors Alix Cozen, Nancy Nicewonger, Kim Farmer, Lissette Rivera, and Wendy Wagner. We will explore topics and ideas to enhance your classroom learning centers and learn more about literacy. Continue your PD goals during this time so you will come back to the classroom with exciting, new ideas and activities for your children.

We are grateful to have these Free Webinars and Free Communities of Practice sponsored by ELRC 18, a program of Caring People Alliance!

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.

FREE Curriculum Webinars from First Up

  • Tuesday, May 19th: Self-Directed Play with Nancy Nicewonger
    8:00-10:00am
  • Tuesday, May 19th: Special Presentation – Mindfulness Now with Alix Cozen and Bari Koral
    11:00am-12:00pm
  • Tuesday, May 19th: Developmentally Appropriate Practice with Nancy Nicewonger
    2:00-4:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 20th: Supporting Infant and Toddler Language Development with Nancy Nicewonger
    8:00-10:00am
  • Wednesday, May 20th: Out of the Box Ideas for the Library Center with Nancy Nicewonger
    2:00-4:00pm
  • Thursday, May 21st: Mindful Families with Alix Cozen
    10:30am-12:30pm
  • Friday, May 22nd: Ideas listas para el Centro de Ciencias con Lissette Rivera y Rosanna Matos
    8:00-10:00am
  • Friday, May 22nd: Out of the Box Ideas for Outdoor Play with Alix Cozen
    1:00-3:00pm

FREE Community of Practice: Community Connected through Crisis

First Up invites you to join a virtual Community of Practice, sponsored by the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, as a place to connect and share experiences around the COVID-19 crisis. We will introduce the concepts of trauma and resilience as they relate to uncertainty due to the pandemic in a series of three interactive and sequential sessions:

  • Community Connected through Crisis, Part 1: Brings ECE professionals together to explore the definitions of trauma and strategies for managing stress
  • Community Connected through Crisis, Part 2: Revisits trauma and its impact on the brain, while exploring strategies for self-regulation and communicating in times of stress with increased empathy
  • Community Connected through Crisis, Part 2B: A deeper dive for Directors and other decision-makers: Takes a closer look at the ways we can share information and connect with staff, families, and children
  • Community Connected through Crisis, Part 3: Anticipates the impact of trauma on staff, families, and children as they return to the child care program
  • Community Connected through Crisis, Part 1
    • Please visit this site later as new sessions are scheduled.
  • Community Connected through Crisis, Part 2
  • Community Connected through Crisis, Part 2B for Directors and other Decision-makers
    • Please visit this site later as new sessions are scheduled.
  • Community Connected through Crisis, Part 3

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.

Operations for Child Care Providers

Financial Assistance for Child Care Providers and Staff

Resources for Families

Self-care Resources

Recursos en Español