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We are your touchstone for year-round early childhood education events in the Greater Philadelphia region. From professional development programs, to important public policy issues, to upcoming speakers and exciting educational events.

Annual Conference

Whether you are a brand-new early childhood education professional or you’ve been in the field for 30 years, there is something at this conference for you! Join educators and professionals from across the region for two days of professional development and networking on the beautiful campus of the University of Pennsylvania.

We are thrilled to announce the 2019 First Up Conference, Equity Starts Early, to be held at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman Quadrangle on March 1-2, 2019. This year’s conference promises to present a dynamic group of experts in the practice of equality, inclusion, justice, and empowerment within the field of early childhood education. With sessions on family engagement, racial justice, personal financial coaching, and more – this conference will have something for everyone!. Contact Rebecca Tyrrell if you have questions.

First Up 5K Run/Walk

A part of the Generosity Series, the First UP 5K will take place on October 14, 2018 in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia.  You don’t want to miss this amazing event featuring a live DJ, pre-race warm-up & stretch, a professional announcer, one-of-a-kind First Up event gear and just an amazing time with friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and other charitable individuals like yourself.

Join us in helping to foster greater partnership with the educators and professionals we serve by participating in this event to raise funds for the Phyllis Kohn Scholarship Fund, which directly benefits Early Childhood Education providers in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Sign up today to participate or donate to your favorite runner!

Champions for Young Children

Since 1994, we have celebrated individuals outside the field of Early Childhood Education who show a deep commitment to championing high quality early education for all children in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

This year we are proud to honor Rob Wonderling, the President & CEO of The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia with a night of music, food and drink, and an exciting silent auction at our Champions for Young Children event on October 30 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown!

Learn more about the Champions event on this page.

Action Day

Each spring, parents, caregivers, providers, and advocates from across Pennsylvania travel to Harrisburg to visit legislators and talk with them about the importance of quality early childhood care and education. Quality early learning and child development open the doors of opportunity for every child to do well in school, in the workforce, and in life! But quality early learning requires the commitment of families, teachers, and the community in order for children to reach their promise. SIGN UP HERE to get up to date information about our next Action Day event.

Week of the Young Child

Week of the Young Child (WOYC) is a national celebration. It is a time to recognize the importance of early learning and early literacy. And a time to celebrate the teachers and policies that help open the doors to early childhood education for every young children.

Each year we Week of the Young Child is our opportunity to reach out to everyone in the Greater Philadelphia area and ask them to make the time to recognize the needs of young children, and thank the many adults involved in their education and care — from parents to teachers to caregivers who play such important roles in the lives of young children.

We encourage early childhood programs and organizations throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania to plan noteworthy WOYC events. These events are designed to bring each respective community together to promote early literacy and learning, recognize early childhood teachers in each community, and influence public policy makers locally, state-wide and nationally to make early childhood education the best it can be.

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