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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.

32nd Annual Golf Classic in support of First Up and the Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards

On Monday, October 18, 2021, we gather at the French Creek Golf Club (4500 Conestoga Road, Elverson, PA) for a wonderful chance to play on a breathtaking and challenging course. The French Creek Golf Club, designed by Gil Hanse, showcases flowing brooks, woodlands, and natural golf hazards, which offer unique and incomparable rounds of golf for players of all skill levels arranged within a picturesque landscape.

The Golf Classic is a fundraiser to support the work of First Up and benefits the Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards. Through First Up’s work through initiatives like the Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards, we are actively building a society where early childhood professionals are highly skilled and valued, families have the knowledge, capabilities and resources to guide their children’s learning; and every young child has a quality start that lasts a lifetime.

Click here to learn more about the event, register for yourself or your foursome, and discover sponsorship opportunities!

The 2021 Terri Lynne Lokoff National Child Care Teacher Awards

As of 2020, the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation has merged with First Up and will continue to present the Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards.  In 1987, Kay and Fred Lokoff formed the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation to honor the memory of their daughter, Terri.  The Foundation was created to raise awareness for the need of quality, affordable childcare, and to elevate the status of childcare teachers in our society.

The Teacher Awards acknowledge the critical role of childcare teachers in providing quality early care and education. Childcare teachers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and on U.S. Military bases and installations around the world are invited to apply. The Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards have been proudly presented since 1994. For more information or to apply, please visit our Teacher Awards page. If you have questions, please contact Jessica Feng.

First Up Conference

For many years, the First Up Conference has been a special gathering held each Spring in Philadelphia. It has brought educators and professionals from across Southeastern PA together for networking and professional development. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the First Up Conference will be taking place virtually in 2021.

Please join us on March 5-6, 2021 for Hope and Healing: From Self-Care to Best Practice in a Trauma-Impacted World, a two-day professional development opportunity that is a direct response to the unusual times we find ourselves living through. We invite you to come and experience this carefully curated opportunity to fill your cup with whatever you individually need – whether it’s a strategy for managing challenging behaviors, instruction in a technical/professional skill, or simply a chance to move your body and focus on the present. Registration is open now – contact Rebecca Tyrrell with any questions.

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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Champions for Young Children

For the past 25 years, 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 at our Champions for Young Children event and fundraiser.

This event is a time for us to come together with our amazing community to celebrate both our accomplishments and increase awareness of the importance of quality early education while having a great time drinking, eating, and partying like preschoolers.

This past fall, we were proud to honor the Vanguard Strong Start for Kids ProgramTM for their incredible dedication and support of our field.

Also in our 25th year of Champions for Young Children, we presented our first Lifetime Achievement Award to Marlene Weinstein in celebration of her many contributions to our field.