The 2023 Annual Conference


The 2023 Annual First Up Conference

The Joy of Teaching: Creating Meaningful Play Experiences

April 29th, 2023

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown

First Up is thrilled to invite you to our annual conference, The Joy of Teaching: Creating Meaningful Play Experiences, on April 29th, 2023. Our 2023 conference was designed with the intention of providing a space where we can come together to celebrate the joy of teaching. We know that the past few years have been especially difficult for educators, but as we build our classrooms, we want to remember why we love teaching. Together we will explore what brings the spark of excitement when a young learner gains a new skill or the fulfillment felt when we see the bright, excited faces of students as they take on new challenges.

The Joy of Teaching: Creating Meaningful Play Experiences will bring together the local and national experts you’ve come to expect from First Up, while also providing opportunities for us to grow and learn as a community with the goal of increasing our effectiveness as educators and leaders. This year we hope to expand your classroom toolkits with an array of play experiences, professional development, and FUN.

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¡La registración para la conferencia ya está abierta, lo cual incluye presentaciones en español!

¡La Conferencia Anual First Up reúne a educadores de la primera infancia para establecer contactos, compartir recursos y divertirse mientras exploramos todas las alegrías de la educación temprana! Este año, la Conferencia tendrá lugar el sábado 29 de abril de 2023 en el Sheraton de Downtown Philadelphia, en el corazón de los lugares más notables de Filadelfia.

Los precios de los boletos varían por escalas, dando la bienvenida a todos en nuestra comunidad de ECE.

La Conferencia Anual de First Up es la principal oportunidad de desarrollo profesional de Pensilvania. Educadores de la primera infancia, expositores y presentadores de todo Estados Unidos se reunirán en Filadelfia, Pensilvania, para un día lleno de educación y conexión.

La alegría de Enseñar: Crear Experiencias de Juego Significativas proporcionará un foro para que los educadores de la primera infancia profundicen sus relaciones y piensen más sobre cómo crear experiencias de juego significativas en sus salones de clase. Aprenda acerca de nuevas ideas para motivar a los niños a interactuar, participar, inventar y representar sus ideas y compartirlas. El juego afirma y estimula la creatividad de los niños y fomenta un enfoque de "pensar fuera de la caja" que los niños utilizarán para contribuir con sus propias ideas al mundo.


The Philadelphia Downtown Sheraton 

201 N 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 


Exhibitors and Vendors  

Exhibitors and Vendors will be on-hand at the conference to offer a wide range of products and services offering great value to ECE professionals, parents, and families. You will have the opportunity to purchase and test out new products, make new contacts to support your business, learn about exciting programs and professional development opportunities for you and your program, and much, much more! 


Public Transportation 

The Philadelphia Sheraton Downtown is easily accessible by bus or train. The Philadelphia Sheraton Downtown is Off I-676 and a 2-minute walk from Logan Square, 7 minute walk from the Franklin Institute science museum, and 13 minutes' walk from Pennsylvania Convention Center.  


Visit to plan your route. For travel from New Jersey, visit .  


Hotel Accommodations and Parking  

A limited number of rooms are available to Conference participants. Room reservations are first come, first served.  

Parking is available at the Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia at the following rates:
$30 per day (self) or $56 per day (valet) as well as Gateway Parking Garage (1540 Vine Street) with a rate of $23 for up to 10 hours.  


Special Requests 

If you have special needs that we can address to make your participation more meaningful, please contact First Up at 


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