Professional Development

Are You Interested in Hosting a Professional Development Event for Your Staff?


First Up offers subject matter experts who bring passion and knowledge into each training, and can bring Professional Development to your staff, virtually or in person, for a relevant, valuable training experience.

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Our Team Can Help You!

First Up's Workforce and Professional Development team can help you create an intentional training plan for your team. Whether you need a single training session, a full in-service day or a series of training courses throughout the year, our team of experienced instructors can bring learning experiences that meet the needs of your staff. Contact Nancy Nicewonger at to begin the process!

What We Offer!

First Up delivers many trainings created using the latest research and information, tailored for you.

  • Our Professional Development catalog HERE lists the many content areas developed into PD sessions approved by the PD Registry.
  • Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS) hours and Act 48 hours are available for all First Up training.
  • A variety of trainings are available and in alignment with STARS standards. VIEW FLYER HERE
  • Contact Nancy Nicewonger at to select training that will be tailored for your staff.
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Methods of Delivery

Instruction is brought to you through a variety of delivery methods in order to meet your needs.

  • In person sessions at a location of your choice (available in most of the Southeast region- Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties)
  • A live, virtual session with your staff together at your center and the instructor live through zoom. Staff can gather as a large group or in small teaching teams for this interactive, engaging online session available throughout PA.
  • A live, virtual session with staff individually logging into zoom from a location of their choice. This allows your team to be trained together while allowing staff to be home or at another location for more flexibility.
  • Virtual training courses are listed on the PD Registry at a pay per person rate, if you need one or two staff members trained on a particular topic. This is great for new staff or an experienced staff member seeking higher level training.

Contact Nancy Nicewonger at to design an intentional training plan for your staff. Click HERE Request Professional Development.

Learn More about Specialized Training Opportunities

  • Advocacy Trainings
  • Community of Practice Opportunities
    • For Directors
    • For Teachers
  • Equity Initiative
  • Leadership Institute Series
  • Proficiency Certificate Program
  • Trainings delivered in Spanish
  • Trainings Specific for Age Groups
    • Infants and Toddlers
    • Preschool and Pre-K
    • School Age
  • Virtual Trainings listed on the PD Registry Calendar


NEW or Updated Trainings for 2023-2024

  • Bridging Literacy Throughout the Day
  • Bridging Literacy from the Classroom to Home
  • Bridging Literacy and Social Emotional Learning
  • Child Development: Infants and Toddlers
  • Inquiry Based Learning: An Overview for all Ages
  • Key Aspects for Yearlong Leadership
  • Let’s Get Physical
  • Secrets of Supervision
  • Sensory Play: What, How and Why So Important
  • Supporting Infant and Toddler Challenging Behaviors with Interactions and Environments
  • Supportive Responses to Challenging Behaviors

Professional Development Team


  • Caroline Campana-Reynolds - Director of Workforce and Professional Development
  • Nancy Nicewonger - Manager of Porfessional Development
  • Lizette Woods - Manager of Workforce Development
  • Alix Cozen - Senior Professional Development Instructor
  • Ashley Haneiko - Administrative & Project Manager
  • Lisa Kemmerer - Administrative Assistant

Contact Nancy Nicewonger at to design an intentional training plan for your staff. Click HERE Request Professional Development.

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