Signature Events

Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards

In 1994, Kay and Fred Lokoff launched the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Teacher Awards to honor their daughter Terri who was a devoted childcare teacher. The Awards are designed to recognize and celebrate the achievements of outstanding early care and education teachers and bring attention to the critical role these teachers play in the lives of young children.

Up to 50 awards are presented each year and each award recipient receives a cash prize, a paid trip to historic Philadelphia to participate in the Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards Celebration, ongoing opportunities to connect with peers, exchange ideas, as well as ongoing professional learning and program enrichment opportunities.

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Annual Conference

The  First Up Conference is a special gathering held each spring in Philadelphia. It brings together educators and professionals from across Southeastern PA and beyond for networking and professional learning.

For questions about the Annual Conference, please contact Ken Wesler.

Champions for Young Children

For more than 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.


Golf Classic

The Golf Classic is a fundraiser to support the work of First Up and benefits the Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards. Traditionally held at French Creek Golf Club in Elverson, PA this event offers golfers 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.

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