August 19, 2019

First Up Annual Conference

Early childhood professionals are invited to join First Up on March 6, 2020 for their Annual Conference!


First Up’s Annual Conference will feature national and local experts presenting on a range of topics, including managing challenging behaviors, negotiating risky play, practicing mindfulness, and stress management for parents, children, and professionals! Come prepared to enjoy a full day of professional development, networking, and inspiration – all centered around building strong classroom curricula and engaging learning environments for young learners. Space is limited.


To register and for information on fees, please visit the First Up website.

More Information

For more information, including a complete workshop listing, visit the conference website.

For questions, contact Rebecca Tyrrell at


First Up: Champions for Young Children

Join First Up on September 24 as they celebrate the 2019 Champion of Young Children and raise funds for a worthy cause!


For 25 years, First Up has honored individuals and companies from outside the field of early childhood education for their dedication and commitment to young learners at the Champions for Young Children event. Past Champions have included elected officials, authors, industry leaders, foundations, and corporations that have made a significant investment to benefit all children in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

At this event, participants will eat, dance, and play, with ticket purchases including open access to a selection of beer and wine, a chef-curated menu, and opportunities to release their inner-child through quality early education experiences with a grown-up twist.


Registration for this event is now open and can be completed on the First Up website.

NAEYC Members

NAEYC members receive a $50 discount by registering with Drew Martin at

More Information

For more information, contact First Up at or 215.893.0130.


August 16, 2019

Symposium | Early Childhood Development and the Role of Fathers

Community members are invited to join the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Pennsylvania Chapter for their third annual symposium, “From the Beginning…Early Childhood Development and the Role of Fathers.”


The Strong Families Commission, Symposium Organizing Committee, and School District of Philadelphia invite you to the 3rd annual Pennsylvania symposium, “From the Beginning…Early Childhood Development and the Role of Fathers,” on September 18 and 19 in Philadelphia. This symposium is committed to understanding and bolstering the critical role that fathers play in the lives of their children and families.

The event is free of charge, but space is limited, so register early!


To register for the symposium, visit the event webpage.

More Information

For questions, contact Malkia Singleton Ofori-Agyekum at or 267.318.6421.

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September 21, 2018

UnConference: Play for Change

In partnership with the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative and Philadelphia Playful Learning Landscapes, join us on Tuesday, October 30, at the Carnegie Museum of Art in the Oakland community of Pittsburgh for UnConference: Play for Change, a day-long event to think critically about play. There will be keynote speakers, lightning talks, hands-on activities and action plan time.

We will convene 25 teams of 5-7 individuals from neighborhoods, boroughs, and cities from across southwest Pennsylvania and West Virginia to:

  1. Explore WHAT is play, and WHY play?
  2. Understand the play continuum and the role of “playful learning,” such as the Six C’s (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, culture/community, creativity, and connectivity) and their importance in positioning our children for the future.
  3. Consider a “play community.” Why they are important? And, how to define a vision, mission, purpose, and goals in the creation of your own playful community. We’ll talk about lessons learned from the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative and the Philadelphia Playful Learning Landscapes.
  4. Learn more about transforming public spaces into community play and playful learning spaces such as hands on installations of playful learning modules.
  5. Develop action plans for infusing play in your community. What challenges at the school, neighborhood or city-level do you think ‘play’ may help address in your own community? How do we design communities with intention to address these challenges? We’ll talk about the Hazelwood Play Trail case study.

All while considering issues of equity, transportation, safety, play across the ages, community input and more.

Registration is now closed. E-mail Conference Director Yu-Ling Cheng at


Play for Change Invites Team Registration

For many, play is something children do. It can however be a powerful connector for children, adults, and communities to interact with one another, make decisions, and solve problems. In partnership with the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative and Philadelphia Playful Learning Landscapes, teams are invited to register for UnConference: Play for Change on Tuesday, October 30 at the Carnegie Museum of Art from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

25 teams of five to seven individuals from across Southwestern Pennaylvania and West Virginia will convene for this day-long event to think more critically about play. The event will include keynote speakers, lightning talks, hands-on activities, and time for action planning.

Registration is now closed. For questions, contact Yu-Ling at