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First Up

Champions for Early Education

Philadelphia, PA   |  http://firstup.org

Mission

First Up champions high quality early care and education for all young children from birth to age 8 in Southeastern PA through professional development, advocacy, and public engagement. We work directly with early childhood educators and professionals to provide them with best-in-class training and affordable technical assistance to ensure that organizations run effectively and meet standards of state and national accreditation. First Up works to increase statewide investment in and understanding of early childhood education through advocacy, leadership, and partnerships that promote action and change.

Ruling year info

1968

Executive Director

Carol Austin

Main address

1608 Walnut Street Suite 300

Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA

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Formerly known as

Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children

EIN

23-6438144

NTEE code info

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Management & Technical Assistance (P02)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Annual Conference

ANNUAL CONFERENCE FOR CHILDCARE PROVIDERS TO LEARN DEVELOPMENTS IN CHILDCARE EDUCATION.

Population(s) Served

TRAINING & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS TO ASSIST THEM IN ACCREDITATION

Population(s) Served

TRAINING AND COACHING TO AFFORD TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS NEW INFORMATION AND BEST PRACTICES AS WELL AS ADVANCING THEIR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CAREERS

Population(s) Served

PUBLIC POLICY CAMPAIGN TO PROVIDE CHILD CARE WORKERS WITH A LIVING WAGE AND PROVIDE LEADERSHIP TO A STATE WIDE COMPENSATION INITIATIVE

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of training events conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Related Program

Professional Development & Apprenticeship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of clients who complete job skills training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Professional Development & Apprenticeship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of independent organizations served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Technical Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of one-on-one coaching sessions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Technical Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

In 2029, First Up is nationally recognized and sought out as a transformational leader in the field of early childhood education (ECE). We propel individual educators and families (caregivers and parents) into the next level of their development, where they are inspired and equipped to use new knowledge and tools to advance the future of the children in their care. ECE program leaders are agents and partners in promoting policy-level systems changes and quality improvements that elevate the field. ECE educators are compensated commensurately for their education, their experience, and the stakes of their profession, at least on par with their K-12 teaching counterparts.
The success of First Up relies upon our:
ECE Programs & Families. We prioritize programming that focuses on economically disadvantaged communities, families, and children who continue to be unserved through First Ups initiatives. We seek ways to ensure our services are accessible and attractive to our consumers. We expand First Ups reputation for excellence in programming that is culturally relevant and responsive, cutting edge, and asset focused and that meets the dreams of those we serve.
Staff & Organizational Development. Our staff are diverse, knowledgeable, highly trained, dedicated, and respected in the field. Our staff, board, organizational culture, and programming reflect and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice. Using trauma-informed strategies, we foster a physically, emotionally, and socially safe workplace where lived experience and collaboration lead to internal and external opportunities for growth.
Impact. We relentlessly focus on impact. Our consumers are at the table with us as we collect and analyze data, distribute and communicate our learnings, and use evidence-based lessons to improve what we offer. We grow the power of our programs through innovative solutions that positively impact ECE program quality and that empower early childhood educators and families to effectively utilize the knowledge and skills they have acquired from First Ups offerings.
Advocacy & Partnerships. We are proactive and at the forefront of the issues. We are extraordinary storytellers who increase the number of advocates in the field who come from the ranks of the unheard. Policymakers seek us out to engage with them in setting policy, and ECE leaders seek us out for partnership and support.
Workforce Development & Supports. We actively seek out opportunities and resources to offer robust development opportunities to meet the needs of our field. We are tuned in to the needs and dreams of the professionals in our ECE ecosystem, and we stand ready to deliver the resources they need either directly or through referral, advocacy or partnership/collaboration. Our innovative solutions and ongoing achievements create value and improve consumer expertise.

To ensure successful implementation of the detailed action plans produced in the planning phase of this process, Bloom worked with the senior leadership of First Up on a series of accountability activities that included clarifying the metrics necessary to measure progress, and creating accountability, communication, and risk mitigation plans.
METRICS
First Up recognizes that creating effective, targeted metrics is essential to monitoring the organizations success, particularly as it takes on bold and innovative initiatives. First Up will use a comprehensive set of metrics to monitor progress toward achievement of each pathways objectives. The metrics and targets are aligned with each of the five pathways. First Up will utilize existing and new data-collection practices and tools to ensure consistent data collection and monitoring.
RISK PLANNING
Potential risks to successful implementation of the strategic plan were discussed and integrated into final documents for the implementation teams to consider and plan for as they work to roll out the strategic plan across the community.
ACCOUNTABILITY & IMPLEMENTATION OWNERSHIP
First Up leadership collaboratively reviewed all strategic initiatives and determined the role to manage/oversee each initiative and each pathway as a whole. Additionally, the team spoke about the practicality of accomplishing all proposed objectives and how they would monitor their progress on an ongoing basis. First Up has identified a role to track progress across the entire plan and support pathway leads in monitoring implementation progress.
Phase V: Finalization (February to March 2024)
The final summary (this document) will represent the culmination of First Ups strategic planning process. While it will capture the plan as a starting point in time, the necessary steps that will achieve strategic planning goals will continue to evolve and grow with implementation. These implementation steps will be captured in a separate Strategic Implementation Tool. This document includes a master action plan task list and implementation monitoring tools designed to be updated as work is completed.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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First Up

Board of directors
as of 04/05/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michelle Taglialatela

Cathy Kaufman

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Kevin Cafferky

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/29/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/29/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.