William Penn Foundation, Vanguard, United Way, PNC Grow UP Great
$115,000 annually for 2 years
Early Childhood Educators Professional Development and Policy
First Up empowers and equips early childhood professionals, families, and other adults influential in young children’s lives through training, coaching and advocating to positively impact educational and developmental outcomes for young children. First Up envisions a society in which early childhood professionals are highly skilled and valued; families have the knowledge, capabilities and resources to guide their children’s learning; and every young child has a quality start that lasts a lifetime.
First Up is using the RCCF support to support their Latinx ECE Equity Project, a language justice initiative designed to provide leadership development and opportunities for coalition-building for Latinx ECE educators in the Philadelphia region.
Their advocacy agenda will include ensuring that legislative bills, childcare regulations, state grants, or contracts are translated into Spanish and working as a community to interpret what was written or said.