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PCCY is GROWING and currently has the following (2) positions open

Early Childhood Special Projects Associate


Position Summary

Children First is looking to expand the early childhood education team by adding a special projects associate who will work closely with the ECE director and the rest of the ECE team on advocacy to increase access to and quality of early childhood education programs in Pennsylvania. The special projects associate will have the opportunity to work on projects that advance the racial equity agenda of the ECE team, which include but are not limited to working on a racial equity provider council, research projects, meetings with key legislators, and more. This is a great entry-level job for someone who is interested in learning more about policy and advocacy.

Key Duties:

  • Organize the logistics of advocacy campaigns and research projects related to the ECE policy agenda.
  • Conduct background research, including literature reviews to support the development of research products.
  • Schedule meetings with key community stakeholders as well as state and congressional lawmakers.
  • Facilitate communications, write up agendas and meeting minutes.
  • Collect data and track measurable outcomes for grant reporting.
  • Assist in writing reports for funders and advocacy efforts.
  • Attend weekly ECE team meetings with the ECE director.

Qualifications, Education, Experience & Skills:

  • Strong commitment to racial justice and desire to create safe inclusive conversations on how to close racial equity gaps in early childhood education.
  • A track record of successful and positive engagements with community members.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Team player, able to coordinate, negotiate, manage, and work with coworkers of all levels.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills and a deep working knowledge of data analysis software applications and tools, such as Excel or a similar software.
  • Program management skills including process management, data tracking and reporting.
  • Minimum 1 years of experience working in a non-profit/advocacy/community service field, can be an unpaid internship experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in human services, social work, public policy, or relate field required.
  • Ability to work occasional weekend or evening events.
  • Willingness to travel throughout Southeast Pennsylvania and Harrisburg.

Reports To: Early Childhood Education Director

Salary: $30,000 – $35,000 

Apply: Resume and cover letter to info@childrenfirst.org.


Behavioral Health Policy Coordinator


Position Summary

The Behavioral Health Policy Coordinator is a dynamic, seasoned, and innovative leader. This position will help build and advance Children First’s ability to increase child wellness in Philadelphia, particularly for children of color, through extensive collaboration and critical and substantial system change. The Behavioral Health Policy Coordinator will take the lead on building a highly functioning and smoothly operating system for children to gain easy access to quality behavioral health care in their public schools.

Program Management

  • Oversee and direct all aspects of Children First’s school-based behavioral health and alternate method of qualifying children for care initiatives.
  • Identify best practices in 21 high need schools that have outreach and referral teams to connect students to services (STEP programs) and advocate for their replication in 20 additional high needs schools and to the extent other school models are highly functioning identify those best practices.
  • Convene partners to consider how to apply lessons learned in the school-based behavioral health care system and conduct further research to plan and execute the creation of an infrastructure/system that utilizes an alternative method of qualifying students for mental health services in traditional outpatient settings.

Outreach & Communications

  • Take the lead in identifying and recruiting stakeholders for two cross-sector, public-private work groups: 1) the School-Based Behavioral Health work group comprised of district leadership, contracted MH agency staff, teachers, principals, parents, students, CBH and child advocates, and 2) Early Behavioral Health Care work group comprised of staff from the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health, CBH, state Medicaid administrators, parents, youth and staff at private behavioral health and primary care agencies, childcare staff and representatives from the school work group.
  • Regularly convene and facilitate the two work groups.
  • Build relationships and regularly engage with key staff in the school-based STEP programs and an additional 20 high needs schools and any other school-based models’ leaders where access to services is showing promise.
  • Oversee the design, development and implementation of an on-going communications plan to raise awareness about school-based services and access to early care for children with low-level behavioral health issues targeting school staff, parents, primary care providers, child care providers and other child-serving organizations.


  • Conduct research an alternative method for qualifying children for services by studying the outcomes of the School-Based Behavioral Health program and similar initiatives in other cities or states and by talking with mental health and Medicaid experts to identify best practices and pitfalls – with sensitivity to not over-identify children of color and children from low-income families.
  • Write up our findings on alternative qualifying methods and publish a policy brief making the case. Document practices and outcomes in 21 high need schools that have outreach and referral teams to connect students to services and identify best practices and advocate for their replication.


  • Guide the School-Based Behavioral Health work group to develop metrics for an evaluation tool to monitor school-based referrals, access, user satisfaction and quality – including referrals for students without diagnoses.
  • Guide the Early Behavioral Health Care work group to create an evaluation tool to measure and monitor referrals, utilization, and child outcomes for children with low-level behavioral health issues who qualify for care by an alternate method.
  • Other responsibilities as required.

Qualifications, Education, Experience & Skills:

  • Master’s degree in social work, public administration, public health, education or related fields.
  • Five plus years’ experience managing complex policy and organizational change efforts with strong project management skills.
  • Deep familiarity with city, state and federal resources and policies in the areas of health insurance, behavioral health care and public schools.
  • Understanding of financial management and organizational structure of public agencies and the non-profit sector.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Experience convening groups and ability to work with a diverse set of stakeholders, both internal and external.
  • Experience with program and system evaluation.
  • Strong interpersonal relationship skills, ability to be a great team member and, to work independently as appropriate.
  • Values and encourages diversity of thought, background, and perspective.
  • Tech savvy with experience and fluency in office software programs.

Reports To: Health Policy Director

Salary: This is a 2.5 year grant funded position (potentially renewable) and pays $75,000 plus benefits. Candidates who prefer to do this work as a consultant/private contractor are also welcomed to apply. 

Apply: Resume and cover letter to info@childrenfirst.org.


PCCY interns gain knowledge and experience in child advocacy and public policy. Interns participate in all aspects of PCCY’s work including attending rallies, conducting research on children’s issues and creating materials to support PCCY’s mission of providing better lives and life chances for children in southeastern Pennsylvania.  For more information, contact:

  • Early Childhood Policy and Advocacy Internship: maim at childrenfirstpa.org
  • Education Policy Internship: tomeas at childrenfirstpa.org
  • Picasso Project Internship: timg at childrenfirstpa.org
  • General information: info at childrenfirstpa.org

Children First is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring.