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Mission & Strategic Planning


Childhood is fleeting, there are no do-overs. That’s why we apply pressure to government officials to persuade them to do what is necessary to give every child the basic ingredients for a lifetime of success.

Formerly known as Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), Children First continues the 40+ years of advocacy on behalf of children and families in southeastern PA.

Our job as parents, neighbors, and members of the community is to make sure every child has the fundamental building blocks for success including health care, high-quality education from pre-k through high school, proper nutrition, and a dependable support network to help them grown into healthy, able, and confident adults. READ MORE.

Strategic Planning

The tough challenges children face today do not lend themselves to simple solutions. With a strong reputation and history as a unique organization advocating for a range of children’s issues, Children First has embarked on a five-year strategic planning process to guide our future work. We are a trusted and credible voice that combines comprehensive research and the tools of advocacy to mobilize partner organizations and citizens across the region to change the lives of children for the better.