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.

Children First improves the lives and life chances of our region’s low-income, Black, and Hispanic children by advocating for the building blocks of opportunity — equitable access to high-quality early education, sound health care, effective public schools, as well as dependency and delinquency systems that heal children. We work with and organize parents, youth, and concerned citizens to advance these fundamental requirements of a more just society and for a better future. READ MORE.

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.

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.