Celebration of the 2024 Champion for Children

The Celebration of the 2024 Children First “Champions for Children” honoring Vanguard

On the evening of Thursday, May 16, 2024, Children First will shine a spotlight on Vanguard for being exceptional leaders in making a lifelong impact on the lives of children. In words, deeds, and with resources, Vanguard has stepped up for every child to get what they deserve in life – a strong start. 

For decades, Vanguard has been an unsung partner and champion with Children First and local and national early learning leaders to deliver on this belief. In the last six years alone, the company has invested over $60 million to support the learning, development, and joy of children today. Vanguard uses the same steady and research-backed approach to steward the investments of more than 50 million people worldwide to pave the way for children, regardless of race or zip code, to have the access to high-quality child care and early learning experiences.

We know that there are many worthy causes and amazing regional leaders to honor, but we urge you to join Children First as we honor Vanguard as the 2024 Champions for Children. In doing so, you’ll be among a growing list of corporations, organizations, and individuals that are actively improving the future for children.

Advocates of the Year

Advocates are the real power behind Children First’s success.  Stay tuned for a list of our 2024 Advocates of the Year.

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Championship Sponsors:

Leading Sponsor:

Advocate Sponsors:


Supporting Sponsors:

BCDI-Philadelphia & Vicinity

Brightside Academy


Delaware Valley Regional Economic Development Fund

GSL Public Strategies

Independence Blue Cross

Independence Foundation

Jefferson Health Plans

Philadelphia Housing Authority

Saul Ewing LLP

Ally Sponsors:

AmeriHealth Caritas

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC


Foundation for Delaware County

Pincus Family Foundation

Project HOME

Reinvestment Fund

Troutman Pepper


Individual Sponsors:

AMJ Foundation
Carolyn & Tim Adams
Lindsay & Sam Albright
Michael Churchill & Tasha Stonorov
Jim & Jan Creedon
Harriett Dichter & John Schapiro
The Margaret Glenn Estey Fund
Helen & Leonard Evelev
Bill Ewing
Phil Fitzgerald
Richard & Susan Frazier
Rosemarie & Anne Greco-Morrisey
Stephen & Barbara Gold
Janet Haas
Carole Haas Gravagno
David & Jacqui Griffith
David Hackett
Jay & Rosemarie Halt
Renee Hughes
Hallum Hurt
Mary and Howard Hurtig
Phil Jaurigue
Chrissy Kind
Caroline Estey King
Ken & Eve Klothen
Elaine Lindy
Nancy Lucas
Ed Mahlman & Moya Kinnealey
Sara Nerken
Kathleen Noonan & Jonathan Lipson
Lisa Panepinto
Carol Pate & John Melvin
Heidi Ramírez
Brian, Soozung, & Robert Rankin
Ann Rosewater & Robert Kronley
ShaVon Savage
Frances Sheehan & Ricardo Gelman
Darren Smith
Shanin and Tracey Specter
H. Lynn Starr
John & Jane Summers
The Marni Sweet Fund
John Taylor
Teresa Ward-Maupin
Pat West & Tom Vernon
Flora Wolf & Laslo Boyd
Wendy Wolf

In-Kind Sponsors: