Announcing DVAEYC’s 50th Anniversary Champions for Young Children Reception and Silent Auction honoring Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney! Mayor Kenney has made outstanding contributions to the field of early childhood education through PHL Pre-K and Rebuild Philadelphia, affecting not only Philadelphia’s youngest learners, but their educators, families, and the whole community. We are proud to support the Mayor’s vision for an engaged and empowered city.

October 26, 2017
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107


You understand the importance of an intelligent, educated workforce. You want to work with people who are ready to solve problems, strategize, and be great team players. But did you know that the greatest workforce development programs aren’t in colleges or high schools — but in preschools?

That’s right — high quality early education sets children up for a lifetime of learning. There, they learn the skills that are essential to playing (and working!) well with others, as well as the fundamental math and literacy concepts that lead to later academic success. Supporting high quality early education for all young children is one of the wisest investments we can make for the future of Philadelphia.

This idea is at the heart of our mission at DVAEYC. We are the premier professional association for early childhood educators and the leading voice for issues facing the early childhood community in the Delaware Valley. At DVAEYC, we provide professional development opportunities to educators, lend our expertise to policy makers, and mobilize advocates to encourage our community to invest in high-quality early education on behalf of our youngest learners. Our work has an impact far beyond our students and teachers. Your support of quality early education programs sets us all up for a stronger community and workforce.

Mayor Jim Kenney

A lifelong city resident, Mayor Jim Kenney grew up the oldest of four in a South Philadelphia rowhouse neighborhood.

Jim was elected in 1991 to serve as a Democratic City Councilman At-Large. In City Council, Jim stood up for Philadelphia’s working families and fought for living wages, increased funding for public education, and community policing measures.

On January 4, 2016, Jim was sworn in as the 99th Mayor of Philadelphia. In his inaugural address, the Mayor laid out a vision for an accessible, accountable government for everyone, regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic class. To make that vision a reality, the Mayor is committed to expanding access to quality pre-k for high-need children and implementing the community school model in Philadelphia.

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Join us in sponsoring this event!

This event would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors who see the importance of investing in early childhood education. Many thanks to those who continue to support us and this important work. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact Rebecca Tyrrell for more information.

Donate a silent auction item!

One of the central activities at our Champions event is the silent auction. We are accepting donations of silent auction items and packages — yet another way that you can help us to raise funds while promoting your business. Please use this form for silent auction donations or contact Lara Sinangil for more information.

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Gold Sponsors

Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes (ret.)