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APRIL 2016
University of the Sciences to Host 2016 Conference
McNeil STCPhiladelphia Family Pride is excited to announce that this year's 7th annual Family Matters Conference will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the University of the Sciences in the McNeil Science and Technology Center in West Philadelphia. The building is located at S. 45th Street and Woodland Ave.

This location is very public transit accessible and has multiple nearby free parking lots. We also are excited for the meal plan this year: a cafeteria setting with all-you-can-eat hot lunch for participants that will be included in the registration fee.

If you are interested in being on this year's planning committee to help us choose the theme, programming and more, please e-mail PFP Executive Director Stephanie Haynes at

clarkparkCOLAGE has also been invited to participate and provide programming for the older kids. University of the Sciences
 is across the street from two playgrounds at Clark Park for the kids to get some outdoor time, weather permitting (pictured).

Information on sponsorship levels and the request for proposals for workshops will be forthcoming. Many thanks to PFP board member Gregory Hedler for securing this location for us.

As a side note, PFP's Sandra Telep and Stephanie Haynes are traveling to Washington, DC April 30 to attend the DC Rainbow Families Conference to trade ideas with another LGBTQ parent group.

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2016 PFP Camping Trip Plans Announced

wadingpinesJoin PFP for our annual camping trip Friday through Sunday, August 19-21 at Wading Pines Camping Resort in Chatsworth, New Jersey.

The campground is approximately a one hour drive from Philly and offers swimming, playground facilities, and boating (canoes and kayaks). We will have a group of tent sites that can be reserved directly through us, but there are also cabins available if preferred. Families can contact the campground directly about cabin availability.

camping2015If you'd like to attend please email In your email, please include the number of people in your family, your names and the ages of any children. Camping site costs will be announced soon.

New to camping? Don't have a tent or camping gear? Don't worry! There are several PFP members who are experienced campers and have extra gear to lend. Contact us ( with any concerns/needs and we can connect you with a camping mentor or the equipment you need. This would be a great first camping trip for kids and adults alike!

Busy month for PFP events!
On Saturday, April 2nd, PFP parents got together for a Parents Night Out. First they dropped off their kiddos at the Little Green Schoolhouse and then had a lovely dinner together nearby at the Han Dynasty in West Philly. Thanks to PFP Board Member Sandra Telep for organizing the event and Gregory Hedler for helping with the babysitting. Look for more events with babysitting in the future!

Families got some outdoor time together on Saturday, April 16 for a walk along the beautiful Cynwyd Heritage Trail in Bala Cynwyd, PA. Thanks to PFP Board Member Gina Cline for leading the group. Look for more hikes throughout the year, including one in the Wissahickon on June 5.
Spring Hike
New and expectant parents got together at the home of Julie and Leah in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia on Sunday, April 17 for a potluck. The group had a great time and even got a photo with all 8 babies in attendance! They are already organizing the next get-together. It will be a potluck picnic at Valley Forge National Park on Saturday, June 5.
new and expectant potluck

Finally, a group of PFP parents attended the next-to-last Maybe Baby group for women and trans communities at the Therapy Center of Philadelphia to tell their stories and answer questions from the group of prospective parents. Thanks to Nicole Molinari, Vicky Kresge and PFP Board Members Nijah Newton-Famous and Sandra Telep for participating. For more information on our prospective parent groups, check our web site.
Maybe Baby Parents

New Hope Pride_016Saturday, May 7: Join PFP families at the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown with discounted tickets. This event was rescheduled due to weather. Tickets still available!

Saturday-Sunday, May 14-15: Rooms with the group discount for PFP's annual Great Wolf Lodge trip have sold out.
 If you’d like to book separately for the same weekend and meet up with the PFP group, you are welcome to do so, but we can't guarantee the same discount. 

Saturday, May 21: PFP will again be marching in the New Hope Pride Parade, kicking off at 11:30am. RSVP to be included in this fun, small and family-friendly pride event. (Pictured, above)

Saturday, June 4: Save the date for a PFP service day at Youth Valley House. Details TBA.

valleygreenSunday, June 5: Our next hike will take place in the beautiful Wissahickon Gorge on Sunday, June 5 at 10am. Meet at the Valley Green Inn. (Pictured.)

Sunday, June 5: The new and expectant parent group is holding a potluck picnic at Valley Forge National Park starting at 11am. More info.

Sunday, June 12: Ride the PFP trolley in the Philly Pride Parade and visit the Family Zone at the festival at this year's pride event.

Our Maybe Baby groups for prospective parents are under way for the Spring, but if you are interested in the classes for the fall, please check our web site and get on the "interested" list to reserve your spots.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for more upcoming events.

PFP Board Votes to Support Universal Pre-K, Soda Tax
PFP's board voted unanimously the first week of April to support Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney's proposed $.03 per ounce tax on sugary drinks to provide revenue for the following: expand pre-K programs in the city, rebuild parks and rec centers, open 25 community schools and more (see pie chart below).

While PFP doesn't often take a stand on political issues, we wanted to show our support for the goal of universal pre-K and educate our membership on the issue.

If you agree and are a resident of Philadelphia, please contact your City Council members to show your support for the soda tax.

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More resources on this issue:

Harvard study: Soda tax would make Phila. healthier,, 4/28/16

How Philly's soda tax could make sense,, 3/28/16

Blacks and sugar-sweetened drinks, Philadelphia Tribune, 3/26/16

Paying for preschool justifies Kenney's soda tax,, 3/20/16



Philadelphia Family Pride
2016 Board of Directors

Kelly Durand, Chair

Sandra Telep, Vice-Chair

Sandy Gilardi, Treasurer

Joel Nichols, Secretary

Paula Estornell, Education and Advocacy Committee Chair

Gina Cline, Fundraising Committee Chair

Gregory Hedler, Membership Committee Chair

Gregory Girdy, Event Programming Committee Chair

Bryan Berchok, Member-at-large

Nijah Newton-Famous, Member-at-large

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