Pennsylvania Early Learning keys to QualityThe NW Regional Key collaborates with regional early learning and school-age partners to support positive outcomes for children.

Pre K Counts is an initiative to build and strengthen pre-kindergarten partnerships.

United Way of Erie plays a unique role both as a leader in the health/human services sector.

Accredited Under the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ Standards for Excellence®

News and Events


Mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 11th when Early Connections participates in the 5th annual Erie Gives Day! From 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., donors can visit  or call 814-454-0843 to make a donation of $25 or more by using Visa, MasterCard and Discover cards.

Your donation goes further on Erie Gives Day! Donations made through on August 11th will receive a prorated percentage of the $220,000 in matching funds contributed by GE Transportation, Erie Insurance, Presque Isle Downs and Casino, Eriez Magnetics, the Erie Community Foundation and an anonymous donor.

Thank you to the donors who supported Early Connections during the 2014 Erie Gives Day. Your generosity made a significant difference for children and their families.We hope we can count on your support this year for Erie Gives Day!

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A simple click can change a child’s future.

NOW OPEN!! Early Connections – North East

Early Connections – North East located at 43 S. Lake Street (within the facilities of the First Baptist Church) is now open, providing quality early care and education for children ages 2 1/2 to elementary age.

We are open year-round, with daily hours from 7:30 AM – 5 PM. PA and NY Child Care Subsidy Accepted (CCIS)

For more information or to schedule a tour of our new center please call 814-315-2915
or email the EC-NE site director, Katie Fisher at


Openings Available! – Excellent Adventure Summer Camp

Enrolling now for Summer Camp!  Full day program begins June 15th for school age children 5 to 12 years old. Call 456-4576 for details or to enroll your child today! CC Summer Camp 2015
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Early Connections Receives Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) Accreditation

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Early Connections is proud to be able to display this Seal of Excellence awarded by the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations.  Early Connections was recently awarded accreditation under the Standards for Excellence® program, Read the rest of this entry »


Early Connections West Side Director Selected as an Aftershool Ambassador

Stephanie King, Director of Early Connections West Side, was selected as an Afterschool Ambassador by the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network (PSAYDN). In collaboration with the Education Policy and Leadership Center, 15 individuals were selected from across Pennsylvania to build relationships with their Read the rest of this entry »

Erie Community Foundation-Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority Grant Award

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Captain McFinn and Company visit Early Connections-City Center

McFinn w kidsOn December 17th,  Captain McFinn and Company, along with members of Widget Financial and the Millcreek Mall Marketing Team, introduced the new Captain McFinn“Swim & Play” Read the rest of this entry »

Nonprofit Partnership Awards Charles H. Bracken Excellence in Nonprofit Governance Award to Early Connections

Early Connections was honored to receive the 2014 Bracken Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Governance Read the rest of this entry »

Early Connections-West Side Presented with Bright STARS Award

Early Connections-West Side was presented with the Bright Star Award, Read the rest of this entry »


Thank You

Thank you to the donors who supported Early Connections and Erie’s Future Fund during the Erie Gives event on August 12th. Your generosity made a significant difference for children and their families.

Annual Reports

2014 Annual Report-Celebrating 10 Years of Quality Early Care and Education for Young Children

2014 marked our organization’s 10 year anniversary as Early Connections. Our annual report summarizes the accomplishments of the past year and reflects upon our growth as an organization over the past ten years.

Early Connections 2014 Annual Report (part 1)
Early Connections 2014 Annual Report (part 2)