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News and Events

Vinyl Palooza ~ Call for Art

Are you an artist who loves a challenge? Or a collector who appreciates all things Vinyl? Well, now’s your chance to indulge and create!

Early Connections, Erie Pennsylvania, invites artists to submit visual art work for their first Vinyl Palooza Art Show & Sale. Selections will be based on artistic and creative quality as well as space allotment.

Stipulation: the art work must include a physical piece of Vinyl, in whole or part, in the work.

Submission Guidelines:
• Up to 3 pieces of Artwork will be accepted per artist on August 22 to 26, 2016
• A $15 non-refundable entry fee for each submission; Check can be made payable to Erie Arts & Culture

• Deliver artwork to Erie Arts & Culture, 23 West 10th Street, Suite 2, Erie PA 16501 from 9 am to 4 pm, August 22 to 26, 2016. Call Erie Arts & Culture if you need to set-up a time other than listed above.
• Include the title of the piece, medium, sale price, your full name, address & phone number with the work

Printable copy & additional information  – Vinyl palooza_ArtShow_CallForArtWork

Parents of Children Enrolled at EC – West Side – 

Due to water damage at West Side, children enrolled at West Side will attend our City Center location on Thursday, 8/11 and Friday, 8/12. Please take your children to City Center, located at 704 State Street, (the corner of W. 7th & State Streets) at your regular drop off time. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding while we work hard to repair the damage caused by last night’s storm.

West Side Center Closed Today – Aug 10

Early Connections West Side will be closed today, August 10 due to water damage.

Thank you to all our donors who are supporting Early Connections through Erie Gives! If you haven’t yet had a chance to donate remember that donations are gratefully accepted until 8 PM at Please support us in our work!

Erie Gives Day – August 9th!

What do we know about Erie Gives?  We know that it’s a donor-friendly, community-centered, EXCITING event! We know that your donated dollars are maximized because the Erie Community Foundation matches a percentage of your donation! We know that supporting your local non-profits is a simple, online process.

What is the MOST IMPORTANT thing we know about Erie Gives?  We know that we rely on you and on our other faithful supporters to reach out to family, friends, and colleaguEGD Color Logo JPEGes. Ask them to support Early Connections by donating to Erie Gives on August 9th.

When you give to Early Connections, you can be certain that your donor dollars stay right here in Erie County to benefit our community’s youngest learners.


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September 22, 2016!!

Mark your calendars for September 22nd when Erie ExperienceVinyl will host the 3rd annual VINYL PALOOZA vinyl record charity spin event on behalf of Early Connections. Great music, a rock & roll trivia contest, silent and live auctions, and more! New for for 2016 – Vinyl Palooza Art Show and Sale, in collaboration with Erie Arts & Culture. Proceeds from Vinyl Palooza 3.0 benefit early childhood programs at Early Connections six locations.

Become an VP 3.0 Event Sponsor today! Four levels of sponsorship are available – Diamond, Platinum, Gold, and Chartbuster. Click here for sponsor level details.

DIAMOND Sponsors:

Erie Insurance EFL logo

Michael & Michele Plazony


PLATINUM Sponsors:


GOLD Sponsors:

Society of Holy Trinity Group #240


State Representative Flo and Vicki Fabrizio

Dr. Paul and Darlene Kovacs


Early Connections Harbor Homes and MarMooWorks, founded by Mary Arete
Moodey, have teamed up for a rumbling Animal Stampede!

Using movement, music making, painting, and storytelling, the children are bringing Mary Arete Moodey’s fifth book, When the Camel Sneezed, to life. Throughout the Read the rest of this entry »

May 21 2016 Armed Forces Day

More than 70% of 17- to 24-year olds in the U.S. cannot serve in the military, Read the rest of this entry »

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 on enrolling your child or to schedule a tour of our new center please call 814-315-2915 or email the EC-NE site director, Katie Fisher at

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 »


So Many Vinyl Records, So Many Songs – Request to Hear Your Favorites on September 22nd!

Thank you Mike Plazony from Erie Experience Vinyl for inviting a few Early Connections staff members into “The Cave” to begin creating a vinyl record song list for the Total Request Line portion of Vinyl Palooza 3.0.  Vinyl Palooza will be held on SeptembMike P's man cave - vp3.0er 22nd at McCoys Barrelhouse and Grill, 1013 State Street.


Let’s Go to the Ball Game!

Kiwanis & Kim July 2016 - Seawolves tkts

What a fun evening!  Our Early Connections children thank the Erie Kiwanis, for donating tickets to attend the SeaWolves game on July 19th!

Early Connections – North East Voted Best Daycare/Preschool for 2015

The North East News-Journal annually conducts a reader’s poll to determine which businesses are the “best” in the community.
Congratulations! Early Connections has been voted Best Daycare/Preschool in the North East Community for 2015!! The “Best of” edition will be published for Friday, May 27, 2016EC NE Award 2015

CA Curtze Company Donates Funds for Erie’s Future Fund Scholarships

Early Connections is very thankful for CA Curtze Company’s support; they recently donated $10,000 to Erie’s Future Fund’s scholarship program.   Erie’s Future Fund, administered by Early Connections, provides scholarships to children from low- Read the rest of this entry »

American Tinning and Galvanizing Supports Erie’s Future Fund Scholarship Program

American Tinning & Galvanizing 2015

Pictured are: David Bertges, Financial andHR Manager; Rodney Chiarelli, Vice President; Robin Scheppner, President and Managing Owner.

Erie’s Future Fund is grateful to receive a $22,000 EITC donation from American Tinning and Galvanizing. One portion of the donation will help Erie’s Future Fund’s Summer Scholars, a new program Read the rest of this entry »

Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb Raises Funds for Erie’s Future Fund Scholarships

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6th Annual Pre-K Counts Awareness Day

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Project Trio

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Early Connections West Side Director Selected as an Aftershool Ambassador

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Erie Community Foundation-Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority Grant Award

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Thank You

ERIEBANK is proud to support the Early Connections Vinyl Palooza 3.0

an event to support Early Connections. Early Connections provides high quality early childhood education to children in the Erie community. Vinyl Palooza will be held on September 22, 2016.

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Pictured left to right: Darlene Kovacs, Early Connections Executive Director, and Katie Jones, ERIEBANK, Community Office Manager

Thank you! PNC Bank

PNC Bank recently presented Early Connections with a $3000 Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) contribution. Tax credit contributions to Early Connections are used to subsidize the tuition expenses of pre-kindergarten children of low-income, working families.

PNC EITC Feb2016Pictured: Jeff Szumigale, Senior Vice President and Managing Director for PNC Wealth Management and Darlene E. Kovacs, Executive Director of Early Connections 

Thank you ERIEBANK!

Early Connections, Inc. would like to thank their partner ERIEBANK for their generous Pre-K Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) donation of $2,500.


Pictured from left to right are:  Michelle Harkins, Associate Executive Director of Early Connections; Bill DeLuca, Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking at ERIEBANK; Darlene E. Kovacs, Executive Director of Early Connections, and Katie Jones, Assistant Vice President, Regional Retail Administrator at ERIEBANK.

Joe B’s Carpet Connection

Thank you! Joe B’s Carpet Connection, 3645 West 12th Street for your generous donation of area rugs to our childcare centers!

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)