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

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 week, as they learn about the animal kingdom, they are listening to Saint-Saens’s Carnival of the Animals; dancing to the rhythm of words; and looking at Aboriginal art and paintings by Henri Rousseau. On Friday, July 1st, they will perform their original Jungle Jamboree at the Erie Zoo. “When the Camel Sneezed” will be available this fall at MarMooWorks, a company promoting literacy, interactive reading, and a love for learning and language at an early age.

Join us at the Erie Zoo on Friday, July 1 – we’re onstage at 11:00 AM! We hope to see you there.


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 VINYL PALOOZA 3.0 – SEPT 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.

May 21 2016 Armed Forces Day

More than 70% of 17- to 24-year olds in the U.S. cannot serve in the military, primarily because they are too poorly educated, too overweight, or have a serious criminal record. Providing quality early learning opportunities to our youngest citizens is critical to securing our nation’s future.  Whether young people join the military or not, they all deserve quality early learning experiences to get on track for succeeding in school and in life – whatever career path they choose.


EARLY CONNECTIONS NORTH EAST – NOW OPEN! 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 »


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-income families so that they may attend a high-quality early childhood education program in Erie County during the school year.

Curtze Dec 30 2015

Pictured from left to right are Darlene E. Kovacs, Executive Director of Early Connections, and C. Bruce Kern, President of CA Curtze Company.

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

American Tinning & Galvanizing 2015

Erie’s Future Fund is grateful to receive a $22,000EITC donation from American Tinning and Galvanizing. One portion of the donation will help provide funding for scholarships to children from low-incomefamilies to attend a high-quality early childhood education program in Erie County during the school year.  Another portion of the donation will help Erie’s Future Fund’s Summer Scholars, a new program that will provide scholarships for children from low-income families to attend high-quality programs that offer educational activities and nutritious meals during their attendance in the summer months.

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

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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Captain McFinn and Company visit Early Connections-City Center

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

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Thank You

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!

Erie Gives Day 2015

The babies on the bus say, “Hurray, hurray!” We are so grateful to our generous Erie Gives donors Read the rest of this entry »

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)