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


Thursday, Sept. 22nd, McCoy’s Barrelhouse & Grill

Event schedule
5:00 pm – Total Request Line opens! Have a favorite song you’d love to hear? Hundreds upon hundreds of vinyl albums from the 60s to current to choose from or BYOV (bring your own vinyl). A $5 per song donation will put your favorite tune on the evening’s “Play List”.  (Songs can be ‘bumped” up to the top of the list for an additional donation)

5:30 pm– Juried Art Exhibit Award – New this year – Vinyl Palooza Art Show in collaboration with Erie  Arts & Culture. Unique art pieces created using a vinyl record.

6:30 pm – Music Trivia Contest

8:00 pm – Live Auction Begins – Steelers vs Bills game tickets, Prince album & more!

9:00 pm – Basket and 50/50 Raffles drawings. Need not be present to win.

Karaoke Afterwards

 vinyl-palozza-3-0-poster-final VINYL PALOOZA 3.0

September 22, 2016!!

Join us on September 22nd when Erie ExperienceVinyl hosts 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 – STEELERS VS BILLS tickets! – 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.

A Special Thank You! to our Vinyl Palooza 3.0 Event Sponsors

 DIAMOND Sponsors:

Erie Insurance EFL logo

The Plazony Family

PLATINUM Sponsors:


Sean and Kimberly Beers

GOLD Sponsors:

Society of Holy Trinity Group #240


State Representative Flo and Vicki Fabrizio

Dr. Paul and Darlene Kovacs

State Representative Patrick and Michelle Harkins

Retirement Services of Erie LLC


Interested in becoming a VP 3.0 event sponsor? There is still time to add your sponsorship to this unique event that supports children’s programs at Early Connections! Four levels of sponsorship are available starting at just $100 – Diamond, Platinum, Gold, and Chartbuster. Click here for sponsor level details.


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 [email protected]

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)