News and Events
Thank you for believing in our children, Scott Enterprises!
School supplies were collected by Scott Enterprise Employees for our school-age children at Early Connections. Along with all of the supplies was a letter, each from Nick Jr. and Chris Scott, which helped provide our children with a “can-do” attitude for the school year.
Pictured in front row: Darlene Kovacs, Executive Director, Early Connections. Second row, left to right: Christine Simon, Director of Human Resources, Scott Enterprises; Sharon Johannesmeyer, Safety Manager, Scott Enterprises; Nick Scott Jr, Vice President, Scott Enterprises; Michelle Harkins, Associate Executive Director, Early Connections.
We Love Books!
Early Connections is grateful for the Erie Kiwanis, who secured a grant from Constellation Energy to purchase books through Hooked on Books for Kids. Pictured left to right presenting one of our City Center preschool classrooms books are Erie Kiwanis President Bill Sapone, and Kiwanis Joe Murphy.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Preschool children at City Center welcomed guest reader Nicole Reitzell from Erie Downtown Development Corporation. Thank you for reading one of our favorite books, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Preschool children at City Center enjoyed having guest reader Mayor Joe Schember read two of our favorite books this morning,”Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see?” by Eric Carle and “Bugs, Bugs, Bugs” by Bob Barner. Thank you, Mayor Schember for visiting with us today. We had a great time and are looking forward to you reading to us again!
Thank you to everyone who donated so generously on Erie Gives Day to help Early Connections improve our playgrounds!
Please Support Us on Erie Gives Day!
A reminder that today is ERIE GIVES DAY! Every donation we receive helps Early Connections continue our work to provide quality early education to the children in our community. Donations will support children’s health by improving our playgrounds! Thank you for your generosity!
Looking for a quality Pre-K Program for your child?
Summer is almost over and school will start soon! Early Connections offers Pre-K Counts half-day preschool classes at 6 locations in Erie County. Pre-K Counts programs are Free to age / income eligible families. Give our centers a call! Currently enrolling for PreK Counts at City Center (814-456-4576), West Side (814-456-5346), Harbor Homes (814-899-3310), John E. Horan Garden Apartments (814-454-9713), and North East (814-315-2915). Also enrolling toddlers at our City Center and Union City locations.
Early Connections staff and children are thankful to the Kiwanis Club of Erie for donating $1,000 that was used to purchase books for our children and a secure gate Read the rest of this entry »
Thank You Happi 92.7!
Early Connections would like to thank Happi 92.7 and the Millcreek Mall for hosting
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Erie BANK supports Preschool Scholarships in Erie County
Our sincere thanks to Erie BANK for their donation to Erie’s Future Fund Preschool Scholarship Program. The Erie’s Future Fund preschool scholarship program, administered by Early Connections, provides Pre-K scholarships for income eligible families in more than 40 preschool programs throughout Erie County.
Pictured left to right: Bill DeLuca, Senior Vice President at Erie Bank, Darlene Kovacs, Executive Director of Early Connections, and Katie Jones, Assistant Vice President at Erie Bank
Thank you to Erie Insurance Group for their generous donation to Erie’s Future Fund.
Administered by Early Connections, Erie’s Future Fund provides scholarships for eligible children to attend half day preschool classes at more than 40 different early childhood programs throughout Erie County.
Pictured from left to right are Darlene Kovacs, Executive Director of Early Connections, Kimberly Beers, Scholarship Director, Erie’s Future Fund, and Ann Scott, Manager of Community Outreach & Human Resources at Erie Insurance Group.
UnifiedErie Youth Work Awards
Congratulations to Theresa Williams for having been recognized at the UnifiedErie Youth Awards ceremony on May 4th, 2017. The UnifiedErie Youth Work Awards exists to honor the amazing adults in our community that work directly with children and youth under the age of 18 at non-profit agencies in Erie County. Youth workers are often the unsung heroes of the youth within our communities. These are the individuals who have a direct impact on the lives of our youth. They often wear many hats- mentor, educator, counselor, and friend.
Kiwanis Club of Erie Visits Early Connections- Harbor Homes
Early Connections staff and children were thankful to the Kiwanis Club of Erie for donating two rocking chairs that will be used at the Early Connections Harbor Homes location. The Kiwanis were invited to read to the children; each child also received a book from Hooked on Books for Kids and the Erie Kiwanis!
Pictured with children from left to right: Ms. Michelle, Early Connections staff; Bill Sapone, Kiwanis of Erie President; Linda Smalley, Hooked on Books for Kids and Kiwanis Club of Erie; Cathy Szymanski, Kiwanis Club of Erie; Joe Murphy, Kiwanis Club of Erie; and Early Connections staff Ms. Sarah, Ms. Julie, and Ms. Kelly.
Nonprofit Partnership Awards Charles H. Bracken Excellence in Nonprofit Governance Award to Early Connections
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 »
- “I know they have my children’s best interest at heart.”
- “They really show individual attention to all the children.”
- “They come home tired and full of stories of what they’ve learned”
- “My son has attended Early Connections in Union City since Preschool. I still remember the
- It’s Clear She’s Learning
- Caring, Nurturing Staff – I Will Always Remain Grateful
- Thank You!
- All the Good Things She’s Learned
- Teachers are Friendly
- Clean, Happy Environment
VINYL PALOOZA 4.0
Early Connections Extends It’s Sincere Appreciation to the Following Sponsors:
Kiwanis Club of Erie
The Plazony Family Foundation
Times Publishing Company
The Sunflower Club
Presque Isle Downs & Casino
Rep. Flo and Vicki Fabrizio
Rep. Pat and Michelle Harkins
Dr. Paul and Darlene Kovacs
Mike and LeeAnn Thomas
Sean and Kimberly Beers
Thank You! East Erie Moose Lodge #593
Early Connections, Inc. is thankful to the East Erie Moose Lodge #593 for their donation of $500. The Moose Lodge supports family-friendly causes throughout the community. From left to right: Michelle Harkins, Associate Executive Director, Early Connections; Craig Westover, East Erie Moose Lodge Governor, and Stephanie King, Director of Early Connections West Side. Thank you Moose Board and Members!
Thank you! UPMC Health Plan
Early Connections is very thankful to their partners, UPMC Health Plan, for donating $40,000 through the Neighborhood Assistance Program. This funding will be used to provide high-quality curriculum in each of the Early Connections classrooms throughout Erie County, delivering the best early learning opportunities for children to become better prepared for success in school, and life.
Pictured (L-R): Darlene Kovacs, Executive Director, Early Connections; Jenny Weigold Geertson, Senior Manager, Regional Community Relations and Marketing Operations, UPMC Health Plan; Michelle Harkins, Associate Executive Director, Early Connections.
Early Connections Annual Report
Creating Lifelong Learners, One Child at a Time
Early Connections is pleased to present the information in this annual report to the community. We remain committed to our mission, providing leadership, advocacy, and quality programs in early care and education. We believe this represents the best means to assist young children and their families, giving young learners the enthusiasm and tools to succeed in their future education.
We work closely with our community partners to continually increase children’s access to quality early learning, and to provide an increasingly-diverse community of learners with multiple opportunities and means to explore new information, skills, and ideas.
In this report, we highlight Early Connections’ work during the 2016-2017 year within our organization and with our many community partners and supporters. We continue to work for Erie County’s future by inspiring children’s love of learning and by connecting with families to ensure their children’s success.