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.



Early Connections is pleased to announce we are accepting enrollments for our Early Explorers program! This funded preschool program is designed to give children a quality early learning experience, because we believe that learning IS an adventure. Your child will participate in exciting active learning experiences, which will help develop skills in literacy, math, and motor abilities, as well as social skills that include sharing, listening, playing with others, and following directions. We hope you will contact us to learn more about Early Explorers. Please call 814-456-5346 for more information.  Early Explorers brochure


First cluster of Enterovirus cases confirmed in Pennsylvania – Tips for preventing the spread of enterovirus and other respiratory illnesses

Physician General Dr. Carrie DeLone recommends that parents and providers be vigilant and aware of the signs and symptoms of EV-D68, but also be aware that there are other respiratory illnesses circulating. If you are unsure, it’s best to talk with your healthcare provider.

Enteroviruses are very common respiratory illnesses with more than 100 types resulting between 10 to 15 million cases occurring in the United States each year. EV-D68 infections are believed to occur less commonly than other enterovirus infections.

Enteroviruses can cause respiratory illness, rashes with fever, and neurologic illness like aseptic meningitis (swelling of the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord) and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). Many infections will be mild and require only treatment of the symptoms. Some people with severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 may need to be hospitalized.

While there is no specific treatment for EV-D68, individuals can protect themselves from EV-D68 – and other respiratory illnesses – by doing the following:

    •  Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Cough into your sleeve or a tissue.
    • Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups, eating utensils, etc. with people who are sick.
    • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.

Additional tips and reminders for early learning programs (based on state health and safety regulations for child care centers):

  •  Wash children and staff hands frequently including:
  • After being outdoors
  • Before handling food
  • Before and after meals
  • After diapering and toileting


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