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

Openings Available! – Excellent Adventure Summer Camp

Enrolling now for Summer Camp!  Full day program begins June 15th for school age children 5 to 12 years old. Call 456-4576 for details or to enroll your child today! CC Summer Camp 2015
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ENROLLING NOW!! Early Connections – North East

Early Connections is opening an Early Care and Education Center in the North East community, at 43 S. Lake Street (located within the facilities of the First Baptist Church).  We will open in early June 2015, and will accept infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.  A school-age program will be added if there is sufficient interest in our providing this service.  We will be open year-round, with daily hours from 6 AM – 6 PM.

PA and NY Child Care Subsidy Accepted (CCIS)

For more information please call 814-874-0144 x 10
or email the EC-NE site director, Katie Fisher at

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Pre-K Counts – AM & PM Openings at EC-Westside

Are you looking for a quality Pre-K experience for your child? Early Connections-West Side currently has openings in both the morning and afternoon Pre-K Counts classrooms. Wrap care can be provided as well.  Pre-K Counts is a FREE Read the rest of this entry »

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 »


Erie Community Foundation-Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority Grant Award

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Captain McFinn and Company visit Early Connections-City Center

McFinn w kidsOn December 17th,  Captain McFinn and Company, along with members of Widget Financial and the Millcreek Mall Marketing Team, introduced the new Captain McFinn“Swim & Play” Read the rest of this entry »

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

Early Connections was honored to receive the 2014 Bracken Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Governance Read the rest of this entry »


Celebrate the amazing young children in your life, and the families, teachers and leaders that help them reach their promise Read the rest of this entry »

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 »


Thank You

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.

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)