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.

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Accredited Under the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ Standards for Excellence®

News and Events

 

This week our City Center welcomed Jennifer Weigold-Geertson, Senior Manager of Community Relations at UPMC Health Plan, to observe Curriculum Gold in action and read to one of our preschool classrooms. Curriculum Gold was purchased because of the generosity and partnership of UPMC Health Plan through the Neighborhood Assistance Program. Thanks for reading to our preschoolers about families, Jenny! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

This week our City Center welcomed Jennifer Weigold-Geertson, Senior Manager of Community Relations at UPMC Health Plan, to observe Teaching Strategy’s Creative Curriculum in action and read to one of our preschool classrooms. Creative Curriculum was purchased because of the generosity and partnership of UPMC Health Plan through the Neighborhood Assistance Program. Thanks for reading to our preschoolers about families, Jenny! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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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!

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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 EGD Color Logo JPEGcontinue 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!

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Looking for a quality Pre-K Program for your child?

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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.


NOW OPEN!

Early Connections West Ridge
5739 West Ridge Road, Building C
Accepting enrollments for infants through preschool
Hours: Monday through Friday
7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CCIS accepted
Call 835-8105 for more information.

Thank you, Erie Downtown Partnership!

Early Connections was one of the downtown businesses that proudly received a $2,595 Façade Improvement Grant from the Erie Downtown Partnership. The Façade Improvement Grant money currently awarded to businesses downtown totaled $15,000. This grant will help provide the funds needed to 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 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 »

Highlights

At Early Connections' In-Service, we welcomed Jennifer Weigold-Geertson, Senior Manager of Community Relations at UPMC Health Plan, for partnering with us to purchase curriculum kits for all of our classrooms at our seven locations throughout Erie County.  UPMC Health Plan partnered with us through the Neighborhood Assistance Program. Pictured:  Jennifer Weigold-Geertson (center of photo in green) and the Early Connections staff.

At Early Connections’ In-Service, we welcomed Jennifer Weigold-Geertson, Senior Manager of Community Relations at UPMC Health Plan, for partnering with us to purchase curriculum kits for all of our classrooms at our seven locations throughout Erie County. UPMC Health Plan partnered with us through the Neighborhood Assistance Program.
Pictured: Jennifer Weigold-Geertson (center of photo in green) and the Early Connections staff.

Kiwanis at JEHGA

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!
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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

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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 »

Testimonials

Thank You

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Early Connections Extends It’s Sincere Appreciation to the Following Sponsors: 

Diamond Sponsors

Kiwanis Club of Erie
The Plazony Family Foundation
Times Publishing Company
The Sunflower Club

Platinum Sponsors

Erie Bank
Presque Isle Downs & Casino

Gold Sponsors

Rep. Flo and Vicki Fabrizio
Rep. Pat and Michelle Harkins
Dr. Paul and Darlene Kovacs
Mike and LeeAnn Thomas

Chartbusters Sponsors

Lori Hetrick
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 supportMoose Lodge donation 1-2017s 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.UPMC-NAP donation for curriculum check presentation Jan 2018
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.


 

Annual Reports

Early Connections Annual Report
2016-2017

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.

Front cover - Early Connections Annual Report 2016-2017

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.

Previous reports:

2015-2016

Early Connections 2014 Annual Report (part 1)

Early Connections 2014 Annual Report (part 2)