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

May 21 2016 Armed Forces Day

More than 70% of 17- to 24-year olds in the U.S. cannot serve in the military, primarily because they are too poorly educated, too overweight, or have a serious criminal record. Providing quality early learning opportunities to our youngest citizens is critical to securing our nation’s future.  Whether young people join the military or not, they all deserve quality early learning experiences to get on track for succeeding in school and in life – whatever career path they choose.


Enroll Now! Pre-K Counts Progam Openings at EC-Westside

Are you looking for a quality Pre-K experience for your child? Early Connections-West Side currently has 5 openings available in both the morning and afternoon Pre-K Counts classrooms. Wrap care can be provided as well.  Pre-K Counts is a FREE State funded program for preschool children ages 3 to 5 who meet
certain eligibility requirements. For more information please contact Stephanie King at 456-5346.


Mark your calendars for September 22nd when Erie ExperienceVinyl will host the 3rd annual VINYL PALOOZA vinyl charity spin event on behalf of Early Connections.



EARLY CONNECTIONS NORTH EAST – NOW OPEN! 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

Early Connections Receives Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) Accreditation

Pano logo (high res)

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 »


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-income families so that they may attend a high-quality early childhood education program in Erie County during the school year.

Curtze Dec 30 2015

Pictured from left to right are Darlene E. Kovacs, Executive Director of Early Connections, and C. Bruce Kern, President of CA Curtze Company.

American Tinning and Galvanizing Supports Erie’s Future Fund Scholarship Program

American Tinning & Galvanizing 2015

Erie’s Future Fund is grateful to receive a $22,000EITC donation from American Tinning and Galvanizing. One portion of the donation will help provide funding for scholarships to children from low-incomefamilies to attend a high-quality early childhood education program in Erie County during the school year.  Another portion of the donation will help Erie’s Future Fund’s Summer Scholars, a new program that will provide scholarships for children from low-income families to attend high-quality programs that offer educational activities and nutritious meals during their attendance in the summer months.

Pictured are: David Bertges, Financial andHR Manager; Rodney Chiarelli, Vice President; Robin Scheppner, President and Managing Owner.

Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb Raises Funds for Erie’s Future Fund Scholarships

RecentMt. Kili Check Presentationly Dr. Joyce Miller climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in an effort to raise money for scholarships for Erie’s Future Fund Read the rest of this entry »

6th Annual Pre-K Counts Awareness Day

Children from Early Connections’ Pre-K Counts classrooms were among the more than 500 children who attended the 6DSCN5104th Annual Pre-K Counts Awareness Day on May 28th. Nine Erie County Pre-K Counts programs took part in the event designed to Read the rest of this entry »

Project Trio

Children from Early Connections City Center enjoyed a morning of music and creative activities with national artists Project Trio on March 25th.  Band-Photo-LEAFProject Trio’s goal is to promote stress management and mental awareness to children through music.

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Early Connections West Side Director Selected as an Aftershool Ambassador

Stephanie King, Director of Early Connections West Side, was selected as an Afterschool Ambassador by the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool Youth 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

On 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 »


Thank You

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!

Erie Gives Day 2015

The babies on the bus say, “Hurray, hurray!” We are so grateful to our generous Erie Gives donors Read the rest of this entry »

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)