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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News and Events

PA Pre-K Counts – Openings Available!

Early Connections City Center has a few PA Pre-K Counts openings available. Pre-K Counts is a FREE preschool program for 3 & 4 year old children. We have both morning and afternoon spots available.

Eligibility requirements: are between age 3 and younger than the entry age for kindergarten; live in a family earning up to 300% of poverty such as a family of four earning $72,900; and may also have language (English is not your first language), a disability or developmental delay,  or other issues that make them at risk for failing in school.

For more information or to schedule a visit to our Pre-K Counts classrooms please call 456-4576 or email ndahlquist@earlyconnectionserie.org 


 

Early Connections Annual Report

2015-2016

As Early Connections looks back on a dozen years of service to young children and their families, we know that our community’s children are bursting with potential for a
cover1bright and productive future.  We remain committed to persistently reaching out to children and families, and to increasing access and opportunity to quality early care and education. In this annual report, we highlight Early Connections’ work during the 2015-2016 year within our organization and with our many community partners.

 

Books for Early Connections Children

Hooked on Books and the Kiwanis of Erie County presented wrapped books for each chkiwanis-hooked-on-books-dec2016-w-cap1ild at all six Early Connections locations to Darlene Kovacs, Executive Director of Early Connections at the Hooked on Books for Kids Distribution Center.  Darlene Kovacs is very thankful for the generosity of the Erie Kiwanis and Hooked on Books for Kids to provide books for over 350 children that attend Early Connections.  This is the second year that Hooked on Books for Kids and the Kiwanis of Erie County have worked together to donate and wrap the books for the children at Early Connections during the holidays – the Early Connections children are very thankful!

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Early Connections Harbor Homes and MarMooWorks, founded by Mary Arete
Moodey, have teamed up for a rumbling Animal Stampede!

Using movement, music making, painting, and storytelling, the children are bringing Mary Arete Moodey’s fifth book, When the Camel Sneezed, to life. Throughout the 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 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 kfisher@earlyconnectionserie.org


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

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

American Tinning and Galvanizing 2016 – Thank you!  Erie’s Future Fund is grateful to receive a $22,000 Pre-K EITC donation from American Tinning and Galvanizing! Proceeds will help Erie’s Future Fund’s Summer Scholars, a program that provides 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, and funding for scholarships to children from low-income families to attend a high-quality early childhood education program in Erie County during the school year.dec-22-2016from-camera-misc-datesevents-009

Pictured are: David Bertges, Financial and HR Manager of American Tinning and Galvanizing Company; Michelle Harkins, Associate Executive Director of Early Connections, and  Robin Scheppner, President and Managing Owner of American Tinning and Galvanizing.

 

Lilly Broadcasting Donates to Erie’s Future Fund Scholarship Program

Thank you Lilly Broadcasting, for the  $2,500 Pre-K EITC donation! Proceeds will help Erie’s Future Fund’s Summer Scholars, a program that provides 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, and funding for scholarships to children from low-income families to attend a high-quality early childhood education program in Erie County during the school year.

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Pictured are:  Mark Soliday, WICU-TV; Michelle Harkins, Associate Executive Director, Early Connections; Darlene Kovacs, Executive Director, Early Connections; Lori Frauenknecht, Lilly Broadcasting; and Kara Coleman, WICU-TV.

 

So Many Vinyl Records, So Many Songs

Thank you Mike Plazony from Erie Experience Vinyl for inviting a few Early Connections staff members into “The Cave” to begin creating a vinyl record song list for the Total Request Line portion of Vinyl Palooza 3.0.  Vinyl Palooza was held on SeptembMike P's man cave - vp3.0er 22nd at McCoys Barrelhouse and Grill, 1013 State Street.

 

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 Read the rest of this entry »

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

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6th Annual Pre-K Counts Awareness Day

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Project Trio

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Early Connections West Side Director Selected as an Aftershool Ambassador

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Erie Community Foundation-Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority Grant Award

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Captain McFinn and Company visit Early Connections-City Center

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Testimonials

Thank You

ERIEBANK is proud to support the Early Connections Vinyl Palooza 3.0

an event to support Early Connections. Early Connections provides high quality early childhood education to children in the Erie community. Vinyl Palooza will be held on September 22, 2016.

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Pictured left to right: Darlene Kovacs, Early Connections Executive Director, and Katie Jones, ERIEBANK, Community Office Manager

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.

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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!

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)