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 – Union City Pre-K Counts Program!

Early Connections- UC currently has openings in their PA Pre-K Counts classrooms. Pre-K Counts is a free, state-funded preschool for 3 & 4 year olds. Our Pre-K Counts program operates Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Small group sizes with certified teachers.  Transportation available.  Meals provided.  Please call 814-438-7016 for more information.


On behalf of the children and families at Early Connections, we would like to thank you to everyone who helped to make Vinyl Palozza 2.0 a success. We appreciate your generosity for this musically-inspired fundraiser. Proceeds support educational programs at Early Connections and Erie’s Future Fund scholarships, helping change the lives of the most vulnerable children within our community by providing a better chance for success in school and our future workforce. We hope you will consider joining us next year for Vinyl Palooza 3.0!vp2 photobooth pic ec staff at vp2 vp2 dk and paul experiencevinyl

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A special Thank You to Erie ExperienceVinyl for hosting Vinyl Palooza 2.0!, a vinyl record charity spin event. We would also like to thank Mark Orton of McCoy’s Barrelhouse & Grill for providing the venue and sound system for this event.



A special thank you to our VINYL PALOOZA 2.0 event sponsors!


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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

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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 »


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

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Recently Dr. Joyce Miller climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in an effort to raise money for scholarships for Erie’s Future Fund and increase awareness of the importance of high-quality early childhood education.  Through the Northwest Institute of Research and additional fundraising, Joyce Miller was able to donate a total of $18,100 to Erie’s Future Fund.

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 6th Annual Pre-K Counts Awareness Day on May 28th. Nine DSCN5104Erie County Pre-K Counts programs took part in the event designed to increase awareness about the importance of quality Pre-K programs.  The event held at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center included learning stations, nature-based hands on activities and more.

Project Trio

Children from Early Connections City Center enjoyed a morning of music and creative activities with national artists Project Trio on March 25th.  Project 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 Development Network (PSAYDN). In collaboration with the Education Policy and 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 »

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, thank you, thank you!

The babies on the bus say, “Hurray, hurray!” We are so grateful to our generous Erie Gives donors who contributed over $1300 to our bus fund! This will be a big help in providing our EC children with safe, reliable transportation.


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)