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Early Connections Annual Report
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
bright 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 child 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!
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 »
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 [email protected]
Early Connections Receives Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) Accreditation
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 »
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.
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.
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 September 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
6th Annual Pre-K Counts Awareness Day
Early Connections West Side Director Selected as an Aftershool Ambassador
Erie Community Foundation-Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority Grant Award
Captain McFinn and Company visit Early Connections-City Center
- “I know they have my children’s best interest at heart.”
- “They really show individual attention to all the children.”
- “They come home tired and full of stories of what they’ve learned”
- “My son has attended Early Connections in Union City since Preschool. I still remember the
- It’s Clear She’s Learning
- Caring, Nurturing Staff – I Will Always Remain Grateful
- Thank You!
- All the Good Things She’s Learned
- Teachers are Friendly
- Clean, Happy Environment
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.
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.
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!
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.