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

Chipotle Fundraiser Night!

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Take a picture of this flyer right now and present it at Chipotle Nov. 12th 4-8pm to support Early Connections!

Tonight is the night! —- VINYL PALOOZA 4.0

Thursday, Sept. 21st
5 to 10 PM at 21 la rue dix, 21 W. 10th Street, Erie PA

Join us for a fun-filled night of amazing music from an incredible collection of classic and new vinyl record albums played on a state of the art sound system. From 60s oldies and awesome 80s to today’s hits, spinning live…..doors open at 5 PM! Evening also includes spectacular basket raffles, 50-50 raffle, Music Trivia contest, & more! Open to the public, 21 and over. Tickets can be purchased through
Eventbrite for $10 or $15 at the door.

Can’t attend?  Live stream us at vinylpalooza.com  to listen live and make song requests! Find your favorites on Erie ExperienceVinyl’s extensive list of vinyl albums.

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United Way Erie FREE Taxes Positions Available

United Way Erie FREE Taxes is seeking temporary, part time tax filing site coordinators. These are tax site supervisory positions available in Erie, Corry, and Union City. PA. Please consider applying to continue the great work of Erie FREE Taxes in the Erie Community! erie free taxes logo_0

Early Connections CDA Hybrid e-course starting soon!

Early Connections is now accepting registrations for a Hybrid CDA course which starts on September 14th. This course will include 6 face to face sessions in addition to online coursework. The Early Connections CDA syllabus is created so each portfolio requirement is assigned and completed during the course. The candidate will have a completed Professional Portfolio ready for the CDA PD Specialist and classroom observation at the completion of the coursework. This course offering is made possible, in part, with the support of OCDEL, PA Key and the Northwest Regional Key. Registration for the Early Connections CDA Hybrid e-Course Fall 2017 (flyer) is online at www.pakeys.org.

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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 replace the windows at our City Center location. City Center’s window installation is scheduled for October.

Early Connections City Center is located at 704 State Street, and serves children from families that work and live in the downtown area. The new windows will:
1. Improve the appearance of the State Street side, eliminating current peeling paint and weather-damaged wood frames.
2. Improve energy efficiency by installation of windows designed for this purpose that have efficient insulating properties.
3. Improve children’s safety using windows that are the most up-to-date and resistant to damage.

Over the next few years, as funding sources become available, it is our intention to replace the remainder of the windows on all sides.

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Above picture, from left to right: Chris Mong, Director of Economic and Community Development for the City of Erie; Michelle Harkins, Associate Executive Director, Early Connections; John Buchna, CEO of the Erie Downtown Partnership, Alex Kanonczyk, property owner at 418-420 State Street; and Jeff Kidder, Architect and Partner, Kidder Wachter Design.

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 [email protected] 



May 21 2016 Armed Forces Day

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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

PreK Counts spots available now!

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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.

Erie Ins EFF check presentation June 23 2017

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.

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 $2dec-22-2016from-camera-misc-datesevents-0092,000 Pre-K EITC donation from American Tinning and Galvanizing! Proceeds will help Erie’s Future Fund’s Summer Scholars, a program that provides Read the rest of this entry »

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 Read the rest of this entry »

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 Read the rest of this entry »

Animal Stampede at Early Connections Harbor Homes !

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 »

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

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.

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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!

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!

Annual Reports

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
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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)