News and Events
VINYL PALOOZA 3.0
Thursday, Sept. 22nd, McCoy’s Barrelhouse & Grill
5:00 pm – Total Request Line opens! Have a favorite song you’d love to hear? Hundreds upon hundreds of vinyl albums from the 60s to current to choose from or BYOV (bring your own vinyl). A $5 per song donation will put your favorite tune on the evening’s “Play List”. (Songs can be ‘bumped” up to the top of the list for an additional donation)
5:30 pm– Juried Art Exhibit Award – New this year – Vinyl Palooza Art Show in collaboration with Erie Arts & Culture. Unique art pieces created using a vinyl record.
6:30 pm – Music Trivia Contest
8:00 pm – Live Auction Begins – Steelers vs Bills game tickets, Prince album & more!
9:00 pm – Basket and 50/50 Raffles drawings. Need not be present to win.
September 22, 2016!!
Join us on September 22nd when Erie ExperienceVinyl hosts the 3rd annual VINYL PALOOZA vinyl record charity spin event on behalf of Early Connections. Great music, a rock & roll trivia contest, silent and live auctions – STEELERS VS BILLS tickets! – and more! New for for 2016 – Vinyl Palooza Art Show and Sale, in collaboration with Erie Arts & Culture. Proceeds from Vinyl Palooza 3.0 benefit early childhood programs at Early Connections six locations.
A Special Thank You! to our Vinyl Palooza 3.0 Event Sponsors
The Plazony Family
Sean and Kimberly Beers
Society of Holy Trinity Group #240
State Representative Flo and Vicki Fabrizio
Dr. Paul and Darlene Kovacs
State Representative Patrick and Michelle Harkins
Retirement Services of Erie LLC
Interested in becoming a VP 3.0 event sponsor? There is still time to add your sponsorship to this unique event that supports children’s programs at Early Connections! Four levels of sponsorship are available starting at just $100 – Diamond, Platinum, Gold, and Chartbuster. Click here for sponsor level details.
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 »
So Many Vinyl Records, So Many Songs – Request to Hear Your Favorites on September 22nd!
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 will be held on September 22nd at McCoys Barrelhouse and Grill, 1013 State Street.
Let’s Go to the Ball Game!
What a fun evening! Our Early Connections children thank the Erie Kiwanis, for donating tickets to attend the SeaWolves game on July 19th!
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, 2016
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- Read the rest of this entry »
American Tinning and Galvanizing Supports Erie’s Future Fund Scholarship Program
Pictured are: David Bertges, Financial andHR Manager; Rodney Chiarelli, Vice President; Robin Scheppner, President and Managing Owner.
Erie’s Future Fund is grateful to receive a $22,000 EITC donation from American Tinning and Galvanizing. One portion of the donation will help Erie’s Future Fund’s Summer Scholars, a new program 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
- “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.