Thank You!

Early Connections is so thankful to have recently received donations to the Erie’s Future Fund Scholarship Program. On behalf of the children and families we serve through Erie’s Future Fund, Administered by Early Connections, we want to extend our gratitude and thanks to the following organizations:

Curtze Food Services

Scott Enterprises

UPMC

For over 10 years, Erie’s Future Fund is able to partner with over 40 high quality early learning centers in Erie County. We extend our sincere thanks for the generous support of businesses and friends committed to Kindergarten readiness and preschool in our region.

Virtual Parent Cafe

YOU ARE INVITED!!

Our virtual Parent Café is Wednesday January 19th from 6 to 8 pm. We will be discussing ways we can better take care of ourselves. Internet or a data plan is needed to access the Zoom link, but admission is FREE! All participants will receive a $20 gift card. Reach out to Liz for more information at 814-882-3053, lnies@earlyconnectionserie.org, or register at forms.office.com/r/HHVBz2vnu5.

EARLY CONNECTIONS ANNUAL REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY

To our community, this year brought transition internally and externally. We have new faces eager to help in our mission, and we have new partners and supporters providing the building blocks along the way. We invite you to join us in becoming an organization that helps educators, families, and entities statewide in addressing the gaps in early childhood care and education. More information on our endeavors is contained in the following pages comprising Early Connections’ 2020-2021 Annual Report.

Thank You!

Early Connections is so thankful to have recently received donations to the Erie’s Future Fund Scholarship Program. On behalf of the children and families we serve through Erie’s Future Fund, Administered by Early Connections, we want to extend our gratitude and thanks to the following organizations:

American Tinning & Galvanizing Company

McGill, Power, Bell & Associates, LLP

UHS of Pennsylvania, Inc.

For over 10 years, Erie’s Future Fund is able to partner with over 40 high quality early learning centers in Erie County. We extend our sincere thanks for the generous support of businesses and friends committed to Kindergarten readiness and preschool in our region.

Pajama Party

Our City Center children celebrated the holidays with a pajama party today! We decorated tons of homemade cookies with colorful icing and sprinkles, decorated gingerbread people, made ornaments, and watched a movie!

Happy holidays from our Early Connections family to yours.

Santa’s Helpers

We would like to wish our sincerest thanks to the Santa’s Helpers of Erie for once again donating their handcrafted wooden toys to the children at our centers. Every year they work hard to prepare toys for the children during the holiday season. For our littlest ones, they donate handknit hats to keep them warm! Thank you Santa’s Helpers, we appreciate everything you do for us!!!

Today is #GivingTuesday

Joey is a 2-year-old who initially came to us at Early Connections very shy and withdrawn.  There were safety issues in his home, and he needed to feel safe.  Our EC teacher provided a safe, nurturing environment to help him grow socially and developmentally.  After spending time in his classroom, Joey began to feel safe, and bonded with his teacher.  That is when we watched him blossom! 

Sadly, funding for this child abruptly ended and this child faced ending his care at Early Connections right away.  Our Family Support team worked hard to help his mom find other funding sources, but were unsuccessful. Mom was in the process of finding a job, but because she did not have one at that time, she did not qualify for child care subsidy. And how could a single mom go out and search for a job with no one to care for her child? Our Director and Teachers wanted to donate in some way to keep this young child in care, because they feared that Joey would lose the progress that he made.  They worried about his safety.  Because of the support of a few donors, this little one was able to continue attending our early care and education program for four additional weeks!  During that time, mom made great progress.  She secured a job, and is currently applying for child care subsidy.  That means that Joey can continue to attend Early Connections, and thrive!

#GivingTuesday is the international day of generosity happening tomorrow, November 30, 2021. It was created as a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. This year, we are asking for donations to contribute to our Bridge Funding program, which helps support our little ones who lose funding for childcare at Early Connections for up to an additional month. Please join us in supporting early childhood education together!

Join Our Team

We are looking for energetic, reliable and flexible teachers to join our team! We have full and part-time PreK Counts positions. Lead teachers shall possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development, as well as an active Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Instructional Certification in Early Childhood Education. Teaching Assistants must have an Associate’s Degree or higher or a Child Development Associate’s Certification (CDA). Send resumes to cfoust@earlyconnectionserie.org.