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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Preschool children at City Center enjoyed having guest reader Mayor Joe Schember read two of our favorite books this morning,”Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see?” by Eric Carle and “Bugs, Bugs, Bugs” by Bob Barner. Thank you, Mayor Schember for visiting with us today. We had a great time and are looking forward to you reading to us again!

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Please Support Us on Erie Gives Day!

A reminder that today is ERIE GIVES DAY!  Every donation we receive helps Early Connections EGD Color Logo JPEGcontinue our work to provide quality early education to the children in our community. Donations will support children’s health by improving our playgrounds! Thank you for your generosity!

Looking for a quality Pre-K Program for your child?

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Summer is almost over and school will start soon!  Early Connections offers Pre-K Counts half-day preschool classes at 6 locations in Erie County. Pre-K Counts programs are Free to age / income eligible families. Give our centers a call! Currently enrolling for PreK Counts at City Center (814-456-4576), West Side (814-456-5346), Harbor Homes (814-899-3310), John E. Horan Garden Apartments (814-454-9713), and North East (814-315-2915). Also enrolling toddlers at our City Center and Union City locations.

Early Connections Annual Report

Creating Lifelong Learners, One Child at a Time

Early Connections is pleased to present the information in this annual report to the community.  We remain committed to our mission, providing leadership, advocacy, and quality programs in early care and education. We believe this represents the best means to assist young children and their families, giving young learners the enthusiasm and tools to succeed in their future education.

Front cover - Early Connections Annual Report 2016-2017

We work closely with our community partners to continually increase children’s access to quality early learning, and to provide an increasingly-diverse community of learners with multiple opportunities and means to explore new information, skills, and ideas.

In this report, we highlight Early Connections’ work during the 2016-2017 year within our organization and with our many community partners and supporters.  We continue to work for Erie County’s future by inspiring children’s love of learning and by connecting with families to ensure their children’s success.


Kiwanis at JEHGA

Early Connections staff and children are thankful to the Kiwanis Club of Erie for donating $1,000 that was used to purchase books for our children and a secure gate system inside the Early Connections John E. Horan Garden Apartments location.  Kiwanis member, Shannon Wohlford, was also the guest reader.  Standing behind our beautiful children from left to right:  Kate Beer, Early Connections Director; Angela Griffith, Early Connections Teacher; Shannon Wohlford, Marketing and Communications at the Sight Center of NWPA and  Kiwanis Member; Nikki Parsons, Early Connections Teacher; and Michelle Harkins, Early Connections Associate Executive Director.

Kindergarten Registration

Are you READY for your five year old to start school? Help local school districts prepare for next fall’s Kindergarten students by registering your child for KD this spring. Kindergarten registrations will be taking place throughout Erie County over the next few months. The cutoff for 5th birthday, documentation needed and registration process vary per district. Download Erie County Kindergarten Registration Information – Spring 2018 for registration dates, contact age cutoff dates, and contact numbers.

Thank you! UPMC Health Plan

Early Connections is very thankful to their partners, UPMC Health Plan, for donating $40,000 through the Neighborhood Assistance Program.  This funding will be used to provide high-quality curriculum in each of the Early Connections classrooms throughout Erie County, delivering the best early learning opportunities for children to become better prepared for success in school, and life.UPMC-NAP donation for curriculum check presentation Jan 2018
Pictured (L-R): Darlene Kovacs, Executive Director, Early Connections; Jenny Weigold Geertson, Senior Manager, Regional Community Relations and Marketing Operations, UPMC Health Plan; Michelle Harkins, Associate Executive Director, Early Connections.