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.

Theresa Williams - May 2017

Success By 6 11th Annual Early Learning Expo, Saturday April 1st from 10:00am to 1:00pm in the Macy’s Court area of the Millcreek Mall.

FREE fun event for families with young children. Event features quality early learning stations including activities and crafts, strolling magic with Cliff Hopkins & Kelly, balloon twisting with Magic Steve, face Painting by Emerald the Clown, a book for each child provided by Hooked On Books for Kids, resources for families and more! Click here for more info – Success By 6 11th Annual Early Learning Expo-April 1st

Be a Superhero of Summer Safety

Summer is a time of playground fun, swimming, boating, camping and other outdoor activities. Unfortunately, these activities can lead to a higher risk of injuries. Fortunately, many of these injuries can be prevented with a few simple precautions. Shriners Hospitals for Children® wants all kids to enjoy a safe, injury-free summer. Follow some simple tips to become Superheroes of Summer Safety. See Superheros of Summer Safety for summer safety tips.

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.

Hero Run – Sunday, April 9th at Presque Isle State Park, Beach 1 – Erie, PA at the Erie Runners Club Pavilion presented by the Erie County Child Abuse Prevention Task for in association with The Bradley H. Foulk Children’s Advocacy Center.  8:00 Registration/ 8:30 5K run begins/ 9:30 2K run/walk begins; Register online at www.bigwhitetrailer.com/register . Participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero: costumes, t-shirts, socks, capes, headgear, you decide! Proceeds benefit the Child Abuse Prevention Task Force (CAPT) in their mission to prevent child abuse and neglect through education, advocacy and public awareness. For more info – CAPT Hero Run flyer 2017


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!

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]

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
cover1bright 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.


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 Continue reading

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 Continue reading