EGD 8 2017

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.


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.

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.

EFF Check presentation from Erie Bank 7-14-17

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.

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!
Kiwanis at Harbor Homes 3-8-17





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 . 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