Tonight is the night! —- VINYL PALOOZA 4.0

Thursday, Sept. 21st
5 to 10 PM at 21 la rue dix, 21 W. 10th Street, Erie PA

Join us for a fun-filled night of amazing music from an incredible collection of classic and new vinyl record albums played on a state of the art sound system. From 60s oldies and awesome 80s to today’s hits, spinning live…..doors open at 5 PM! Evening also includes spectacular basket raffles, 50-50 raffle, Music Trivia contest, & more! Open to the public, 21 and over. Tickets can be purchased through
Eventbrite for $10 or $15 at the door.

Can’t attend?  Live stream us at vinylpalooza.com  to listen live and make song requests! Find your favorites on Erie ExperienceVinyl’s extensive list of vinyl albums.

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Early Connections CDA Hybrid e-course starting soon!

Early Connections is now accepting registrations for a Hybrid CDA course which starts on September 14th. This course will include 6 face to face sessions in addition to online coursework. The Early Connections CDA syllabus is created so each portfolio requirement is assigned and completed during the course. The candidate will have a completed Professional Portfolio ready for the CDA PD Specialist and classroom observation at the completion of the coursework. This course offering is made possible, in part, with the support of OCDEL, PA Key and the Northwest Regional Key. Registration for the Early Connections CDA Hybrid e-Course Fall 2017 (flyer) is online at www.pakeys.org.

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.

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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.

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