This week our City Center welcomed Jennifer Weigold-Geertson, Senior Manager of Community Relations at UPMC Health Plan, to observe Curriculum Gold in action and read to one of our preschool classrooms. Curriculum Gold was purchased because of the generosity and partnership of UPMC Health Plan through the Neighborhood Assistance Program. Thanks for reading to our preschoolers about families, Jenny! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

This week our City Center welcomed Jennifer Weigold-Geertson, Senior Manager of Community Relations at UPMC Health Plan, to observe Teaching Strategy’s Creative Curriculum in action and read to one of our preschool classrooms. Creative Curriculum was purchased because of the generosity and partnership of UPMC Health Plan through the Neighborhood Assistance Program. Thanks for reading to our preschoolers about families, Jenny! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

At Early Connections' In-Service, we welcomed Jennifer Weigold-Geertson, Senior Manager of Community Relations at UPMC Health Plan, for partnering with us to purchase curriculum kits for all of our classrooms at our seven locations throughout Erie County.  UPMC Health Plan partnered with us through the Neighborhood Assistance Program. Pictured:  Jennifer Weigold-Geertson (center of photo in green) and the Early Connections staff.

At Early Connections’ In-Service, we welcomed Jennifer Weigold-Geertson, Senior Manager of Community Relations at UPMC Health Plan, for partnering with us to purchase curriculum kits for all of our classrooms at our seven locations throughout Erie County. UPMC Health Plan partnered with us through the Neighborhood Assistance Program.
Pictured: Jennifer Weigold-Geertson (center of photo in green) and the Early Connections staff.

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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.


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.


 

Early Connections Annual Report
2016-2017

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.

Previous reports:

2015-2016

Early Connections 2014 Annual Report (part 1)

Early Connections 2014 Annual Report (part 2)