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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, 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.

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]