FREE PRESCHOOL! We have a limited number of Pre-K Counts spots available at several of our locations. Pre-K Counts is a FREE preschool program for eligible 3 & 4 year old children as well as 5 year olds who miss the Kindergarten age cutoff for their district.
Call soon – Spots are filling up fast!!

Thank you to our Erie Gives Day Donors! We truly appreciate those who generously chose Early Connections as one of their favorite nonprofits yesterday. Your gift will help us continue to provide high quality early care and education to the children we serve.

New Pre-K Classroom at EC-NE

We are pleased to announce the opening of a second preschool classroom at our Early Connections North East location housed within the Earle C Davis Primary School. Applications for Fall enrollment are now being accepted.

Accepting Applications for School Bus Driver

School bus driver for a child care center. Multiple runs throughout the day. Must be familiar with Erie streets. Must have CDL Class A with S & P Endorsements and no air brake restrictions. Will be able to pass background clearances. May have light maintenance duties during the day. No phone calls, please. EEO
Respond to: [email protected]

Sen. Bob Casey Visits Early Connections

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-PA met with parents and educators at Early Connections in Erie to talk about the need for affordable, quality childcare.  His stop was one in a series of visits to child care centers across the state to discuss two proposed bills: the Child Care for Workings Families Act of 2019, which he co-sponsored, and the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit Enhancement Act. Both pieces of legislation would make it easier for working families to afford child care and would increase access to child care for more children.

Pictured left to right: Kim Beers, Amy James, Casey Cass, Michelle Harkins, Mike Snider, Darlene Kovacs, Carlie Eck, Sen. Bob Casey, Laurie Ropelewski, Tiarra Jackson, Shamyra Gonzalez, and Christina Marsh

Early Connections
2017-2018 Annual Report
The Year in Review

Each day, when directors, teachers, and staff walk into Early Connections’ centers, we look forward to the day because we know we will watch wonderful things happen.  Some days will be noisy and messy, and others will be quieter and maybe even tidy! The children in our classrooms will make friends, they will negotiate, they will ask questions, they will grow, they will learn something new, they will discover something that interests them.  We are here to guide children on that journey, to help them succeed and be excited by what they are learning.

In this reportEC annual report 2017-18 cover page, we focus on Early Connections’ work and activities throughout the 2017-2018 fiscal year, not only within our organization but in cooperation with families, friends, and our community.  We pledge to continue our commitment to support young children and their families through leadership, advocacy, and quality programs in early childhood education!

Thank you for your interest in Early Connections!


Here are some pics from yesterday’s field trip to visit the Erie Bayhawks. It was lots of fun. We got to read books, try on actual jerseys, tour the building, touch a real basketball hoop and take lots of pics. Had a blast, can’t wait to see them again in January!!!
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Aubrea Haynes - 4

Arthur’s Thanksgiving was a great choice of books to read to the preschool children at City Center last week. They enjoyed having Aubrea  Haynes from the Erie County Clerk’s office share the story of Arthur’s dilemma of who will play the part of the turkey in the school play.

Aubrea Haynes - 3