Early Connections West Ridge
5739 West Ridge Road, Building C
Accepting enrollments for infants through preschool
Hours: Monday through Friday
7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CCIS accepted
Tuition assistance for eligible families
Call 835-8105 for more information.

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  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

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.