Early Connections takes COVID-19 and the safety of our children, families, and staff very seriously. We are following all protocols published by the CDC and Department of Human Services, and we are cleaning and disinfecting centers throughout the day.

In the event someone at your child’s center tests positive for COVID, we will notify you promptly.

Under certain specific circumstances, we are required to shut down the center for 2 days for disinfecting. If this happens, we will notify you immediately and keep you updated about reopening the center.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this difficult time.

Investing in Early Learning!

ERIEBANK presented scholarship funds to Early Connections to help more children gain access to high quality preschool education. Thank you ERIEBANK for your investment in early learning.
Pictured L to R: Darlene E. Kovacs (Executive Director, Early Connections); Katie Jones (VP/Market Manager, ERIEBANK); Kimberly Beers (VP Outreach, Early Connections); John VanTassel (Treasury Management, ERIEBANK)

Pre-K Counts Classes

Dear PreK Counts Families,

We’re sharing some information with you in case you haven’t yet decided whether or not your child will return to Early Connections for this year’s PKC program.

Yes, you can decide to have your child attend Early Connections for PKC – we have a strict protocol in place, including taking temperatures, wearing masks, frequent handwashing, and sanitizing/disinfecting classrooms and materials. We are making it as safe as we possibly can so that everyone stays healthy!

If you decide you do not want your child in a classroom yet, but you do want him/her to have the benefits of PKC, we also offer a remote option!

  1. All PKC children who are participating remotely will receive a packet every 2 weeks. You can pick this up, or request that it be mailed to you. The packet will contain 10 activities for you and your child to do together, and thanks to Hooked on Books, there will also be a book for each child to keep.
  2. In addition, if your family has internet access, there will also be information provided by your child’s teacher to link you and your child with an activity every day. You’ll have the opportunity to communicate with the teacher, and to post photos or videos of your child enjoying the activity!

If you’re not ready to decide yet, please contact Early Connections for more information to help you make the best decision for your family:

City Center, 704 State Street, 814-456-4576

North East, 50 East Division Street, North East, email

Union City, 16380 Rte 8, Union City, 814-438-7016

John E. Horan Garden Apartments, 730 Tacoma Road, 814-454-9713

Harbor Homes, 1841 East 18th Street, 814-899-3310

Thank you,

Darlene E. Kovacs

Executive Director


Installation of City Center’s new playground fence last week was made possible through the generous support of the Erie Community Foundation. Thank you for helping us improve the safety and appearance of our playground!


#GivingTuesdayNow is underway, a global day of giving and unity created as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. We are asking for your support to help us purchase personal protection equipment and thermometers now needed at our centers due to COVID-19. 

Here is how you can help: We are asking you to become an Early Connections Hero on GivingTuesday and consider to give – even a small donation will help:

Dine & Donate Event to Benefit Early Connections

Ready for some BBQ? During the week of February 24th – 29th you can enjoy some delicious, authentic Texas barbeque at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit while showing your support for Early Connections. Simply present a copy of the flyer at the time of checkout, then place your receipt in the designated donation box. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will donate 10% of the sales to Early Connections. Dine in or carry out ALL WEEK LONG.
*Online orders cannot be counted towards donations. Flyer must be presented at time of purchase. No cell phone pictures of flyer will be accepted.

Early Connections Annual Report

We are pleased to present to you our 2018-2019 annual report highlighting Early Connections’ work throughout the past year.  We continue to inspire the hearts and minds of children in our community through our high quality programming and community connections. We hope you will take a few minutes to learn more about Early Connections and join us in our efforts to provide Erie County children with a quality early learning experience.


Winners of the TACO WARS Fundraising Event

Thank you to everyone who came out in support of our Taco Wars fundraising event! Eight local chefs competed in three categories – Best Taco, Judge’s Choice, and Taco with a Twist.

  • Best Taco – Lavery Brewing Company
  • Judge’s Choice – The Cork 1794
  • Taco with a Twist – Molly Brannigans


It’s terrific taco time at Early Connections’ FIRST EVER Taco Wars fundraising event! Tickle your taste buds for a tiny ticket donation, and take part in awarding the title of Erie’s Best Taco! Yes, YOUR VOTE COUNTS!

Eight local chefs are vying for the Best Taco title, and we’ve love it if you’d be part of the festivities. Join us on November 3 at the Brewerie between 1-4:00 PM, sample all the tasty taco treats, and vote for your favorite. While you’re deciding on your choice, visit our basket raffle which is made possible by Early Connections Board Members!

All donations will help to support quality education at our 6 locations in Erie County.