Kids on the Block

Kids on the Block, a troupe of puppets with and without disabilities, performed for Early Connections preschoolers today. The performances are designed to teach children about differences and similarities in people.

Pinwheels for Prevention

Early Connections children planted bright blue and silver pinwheels in Perry Square last week. The Pinwheels are meant to help draw awareness to April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and to remind us all that each child deserves an equal chance to thrive and grow.

Children at Early Connections City Center enjoyed a visit from U.S. Sen. Bob Casey on March 22nd. Sen. Casey read the book, Bounce by Doreen Cronin, to the children who showed their appreciation by presenting him with a special gift to take back to Washington.

Kelly Neville from the Erie Redevelopment Authority visited City Center recently to read to our preschoolers. They learned about lead and why it is dangerous for kids. Thank you Kelly!

Our Butterflies classroom enjoyed having Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper read the book Betty Bunny Didn’t Do It to us. We hope she will visit us again soon!

City Center preschool children always enjoy
having Mayor Schember read to them. The Adventures of Gary & Harry: Two Turtles captured everyone’s attention!

City Center staff Megan Bruno-Osborne, Carissa Kepple, Kelly Ocasio, and Meghan Snider represented Early Connections at the Millcreek Mall’s recent annual Gingerbread House competition. They did an awesome job decorating EC’s house!


City Center preschool children were excited to have Alicia Evers and Conor Dawley from Highmark Caring Place visit them recently. They read “The Good Bye Book” and did a fish craft.  Thank you for donating the book to our classroom so we can read it again and again!


We Love Books!

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Early Connections is grateful for the Erie Kiwanis, who secured a grant from Constellation Energy to purchase books through Hooked on Books for Kids.  Pictured left to right presenting one of our City Center preschool classrooms books are Erie Kiwanis President Bill Sapone, and Kiwanis Joe Murphy.

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