Early Connections staff and children are thankful to the Kiwanis Club of Erie for donating $1,000 that was used to purchase books for our children and a secure gate system inside the Early Connections John E. Horan Garden Apartments location. Kiwanis member, Shannon Wohlford, was also the guest reader. Standing behind our beautiful children from left to right: Kate Beer, Early Connections Director; Angela Griffith, Early Connections Teacher; Shannon Wohlford, Marketing and Communications at the Sight Center of NWPA and Kiwanis Member; Nikki Parsons, Early Connections Teacher; and Michelle Harkins, Early Connections Associate Executive Director.
Thank you! UPMC Health Plan
Early Connections is very thankful to their partners, UPMC Health Plan, for donating $40,000 through the Neighborhood Assistance Program. This funding will be used to provide high-quality curriculum in each of the Early Connections classrooms throughout Erie County, delivering the best early learning opportunities for children to become better prepared for success in school, and life.
Pictured (L-R): Darlene Kovacs, Executive Director, Early Connections; Jenny Weigold Geertson, Senior Manager, Regional Community Relations and Marketing Operations, UPMC Health Plan; Michelle Harkins, Associate Executive Director, Early Connections.
Early Connections would like to thank Happi 92.7 and the Millcreek Mall for hosting
Erie BANK supports Preschool Scholarships in Erie County
Our sincere thanks to Erie BANK for their donation to Erie’s Future Fund Preschool Scholarship Program. The Erie’s Future Fund preschool scholarship program, administered by Early Connections, provides Pre-K scholarships for income eligible families in more than 40 preschool programs throughout Erie County.
Pictured left to right: Bill DeLuca, Senior Vice President at Erie Bank, Darlene Kovacs, Executive Director of Early Connections, and Katie Jones, Assistant Vice President at Erie Bank
Thank you to Erie Insurance Group for their generous donation to Erie’s Future Fund.
Administered by Early Connections, Erie’s Future Fund provides scholarships for eligible children to attend half day preschool classes at more than 40 different early childhood programs throughout Erie County.
Pictured from left to right are Darlene Kovacs, Executive Director of Early Connections, Kimberly Beers, Scholarship Director, Erie’s Future Fund, and Ann Scott, Manager of Community Outreach & Human Resources at Erie Insurance Group.
UnifiedErie Youth Work Awards
Congratulations to Theresa Williams for having been recognized at the UnifiedErie Youth Awards ceremony on May 4th, 2017. The UnifiedErie Youth Work Awards exists to honor the amazing adults in our community that work directly with children and youth under the age of 18 at non-profit agencies in Erie County. Youth workers are often the unsung heroes of the youth within our communities. These are the individuals who have a direct impact on the lives of our youth. They often wear many hats- mentor, educator, counselor, and friend.
Early Connections staff and children were thankful to the Kiwanis Club of Erie for donating two rocking chairs that will be used at the Early Connections Harbor Homes location. The Kiwanis were invited to read to the children; each child also received a book from Hooked on Books for Kids and the Erie Kiwanis!
Pictured with children from left to right: Ms. Michelle, Early Connections staff; Bill Sapone, Kiwanis of Erie President; Linda Smalley, Hooked on Books for Kids and Kiwanis Club of Erie; Cathy Szymanski, Kiwanis Club of Erie; Joe Murphy, Kiwanis Club of Erie; and Early Connections staff Ms. Sarah, Ms. Julie, and Ms. Kelly.