Santa’s Helpers

A special thank you to Santa’s Helpers this year for their handmade gifts for our little ones.  Santa’s Helpers meet each morning to design, saw, glue, sand or paint wooden toys. Erie Press Systems donates utility costs, and space on the south side of their West 12th Street facility for the workshop, which is busy with the sound of saws and sanders. They work hard all year preparing for the season of giving.  We are so lucky to be recipients of their handiwork!

Kneeling with the Santa’s Helpers: Hannah Cowan, Early Connections Finance Manager and Michelle Harkins, Early Connections Acting Executive Director.


The Erie Police Dept. visited our John E. Horan Garden Apartments Center recently. They read a story and gave out toys, blankets, hats and gloves to our children. Thanks so much for the visit!

LEAP Science Family Engagement Event at City Center

City Center hosted a LEAP Science Family Engagement Event on October 29th. Children enrolled in our Pre-K Counts program and their families had a fun time experimenting and learning about air and wind.

Thank you WICU-12 for your continued partnership

We are thankful for WICU 12 for donating $2,500 to the Erie’s Future Fund Scholarship Program. Partner donations ensure that quality preschool scholarships are available to Erie County children up to two years prior to kindergarten. Erie’s Future Fund Scholarship Program is administered by Early Connections.

Pictured from right to left:  Emily Matson, WICU-TV; Darlene Kovacs, Executive Director, Early Connections; Amanda Post, WICU-12; Michelle Harkins, Associate Executive Director, Early Connections

Early Connections staff had a great time making Elmo faces with children during Elmo’s visit to the Erie Art Museum during Celebrate Erie.
We got to have our picture taken with Elmo!

We Love to Read!

Early Connections Summer Campers stopped by United Way’s Little Free Library recently! Each pre-K child was paired with an older buddy to help with picking out their favorite book! We even had some curbside read aloud time!

Kindergarten Transition

Pre-K students from each of our Early Connections centers that will be attending kindergarten in the Fall visited Lincoln Elementary School as part of our transition to Kindergarten program. It was a great experience and lots of fun. Thank you to all that helped make this possible!!!