Pennsylvania Early Learning keys to QualityThe NW Regional Key collaborates with regional early learning and school-age partners to support positive outcomes for children.

Pre K Counts is an initiative to build and strengthen pre-kindergarten partnerships.

United Way of Erie plays a unique role both as a leader in the health/human services sector.

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Community Happenings

Fun for the whole family! September Calendar of Events

Storytime, Widget Wednesday,Community Fairs and Festivals, etc – the Early Intervention Parent Newsletter Companion Calendar lists a variety of family friendly activities for children of all ages and abilities. Events and activities are open to the public and most are free of charge. View the calendar and activity descriptions here —September Calendar

16th Annual Buddy Walk to promote awareness and inclusion of persons born with Down syndrome, October 4th at The Junker Center, Penn State Behrend.

Family friendly activities following the Buddy Walk, music with live DJ, basket raffles, and more. All events inside. Please see 16th Annual Buddy Walk for event details and registration information.

Widget Wednesday, October 7th from 11am to 12pm in the Widget Kidz Zone at the Millcreek Mall. 

Looking for the perfect event to take the kids to? Bring the kids to all new Widget Kidz Zone for FREE fun activities, storybook readings, music, tasty treats and much more every first Wednesday of the month! Sponsored by Widget Financial

Poverty Simulation – Friday, October 16th from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM at the Sts. Peter and Paul Social Hall (511 E 34th St). 

Erie Together is hosting a poverty simulation to help individuals better understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. It is a simulation, not a game. The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income individuals. The simulation is followed by a debriefing to allow participants to share feelings and talk about the experience. Details – Poverty Simulation Flyer .  To register –


Healthy Hoops – October 10th

Play hoops and learn about asthma at the JFK Center on Saturday, October 10th from 11am to 3pm. This is an educational event for families of children with asthma. Please see Healthy Hoops Flyer– Erie 2015 for event details.

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