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.

Accredited Under the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ Standards for Excellence®

Community Happenings

Celebrate Back To School and Early Literacy with the Book-A-Day Giveaway  –

Are families and children in your community preparing to start the school year? Do you want to promote early literacy in your community? Let Pennsylvania’s Promise help with the Book-A-Day Giveaway! Starting August 1, 2016, PA’s Promise will select one random winner each day to receive a copy of a PA One Book selection and early learning resources. You can promote the drawing to families in your newsletter, via your social media, on your website, or at your event. Entering is quick and easy–Just visit the PA’s Promise website to enter, then check back to see if you or members from your community are on the Winner’s List.

Kinship Care Summer Picnic, Aug. 27th, 1:00 – 4:00pm at Barb’s Care A Lot Day Care Center in Harborcreek.

Free event for Grandparents/Kinship Caregivers and their families – plenty of fun activities plus time to relax and meet other kinship caregivers and their families. Event includes food, swimming, hayrides, gem mining, and crafts. Registrations are encouraged by 8/22. For more information please contact Lynn Clint at 825-0900. KC summer picnic 2016

Keystone STARS Night at the Seawolves, August 20th, game time is 7:05pm – Meet Keystone STARS staff at their table behind home plate.  Free t-shirts for the 1st 500 kids and other great Star Wars themed prizes. Keystone STARS at Seawolves


August Calendar of Family Friendly Activities

August is filled with fun activities throughout Erie County, many of which are free of charge.  Events for the month include Block by Block  at the Experience Children’s Museum, Baby Stay and Play plus a Preschool Block party at Blasco, Reading Buddies in Edinboro,  free Play Group Program in Union City, a Sing A Long, Worm Races and more!  August EI Calendar of Activities

Union City Family Support Center – FREE PLAYGROUP Program

Parents, spend time together with your child while learning new ways to teach your child through play during this hour long program offered on Thursdays 10:00-11:00am and 3:00-4:00pm.  For more information or to reserve a spot for you and your child please call 814-438-7550.

Children Do Come With Directions

Welcome to Your Parents Guide

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Good parenting is not easy. It can be both a joy and a challenge. Time, skill, and patience are required. As parents, we often have questions or problems and don’t know where to find the answers. Children Do Come With Directions: A Guide for Parents provides information about your child’s health, development, and safety and includes information on choosing quality childcare. It also provides basic information on community resources here in Erie County that are available to help support the needs of families with children.

As you read, keep in mind that the information is meant to serve only as a general guide. Your child will do some things earlier then the timetables here and some things later. That’s perfectly normal, so don’t worry.

Click here to download a copy of the Children Do Come With Directions booklet.