Farm to School Grant

Thanks to our Farm to School grant, our kiddos had the chance to sample some locally made cheese! We think they liked it 😆🧀

Special thanks to Edinboro Market for all of their help providing the local goodies!! Thank you Marti and Curtis!

Thank you to Kathy Iorio and Mike Visnosky! – Kusa’s Big Surprise

Today our children received an early Valentine gift, courtesy of Kathy Iorio through our Board Director, Mike Visnosky. Kusa’s Big Surprise is a thoughtful book which promotes the development of self confidence and teaches the lesson that even simple acts of kindness can mean a lot. Kusa’s message is one of love, self-respect, and selflessness. The 15 copies will be distributed throughout the EC community. Kathy has been active in improving children’s lives in Erie for many years. Her focus was on children’s health and fitness through wellness programs designed for elementary school age students. Kusa is her first attempt at writing and she didn’t miss the target of helping children learning to be self-confident individuals. We understand that Kusa is available on Amazon and that a sequel will be available soon. Thanks to Kathy and Mike for thinking of Early Connections!

Thank You!

Early Connections is so thankful to have recently received donations to the Erie’s Future Fund Scholarship Program. On behalf of the children and families we serve through Erie’s Future Fund, Administered by Early Connections, we want to extend our gratitude and thanks to the following organizations:

Curtze Food Services

Scott Enterprises

UPMC

For over 10 years, Erie’s Future Fund is able to partner with over 40 high quality early learning centers in Erie County. We extend our sincere thanks for the generous support of businesses and friends committed to Kindergarten readiness and preschool in our region.

Virtual Parent Cafe

YOU ARE INVITED!!

Our virtual Parent Café is Wednesday January 19th from 6 to 8 pm. We will be discussing ways we can better take care of ourselves. Internet or a data plan is needed to access the Zoom link, but admission is FREE! All participants will receive a $20 gift card. Reach out to Liz for more information at 814-882-3053, lnies@earlyconnectionserie.org, or register at forms.office.com/r/HHVBz2vnu5.

EARLY CONNECTIONS ANNUAL REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY

To our community, this year brought transition internally and externally. We have new faces eager to help in our mission, and we have new partners and supporters providing the building blocks along the way. We invite you to join us in becoming an organization that helps educators, families, and entities statewide in addressing the gaps in early childhood care and education. More information on our endeavors is contained in the following pages comprising Early Connections’ 2020-2021 Annual Report.

Thank You!

Early Connections is so thankful to have recently received donations to the Erie’s Future Fund Scholarship Program. On behalf of the children and families we serve through Erie’s Future Fund, Administered by Early Connections, we want to extend our gratitude and thanks to the following organizations:

American Tinning & Galvanizing Company

McGill, Power, Bell & Associates, LLP

UHS of Pennsylvania, Inc.

For over 10 years, Erie’s Future Fund is able to partner with over 40 high quality early learning centers in Erie County. We extend our sincere thanks for the generous support of businesses and friends committed to Kindergarten readiness and preschool in our region.

Pajama Party

Our City Center children celebrated the holidays with a pajama party today! We decorated tons of homemade cookies with colorful icing and sprinkles, decorated gingerbread people, made ornaments, and watched a movie!

Happy holidays from our Early Connections family to yours.

Santa’s Helpers

We would like to wish our sincerest thanks to the Santa’s Helpers of Erie for once again donating their handcrafted wooden toys to the children at our centers. Every year they work hard to prepare toys for the children during the holiday season. For our littlest ones, they donate handknit hats to keep them warm! Thank you Santa’s Helpers, we appreciate everything you do for us!!!