Today is the day to celebrate Women in Registered Apprenticeship Programs! Ms. Wendi was recently interviewed for Erie Together’s Career Street, to help students learn more about what it is like to work in childcare. You can learn more about Early Connections and Erie Together’s Career Street by visiting our public profile here:

We are incredibly grateful for ECE Apprentices like Wendi who find it so rewarding to support the growth and development of the next generation! Thank you to every Apprentice working to learn more and contribute to our community!


Free Full-Time Preschool Program

Free Preschool Program! Spots are still available for enrollment in our Pre-K Counts Preschool Program at our Erie City locations. Classes are full-day and are provided at No Cost to families meeting the eligibility requirements: Children must be between 3 & 5 years of age (do not meet the Kindergarten cut-off date), and household income must not exceed 300% of the federal poverty level. For example, a family of 4 can earn up to $90,000 a year.

Contact the location nearest you to apply. City Center, 704 State St – 814-456-4576 Harbor Homes, 1841 E 18th St – 814-899-3310

We are now enrolling for Fall Pre-K Counts! We’re accepting applications for slots in all of our centers. The first round of applications will close on June 30th, 2023. We look forward to hearing from you! To apply: Pre-K Counts e-Application 2023 (fillable form), or 2023 Pre-K Counts Application (printable pdf). B.B. King once said, “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” We’d love to be a part of helping your little ones learn!

Early Connections pre-apprenticeship sponsor designation marks promising future for early childhood education training

People from various Early Childhood Education support programs visited Corry’s ECE classroom this week to deliver new textbooks and supplies to the program.

The conventional path to getting a job is nonexistent. Some people believe education should be four years in a university, while others believe a degree is obsolete or think trade school is a better route for any needed higher education.

At the age of 18 or even 16, it can be a daunting decision to make. What was once very cut and dry is now becoming fluid, though. For Corry Area School District, students in the school’s Career and Technical Education Center’s (CTEC) Early Childhood Education (ECE) classroom are able to gain enough experience to receive certification upon graduation to enter a variety of childcare jobs. 

At CTEC, students are able to take a three-year Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved program of study for early childhood education. From grades 10 to 12, students get hands-on experiences with young children in a laboratory per-school setting.

Read the full article in the Corry Journal