Annual Report to the Community 2021-22

Despite the challenges of the continued pandemic, Early Connections remains strongly committed to providing quality early care and education to Erie County’s youngest learners. Throughout our five centers we have watched our children grow, learn, and prepare for success in school and life! More information on our efforts is contained in our 2021-2022 Annual Report.

Presque Isle Downs & Casino-September charity of the month


Way to go, Presque Isle Downs and Casino! Through their charity program, they raised $26,714.21 for Early Connections during the month of September. Thank you so much for your partnership. From left to right: Casey Foust, VP of Employee and Grant Management, Early Connections; Hannah Cowan, VP of Finance, Early Connections; Michelle Harkins, Executive Director, Early Connections; and Gary Hendricks, Vice President and General Manager, Presque Isle Downs & Casino.

Pre-K EITC donation

Thank you Northwest Bank for your $3,500 PreK EITC donation! We look forward to our continued partnership to support our community efforts to help children experience success in school, and life. Early Connections’ PreK EITC donations support Erie’s Future Fund, a community initiative administered by Early Connections to serve qualifying children to attend one of over 40 high-quality preschools throughout Erie County. Pictured from left to right are Scholarship Director Kimberly Beers, Erie’s Future Fund; Executive Director Michelle Harkins, Early Connections; Senior Vice President, Erie Commercial Market Executive Anita Kuchcinski, Northwest Bank; and VP of Employee and Grant Management Casey Foust, Early Connections.


Our Harbor Homes staff and children are so excited to have their new washer and dryer in place! A special ‘Thank you!’ to the Erie Housing Authority for installing the necessary hook-ups, vents, etc that we needed to make this possible.


We are very thankful for Second Harvest Food Bank for the Thanksgiving meals, and their amazing volunteers from Erie Insurance for delivering the Second Harvest meals to serve our food pantry!