Early Connections Annual Report 2016-2017

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Program Highlights 2016-2017

While we have several community initiatives that are vital to the well-being of early care and education

not only at Early Connections but in Erie County and NW PA in particular, our direct service to

children and their families is our highest priority. We honor the trust families have placed in us by

providing the best programs and support services we can deliver.

Early Connections child care centers:

are licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and functions under the regulations

mandated by the State of Pennsylvania.

serve approximately 300 children daily in our 6 child care centers

offer Pre-K Counts programming at 5 locations; our North East center will offer PKC in the Fall of 2017

participate in the KEYSTONE STARS program which measures quality in childcare programs. Learn more about

KEYSTONE STARS at www.pakeys.org

participates in the regulated Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). We offer free meals which consist

of breakfast, lunch and snack.

provide warm, nurturing and educational environments for children ages six weeks through twelve years.

focus on developmentally appropriate and enriching curriculum, with an emphasis on achieving the state’s

learning standards for each child.

curriculum is center-based with a hands-on approach to learning, where child, parent, teacher, and

community are actively involved.

serve 25 families a month, 80 adults and children through our in-house food pantry. Although most of our

families qualify for food pantry service, due to multiple issues and often lack of transportation, they are not able to

access them. We would like to know that our Early Connections children, and their families, are not constantly

battling hunger.

"My son has attended the North East location of Early

Connections since 2015. I can not say enough about the

wonderful staff there! The last nine months in particular

have been the best so far. I am very particular about my

childcare, and there is no one I trust more than

Stephanie, Ashley, Alexis, and Christine. I feel that they

truly care, not just about my son, but about all of the

children. I also love how the center has grown this year

from a Star 2 facility to a Star 4, and that they moved into

the elementary center, so that they kids can become

familiar with the 'big school'. That is phenomenal! I am

confident that my son is receiving the best pre-k program

in town!"

~Claire Mellors

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