Save the Date: Vinyl Palooza 2.0!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

McCoys Barrelhouse & Grill

1013 State Street

Please join us for an evening of fun and will include “Pay to Play” new and old records with selected songs played for a donation, Rock’n Roll Trivia, music-inspired auction items, and much more.  Proceeds will benefit programs at Early Connections and Erie’s Future Fund scholarships.

Hosted by Erie Experience Vinyl

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or donating an item for the auction, please call Jayne at 874-0144 ext. 10

First Annual Vinyl Palooza

A big thank you to Erie ExperienceVinyl, Z3 Concepts, Custom Audio and the Sandbar!  They teamed-up on June 25th for the First Annual Vinyl Palooza and raised $4000 for Erie’s Future Fund.  What a fun event!  And a big thank you to the GE Interns who took the time out of their busy schedules to volunteer, Rocket 101, and  those who attended and supported Erie’s Future Fund.  Stay tuned for the date of our second annual Vinyl Palooza!

Vinyl Palooza 2014 pic final

Pictured from right to left are Michelle Harkins, Scholarship Director for Erie’s Future Fund, Stan Zlotkowski from Z3 Concepts and Erie ExperienceVinyl, Sandbar owner Kum Miller, Mike Plazony, member of PA’s Early Learning Investment Commission and Erie ExperienceVinyl, Pete Rakoczy from Z3 Concepts and Erie ExperienceVinyl, Sondralee Orengia of Custom Audio, and Associate Executive Director of Early Connections Darlene Kovacs.


Join Us for Vinylpalooza


Erie ExperienceVinyl is bringing Vinylpalooza to the Sandbar June 25th from 6 til 11pm. All proceeds from this event benefit Erie’s Future Fund. Just bring your favorite record (new or old) and pay to play a song or make a request from Erie ExperienceVinyl.  Dust the old records off or buy some new ones to play at the Sandbar, located at 2535 West 8th Street in Erie. 

Hosted by ErieExperienceVinyl.



Annual Golf Outing

Early Connections Eleventh Annual Connect Fore Kids –  Helping Families Out Of The Rough

Early Connections Golf Outings have continued to grow over the past several years. All proceeds benefit young children and their families in our community.

Once again this year, proceeds will benefit both Early Connections as well as Erie’s Future Fund.

We are pleased to announce that the 11th Annual Early Connections Golf Outing will be held Monday, July 28, 2014, at Peek’n Peak Resort’s beautiful and challenging Upper Course.  Registration information will be in the mail in early May.  We would be happy to answer your questions or to add you to our mailing list. Please call us at 814-874-0144 x 10.

Nationwide every $1 invested in quality early care & education returns nearly $12 in social savings through reduced special education costs, dropout rates, unemployment, and welfare dependency. With everyone’s help we are making a difference in children’s lives!

Early Connections and Erie’s Future Fund
Connecting young children with success when it counts. 
Through early care and education
Scholarship opportunities
Supportive services to families
Training and planning

For more information please contact Jayne Deutsch at or (814) 874-0144 ext. 10.

In The News

May 2 ELIC and State OfficialsThis school year, Erie’s Future Fund provided high-quality early childhood education scholarships to 230 children ages 3 and 4.

  These children will be better prepared for kindergarten and life.

  What this means to you is a stronger community and workforce.

On May 2, Erie’s Future Fund hosted a breakfast for business leaders and legislators to discuss how our first year of operation has made a difference, and how we can continue to grow.

Attending Erie’s Future Fund’s First Year Report to the Community on May 2, and pictured above:

Ryan Bizzarro, PA State Representative; State Senator Sean Wiley; Flo Fabrizio, State Representative; Nick Scott Jr., PA Early Learning Investment Commission Member  and VP of Scott Enterprises; Mike Plazony, PA Early Learning Investment Commission Member and Senior Vice President Erie Family Life at Erie Insurance Group; Betsy Bort, PA Early Learning Investment Commission Member and VP of ERIEBANK; and State Representative Pat Harkins.

Nick Scott Jr., PA Early Investment Commission Member and VP of Scott Enterprises was also interviewed by WJET-TV Click below to hear the interview:

Erie’s Future Fund WJET

Erie’s Future Fund Announced

Erie’s Future Fund was created in 2011, an outgrowth of the Erie Community Foundation’s Early Childhood Advisory Panel in partnership with United Way of Erie County, Success By 6, members of the Early Learning Investment Commission (ELIC) and Erie Together. Leaders from the foundation, corporate, nonprofit and civic sectors sought to address growing concerns about the lack of school readiness among many children entering kindergarten, and the significant impact this was having now, and would have in the future, on Erie County’s economy and quality of life.

Early childhood research shows that well-focused early childhood education investments can produce high public returns, particularly for children living in families with low income levels. Erie’s Future Fund will provide scholarships to low-income families in neighborhoods with the highest percentage of families with children under 5 living in poverty.

The scholarships allow children to attend a high-quality Early Childhood Education (ECE) program at ages 3 and 4. Families select from area public and private ECE programs that meet the STARS* criteria of Level 3 or 4. 

Erie’s Future Fund through Success By 6 and its task forces that target areas of health, children’s mental health, education, special needs, and prevention of abuse and neglect, promotes parent involvement beginning prenatally.   Families are provided guidance on selecting an ECE program, skills and knowledge necessary to promote school readiness throughout their child’s early years, and information about health, child development, and community resources to support their family’s needs. 

Erie’s Future Fund goal is to provide scholarships for approximately 285 low-income children in the 2012-2013 school year.