For the Families

We are now accepting applications, and have a limited number of scholarships available.  Make your appointment with Michelle Harkins at 874-0144 ext. 19 today to fill out an application.

Begin building a better future for your child before kindergarten!

Erie’s Future Fund financially assists families in preparing their children for kindergarten by providing a scholarship to attend quality programs throughout Erie County.

If your 3 or 4 year-old child qualifies for the Erie’s Future Fund scholarship, they will be able to attend an approved high-quality Early Childhood Education Program for 3 half-days a week during the school year, from September through May.

Which program can my child attend?

The scholarship can be used at one of the many high-quality Keystone STARS 3 and 4 programs, or approved rating equivalent (see Scholarship Director for requirements if the site is not STARS 3 or 4). Once your child qualifies for the scholarship, you can choose and enroll them in one of the eligible programs.

Who can apply?

You may apply if your child is at least 3 years old by September 1, meet the income guidelines, and reside in Erie County.

Families with an annual income that is at or below 185% of poverty, according to the yearly Federal Guidelines for Poverty, are eligible to apply for the scholarship.  Refer to the table below for the income guidelines:

 Household size

 185%

 1

$21,590

 2

$29,101

 3

           $ 36,612

 4

$44,123

 5

$51,634

 6

$59,145

 7

$66,656

8

$74,167

 For each additional person, add

$7,511

What is needed to apply?

Applying for a scholarship is easy.  Families need to provide proof of their child’s age, family income, and residence in Erie County.  Our Scholarship Director will be available to help you with the application process and provide a list of eligible programs to choose from.

Contact Michelle Harkins: Erie’s Future Fund Scholarship Director at 874-0144 x19 or e-mail: mharkins@earlyconnectionserie.org as soon as possible for more information and an appointment to fill out an application.