Child Care Information Services

155 West 8th Street, Suite 316
Sumner Nichols Building
Erie, PA 16501-1303
Phone: (814) 451 – 6580

*Lower-income employed parents and parenting high school students who need assistance in paying for childcare while they work.

Early Connections

420 West 6th Street, Suite 101
Erie, PA 16507-3210
Phone: (814) 874 – 0144

*Early care and education for infants and children; 6 weeks – 12 years.

GECAC Adult Learning Center

440 West 18th Street
Erie, PA 16502-1765
Phone: (814) 451-5611

*GED, remediation classes, and basic literacy classes for anyone 17 years of age or older.

Greater Erie Community Action Committee (GECAC)

18 West 9th Street
Erie, PA 16501-1343
Phone: (814) 459 – 4581

*Promotes opportunities through education, training, and self-sufficiency services.

NAMI’s Family-to-Family Education Program

1611 Peach Street, Suite 105
Erie, PA 16501-2109
Phone: (814) 456-1773

*Free, 12-week education program for family members and friends whose loved one is facing the challenges of mental illness.

NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer Education Program

1611 Peach Street, Suite 105
Erie, PA 16501-2109
Phone: (814) 456-1773

*Free, 8-week education program for adult individuals living with mental illness.

Neighborhood Art House

201 East 10th Street
Erie, PA 16503-1007
Phone: (814) 455 – 5508

*Classes and lessons in the visual, performing, and literary arts for inner-city and at-risk children and teens.

Perseus House Inc.

1511 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16501-2104
Phone: (814) 480-5900

*Juvenile Court, Child Welfare, or Mental Health affiliated adolescents who are in need of residential treatment and/or transitional services.

General Resources

10 Tips to End the School Year: Additional tips and parent resources:

Caregiver Guide for Special Needs:

College Board’s Scholarship Search: Locates scholarships, internships, grants, and loans that match your education level, talents, and background.

College Resource Guide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Guide for prospective college students, their parents, high school guidance counselors, and others involved with assisting students in finding the right college. The guide has information based on a survey of post-secondary programs serving deaf and hard of hearing students in the United States.

Department of Education website: IDEA, OCR, educational, and civil rights information.

Developing Your Child’s IEP: Explains the basics of the special education process and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), and information on how to be an effective partner with your child’s school. This link opens a PDF document:

Federal Student Aid Grant Programs Fact Sheet:

Federal Student Aid Loan Programs Fact Sheet:

Going to College: A resource for teens with disabilities:

Half of Us: Half of Us, mtvU, and The Jed Foundation want to initiate a public dialogue to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues on college campuses and connect students to the appropriate resources to get help:

Heath Resource Center at George Washington University: A national clearinghouse of information for individuals with disabilities. The center publishes an annually updated paper on financial resources:

Higher Education Support Toolkit: Developed by the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, this toolkit provides disability service and health care staff with a simple way to work with students who are experiencing challenges arising from their psychiatric disability. The toolkit is available as a free download at the Center’s website:

Information about the process by which children are identified as having a disability and in need of special education and related services:

Learning Disabilities and ADHD Information:

Lilly Reintegration Scholarship: Assists persons with schizophrenia, schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, and bipolar disorder in acquiring educational and vocational skills, and reintegrating into society and secure employment:

Locate scholarships, internships, grants and loans that match your education level, talents, and background.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities:

The Jed Foundation: As the nation’s leading organization working to reduce emotional distress and prevent suicide among college students, The Jed Foundation is protecting the mental health of students across the country:

The U.S. Department of Education’s Guide to Federal Student Aid (2009-2010): Provides information for students and families on applying for federal student aid to pay for post-secondary education.

The Washington Center: Provides students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. in government, business, and the nonprofit sector for academic credit.

Transition Checklist: This checklist is designed to give family members an easy-to-use list of topics that should be taken into consideration when discussing the transition from high school to college.

Ulifeline, your online resource for college mental health:

Understanding College: Before making plans to attend college, there are several things to be aware of. There a few ways to enter college, either before you leave high school or after you have finished high school. Also, if you are a person with a disability and anticipate that you might need assistance in college, you should know where you can seek out these services.

Wrightslaw: Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities: