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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 218
Erie, PA 16501-2109
Phone: (814) 456-1773

Free, 8-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 218
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:

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.


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

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