USCRI in Erie, Pennsylvania

In the neighborhoods across Erie, Pennsylvania, we open doors for uprooted people, helping the world’s most vulnerable rebuild their lives. We are part of a nationwide network that breaks through social, cultural, and economic barriers so previously interrupted lives can flourish. The first welcome begins with navigating American culture, laying solid foundations for a fresh start, and making essential community connections to successfully integrate into our community.

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The Learning Center

IIE’s Learning Center is a state licensed facility that serves both the clients of the International Institute of Erie as well as the local community. We foster an educational environment open to all age groups and our staff follows lesson plans based on the PA Early Learning Standards.

Our facility provides quality child care to children, regardless of culture, diverse natures, disabilities, or special needs. Our mission is to provide the type of early childhood education that is vital to future academic success. We hope to motivate all those involved to continue their professional development and to contribute their unique personalities and visions to our facility. At IIE Learning Center, we are fully aware that we are shaping the future!

*Each staff member and volunteer at our facility is qualified, nurturing and has FBI, Child Abuse, and State Police Clearances.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Meals: We offer meals provided through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
Payment: We accept payment through Child Care Information Services as well as private pay.
Contact: Tisha Chase, Education Coordinator, at (814) 452-3935, ext. 2013 or

One Community Program Curriculum

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants’ International Institute of Erie (USCRI-IIE) was awarded funds to administer the One Community Program (OCP) in partnership with the International Institute of Minnesota (IIMN).  OCP is a three-year program in Erie, Pennsylvania and Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota that will focus on the Somali community and other refugee and immigrant groups (e.g., Iraqi, Ethiopian, Eritrean) that may be at-risk for female genital cutting (FGC).

The curriculum can be found here.