Pre-K Counts

Pre-K Counts is a state funded high quality preschool program that provides outstanding learning opportunities for working families.
Why does my child need to attend a high quality pre-kindergarten program?
Quality pre-kindergarten prepares children for reading and math, but also for paying attention, following directions, and getting along with others.

Pre-kindergarten children are given a chance to learn, become excited about school, and be better students.

By enrolling your child in quality pre-kindergarten, your child has a better chance of being ready for kindergarten and grade school. This strong early start in pre-kindergarten means they have a better cahnce of doing well in school, going on to college or career training, and getting a good job. All of this can start by enrolling your child in a PA Pre-K Counts classroom!
Who is eligible for PA Pre-K Counts?
PA Pre-K Counts is designed for children who are between age 3 and until the entry age for kindergarten; and
live in families earning up to 300% of the federal poverty level (or a family of 4 earning $75,300).

Each program offering PA Pre-K Counts classrooms will have their own guidelines. If your child falls into these categories, you may be eligible to apply.
How much does PA Pre-K Counts cost?

PA Pre-K Counts is free to families *

How can I enroll my child in a Pre-K Counts classroom?

Contact the Pre-K Counts program directly for enrollment information. There are Pre-K Counts classrooms in most of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. To find one near you, visit and click on
“Early Learning and Development Programs”  >>>
“Find a Provider” >>>
“Preschool” >>>
“Pre-K Counts”

You can trust that both, you and your child will always be treated with dignity, respect, and kindness because we’ve been providing outstanding childcare services since 1992.

2018 Federal Poverty Level Guidelines

Family Size Annual Monthly Weekly
1 $36,420 $3,035 $700
2 $49,380 $4,114 $950
3 $62,340 $5,195 $1,190
4 $75,300 $6,275 $1,448
5 $88,260 $7,355 $1,697

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What can I expect from a Pre-K Counts classroom?

Specialized Expertise

Have teachers with the education and expertise to teach young children


Regularly review your child’s progress

Individual Attention

Offer a small class size (no more than 20 students per one teacher and one aide)  so your child can have plenty of one-on-one time with the teacher

Specialized Curriculum

Use a curriculum that will help your child grow academically and socially

Individualized Techniques

Choose teaching and learning techniques that are best suited for your child

Integration Assistance 

Help you and your child adjust to pre-kindergarten and smoothly transition to kindergarten