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Children’s Progress Update: Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, 2011-12 (PDF)

Child outcomes show Pennsylvania
Pre-K Counts promotes
children's school readiness
and school success

Pre-K Counts Report on Program Operations For Fiscal Year 2011-12 (PDF) 

Pre-K Counts Report on
Operations for FY 2010-11

Crosswalk NAEYC, CBPTS, CKC, Danielson (PDF)

PA Pre-K Counts Statutes,
Regulations and Guidelines


Pre-K Counts

Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, is bringing quality half-day and full-day pre-kindergarten to 11,800 3 and 4 year olds in Pennsylvania.

PA Pre-K Counts is designed for children who:

  • are between age 3 and until the entry age for kindergarten;
  • are at risk of school failure and living in families earning up to 300 percent of the federal income poverty level (such as a family of four earning $67,050) who may also be English language learners or have special needs.
End of Year Report
Parent Flyers
General Information

Act 45, establishing PA Pre-K Counts (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does my child need to attend a high quality pre-kindergarten program?

Children who come to kindergarten without all the skills they need often stay behind and struggle in school. Quality pre-kindergarten prepares children for reading and math, but also for paying attention, following directions and getting along with others.

Pre-kindergarten gives children 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 chance 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!

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

Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts classrooms will:

  • Have teachers with the education and expertise to teach young children;
  • Use a curriculum that will help your child grow, academically and socially;
  • Regularly review your child's progress and choose teaching and learning activities that are best for your child;
  • Help you and your child adjust to pre-kindergarten and smoothly move on to kindergarten;
  • Offer a small class size (20 students per one teacher and one aide) so that your child can have plenty of one-on-one time with the teachers.

By enrolling your child in PA Pre-K Counts, you can give your child a great start to a bright future.

How much does PA Pre-K Counts cost?

PA Pre-K Counts is free to families.*

* The portion of the day that is funded through Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts is free to families; the program may charge for additional portions of the day (wrap-around care, etc.)

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

There are PA Pre-K Counts classrooms in many of Pennsylvania's 67 counties. To find one near you, check the listing of Listing of PA Pre-K Counts programs and contacts and contact the programs directly for enrollment information.