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Pre-K Counts

Child development programs for children from the age of 3 through the entry age of Kindergarten

Pre-K Counts is a state funded program. Berks Community Action Partner is the Lead Agency which receives the money directly from the State. The agency partners with four childcare providers within Berks County who facilitate the Pre-K Counts program at their individual locations.

What Parents can expect from Pre-K Counts

  • Teachers who have the education and expertise to teach young children
  • Age-appropriate classroom activities that will help your child grow academically and socially
  • Regular review of your child’s progress
  • Help for you and your child to adjust to pre-kindergarten and smoothly move on to kindergarten
  • Small class size (no more than 20 students per one teacher and one aide) so that your child can have plenty of one-on-one time with the teachers
  • Nutritious meals and snacks daily

Who is eligible for PA Pre-K Counts?

PA Pre-K Counts is designed for children who are:

  • Pennsylvania residents
  • Between the ages of 3 and until the entry age for kindergarten
  • Are at risk of school failure because of income of 300% of the federal poverty level, language (English is not the first language), or special needs

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 who meet the income guidelines of 300%. The portion of the day that is funded through the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts is free for families who qualify. The program may charge for additional portions of the day (wrap-around child care for example).

Contact information

645 Penn Street
3rd Floor
Reading PA 19601


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