Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts

 Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts program, established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, is bringing quality half-day and full-day pre-kindergarten to 11,000 3 and 4 year olds in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is an initiative to provide early learning experiences to prepare young learners for kindergarten and school success.

Parents interested in enrolling their child should review our one-page fact sheet and look at our list of programs across the state.  

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!

Other Resources for Parents

Early Learning Standards for Infant/Toddler, Pre-School and Kindergarten
The redesigned standards are NOW available. Click here to view and download available standards.

Kindergarten, Here I Come!
The Office of Child Development and Early Learning is pleased to announce the availability of the newly-printed Parent Activity Resource Guide, “Kindergarten Here I Come”! Click here for printable PDF version of "Kindergarten Here I come!" 

Additional Parent Resource can be found on the PA Key website.