pre-K counts

Pre-K Counts provides no cost pre-kindergarten education for eligible children ages 3 to 5.

Find out if you’re eligible for funding assistance

How does it work?

If your child is enrolled in a Pre-K Counts program, the hours that they attend that program are free for you and your family.

It is important to note that Pre-K Counts funding does not always cover a full day of child care. If your child needs after hours care, for example, you may need to pay that cost out of pocket. Check with your local Pre-K Counts provider to determine what hours the program is funded by Pre-K Counts.

Some programs, however, are funded by both Head Start and Pre-K Counts and provide free child care all day.

Am I eligible?

Each program offering PA Pre-K Counts classrooms will have its own guidelines, but you are likely eligible for Pre-K Counts if:

  • Your child is between the ages of 3 and 5
  • You meet income guidelines: Your child’s eligibility to receive Pre-K Counts funding is based on your family’s size and income. To be eligible to receive Pre-K Counts funding, your total annual family income must be less than 300% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Look below to see whether you’re likely to quality for Pre-K Counts based on the number of people in your family and how much you make:
Family Size
Maximum Yearly Family Income (May 2016)
2 $48,720
3 $61,260
4 $73,800
5 $86,340
6 $98,880
7 $111,420
8 $123,960

How Can I access it?

To apply for Pre-K Counts funding or to see if your family is eligible, you will need to contact a Pre-K Counts program directly.

Find a Pre-K Counts program in your area by:

  • Visiting our quality child care map here
  • Visiting Great Philly Schools ECE here and inputting your zip code
  • Searching for Pre-K Counts providers here

Where Can I Learn More?

  • Pre-K Counts FAQ here
  • Pennsylvania Keys website here
  • Parent flyer here
  • Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children here

other available funding

Child Care Subsidy (CCIS)
CCIS helps eligible families of children 0-13 pay for child care.
Early Head Start
Early Head Start (EHS) provides no-cost full day/full year child care for eligible families and their children under the age of 3.
Head Start
Head Start (HS) provides no-cost full day/full year child care for eligible families and their children ages 3 to 5 at agencies in your local community.
Pre-K Counts
Pre-K Counts provides no cost pre-kindergarten education for eligible children ages 3 to 5.
PHLpreK
PHLpreK provides locally funded, affordable pre-K programs for 3 and 4 year olds.
Eligibility Calculator
Use the Eligibility Calculator to find out if you qualify for child care and pre-K funding.
Call Center
For help locating and applying for pre-K and other quality child care programs, call 844-PHL-PREK (844-745-7735).