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 qualify for Pre-K Counts based on the number of people in your family and how much you make:
Maximum Yearly Family Income (2018)
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