pre-K counts

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

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:
Family Size
Maximum Yearly Family Income (2018)
2 $49,380
3 $62,340
4 $75,300
5 $88,200
6 $101,220
7 $114,180
8 $127,140

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 here and search by School Level: Preschools and Daycares
    Hint: Filter by ECE Programming to see a list of all PreK Counts Programs!

Where Can I Learn More?