Pre-K Counts

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Updated September 2, 2020

The YMCA of Greater Erie will offer traditional in-person Pre-K Counts or an “at-home” Pre-K Counts experience for children ages 3-5 years that begins on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Enrollment is currently open for up to 25 students.  

Qualifying children for the Y’s Pre-K Counts program may select this at-home learning option in lieu of the traditional in-person program at the Y. 

The Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts program makes quality pre-kindergarten programs available to Pennsylvania residents at no cost to qualifying families.  It is funded through a grant from the State of Pennsylvania.  Full day program instructional time is 5 hours and half day program is 3 hours.  All meals and snacks are included. The Y offers a number of Pre-K Counts classrooms throughout the service area.  A Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts application must be filled out completely and submitted for consideration.  

Families will receive a one-time tote of supplies to supplement weekly at-home activity packets, video recorded lessons, video recorded read-aloud, resources for social-emotional development, and parental supports. Each family also will receive a complementary subscription to the learning app ABCmouse, an online learning program for kids 2-8. Meals also will be available for pick-up weekly for enrolled children. 

UPDATED 3/25/21

Childcare enrollment is open in compliance with local, state and CDC department health guidelines and Governor Tom Wolf’s Plan for Pennsylvania.

For enrollment information (daycare/childcare, traditional PreK/Preschool, Pre-K Counts, School-Age) click on your desired location for contact information.

Then complete the online enrollment application.

For enrollment (Pre-K Counts only), complete this online enrollment application.  Please read  this Pre-K Counts Attendance Policy and Remote Learning Agreement

Download this Parent Handbook for important information on what to expect, our policies and instructional philosophy. Download COVID-19 Health & Safety Precautions

Please print and complete the following editable forms for Enrollment at the discretion of the director:

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 program director to determine what hours the program is funded by Pre-K Counts.

Am I eligible? AM I ELIGIBLE?

You are likely eligible for Pre-K Counts if:

  • Your child is between the ages of 3 and 5 as required by your local school district
  • 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:
2 $52,260
3 $65,880
4 $79,500
5 $93,120
6 $106,740
7 $120,360
8 $133,980

Your child’s safety and security is our top priority and is achieved through established and practiced procedures. We take every precaution to insure safety for your child, including:

  • Secure entry
  • Frequent site inspections
  • Maintenance of buildings, playgrounds and equipment

Click here for COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Healthy meals and snacks are the cornerstone of your child’s learning throughout the day. Smart food choices are taught and modeled by our staff such as drinking water and the importance of all four food groups.

Physical activity is an important part of every day at the Y. Large motor skills are developed through daily active play. Your child’s physical skills are individually strengthened through the use of the Y’s extensive facilities—including playgrounds, gyms, pools and more.

With loads of activity and learning, kids need time to recharge. Rest time is scheduled daily in calming environments with caring supervision.

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Please feel free to call or email us at your preferred location, or chat with us for more information.

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