Senators McGarrigle, Killion Announce Pre-K Counts Grants for Chester and Delaware Counties

Harrisburg – Sen. Tom McGarrigle (R-26) and Sen. Tom Killion (R-9) today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Education has awarded 14 Pre-K Counts grants to school districts and providers in Chester and Delaware counties.

“Early education is a proven factor in ensuring long-term academic success,” said Senator McGarrigle. “That’s why we boosted funding for Pre-K Counts. I am happy to see this money being put to good use in Delaware and Chester counties.”

“The General Assembly recognized that support for Pre-K Counts is an investment in children and in Pennsylvania’s future prosperity,” said Senator Killion. “High-quality early education has lasting benefits for children, and it’s crucial that children in our districts have access to it.”

The General Assembly appropriated funds in the 2018-19 state budget to expand access to high-quality, early childhood education across Pennsylvania.  Approximately 2,125 new slots in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and 490 new slots in Head Start are being made available.

The following providers and school districts are receiving grants:

Chester County

Creative Play Day School
The Children’s Treehouse
Warwick Child Care Center Inc.
Owen J. Roberts School District
Chester County IU 24
Pathstone Corp.
Bright Beginnings Education Center

Delaware County

Interboro School District
Aardvark Child Care and Learning Center
The Discovery Tree
Youth Enrichment Programs
Chester Upland School District
Delaware County IU 25
Today’s Child Learning Center

Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts provides high-quality pre-kindergarten services to at-risk three- and four-year olds at no cost to families. Children living in families earning up to 300 percent of poverty, or a family of four earning $75,300 annually, are eligible to apply.

 The funding is offered in school districts, Keystone STARS 3 and 4 child care programs, Head Start programs, and licensed nursery schools.

Families may contact the programs directly to apply. Contact information for Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, Head Start and other early learning programs can be found by visiting the COMPASS website at www.findchildcare.pa.gov. 

Contacts:

(Sen. McGarrigle) Mike Rader mrader@pasen.gov 717-787-1350

(Sen. Killion) Shannon Royer sroyer@pasen.gov 717-787-4712