On August 1, Governor Tom Corbett announced that $84.5 million in Pre-K Counts grants will be distributed to qualifying pre-kindergarten programs across Pennsylvania, providing programs and services for nearly 12,000 children. State grants will be issued to 159 program providers in 59 counties across the state for the upcoming school year.
Pre-K Counts provides half-day and full-day pre-kindergarten services to Pennsylvania children who are: between age three and the beginning age of kindergarten; at risk of facing challenges in school; living in families earning up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level ($67,050 for a family of four); and who may be English language learners or have disabilities or developmental delays. The legislature agreed to increase funding for Pre-K Counts by $4.5 million, or 5 percent, in the 2013-14 state budget. For a list of grantees, visit http://www.education.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/pennsylvania_department_of_education/7237 and click on the 2013-14 Pre-K Counts Grants Awards box on the right.
Toni Keg, Chair