Frequently Asked Questions
1Why should I enroll my child in Pre-K Counts?
PA Pre-K Counts prepares children for success in school. High quality Pre-kindergarten programs ensure that children begin school ready to learn. Research indicates that children who attend good pre-kindergarten programs are more likely to graduate from high school and go on to technical school or college.
2How do I know if my child is eligible?
Children must be at least 3 years of age by the school district’s cut-off date for kindergarten enrollment. Children who are age eligible of kindergarten cannot enroll in Pre-K Counts The family income must meet the Pre-K Counts income guidelines for 2017.
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3How much does Pre-K Counts cost?
PA Pre-K Counts is FREE to families.
4When and where are the classes?
- Altoona – W&J Elementary Building: Monday-Friday from 8:15AM to 2:15PM
- Claysburg – Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary School: Monday-Friday from 8:00AM to 2:00PM
- Williamsburg – Williamsburg Elementary School: Monday-Friday from 8:00AM to 2:00PM
- Pre-K classes closely follow the school districts’ calendars, starting in late August and ending early in June.
5Is transportation provided?
No, parents must make their own transportation arrangements.
6Are meals provided?
Yes, breakfast and lunch are provided for all children at no additional cost to the family. Quality pre-kindergarten prepares children for reading and math, but also for paying attention, following directions and getting along with others.
7How do I enroll my child in PA Pre-K Counts?
Call 814-946-5247, ext. 275 or complete a pre-enrollment form on CABC’s website at http://cabc-bchs.org/pre-enrollment. .
The role of the Pennsylvania Key is to work with the Office of Child Development & Early Learning (OCDEL) to provide statewide leadership in the development of an integrated and coordinated system of program quality improvements and professional development supports for early childhood education.
Teaching Strategies provides the most innovative and effective curriculum,assessment, professional development, and family connection resources to programs serving children from birth through third grade. CABC’s early learning programs utilize the Creative Curriculum and the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment tool.
PA Early Learning Standards
The Pennsylvania Learning Standards for Early Childhood are a critical piece for assisting teachers in designing classrooms that meet the developmental needs of children to help them succeed in school. Assessments that are implemented in the classroom and aligned with Pennsylvania's Learning Standards for Early Childhood (birth to 3rd grade) will help inform teachers about designing a curriculum that provides multiple learning opportunities that best suits how each child learns.