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About PA Pre-K Counts

PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL)

The Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts is a voluntary pre-kindergarten program established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It serves three and four year olds and offers half-day and full-day classes taught by teachers using a curriculum aligned to state standards. Learn more about the program, eligibility and how it can help your child.

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About Head Start

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Head Start programs are federally-funded programs that serve three and four-year-old children. Programs may be based in centers, schools, or family child care homes — or they may be provided at your own home. Services include education, as well as health, nutrition, social and other services. This site provides more information and resources about getting started with Head Start and finding local programs that fit your needs.

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What to expect from your preschool

PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL)

Pennsylvania has a set of standards for pre-kindergarten programs. This site explains the the teaching approaches that should be taken at your preschool and the subject areas that your child will explore.

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Concerned about your child’s development?

Call Pennsylvania’s CONNECT Helpline at 1-800-692-7288 for information about your child’s development and connecting to Early Intervention services in Pennsylvania.

Call Child Care Works Helpline at 1-877-4-PA-KIDS (1-877-472-5437) for information about finding, paying for and other concerns related to child care.

Learn more about these Helplines