MELC Taking Applications for First Pre-K Counts Slots in Lower Merion
The state program for lower-income families aims to bring high-quality early childhood education to more kids.
There are 18 slots in the classroom, which will be the first Pre-K Counts presence in the Lower Merion School District. Roughly half have already been filled. The free program is open to children who will be at least 3 years old by September but who aren’t yet eligible for school, and whose family income is at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level.
The state started Pre-K Counts to bring high-quality early childhood education to a broader swath of the state’s children. There are more than 19,000 slots statewide. The program features certified teachers, small class sizes, and a curriculum approved by the state Department of Education. It’s a full-day program, from 9:30 am — 3:30 pm, that runs for the entire 180-day school year. Aftercare is also available.
Enrolled children get a morning snack and lunch at school, too.
MELC runs children’s programs from infancy all the way through after-school programs for elementary school children at several centers, including Wynnewood, Narberth, and the Point Breeze section of Philadelphia. Visit MELC’s website for more information.
Photograph courtesy of MELC.