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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.

Montgomery Early Learning Centers’ Wynnewood branch is accepting applications for a new classroom funded by the state’s Pre-K Counts program.

 

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.

 

Want to apply? Email vhilbmann@melc.org or call the center at 610-658-8601.

 

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. 

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