Early Education Center

Making it possible for working parents to afford exceptional early education in Lancaster, PA.
Affordable education & care since 1915.
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now Enrolling K-3 & K-4 students for the

2023-2024 School Year!


More than Child Care

Lancaster Early Education Center (LEEC) is a non-profit charitable organization committed to providing affordable, high-quality early care & education to children from low-income working families.

Lancaster Early Education Center formerly Lancaster Day Care Center Quality early care & education since 1915.

Making Education Affordable

LEEC is a non-profit serving low to moderate-income families in Lancaster, PA. Most families enrolled receive tuition scholarships. EVERY child should have the opportunity for an excellent education! We also offer Pre-K Counts, a FREE preschool program to eligible families in Lancaster, PA. 

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Lancaster Early Education Center formerly Lancaster Day Care Center Quality early care & education since 1915.

Quality Care & Education

Developmentally appropriate curriculum for children ages 8 weeks to 5 years old based on the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards. Serving exceptional food and hiring only the most caring individuals. Making quality early education possible for Lancaster, PA families!

Our Programs

Championing Parent Involvement

We don’t just care for children, we care for the whole family. All parents are required to be employed in a full-time job or educational program as well as take an active role in their child’s development. Our parent educational programs teach everything from how to read to your child to how to save for your first home.

Our Parent Involvement
Lancaster Early Education Center formerly Lancaster Day Care Center Quality early care & education since 1915. in Downtown Lancaster, PA

Breaking the cycle of poverty by taking a full-family approach

Located to Serve

Lancaster Early Education Center is located in the heart of Lancaster, PA one block from the square in downtown Lancaster.


Making Quality Education and Care Available

Location: 150 South Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603

Telephone: 717.392.7413


Fax: 717-885-2463

Hours of Operation: 
Monday – Friday
6:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Educating the Whole Family

Lancaster Early Education Center (LEEC) is a true educational partner who provides learning opportunities for the entire family.

LEEC is a Keystone STAR 4 Center, reflecting the highest quality early care and learning environment. Children at LEEC are given an environment rich in experiences and choices encouraging self-reliance, self-worth, and self-confidence while being educated to PA standards.

Creating a better future for entire families

No parent should have to decide between caring for their children and working to provide for them.

We make sure every single parent who wants to work, but needs the resources to pay for child care & early education to do so can receive the quality care they need for their kids.

If you’re a parent who needs care for your child or children, reach out today!


We are your partner in creating the future you dream of for yourself and your kids!

Today can be the day you provide for your kids & give them a quality education!

A Word

From Our Parents

The LEEC teachers are great. Every day when I drop off my daughter, her teacher meets us with a smile and a positive attitude. She treats them all equally and makes them feel loved. She’s the kind of teacher that treats the kids like her own. I appreciate that my child is with someone who cares.

 Angie R.,

a parent of a child who attended the center
Lancaster Early Education Center formerly Lancaster Day Care Center Quality early care & education since 1915. in Downtown Lancaster, PA

Impacting Lancaster's Future & Present

Donations that Make a difference

Our donors and volunteers make LEEC possible.
When you donate to LEEC, you are directly impacting Lancaster’s wellbeing.
YOU, our donors & volunteers, make LEEC possible.

What happens when you donate to LEEC:

  • YOU provide childcare to parents who would otherwise not be able to afford it.
  • YOU equip parents to relate to their children in ways the fuel their healthy development and safe attachment.
  • YOU give the children of Lancaster an Education that equips them to be the leaders of our tomorrow.
Lancaster Early Education Center formerly Lancaster Day Care Center Quality early care & education since 1915.

Families Served since 1915

Years Established


Nutritious meals served each week

Over 108 Years of Impact

Our LEEC family is a web of families that spans 106 years of Lancaster, PA’s history. It not only includes our parents and their children, but it’s also our staff, our donors, our volunteers, and every single person who’s supported LEEC along the way.

Donating to LEEC Impacts Lancaster for Generations

Our School

Safety & Security

For the safety of everyone at LEEC, we use a digital key card entry access system. A key card is required to enter and navigate our building. There are multiple touchpoints throughout our facility to help ensure the safety and security of everyone.

Exceptional Staff

At Lancaster Early Education Center we recognize that highly qualified teaching professionals are the cornerstone of a quality program. All of our staff have a degree or credential that qualifies them to work with young children. All of our staff have training in First Aid/CPR and emergency procedures. Our team unties around a common goal of providing developmentally appropriate and respectful care and education to young children.

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More Than Pre-K

At Lancaster Early Education Center we focus on equipping each child with the developmental needs for their age. Offering parents of children ages infant to 5 a safe environment and a jump start at school with each program they enroll in! Our Pre-K Counts program is located in a state-of-the-art facility. Your children will be instructed by passionate, certified teachers. A hot breakfast and lunch are served every day. We are sure you will notice a positive difference in your child.  

Learn more about Our Pre-K Counts Preschool Program

High-Quality Food

We pride ourselves on the level of meals and snacks we give to our children. Kale chips and chicken fingers, oranges, and milk… real food with real nutrition – so you know your kids are not only getting a great education, they are getting fed to grow their bodies along with their minds.

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Infant Program

Our program provides a secure, safe, and nurturing environment in which infants can develop a sense of trust in themselves and others, as well as a healthy curiosity about exploring “their” world. Our program provides individualized care that is responsive to the specific developmental needs of each child and exhibits respect for parental concern by providing continuity between home and care practices. The environment is designed to allow the infants to comfortably explore their surroundings and have access to materials that are developmentally appropriate and support cognitive development. The “home-like” feel of the infant classrooms allows infants to transition more comfortably into a group care setting. All infants are kept with their primary caregivers for 9 months or longer whenever possible. Infant teachers assist in acclimating young toddlers to their new classroom when it is time for transition. Pennsylvania’s Infant and Toddler Early Learning Standards (ELS) are used in curriculum development. The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers & Twos provides the framework for individualizing curriculum for each child.

Toddler and Tweens Program

Our program provides a safe environment that focuses on the autonomy and wonder of young and older toddlers. Our program aids each child in becoming self-directed in play and daily routines so that s/he is able to gain competence and confidence in his/her individual abilities. Teachers recognize each child’s differing activity levels and need for stimulation and design classroom activities and provide materials according to these needs. Pennsylvania’s Infant and Toddler Early Learning Standards (ELS) are used in curriculum development. The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers & Twos provides the framework for individualizing curriculum for each child. A variety of open-ended materials and real-life experiences allow children to make sense of their environment and the world around them. Classroom environments are child-focused and designed to promote autonomy. Books and learning materials are rotated regularly to ensure materials are developmentally appropriate, challenging, and based upon children’s interests. All toddlers/tweens are kept with their primary caregivers for 9 months or longer whenever possible.

Preschool Program

Provides a learning and living environment that enables preschool children to make choices so that they become self-reliant and self-confident, with a respect for themselves and others. The program furnishes activities that enhance each child’s growth and development. The program focuses on positive guidance to assist children in decision-making and acting as a citizen in the classroom community. Pennsylvania’s Early Learning Standards for Pre-Kindergarten (ELS) are used in curriculum development. The Creative Curriculum provides the framework for individualizing curriculum for each child. The curriculum is reflective of the individuals in the classroom community. Teachers facilitate child-directed learning by providing a stimulating, challenging, developmentally appropriate curriculum that supports the needs of all learners.


PreK Counts (PKC) Program

Lancaster Early Education Center’s Pre-K Counts (PKC) is designed for children who are 3 years old prior to September 1st of the academic school year. PKC is a Department of Education-funded classroom for children who meet the guidelines for income, language or are considered at-risk for school failure. Families with income that is equal to or less than 300% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines are eligible for the Pre-K Counts program. Enrollment is prioritized based on risk factors. Pre-K Counts classrooms operate for 180 days during the school year, from 8:00 am – 1:30 pm. The program is free to eligible families. Enrollment is based on need. If parents require before or after PKC care it can be scheduled with the Center, based on availability (an additional fee will be assessed).

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If you're in need of free pre-k for your children & you work full-time, you may be eligible for Pre-K counts which offers free Pre-kindergarten care to eligible working parents. To learn more about & register for Pre-K counts:

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2022-2023  Pre-K Counts at LEEC

It’s Not Too Late To Register!

Pre-K Counts is a completely free preschool program for parents who qualify.

If you live in Lancaster city, are employed and have a child who is pre-kindergarten age, we’d love to have your child as a part of this year’s class!
If you are interested in Pre-K Counts, learn more about this program and register through our enroll page.

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