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.
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.
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!
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.
Breaking the cycle of poverty by taking a full-family approach
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!
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
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.
Families Served since 1915
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
Safety & Security
For the safety of everyone at
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.
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.
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.
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: https://lancasterearlyeducation.org/programs-offered/#pck
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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.