It’s Not Too Late to Enroll in Pre-K Counts

FREE Childcare for Eligible Families

If your family lives in Lancaster City and you meet the eligibility requirements, you can enroll your child ages 3 (as of Sept. 1) up to kindergarten age in Pre-K Counts for FREE. Pre-K Counts runs for 180 days out of the year from 8:00am – 1:30pm. We also offer wrap-around care (anytime from 6:30am until 5:30pm) for an affordable fee so you can safely go to work all day and provide for your family while your children are cared for!

Spaces Still Available for Enrollment

At the time of writing this article, there are spots available in our Pre-K Counts program. Eligibility is fairly generous based on family size, income, and need. To learn if you qualify, you can fill out our registration on our registration page or contact us and we can let you know. Scroll below to view an eligibility graph of the number of people in your family & income level.

More Than Just Free Childcare

Not only is your childcare covered during work hours, but also your children enrolled in Pre-K Counts at Lancaster Early Education Center are equipped and prepared for kindergarten through our program. They will learn social skills, qualities of paying attention, how to follow directions, and even reading and math! When your child attends Pre-K counts they are more than ready to excel in kindergarten and not fall behind.

Apply Today!

If you are looking for childcare, want your children to be ready for kindergarten, or are simply interested in learning if you’re eligible, apply today! It is our gift to know we are equipping as many children as possible in Lancaster City for beginning their school careers while supporting parents so they can work to provide for their families!

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Register for Pre-K Counts - Lancaster City Early Education - Free for Eligible families Lancaster Early Education Center formerly Lancaster Day Care Center Quality early care & education since 1915.

Friday, November 19, 2021, is the 10th anniversary of ExtraGive – Lancaster, PA’s largest day of giving! We are honored to be a part of the incredible network of nonprofits making lasting positive impacts on our community.

On November 19, you have over 500 organizations doing good in Lancaster, PA to choose where to donate – so we want you to know the impact your donations make when you give to Lancaster Early Education Center.

When you give to LEEC,

  • You are giving the next generation a better future. 
    Each child needs care, attention & age-appropriate education to excel. At LEEC each child gets exactly what they need to be ready for school. Your donations pay for our caring staff to love on our LEEC children, it pays for nutritious meals and snacks, educational tools, diapers, and more!
  • You are giving families a better future. 
    LEEC offers Pre-K Counts – a free preschool for families who qualify. Without Pre-K counts, these families may not be able to go to work to provide for their family, adding to a cycle of poverty that is nearly impossible to get out of. With Pre-K counts, parents have a safe place for their kids so they can work to provide AND their children get an education that further increases their future success!
  • You are making Lancaster, PA a better place for all!
    When you donate to LEEC you impact the education & sense of security while providing parents a way to stay employed, you are making Lancaster, PA’s future better. LEEC directly impacts lives for the better – helping each generation have more resources and tools they need to make even better lives and in time give back to our communities and the world.

So this ExtraGive, we hope you choose to donate to LEEC and when you do, we want you to know you’re making a bigger impact than you may ever realize. We are incredibly grateful for each and every donor – you are a part of our LEEC family. You are making the lives of each child & parent of LEEC better for this generation and the generations to come through quality early education and care right in the heart of Lancaster, PA!


Donate to LEEC on November 19, 2021

Register for Pre-K Counts - Lancaster City Early Education - Free for Eligible families Lancaster Early Education Center formerly Lancaster Day Care Center Quality early care & education since 1915.
Lancaster Early Education Center formerly Lancaster Day Care Center Quality early care & education since 1915. in Downtown Lancaster, PA


Early Education Center

Making it possible for working parents to afford exceptional early education in Lancaster, PA.
Affordable education & care since 1915.

Our Programs

Offering Lancaster, PA families high-quality education and care & making it accessible to all through Pre-K Counts. We have programs for infants, toddlers & preschool-age children.




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

Every parent deserves to be able to afford exceptional education & care for their children.

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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: