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PA Pre-k Counts

No matter your income level,
you can provide your children with
quality education and care while you work!

Pre-K Counts is FREE for eligible families.

Pre-K Counts at LEEC gives your child the
highest level of care & education!

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Free Preschool for Eligible Families

Concerned you can’t afford childcare or preschool? You can!

If you live in Lancaster county and are a parent who meets the eligibility requirements, you can enroll your child in Pre-K Counts for FREE – allowing you to work or attend school while helping your child thrive!

What is PA Pre-K Counts?

Pre-K Counts is a state funded Pre-K program that helps prepare 3 and 4-year-old children for Kindergarten.

PA Pre-K Counts

at Lancaster Early Education Center

When you choose Lancaster Early Education Center for your Pre-K child, you get so much more than childcare.

Lancaster Early Education Center (LEEC) provides high-quality early care and education for your child! Our teachers are highly qualified and our classrooms are equipped with age-appropriate, educational books and materials. LEEC also provides a nutritious breakfast and lunch for your child at no cost to you!

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

Lancaster Early Education Center provides the highest quality cared and education – setting your preschool-aged child up for success in kindergarten and beyond!

Why does High-Quality
Preschool Matter?

A child who isn’t prepared or falls behind in Kindergarten can struggle for years into their schooling! High-quality Pre-K enables children to enter Kindergarten with the social skills, and school readiness that ensures their success in school. The benefits of high quality Pre-K can be seen far beyond the first year of schooling.


Pre-K Counts gives you as a parent the opportunity to help your child thrive – not just today, but for years to come!
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.

You can Provide Quality Education & Care While you work!

Register for PA Pre-K Counts for FREE at Lancaster Early Education Center!

Who is Eligible for Pre-K Counts?

Any child who is 3 before 9/1 of the current school year and not yet age-eligible for Kindergarten from an income-eligible family. Children with risk factors such as residing in a single-parent household, or residing in a geographic area of high poverty are prioritized for the program.


Below is the chart for eligibility for PA Pre-K Counts 2022-2023 School year
PA Prek counts Eligibility chart - 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.

Our Programs

Before Care & After Care

About Pre-K Counts at LEEC

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.

Pre-K Counts classrooms operate for 180 days during the school year, from 8 am – 1:30 pm.

If parents require before or aftercare, it can be scheduled with the center, based on availability.




Are You Ready to Apply?

We love welcoming new children and parents into our LEEC family and can’t wait to greet you!



Click any Register Now button. You’ll be directed to our Procare Parent Portal where you can enter your e-mail and complete the first step for registration.



Once your registration inquiry is received (and if space is available), an enrollment packet will be emailed to you from DocuSign.



After you return the enrollment packet, we will contact you to arrange a tour of the facility and complete your registration!

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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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