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Pre-K Counts

LVCC is proud to provide Pennsylvania’s state-funded preschool program, Pre-K Counts. The program is free for those who qualify and operates on an academic calendar year (September - June). If your child is currently three or four years old and your household income falls at or below 300% of the federal poverty level (approx. $77,250 annually for a family of four), you may apply for Pre-K Counts. We select children based on age, family income, developmental delays, and other risk factors.

2019 Federal Poverty Guidelines for Pennsylvania

Federal poverty levels are used to determine income eligibility for Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts. Household income must fall at or below 300% of the federal poverty level to be eligible.

Household/Family Size 300% 
1 $  37,470
2 $  50,730
3 $  63,990
4 $  77,250
5 $  90,510
6 $103,770
7 $117,030
8 $130,290
9 $143,550
10 $156,810

We provide:

  • High quality pre-kindergarten classes with a Pennsylvania certified, degreed teacher and a qualified assistant teacher at no charge to families
  • Monday – Friday, 5-hour class day from 8:30AM-1:30PM (LVCC at March and Palmer Schools 9AM-2PM; LVCC at Wilson and Avona Schools 9:15AM-2:15PM; LVCC at SS Palmer and Towamensing 9AM-2PM)
  • A healthy snack and lunch
  • Extended child care services may be available (for a fee) from 6:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Pre-K Counts classrooms are located at the following LVCC centers:


How to Apply for Pre-K Counts

Children are selected for the upcoming school year during the spring. LVCC accepts applications year round. We select children based on age, income, developmental delays, and other risk factors. Priority is based on need and not a first-come, first serve process.

1.  Applicants are encouraged to make an appointment; email Nikki Stanley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 610-820-5333, ext. 213.

2.  Complete and print the eligibility prescreening form here.               

3.  Along with the prescreening form, submit a copy of the following documents:

          • Child's birth certificate
          • Driver's license or government-issued ID
          • Medical insurance card
          • Child's health/immunization record
          • Verification of residence
          • 3 most recent pay stubs
          • W-2 or most current filed 1040 tax form
          • Child Care Works waitlist letter or acceptance letter (if applicable)

4.  Bring eligibility prescreening form and above documents to your Pre-K Counts registration appointment. If unable to attend, mail a complete copy of the documents to:

Lehigh Valley Children's Centers
ATTN: Pre-K Counts
1501 Lehigh Street, Suite 208
Allentown, PA 18103

After You Apply

LVCC will review your documents. We will contact you about your eligibility and whether to proceed with the next step of the enrollment process.