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The Jefferson-Clarion Pre-K Counts Program is a high quality pre-kindergarten education program for 3 and 4 year olds in Pennsylvania that is free to families with a focus on children at risk of academic failure. The children participate in half day classes, five days a week in schools, Head Start programs, and Keystone STARS child care programs with a STAR 3 rating or higher. The children attend a total of 180 classroom days each year.

The Pre-K Counts program is unique because every component is designed to provide high quality early education to children who can benefit most from the experience. By including all early learning programs, PA Pre-K Counts is building a quality early education system so our children have the best educational experience possible from the early years through graduation.

Children who come to kindergarten without knowing all the skills they need often stay behind and struggle in school. Quality pre-kindergarten prepares children for reading, paying attention, following directions and getting along with others. Pre-K Counts gives children a chance to learn, to become excited about school and to be better students. This strong early start in pre-kindergarten means they have a better chance of doing well in school, of going on to college or career training and of getting a job.

The PA Pre-K Counts program offers the following in its classrooms:

  • Teachers with the education and expertise to teach young children.
  • A curriculum that will help children grow academically and socially.
  • Regular review of every child’s progress and teaching and learning activities that are individualized for each child.
  • Transitional services to ease a child from home to pre-kindergarten and then from pre-kindergarten to kindergarten.
  • Small class sizes (no more than 19 students per one teacher and one aide) so that a child can have plenty of one-on-one time with the teachers.
  • Developmental and health screenings.

Each child, who participates in a PA Pre-K Counts classroom in Jefferson or Clarion counties, will have the opportunity to participate in large group activities, small group activities, and one on one instruction. Children also participate in gross and fine motor activities, songs, games, free play which includes choosing from multiple centers such as dramatic play, math and science, art, sand and water, reading and writing centers, manipulatives, computer and other areas. The children also have the opportunity to enjoy outside activities and try different foods during snack and cooking experiences.

Children between the ages of 3 and 4 who are at risk for school failure because of income (must be below 300% of the federal poverty level, or a family of 4 earning less than $69,150 this year) are eligible to receive Pre-K Counts services. Other risks factors may be used to determine priorities for selection.

STATISTICAL SUMMARY

  • 211 children received Pre-K Counts services (funded enrollment is 192)
  • 208 children were assessed using, state approved, Teaching Strategies Gold.
    Children were assessed in the following areas:
  • Social-Emotional
  • Language and Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Studies
  • The Arts
  • Physical Development
  • Health
  • Cognitive
  • English Language Acquisition
  • As of the 2011-2012 school year, all teachers must receive Early Childhood Certification; all Jefferson-Clarion Pre-K Counts  teachers met this requirement.
  • The average classroom size was 18 students to 2 staff. The recommended class size is 20
    students to 2 staff.
  • All classrooms used the Creative Curriculum 5th Edition that aligns with Pennsylvania’s Early Learning Standards.

 

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