Applications for 2021-2022 are now being accepted.  The initial deadline for application is April 16, 2021 .  

The application form is below in both Word and PDF format. You can also call 814-886-8121 if you would like a paper copy of the application.

Applications can be returned to 201 6th Street, Cresson, PA 16630.  

21-22 Penn Cambria Pre-K Counts Application – PDF

21-22 Penn Cambria Pre-K Counts Application – Word

Penn Cambria offers a full-day Pre-K Counts program with transportation provided during the school year.
Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts offers eligible families quality preschool at no cost to help children learn the skills they need to be ready for kindergarten.  The Penn Cambria Pre-K Counts program offers a highly qualified teacher and teacher aide who have extensive experience working with young children.  We offer a small class size of 17 and a curriculum and learning activities that help children thrive.  In addition, parents are provided with information throughout the program regarding the child’s progress and development.

Since this is a grant program funded by the PA Department of Education, information regarding the availability of the program and definite enrollment won’t be available until after the district receives notification of grant funding for 2021-2022. Penn Cambria is requesting funds to continue the current program which offers 17 slots.   Please note that all information provided is based on current guidance from Pre-K Counts and is subject to change.

Who Is Eligible?

  1. To be eligible to apply, students must be age 4 on or before August 31st.
  2.  Families must meet the income definition of “at-risk” which is defined as at or below 300% of the  Federal Poverty Guidelines.  Please see below for these income guidelines.

**The following enrollment selection criteria will be used when the number of eligible applications received exceeds
the number of available slots.
Preference for our program is given to the following:

  • Children from families that are below 250% of the federal poverty level but not eligible for Head Start
  • Children who have additional “risk factors” including the following: children of incarcerated parents, children in foster/kinship care/ CYS, children of teen mothers, and children receiving Early Intervention services
  • Income preference is then used if necessary to fill remaining slots

Can I See the Classroom and Meet the Teacher?
This is subject to change based on local COVID-19 conditions at the time.  We plan to offer families interested in applying for the program an opportunity to see the classroom and meet the teacher on Wednesday, April 7th, 2021. To follow enhanced safety protocols, please call 814-886-8121 x1103 to schedule a time slot to visit the classroom.   Appointments will be available between 4pm and 7pm.
* Appropriate safety measures will be followed including masking & social distancing.  

 

How Do I Apply?
The application form is available for download at the top of this page or by calling 886-8166 or 886-8121. You must provide income verification when you submit your application (see below for additional information).  Feel free to contact us with any questions regarding state requirements for income verification.

Please return your completed application to
Penn Cambria Administrative Office
ATTN: Pre-K Counts
201 6th Street
Cresson , PA 16630
If you have questions please phone: 814-886-8121

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Federal Income Guidelines for 2021

http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty

Annual 2021 Federal Poverty Guidelines
Household/
Family Size
100% 250% 300% – Maximum Income
for Pre-K Counts Eligibility
1 12,880 32,200 38,640
2 17,420 43,550 52,260
3 21,960 54,900 65,880
4 26,500 66,250 79,500
5 31,040 77,600 93,120
6 35,580 88,950 106,740
7 40,120 100,300 120,360
8 44,660 111,650 133,980

 

Verifying Income For Pre-K Counts

Child Care Works
If you are already participating in Child Care Works or are on a waiting list for Child Care Works, you can just submit the Eligibility Detail Page available from the CCIS.  Contact us if you are not sure how to request this document from CCIS.

Whose income is Counted?

  1. The parent or caretaker of the child
  2. A parent’s or caretaker’s spouse
  3. Children’s, excluding earned income (employment earnings of minor)

To Document Income:

  1. Earned Income: W-2 forms, IRS form for reporting tips, pay stubs (at least two recent), a written employer statement of anticipated earnings, or other document that establishes earnings or anticipated earnings from employment
  2. Self-Employment: tax returns, business records or other documents establishing profit from self-employment
  3. Unearned Income: copy of current benefit check (SSI, TANF, Unemployment compensation, etc.), award letter that shows amount of grant or benefit, a bank statement showing interest,  a court order, or other document or database report that establishes the amount of unearned income.
  4. Child Support: If a family receives or pays child support, please provide documentation showing amount.  The eligibility agency shall verify the amount of support received or paid by the family by documents from the Department of Public Welfare.

 

Please feel free to call us if you have additional questions at 886-8121.  Detailed guidance we received from the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) may allow us to answer your questions.