Pre-K Counts

Pre-K Counts is an early childhood program that provides high quality pre-kindergarten services to at-risk children within the state so they are prepared for school success.  Pre-K Counts uses the Creative Curriculum which focuses on: Approaches to Learning, Social and Emotional Development, Language and Literacy Development, Physical Development and Health, Cognition and General Knowledge (the academics).  A mental health curriculum, Second Step for Early Learning, is also used.


Children between age four and the entry age for kindergarten are eligible.  Eligible families can earn up to 300 percent of the poverty level.  Priority is given to the most at-risk children in the community.

Our Pre-K Counts Programs are "housed" within the Shippensburg Area School District (Nancy Grayson Elementary and James Burd Elementary), Big Spring Area School District (Newville Elementary), Carlisle Area School District (Hamilton Elementary and Mount Holly Springs Elementary) and South Middleton School District (W.G. Rice Elementary).  

What Can I Expect From a Pre-K Counts Classroom?

  • Lead Teacher with the education and expertise to teach young children, teacher assistant, and child development tutor.
  • Small class size (15-18 students) giving your child plenty of one on one time with teachers.
  • Curriculum that will help your child grow academically and socially.
  • Regular review of your child’s progress as well as, teaching/learning activities that best fit your child’s needs.
  • Help adjusting to pre-kindergarten and smooth the transition to kindergarten. 

Hours of Operation

  • Monday thru Friday 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Nancy Grayson 1 and 2, Newville, W.G. Rice)
  • Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (James Burd, Mount Holly Springs, Hamilton, Bellaire)
  • 180 days year round (August – July)

School Year Calendar