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Financial Aid

All the information below is taken from the PHLPreK and Pennsylvania's Promise for Children websites. Feel free to go directly to the websites:




Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts provides free half-day or full-day pre-kindergarten for at-risk children throughout Pennsylvania. Each program offering PA Pre-K Counts classrooms will have their own guidelines, but PA Pre-K Counts is designed for children who are:
  • between age 3 and younger than the entry age for kindergarten;
  • live in a family earning up to 300% of poverty such as a family of four earning $73,800; and
  • may also have language (English is not your first language), a disability or developmental delay,  or other issues that make them at risk for failing in school
If your child falls into these categories, you may be eligible to apply.
Click here to learn more about federal poverty guidelines. To find out 300% of the federal poverty level, find the poverty level that corresponds with the number of persons in your household and multiply by three.


PHLPreK is Philadelphia’s FREE, new quality pre-K program. PHLPreK is available to 3 and 4 year-olds who reside in the City of Philadelphia. There are no income or employment requirements. Make sure to call 844-PHL-PreK (844-745-7735) to begin the enrollment process!



ELRC, preciously known as CCIS, provides financial help to families for daycare/child care. To be eligible:


  • You must live in Pennsylvania

  • Have a child or children who need child care while you work or attend an education program

  • Meet income guidelines for your family size 

  • Work 20 or more hours a week - or - work 10 hours and go to school or train for 10 hours a week

  • Have a promise of a job that will start within 30 days of your application for subsidized child care

  • Teen parents must attend an education program

  • The child who needs care must be a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residency

  • Have proof of identification for each parent or caretaker in the home


Families pay a co-pay based on their income, and Child Care Works provides a subsidy to the child care program. You can apply for ELRC assistance here.


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