MISSION: To provide high quality, comprehensive services to all enroll Pre-K counts children and their families. By forming a partnership with parents, staff, and community members, we offer services designed to promote the healthiest, safest environment in which children, families, and staff can thrive and reach their full potential.
All families are encouraged to apply.
PRE-K COUNTS GOALS
- Prepare and teach preschool children the school readiness skills needed to be ready for school success.
- Foster his or her intellectual, social, and emotional growth.
- Provide opportunities for children and families in our program that will help prepare them for future school and life successes.
- Increase the chance of doing well in school, attending college or trade school, and having success.
All of this can start by enrolling your child in our Pre-K Count classroom!
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A PRE-K COUNT CLASSROOM?
Cynthia K. Franck’s Pre-K Counts classroom will:
- Employ teachers with the education and expertise to teach young children
- Allow children to participate in indoor and outdoor play daily
- Use a research-based curriculum that will help your child grow, academically, and socially
- Regularly review your child’s progress and choose teaching and learning activities that are best for your child
- Help you and your child adjust to pre-kindergarten and smoothly move on to kindergarten
- Provide nutritious lunch and snack daily
- Open 180 school calendar days
- Open five hours daily Monday through Friday from September to June
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR CYNTHIA K. FRANCK’S PRE-K COUNTS?
Cynthia K. Franck’s Pre-K Counts is designed for children who:
- Are between age 3 (by 8/13) and the entry age for kindergarten.
- Cynthia K. Franck’s Pre-K Counts is free to eligible families. Families can earn up to 300% of the federal poverty level (see below chart)
** The following enrollment selection criteria will be used when the number of eligible applications 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 car/CYF, children of teen mothers, and children receiving Early Intervention services
- Income preference is then used if necessary to fill remaining spots
HOW CAN I SEE THE CLASSROOM AND MEET THE TEACHER?
This is subject to change based on local COVID-19 conditions at the time. Please call 412-798-2600 to schedule a time slot to visit the classroom.
*Appropriate safety measures will be followed including masking & social distancing.
HOW DO I ENROLL MY CHILD IN CYNTHIA K. FRANCK’S PRE-K COUNTS CLASSROOM?
Cynthia K. Franck’s needs the following to enroll your child:
- Completed application**
- A copy of your child’s birth certificate
- Income Verification***
- Most current physical
** You can download the application from our website at www.cynthiafranckschildcare.com or you can pick up a paper application from the center at 12134 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills, PA 15235
***Feel free to contact us with any questions regarding state requirements for income verification.
Please return your completed application to one of the following:
- By mail to:
Cynthia K. Franck’s Child Care
ATTN: Pre-K Counts
12134 Frankstown Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
- Call: 412-798-2600 to schedule a time to drop off the completed application/li>
- email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax to: 412-798-2700
HOW DO I VERIFY 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 ELRC.
Whose Income is Counted?
- The parent or caretaker of the child
- A parent’s or caretaker’s spouse
- Children’s, excluding earned income (employment earnings of minor)
To Document Income:
- 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.
- Self-Employment: tax returns, business records or other documents establishing profit from self-employment
- Unearned Income: copy of current benefit check (SSI, TANF, Unemployment compensation, etc.) award letter that shoes 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.
- 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 any additional questions at 412-798-2600. Detailed guidance we received from the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) may allow us to answer your questions.