Pre-K Programs Provide Children a Strong Start in School and in Life

YMCA Pre-K programs are enrolling now. 

As the largest provider of licensed childcare in Chester County, the YMCA of Greater Brandywine (YGBW) recognizes the importance of a quality pre-kindergarten experience, which can help give children a strong start in school and in life.

Research shows that children who do not attend a Pre-K program often struggle and fall behind in school. YGBW’s Pre-K programs prepare children for reading and math, but also for paying attention, following directions and getting along with others.

All eight of the YGBW branches offer preschool, Montessori, Pre-K and/or Kindergarten. YGBW’s enriching Pre-K programs provide a hands-on learning environment, with children participating in developmentally appropriate activities that foster social, emotional, physical and cognitive development while ensuring school readiness. Daily activities with themed units are offered, and an emphasis is placed on writing.

“YGBW’s early learning programs, set children up for success both in and out of the classroom,” said Kirstan Dolinger, senior childcare director at the Jennersville and Octorara YMCAs. “Pre-K gives children a chance to learn, become excited about school and be better students – all of which will prove to be invaluable over their lifetimes.” 

Enrollment is now open for all YGBW’s early learning programs including Pennsylvania’s Pre-K Counts program at the Jennersville YMCA in West Grove, Pa and Octorara YMCA in Atglen, PA. Established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, PA Pre-K counts is designed for children who are between ages 3 and 4 and live in families earning up to 300 percent of the poverty level. 

What to expect from a PA Pre-K Counts Classroom

  • Teachers with the education and expertise to teach young children.
  • A curriculum that will help children grow academically and socially.
  • Regular review of a child’s progress to choose the best teaching strategies as well as prepare them for a smooth transition to kindergarten.

PA Pre-K Counts is free to families and runs from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm, Monday – Friday. Wrap around care is an additional charge with financial assistance available. Students who qualify for Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs) are automatically eligible for the program.

Financial assistance is available for all of the Y’s early learning programs including sibling discounts and acceptance of Pennsylvania’s subsidized program, Childcare Works.

Learn more about Pre-K counts or all of the early learning programs offered as well as the updated policies and safety procedures that have been implemented in light of COVID-19.