Students Explore Engineering Skills Through Tower Building

Students Explore Engineering Skills Through Tower Building

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Springfield Pre-K’s Spring Adventures

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Head Start / Early Head Start FAQs The Private Industry Council discusses frequently asked questions for Head Start and Early Head Start students. Private Industry Council operates the Head Start / Early Head Start program for Beaver and Fayette Counties in the...

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PA Pre-K Counts, a program of the Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc. (PIC), will be taking applications for our locations throughout Allegheny, Beaver, Fayette, and Westmoreland Counties for the 2023-2024 school year, beginning in March. We will be hosting an Open Registration Day on Friday, March 22, 2024 from 9:00AM – 3:00PM at the following locations:

Allegheny Beaver Fayette Westmoreland
Burchfield Elementary Todd Lane Elementary Ben Franklin Elementary Latrobe Elementary
Marzolf Elementary   Connellsville Township- Business Office Private Industry Council – PIC Kidz Zone
Penn Hills High School   Lafayette Elementary Southmoreland Elementary
Reserve Elementary   Marshall Elementary  
Scott Elementary   Menallen Elementary  
    Springfield Elementary  
    Wharton Elementary  

This will be an opportunity to meet teachers & other staff, tour the classrooms and playgrounds, ask questions, fill out an application and MORE! Information about this event can also be found on our Facebook and Instagram pages along with additional details.

PA Pre-K Counts is a no cost to family, high quality pre-kindergarten education for three- and four-year-olds living in Pennsylvania funded by the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL)

We know it’s important to you that your child is equipped to be successful in school. We can give your three- or four-year-old what they need to be ready for kindergarten. Key points about our program:

  • Early childhood-certified teaching staff
  • Safe, well-equipped learning environments
  • Curriculum and educational programming are designed to help your child be ready for school.
  • Meaningful assessment of your child’s abilities
  • Parent participation opportunities
  • Staff/child ratios that permit plenty of one-on-one time with teachers.
  • Full-day classes (classes are five days a week for six hours each day)

Who Is Eligible?

  • Children who live in Pennsylvania and
  • Meet the income eligibility guidelines of a family less than 300% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and
  • Children who have turned three by the kindergarten cut-off date of the school district in which they reside and
  • Children who are at-risk of school failure due to income, cultural, or special needs issues

Why Should my Child Attend a High Quality Pre-K Program?

  • Quality Pre-K prepares children for reading and math but also for paying attention, following directions, and getting along with others.
  • Children who attend a quality early learning program do better in school.
  • Quality education today prepares them for high quality jobs tomorrow.

Through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), children are served healthy and nutritious meals and snacks while attending class. Parents are encouraged to participate in program planning and decision-making. Volunteer opportunities in the classroom and family engagement events allow parents to learn more about how to be involved in their child’s learning and development.

Research has consistently shown that children who enter school ready to learn, succeed academically and later in life. To complete an application for PA Pre-K Counts, please call our office at 724-437-2590 or visit us at www.privateindustrycouncil.com, or stop by our Lemont Furnace or Greensburg offices anytime Monday-Friday from 8AM – 4:30PM.

PIC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building tomorrow’s workforce in southwestern Pennsylvania. It has administered the Head Start program in Fayette County since 1994 and the Early Head Start program there since 1997. Head Start/Early Head Start of Fayette County does not discriminate against any person based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability.

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