Early Education Center

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As the State of Pennsylvania reopens childcare centers across our commonwealth, our number one priority is to ensure the safety of our children, teachers, and families.

Our state-licensed STARS-4 Early Education Center in Pottstown currently offers infant, toddler, pre-school, Pre-K Counts classrooms, as well as before/after care.  Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM.

Our experienced staff provide education, social and emotional enhancement, assessment on literacy, math, and nutrition, music classes, and physical education. We provide two nutritional meals per day (breakfast and lunch) plus a snack. YW3CA is a ELRC subsidized tuition provider for those who qualify.

Children ages 3-5 from qualified families may enroll in YWCA Tri-County Area’s Pre-K Counts early childhood education program in Pottstown.

Pre-K Counts is a full-day, state-funded, pre-kindergarten program for children whose family incomes are 300% of the federal poverty level or less. There is no cost, and children receive a free lunch daily. Classes run from 6:30 AM to 8:45 AM

As a Pre-K Counts student, your child will:

  • work with teachers with the education and expertise to teach young children effectively;
  • use a curriculum that will help your child grow academically and socially;
  • have his/her progress reviewed regularly;
  • take part in teaching and learning activities that are best for your child;
  • adjust to pre-kindergarten and prepare for a smooth transition to kindergarten;
  • have small class sizes with plenty of one-on-one time with teachers.

Additional benefits of choosing YWCA Tri-County Area’s Pottstown Center include annual vision, hearing, and dental screenings, field trips, and special events.

Questions or interested in enrolling?

Please email EEC@ywcatricountyarea.org with your child/ren’s age group: Infant/toddler, Pre K, School-Age

YW’s Pottstown Early Education Center became a Keystone STARS 4 facility in 2017. What does that mean for the children and their families?

Keystone STARS 4 facility

Keystone STARS maintains Standards, Training, Assistance, Resources and Support for the continuous improvement of early education centers, and recognizes their achievements in early education that exceed minimum state requirements.

This maximum level of performance standards, set by the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning, means that each child receives the highest quality early education. YW3CA’s early education classrooms provide excellence in:
* Curriculum and programming
* Partnerships with families and community
* Staff credentials and professional development
* Leadership and management

YWCA Tri-County Area’s Early Education Center is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

Our Early Education Centers offer children the opportunity to learn and grow in a creative and nurturing space, preparing preschool children for success in kindergarten and beyond, and enriching school-age children through after-school programming and summer camp.  Classrooms for children 6 weeks through pre-kindergarten include infant/toddler, preschool, and Pre-K Counts.

Technology in the classroom:  iPads in every classroom allowing teachers to record each child’s achievements in real time, and share those achievements electronically with parents. Classrooms also added Hatch interactive educational software, which provides children with lessons in literacy and math through challenging games.

Infants and toddlers gained a safe outdoor space of their own with the addition of a small playground, filled with toddler-sized outdoor toys and play equipment.

Early Education Resources

Pre-K Counts

Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts is a state funded program for three and four year old children and provides families in participating communities with a choice of quality pre-kindergarten education.

Blended Classrooms

YW3CA creates engaging and rewarding environments through infant/toddler blended classrooms. Children can grow and learn from the same caregivers and with the same peers during their three years in the Infant/Toddler program.

Early Education Classrooms

YW3CA provides quality, curriculum based early education for a variety of age groups including infants, toddlers, preschool, and school age children.

Enrollment Tuition (without ELRC)

Child's Age5 Full Days5 Half DaysFull Day Daily RateHalf Day Daily Rate
Infant (6 weeks to 12 months) $371.00$277.25$74.20$55.45
Younger Toddler (13 to 24 months)$351.75$256.00$70.35 $51.20
Older Toddler (25 - 36 months)$341.90$240.00$68.38$48.00
Preschool (37 months - entering Kindergarten) $303.20$211.00$60.64$42.40
PreK Counts (Before & After Care Options: 6:30-9:00AM, then 3:30-6:00PM)$211.00$42.40
School Age (Before and After School/ including school closures, early dismissals, and holidays and transportation)$166.105 Days Before School $100.005 Days After School $130.00Daily Before School $20Daily After School $26

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