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YWCA’S EARLY EDUCATION CENTER

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, and Early Head Start, 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 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.


Enrollment Packets

Click Here for the Infant/EHS Enrollment Packet

Please complete the packet and return to Charneesha Queen at cqueen@ywcatricountyarea.org OR 315 King Street, Pottstown. 

**Please remember that we will need proof of income for every family for our government funded food program (CACFP). This can be paystubs, a W2 form, letter to confirm unemployment/ssi/disability or bank statements. Please review the example packet before completing the attached forms for your families. We want to be sure that you are completing the forms accurately so that you will not have to repeat this process.
**Make sure that no area in the enrollment packet is left blank. Please place N/A in areas that due not pertain to your child or family.
**ANYONE who is permitted to pick up your child, MUST HAVE AN ADDRESS LISTED ON THE EMERGENCY CONTACT FORM AND THE FEE AGREEMENT FORM. If there is no address listed, we CAN NOT accept the form.
**Health Insurance Policy numbers must be added to the emergency contact form.
**Please use full signatures in every signature space, unless the use of initials is indicated.
Additionally, this year we will need to have a copy of every child’s birth certificate.  If you do not have a copy of your child’s birth certificate, you can provide a letter from the hospital or a copy of the footprint certificate signed and dated by the hospital.

 

Questions? Contact Charneesha Queen, Early Education Center Coodinator at 610-323-1888 ext. 229 or cqueen@ywcatricountyarea.org.

Click Here for the Toddler/EHS Enrollment Packet

Please complete the packet and return to Charneesha Queen at cqueen@ywcatricountyarea.org OR 315 King Street, Pottstown. 

For families interested in enrolling their child in YW3CA’s Pre-K Counts Program, you will need to complete BOTH the Toddler/EHS Enrollment Packet (above) and the Pre-K Counts Enrollment Packet (below).

Pre-K Counts Enrollment Packet English

Paquete de inscripción de Pre-K Counts en Español

**Please remember that we will need proof of income for every family for our government funded food program (CACFP). This can be paystubs, a W2 form, letter to confirm unemployment/ssi/disability or bank statements. Please review the example packet before completing the attached forms for your families. We want to be sure that you are completing the forms accurately so that you will not have to repeat this process.
**Make sure that no area in the enrollment packet is left blank. Please place N/A in areas that due not pertain to your child or family.
**ANYONE who is permitted to pick up your child, MUST HAVE AN ADDRESS LISTED ON THE EMERGENCY CONTACT FORM AND THE FEE AGREEMENT FORM. If there is no address listed, we CAN NOT accept the form.
**Health Insurance Policy numbers must be added to the emergency contact form.
**Please use full signatures in every signature space, unless the use of initials is indicated.
Additionally, this year we will need to have a copy of every child’s birth certificate.  If you do not have a copy of your child’s birth certificate, you can provide a letter from the hospital or a copy of the footprint certificate signed and dated by the hospital.

 

Questions? Contact Charneesha Queen, Early Education Center Coodinator at 610-323-1888 ext. 229 or cqueen@ywcatricountyarea.org.

Click Here for the School Age Enrollment Packet

Please complete the packet and return to Charneesha Queen at cqueen@ywcatricountyarea.org OR 315 King Street, Pottstown. 

**Please remember that we will need proof of income for every family for our government funded food program (CACFP). This can be paystubs, a W2 form, letter to confirm unemployment/ssi/disability or bank statements. Please review the example packet before completing the attached forms for your families. We want to be sure that you are completing the forms accurately so that you will not have to repeat this process.
**Make sure that no area in the enrollment packet is left blank. Please place N/A in areas that due not pertain to your child or family.
**ANYONE who is permitted to pick up your child, MUST HAVE AN ADDRESS LISTED ON THE EMERGENCY CONTACT FORM AND THE FEE AGREEMENT FORM. If there is no address listed, we CAN NOT accept the form.
**Health Insurance Policy numbers must be added to the emergency contact form.
**Please use full signatures in every signature space, unless the use of initials is indicated.
Additionally, this year we will need to have a copy of every child’s birth certificate.  If you do not have a copy of your child’s birth certificate, you can provide a letter from the hospital or a copy of the footprint certificate signed and dated by the hospital.

 

Questions? Contact Charneesha Queen, Early Education Center Coodinator at 610-323-1888 ext. 229 or cqueen@ywcatricountyarea.org.

For families interested in enrolling their child in YW3CA’s Pre-K Counts Program, you will need to complete BOTH the Toddler/EHS Enrollment Packet and the Pre-K Counts Enrollment Packet.

Pre-K Counts Enrollment Packet English

Paquete de inscripción de Pre-K Counts en Español

Toddler/EHS Enrollment Packet

 

Please complete the packet and return to Charneesha Queen at cqueen@ywcatricountyarea.org OR 315 King Street, Pottstown. 

**Please remember that we will need proof of income for every family for our government funded food program (CACFP). This can be paystubs, a W2 form, letter to confirm unemployment/ssi/disability or bank statements. Please review the example packet before completing the attached forms for your families. We want to be sure that you are completing the forms accurately so that you will not have to repeat this process.
**Make sure that no area in the enrollment packet is left blank. Please place N/A in areas that due not pertain to your child or family.
**ANYONE who is permitted to pick up your child, MUST HAVE AN ADDRESS LISTED ON THE EMERGENCY CONTACT FORM AND THE FEE AGREEMENT FORM. If there is no address listed, we CAN NOT accept the form.
**Health Insurance Policy numbers must be added to the emergency contact form.
**Please use full signatures in every signature space, unless the use of initials is indicated.
Additionally, this year we will need to have a copy of every child’s birth certificate.  If you do not have a copy of your child’s birth certificate, you can provide a letter from the hospital or a copy of the footprint certificate signed and dated by the hospital.

 

Questions? Contact Charneesha Queen, Early Education Center Coodinator at 610-323-1888 ext. 229 or cqueen@ywcatricountyarea.org.

Click here to learn more about EEC vision, values, and goals.

Questions? Please contact Kathleen Seeley, Director of Pottstown Early Education Center, at 610-323-1888 ext. 209 or KSeeley@ywcatricountyarea.org

YWCA Tri-County Area Early Education Center
301 & 315 King Street
Pottstown, PA 19464
610-323-1888

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, Early Head Start, 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

Early Head Start

Early Head Start (EHS) programs serve infants and toddlers under the age of 3, and pregnant women. EHS programs provide intensive comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families.

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 infants, toddlers and preschool age children.

Enrollment Tuition (without ELRC)

Child's Age5 Full Days5 Half DaysFull Day Daily RateHalf Day Daily Rate
Infant (12 weeks to 12 months) $266$197$55$45
Younger Toddler (12 to 24 months)$258$184$55 $45
Older Toddler (24 - 35 months)$245$171$50$40
Preschool (36 months - entering Kindergarten) $219$139$50$40
PreK Counts (Before and After School)$150Before Only $70 After Only $90Before Only Daily Rate $15After Only Daily Rate $25
School Age (Before and After School)$150Before Only $70 After Only $90Before Only Daily Rate $15After Only Daily Rate $25

USDA Meals Policy

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture  (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs, are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (Braille, large print, audio tape,  American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint form (AD-3027), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
Email: program.intake@usda.gov

YWCA Tri-County Area is an equal opportunity provider and all children’s meals are provided free of charge.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
YWCA Tri-County Area is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy that employees and applicants will not be subjected to unlawful discrimination or harassment based on race, col-or, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran’s status, marital status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by applicable state, federal or local laws.

Accordingly, YWCA Tri-County Area will hire, train, and promote individuals in accordance with this Equal Employment Opportunity Policy; make decisions according to the principle of equal opportunity by imposing only bona fide occupational qualification requirements for employment opportunities; and administer all personnel practices and programs (including, but not limited to, compensation, benefits, transfers and training) in accordance with this Equal Employment Opportunity Policy.

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