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, Pre-K Counts classrooms, as well as before/after care. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM to 5:30 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 9 AM to 3:30 PM
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 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
Check out YW’s Youtube Channel for virtual programming and storytime presented by YW3CA staff! Click Here!
How to talk to children about Coronavirus:
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.
Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video.
-The Editors of Scholastic Classroom Magazines.
Michael Kropp, better known as Music Mike, visits our Early Education Center offering a fun, interactive music enrichment program to our students. He is currently offering live music videos for families to enjoy on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/pg/Makin-Music-Gilbertsville-133567293356044/about/?ref=page_internal.
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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.
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.
|Child's Age||5 Full Days||5 Half Days||Full Day Daily Rate||Half Day Daily Rate|
|Infant (6 weeks to 12 months)||$371||$277.25||$74.20||$55.45|
|Younger Toddler (13 to 24 months)||$351.75||$256||$70.35||$51.20|
|Older Toddler (25 - 36 months)||$341||$240||$68.38||$48|
|Preschool (37 months - entering Kindergarten)||$303.20||$211||$60.64||$42.40|
|PreK Counts (Before & After Care Options: 7-7:30AM, then 3:30-5:30PM)||$211||$42.40|
|School Age (Before and After School/ including school closures, early dismissals, and holidays and transportation)||$166.10||Half Day Summer $152.25||Full Day Summer $296||After Only Daily Rate $25|