York City receives funds to expand pre-K program

Jessica Schladebeck

The York City School District was among the recipients of state Pre-K Counts expansion grants, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday.

Gov. Tom Wolf

The district is slated to receive $260,000 in funding to expand its pre-K program.


Julie Fabie, pre-K supervisor for York City schools, told the school board during their meeting earlier this month the district would be receiving the funds and were all but waiting for the ink to dry on the paperwork.

Since the 2007-08 school year, the district has offered early child care through the state-funded Pre-K Counts program, which provides high-quality pre-kindergarten services to at-risk 3- and 4-year olds at no cost. The district started out with six Pre-K Counts classrooms and, with the additional grant money will operate 11 state-funded early education classrooms and a 12th that will be funded by the district.

Wolf said in a press release that the grant funding will make available more than 5,000 additional pre-K slots across the state.

The announcement comes on the heels of a news conference in York City where local early education advocates came together urging lawmakers to prioritize expanding pre-K access.

“More than two-thirds of eligible preschoolers in Pennsylvania do not have access to publicly-funded pre-kindergarten programs," Wolf said in the release. "The partial budget I signed in December includes only a quarter of the funding increases I proposed. As budget negotiations continue, reaching the full $50 million proposed increase for the expansion of Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program will remain a priority.”

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