Little Mates Child Development Center - Teaching them for tomorrow, Loving them today
FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR!!!

Little Mates Child Development Center is thrilled to announce we have been approved for the 2019-2020 Pre-K Counts expansion grant and has been successfully awarded TWO classrooms for this upcoming year.  We will have the opportunity to educate a total of 34 additional children through this program.  We are appreciative of the partnership with the Berks Community Action Program (BCAP).

We will be able to offer a FREE preschool program for eligible 3 and 4-year-old children who reside in Pennsylvania! These full day classes, held at Little Mates, are made possible through the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts Expansion Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). The grant program is designed to provide quality pre-Kindergarten programs for children determined to be most in need in our community. 

How are children selected?

First priority will be given to children whose family income is at/or below 300% of the poverty level. Enrollment is limited to seventeen children per classroom.   Priority goes to 4-year-olds, however, some 3 year olds may be granted enrollment.  At risk families will be given priority.  A waiting list will be maintained throughout the school year, and applications will be accepted throughout the entire school year.

Who is eligible for PA Pre-K Counts?

PA Pre-K Counts is designed for children who:

  • are 3 or 4 years old and have not yet entered kindergarten; and
  • are at risk of school failure because of income (300% of the federal poverty level or a family of four earning $77,250, family of 5 $90,510 or less...).
  • Additional risk factors listed on application

Verification of income will be required. 

Additional documents to be submitted WITH application:

1. A copy of your 2018 1040 tax form will need to be submitted 

2. A copy of parent/guardian's  drivers license and social security card

3. A copy of child's birth certificate

4. A copy of child's social security card

When will the program begin?

Monday Aug. 26, 2019

Rolling registration and enrollments are accepted based on space availability. 

What times are the FREE Program?

830-230 Monday- Friday

Wrap around services for before and after program available for a small fee

How do I apply?

Applications are available at Little Mates Child Development Center or can be downloaded here.

For more information, call Kristy at 610-913-7137 or email

Little Mates  Child Development Center is an equal opportunity employer  and does  not discriminate against race, sex, religion, age, nationality (including limited English proficiency) or disability  in its staff.  Furthermore, we do not discriminate against race, sex, religion, age, nationality (including limited English proficiency) or disability in our customers or potential customers.  Complaints of discrimination may be brought to the director’s immediate attention, or filed with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights, the DPW Bureau of Equal Opportunity (BEO), and/or the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC).   Please see clause in main lobby to obtain agencies and addresses.
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