Erie’s Public Schools Pre-K Counts Program
The Pre-K Counts is a competitive grant in which Erie’s Public Schools is the Lead Agency. Partners include Early Connections, St. Benedict Center, and the YMCA.
Mercyhurst University has been collaborating with us for the past four years, and this collaboration has allowed Erie's Public Schools to increase the number of Pre-K children services from 55 in the 2013 school year to 255 in the 2017-2018 school year.
EPS has 12 full day classrooms for 4 year-old children, with at least one at each Elementary School. Children must be 4 years old by September 1, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year.
According to the Pre-K Counts Grant, Erie's Public Schools must maintain a 10:1 student to adult ratio at all times in the classroom. Classrooms are monitored by the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) using the Early Environmental Rating Scale (ECRS).
The Pre-K Counts teachers must have an Early Childhood Certification and teacher assistants must be Highly Qualified Para Professionals.
We must maintain a high-quality rating in order to maintain our funding. Over the last 10 years EPS and partners have successfully maintained that high rating, and for 2017-2018 achieved a program rating of Exemplary.
The Pre-K Counts goal is to ensure that children are socially, emotionally and academically ready to learn.