HARRISBURG, August 3, 2017 – Senator John T. Yudichak (Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the Lehighton Area School District was awarded a $170,000 Pre-Kindergarten (“Pre-K”) Counts grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to support Pre-K education.
“The implementation of a Pre-K program in the Lehighton Area School District will give children a head start on their education. Research has shown that having access to quality Pre-K programs can save schools money in the long term, yet many children still lack access to these programs. I’m pleased the Lehighton Area School District will be able to provide a quality Pre-K program that will give these children a strong foundation for the future,” said Senator John Yudichak.
“With this funding we’re going to be able to educate 40 three and four-year-old students in our district. Forty more young students will now have the opportunity to learn and grow, which is beyond great,” said Lehighton Area School District Superintendent Jonathan Cleaver. “We’ll have 20 kids in the morning and 20 kids in the afternoon, with each session going for two and a half hours. It’s just a great opportunity for them and us. The program will help the students better transition to kindergarten and it will also help us get a better understanding of the students themselves and how to best serve them.”
Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, is bringing quality Pre-K education to nearly 19,000 three and four-year-old children across the Commonwealth. For more information on Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, visit www.education.pa.gov.