Welcome to the Pre-K Counts Website.
Many young children start kindergarten and first grade with big smiles and high hopes. Yet, too many other children see those hopes dim as they slip farther beyond their classmates. The social costs - in human and financial terms - seems insurmountable.
It doesn't have to be that way. Pre-K Counts in Halifax, is a unique, public-private collaboration between philanthropies, state government, and innovative school district-community partnerships providing what national research has shown elsewhere: early learning in quality preschool settings is the key to helping all children succeed - now and in the future.
The evidence is clear: Fifty years of research demonstrates the lasting academic, developmental, and social benefits of high-quality early childhood education programs. Children who go to effective preschool programs are:
- More likely to become good readers in elementary school
- Less likely to be placed in special education
- More likely to graduate from high school and attend college
- Less likely to need public assistance as adults
- Less likely to be arrested or incarcerated
Enrollment is offered to Halifax Area School District resident children age three at the Jelly Bean Junction Preschool and children age four at the Enders-Fisherville Elementary School. Enrollment is restricted to children who reside in a family whose income is at or below 300% poverty level - please see the Federal Poverty Level Guidelines. All services are free.
To enroll your child download and print the application, check to make sure you qualify using the Federal Poverty Level Guidelines, and return the completed application with a copy of your most recent Income Tax 1040 form to Dr. J. Craig Raisner at the Halifax Elementary School. Student's are accepted on a priorty basis which includes date of application, income level, and additional risk factors.
If you have general questions regarding the Halifax Area School District Pre-K Counts Programming or the JBJ location, please contact Dr. Raisner at 717-896-4053 extension 110.
If you have questions regarding the Pre-K Counts program at Enders-Fisherville, contact Jessica Clisham at 717-896-4054 extension 512.
Mrs. Clisham's Website and contact information can be found by clicking HERE.