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 and 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 Dave Hatfield at the Halifax Administrative Offices.  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 please call Rick Ansel at 717-896-3416 extension 113 or email anselr@hasd.us