Publicly Funded, High-Quality Pre-K - Number of children enrolled by program and Percent of population age 3-4

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NOTE: The 2015-16 county totals do not compare to the Path Forward Report issued in December 2016. The numbers in this table are unduplicated at the county level; whereas, the Path Forward report is based on enrollment within each facility.


Definitions: Publicly funded, high-quality pre-k: Includes the distinct count of PA Pre-K Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program and Child Care Works enrollments in Keystone STARS 3 and 4; Head Start; public school pre-k (school district).

Percents represent total child population ages 3-4 served.

Data Source: Federal Office of Head Start (prior to 2012), Pennsylvania Head Start Association, Head Start grantees, and PA Departments of Education and Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning. Decennial Census.

Population estimates are provided by the Pennsylvania State Data Center and Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Footnotes: Head Start figures designate the number of slots available, not the number of children enrolled.  Throughout the year, multiple children could use one slot.

Early Head Start enrollments are excluded since the age is not the pre-kindergarten targeted population of  ages 3 and 4 years.

Beginning with 2013-14 data,
   - the Head Start category only includes Federal Head Start data
   - the Pre-K Counts category is no longer used
   - the unduplicated count of children in Pre-K Counts, Head Start - State, and Child Care Works in Keystone STAR 3 or 4 providers was added.  This data is not available for prior years.