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Pre-K Counts


PA Pre-K Counts Overview

Pre-K COunts

Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV is the lead agency for a Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts Grant.  PA Pre-K Counts is a high quality early learning program that prepares children ages 3-5 with the early literacy, cognitive, mathematical reasoning and social skills needed to be successful in Kindergarten by using the Pennsylvania Early Childhood State Standards and Creative Curriculum.

Lawrence County
Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV partners with three high quality early learning providers across Lawrence County.  Our partners are Bright Star Learning Center, Lawrence County Social Services Inc., and Pre-K Kids Learning Center.

Bright Star Learning Center operates two PA Pre-K Counts classrooms and is located at 1315 East Washington Street, New Castle. 

Lawrence County Social Sevices Inc. operates one PA Pre-K Counts classroom in the Shenango Elementary School, which is located at 2501 Old Pittsburgh Road, New Castle.

Pre-K Kids Learning Center also operates one PA Pre-K Counts classroom and is located at 2744 Ellwood Road, New Castle.

Mercer County
Creative Preschool and Day Care in Mercer County operates one PA Pre-K Count classroom.  Creative Preschool and Day Care is located at 701 Pierce Ave., Suite 4, Sharpsville. 

The Pre-K Counts Program
Full-day slots are available at each location for this 180-day high-quality early learning program.

  • Open to children ages 3-5.
  • The Pre-K Counts staff consists of highly qualified Early Childhood Education teachers and classroom assistants.
  • Transportation must be provided by parents to and from school and daily attendance is closely monitored.
  • Register anytime. Classes start in August, but occasionally there are openings throughout the year. Plan now for August!
  • This program is funded by the Office of Child Development & Early Learning (OCDEL) through a Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts Grant.

Information and Application
If you would like to get more information regarding a MIU IV PA Pre-K Counts classroom location, you may contact our partners directly to start the application process.

Bright Star Learning Center in New Castle
135 East Washington Street, New Castle, Pa 16101
Phone (724) 657-9221

Lawrence County Social Services (LCSS) at Shenango Elementary
2501 Old Pittsburgh Road, New Castle, PA 16101
Phone:(724) 287-2761
or complete an application online at

Pre-K Kids Learning Center
2744 Ellwood Rd., New Castle, Pa  16101(724) 652-0922

Creative Preschool and Day Care
701 Pierce Ave., Suite 4, Sharpsville, PA  16150(724) 962-0788

Pre-K Counts Information

Additional Early Learning Resources

Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards for Early Childhood

The PA Early Learning Standards are embedded in the instruction, curriculum, assessment and intervention of our PA Pre-K Counts classrooms. For further information about the PA Pre-Kindergarten Learning Standards, please use the links below or visit The Pennsylvania Key at




Early Learning Resources from the U.S. Department of Education 

The U.S. Department of Education’s Early Learning Resources provides multiple materials that parents and families can access for free to help support early learning. These materials can be accessed by using the following link:


Developmental Milestone Check List
The Pennsylvania Promise for Children, also known as PA Promise, provides resources to families so that they can make good choices about their child’s early learning. Below you will find links to one of those resources, the Developmental Milestone Check Lists.  Additional materials and information can be access by visiting

Three Years:

Three and a Half Years:

Four Years:

Four and a Half Years:

Five Years:


Coordinator of Educational Services
724-458-6700 x1224