Pre-K Counts

Pre-K Counts Program

UDA is thrilled to offer two Pre-K Counts Classrooms to students in UDASD and the surrounding communities! The Pre-K Counts Program is established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and brings quality pre-kindergarten to three and four year-olds in Pennsylvania.

What does the Pre-K Counts Program provide my child?

The main objective of our current program is to help our children to grow socially and emotionally. We strongly believe that if children learn how to interact with their peers, appropriately express their feelings, and engage in meaningful play, they will be successful in kindergarten and beyond. Academics are of course interwoven into our program, but we make sure to provide the academic skills through developmentally appropriate activities and lessons. According to the PA Department of Education, children who come to kindergarten without all the skills they need often stay behind and struggle in school. Quality pre-kindergarten prepares children for reading and math, but also for paying attention, following directions and getting along with others. Pre-kindergarten gives children a chance to learn, become excited about school and be better students.

What does Pre-K Counts cost?

Pre-K Counts is free to eligible families!

How does my child qualify for Pre-K Counts?

UDA has a limited number of Pre-K Counts spots available so families must apply. To qualify for the Pre-K Counts program your child can be age 3 (by September 1 of the current year) and 4 and live in families earning up to 300% of the Federal Poverty Level. To apply for Pre-K Counts, please complete the Pre-K Counts Paperwork and return the paperwork (plus the required proof of household income) to the Elementary Office or email You will be notified if your student qualifies for the program or not.

If you have been notified that your student was accepted into the program, use the links below to use the online registration form. Do not complete the online registration if your student has not been accepted into the program.

Pre-K Counts Online Registration

After you have been accepted to the program, you must register your child for Pre-K Counts by completing an online form.

  • You MUST complete this process BEFORE your student starts attending Pre-K Counts.
  • Spanish forms are available upon request. Email to request a copy. Los formularios en español están disponibles a pedido. Envíe un correo electrónico a para solicitar una copia.
  • To complete the online registration form, you must first have a registration account.
    • If you already have an online registration account, you may log in and click on UDASD PreK Counts Registration to create a registration for a new student.
    • If you do not have an online registration account, you must create an account, verify the account (a link is emailed to you after you create the account) and then log in to complete the registration form.
    • Once you are logged in, follow the instructions and complete all the required information and submit your form. If you have questions, please email

Bring the following to your Registration Appointment:

  • Child’s birth certificate or proof of age,
  • Immunization records (requirements listed below)
  • *Proof of residency within the UDA school district (requirements listed below. If you are not a resident of UDASD, you do not need to provide residency)
  • Custody papers (if it applies to your child)

Proof of Residence Documents:

Proof of residence in the Upper Dauphin Area School District is defined as:

  • A Pennsylvania Driver’s License, Pennsylvania Photo Identification Card or Passport.
  • One (1) of the following:
    • Homeowner: Deed for a residential property within the Upper Dauphin Area School District, settlement document or sales agreement, or
    • Renter: A lease or notarized affidavit from the homeowner showing occupancy of a residence within the Upper Dauphin Area School District.
  • If you do not have any of the documents listed above, then you must present two (2) of the following:
    • Proof of property tax return indicating the address within the Upper Dauphin Area School District.
    • Current check stub for wages, public assistance, social security or other source of income indicating the address within the Upper Dauphin Area School District.
    • Payment or proof of liability for payment for municipal or school district taxes for an improved property within the Upper Dauphin Area School District.
    • Current utility bill indicating payment for a utility due to occupancy of a residence within the Upper Dauphin Area School District.

Immunization Record Requirements:

All children registered in the Pre-K Counts Program must have completed the following immunizations before entry:

  • Three doses of hepatitis B vaccine.
  • At least one dose of:
    • TDAP,
    • Polio,
    • Measles vaccine, preferably given as Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR),
    • Varicella (chickenpox vaccine)