Office of Early Childhood services

The Office of Early Childhood Services administers Early Intervention and Preschool services. Preschool services include the federally-funded Head Start program and the state-funded Pre-K Counts program.

Head Start

Head Start is a free preschool program which promotes school-readiness of young children from low-income families. Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from ages 3 to 5. In addition to education services, programs provide children and their families with health, nutrition, social, and other services.

Pre-K Counts

The Pre-K Counts program delivers high-quality pre-kindergarten programs to age-appropriate children at no cost to income-eligible families in Montgomery County. Children must be between age three and the entry age for kindergarten and living in families earning up to 300 percent of the poverty level.

Early Intervention

The MCIU Early Intervention program provides services to eligible children, ages three to school age, through an agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Preschool children that exhibit a developmental delay of 25 percent or a disability and require specially designed instruction are eligible for early intervention services .
Additional Services & Resources:

Rapid Response Team

The Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (MCIU) Rapid Response Team provides valuable support to childcare centers when preschool-aged children (0-5) exhibit challenging behaviors that put them at risk of expulsion or suspension, even if they are not currently receiving Early Intervention services.

Early Childhood Social Services

The Office of Early Childhood Services is dedicated to fostering the holistic development of our youngest learners, aged 3 to 5, in Montgomery County and believe social and emotional well-being is paramount to their growth and success. To support this mission, we have curated a list of recommended resources that can complement their educational journey.
Dr. Holly Acosta

Dr. Holly Acosta

Director of Early Childhood Services

610-755-9310
hacosta@mciu.org

Administrative Assistant:
Lisa Boffa
lboffa@mciu.org

Dr. Lorinda Moyer

Dr. Lorinda Moyer

Assistant Director of Early Childhood Services

Dr. Nicole Marchisello Irvin

Dr. Nicole Marchisello Irvin

Assistant Director of Early Childhood Services

Program Contacts

Head Start

Paula Rice

Program Administrator
484-808-2230
price@mciu.org

Pre-K Counts

Rebecca DeSantis

Program Administrator
610-755-9394
rdesantis@mciu.org

Early Intervention

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