pre-k counts

What is Pre-K Counts?

MCIU was awarded the Pre-K Counts grant on January 8, 2016. The grant allows us to deliver high-quality pre-kindergarten programs to 475 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 (see poverty guidelines below). Children may also be impacted by other risk factors, such as English Language Learners, family in the welfare system, or having disabilities or developmental delays.

When and where is Pre-K Counts available?

MCIU Pre-K Counts operates Monday through Friday for a full day program and is available in the following school districts:

  • Abington
  • Cheltenham
  • Norristown Area
  • Methacton
  • North Penn
  • Perkiomen Valley
  • Souderton Area
  • Upper Merion Area

Please email completed application to:

Application Instructions

To apply to our preschool programs, please review this LIST OF REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION that needs to accompany your application. Please note that income eligibility is determined by the current federal poverty guidelines below:

poverty guidelines - click to view pdf

Rebecca DeSantis

Program Administrator



Rebecca DeSantis was a Kindergarten teacher in the Upper Darby School District for 17 years before becoming the Program Administrator for MCIU Pre-K Counts.  She received her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood from West Chester University in 2000 and her Masters of Education with her Principal Certification from Cabrini College in 2013.  As a kindergarten teacher she was the Tier 1 Building coach, member of the Innovation Council Team and co-taught in a kindergarten inclusion classroom for three years.