EITC Pre-K Scholarships

What is The Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program?

According to the Pre-K for PA Campaign, 69% of three and four year olds in Pennsylvania do not have access to high-quality, early education with $8,500 being the average cost of Pre-Kindergarten for one year.

In response to these challenges, the Commonwealth created The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program, giving businesses an opportunity to direct a portion of its tax credits to organizations that distribute Pre-K scholarships to at-risk families. As a newly approved scholarship organization for the EITC program, Trying Together is now able to provide Pre-K scholarships to qualifying families.

Learn more with printable brochure.

Families

As an approved scholarship organization for the EITC program, Trying Together is able to provide Pre-K scholarships to qualifying families.

To qualify, families must:

  • Live in Trying Together’s 10 county service area (Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, or Westmoreland);
  • Have a child who is three or four years old at the beginning of the school year;
  • Have a child who is registered, enrolled or attending a high quality Pre-k program in Pennsylvania (Pre-K Counts, NAEYC Accredited or a Keystone STAR Rating of three or four); and
  • Meet income requirements.

Scholarships may be used to pay for one year’s tuition, half or full day programs, and school-related fees including books, instructional materials, technology equipment and services, uniforms, and activities.

Scholarships are granted on a quarterly basis with upcoming deadlines on:

  • March 1

Learn more about the scholarships and how to apply.

Businesses

Companies who participate in Trying Together’s EITC may receive a tax credit equal to 100 percent of the first $10,000 contributed and up to 90 percent of the remaining amount contributed up to a maximum credit of $200,000 annually.

Learn more about the benefits for your business.