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.