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 this 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. 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.