EITC for Families

Why apply?

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. In addition, the average cost of pre-k for one year is $8,500. In response to these challenges, Pennsylvania created The Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC), 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.



What are the scholarship eligibility requirements?

  • Must be a resident of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, or Westmoreland County;
  • Child Applicant must be three or four years of age by beginning of school year;
  • Registered, enrolled, and/or attending a high-quality pre-k program located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. High quality is defined as being NAEYC Accredited, having a 3 or 4 Keystone STAR rating, or a Pre-K Counts program; and
  • A member of a household with an annual household income of not more than $77,648, except that an additional income allowance of $15,530 is permitted for the student, and for each other dependent as defined by the IRS living within the same household.



What benefits will your family receive?

  • Full or partial scholarship money to pay for up to one year’s tuition at a 3 or 4 Star Keystone rated, or NAEYC accredited preschool of the parents choosing. Scholarship can also be used for Pre-K Counts programs or public school district pre-k programs that require tuition payment;
  • Parents may choose a half day or full day program for their child; and
  • Tuition can also include school-related fees charged by a pre-k program. School-related fees include fees charged by a school to all students for books, instructional materials, technology equipment and services, uniforms, and activities.



How do I apply?

More information for families interested in the EITC Pre-k Scholarship Program.