EITC for Families

Why apply?

According to the Pre-K for PA Campaign, 70% 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 $10,100. 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 families.


What are the scholarship eligibility requirements?

  • Must be a resident of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, or Westmoreland County;
  • The Child Applicant must be three or four years of age by the beginning of the Pre-K program;
  • 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 $105,183, except that an additional income allowance of $18,514 is permitted for the child applicant, 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 related fees charged by the pre-kindergarten program. Fees may include: books, instructional materials, technology equipment and services, uniforms, and activities.


If you have questions about the EITC Pre-K Scholarship program, reach out to Kerry May, Assistant Director of Development at 412.206.1053 or email kerry@tryingtogether.org.


How do I apply?

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