Spotlight: Pre-K Counts at the YMCA Morrisville Child Care Center

Pre-K Counts at the YMCA Morrisville Child Care Center is a 4-star quality-rated early childhood education program operated by YMCA of Bucks and Hunterdon Counties.

Focusing on learning and building academic skills, Pre-K Counts is a free program funded by the state of Pennsylvania for children turning three- or four-years-old by September 1st. 

“Our program uses the Scholastic Big Day curriculum along with Second Step, which focuses on social emotional development,” said Angela Cloak, director of Pre-K Counts in Morrisville. “We ensure that students are academically ready for Kindergarten, and socially and emotionally prepared for life beyond our walls.”

The Y’s Morrisville center maintains six Pre-K Counts classrooms, each accommodating 15-18 students with lead and assistant teachers. Lead teachers hold bachelor’s degrees and teaching certifications in early childhood education.

Along with curriculum and activities, students are provided a healthy breakfast and hot lunch each day. Applicants must meet income guidelines and be a resident of Pennsylvania to qualify for this program. 

“We’ve been a part of this community since the 90’s and have established great connections,” Angela continued. “We take walks to the local library and fire station, and community helpers like nurses and postal carriers visit our school. Situated along the Delaware Canal, we incorporate nature into our curriculum year-round.”

“We absolutely love Pre-K counts and all of the staff,” wrote Jackquelyn, a program parent. “Robert looks forward to coming to school each day because of his teachers. Their dedication to children truly shines!”

YMCA of Bucks and Hunterdon Counties provides over $5 million of community impact annually in financial assistance and wellness to those in need, serving over 49,000 individuals at six branches, seven child development centers, and nine camps.

To learn more about the YMCA’s Pre-K Counts program, please visit

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