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PA Pre-K Counts / Preschool A

Our center offers Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts from 8:15am-3:15pm during the academic year as well as Preschool programming for families utilizing another funding stream. 


During the school year, Room 102 typically who are 4-5 years old and who will be age-eligible to attend Kindergarten thr following school year. In the summer months, this classroom houses our 3-4 year old students. 

In our program, students are guided to move themselves about and seek those activities that interest them most. 

Our center provides any toileting supplies that may be necessary such as pull-ups and wipes. These are included at no extra charge. We also serve meals & snacks throughout the day through our participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

The classroom is organized with many different interest areas which allow the children to explore, play, and learn. Though our center opens at 6:30am, our preschool lessons really get going about 8:15am. Weather permitting, we’ll
spend some time outside. We break for morning snack at 10:00am and lunch at 12:45pm. After lunch we brush our teeth. About 3:30pm we have afternoon lessons and then free play time until pick up. The center closes at 5:30pm

We believe that all families, regardless of income, deserve high quality child care and education. Students in our Preschool Program may have their tuition funded privately (family pays the full tuition amount), subsidized (through the Child Care Works program), funded by the PA Pre-K Counts program, or a combination thereof. 

The Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts program:

  • is a high quality pre-kindergarten program for children three to four years old

  • is free of charge to qualifying families earning up to 300% of the federal income poverty level 

  • operates at our center during the academic year from 8:15am-3:15pm


Families enrolled in the PA Pre-K Counts program may need care before 8:15am and/or after 3:15pm. We offer before/after care at our part time tuition rate. Families may apply for child care subsidy through the Early Learning Resource Center or privately pay for before/after care.

What to bring to school:

  • Families are requested to bring in at least one seasonally-appropriate complete changes of clothes (including socks!), labeled with their child’s name. Besides toileting accidents, sometimes we get messy in our play, necessitating a change.


  • We encourage you to bring in pictures of your family – you can include any members of your family and even pets.  

Optional items:

  • Wet/dry bag(s) for soiled clothing

Classroom Staff

Mrs. Heather Bucha is the Lead Teacher in Room 102. She is a PA certified teacher with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She has two children of her own. 
Mrs. Bucha was twice nominated for Pennsylvania Child Care Association’s Educator of the Year award. She was appointed in January, 2008.

Mrs. Bucha is typically with our class every weekday.

Heather Bucha

Preschool Program

Mary Leasure

Preschool Program

Ms. Mary Leasure is an Assistant Group Supervisor with the class in Room 102.

She has earned a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential from Carlow University.

Ms. Mary was appointed in February, 2018. She is typically with our class every weekday.

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Jaylese Lombardi

Preschool Program

Ms. Jaylese Lombardi is a Group Supervisor who floats between our Pre-K classrooms during the academic year.

She is working towards completing her PA teaching certification and has earned her BA in Education through Pennsylvania Western University (PennWest California).

Ms. Jaylese worked with us seasonally while she attended college and we are so happy to have her with us full-time now.

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