Three preschool boys playing with educational toys in classroom
  • Providing high-quality programs for preschool-aged children

    CSIU Early Childhood/Preschool programs serve infants, toddlers, preschoolers and expectant mothers in a variety of settings:

    • home
    • center
    • classroom

    There are eligibility requirements to participate in the programs, such as:

    • age
    • location
    • income
    • need

    If you have a concern about your child's development, please refer to Early Intervention Preschool on the left for additional information about services for which he or she may be eligible. 

    The table below provides a general overview of Early Head Start, Head Start and Pre-K Counts; see the menu on the left to explore each program.

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      Early Head Start
    Head Start
    Pre-K Counts
    Cost
    No cost to parents No cost to parents No cost to parents
    Ages
    Served

    Birth to age 3, and
    expectant mothers

    Age 3 until child
    enters kindergarten
    Age 3 until child
    enters kindergarten
    Service
    Areas 
    Available to residents of
    Northumberland County
    Available to residents of
    Northumberland County
    Available to residents of
    Berwick (10/18/17), Line Mountain, Milton Area, Shikellamy, Southern Columbia and Warrior Run school districts
    Program
    Cycle

    Year round

    Center-based or
    Home-based program

    178 days/year

    5 hours/day

    180 days/year

    5.5 hours/day 

    Transportation
    Limited transportation
    provided
    Limited transportation
    provided
    No transportation provided
    Program
    Offerings

    Meals provided on days
    attending center

    Health screenings provided;
    LPN on staff

    Parent involvement
    opportunities

    Meals provided

    Developmental,
    hearing and vision screenings
    provided

    Parent involvement
    opportunities

    Breakfast and lunch
    provided
    Income
    Guidelines

    See chart

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    Program
    Locations
    Center is located at Route 61,
    Stonington

    Programs are located in
    Coal Township, Herndon,
    Milton, New Columbia,
    Northumberland, Sunbury
    and Watsontown

    Programs are located at
    Line Mountain Elementary School, Milton Area High School, Nescopeck Elementary School, Grace S. Beck Elementary School, G.C. Hartman Elementary School, and Warrior Run Middle School