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The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is committed to ensuring that all children begin school ready to learn and succeed in their schooling careers, as lifelong learners and productive citizens. Research confirms what most parents already know: all children can tap into their innate potential to learn when they receive high quality instruction that takes into consideration what we know about brain development and how young children learn. Early childhood education is a proven strategy that ensures a child’s readiness for school and school success. 

Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts was enacted into law by Act 45 of 2007 (and amended in 2008 and 2010). Its purpose is to expand the number of children who have the opportunity to experience a pre-kindergarten program of high quality. The standards for the program will ensure a high return on the investment made in preparing young children for school and will help close the achievement gap between groups of students in the K-12 educational system. A good quality of life, high-quality jobs and a strong economy for Pennsylvania require that every Pennsylvanian be provided with opportunities. Early education through Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts can open the doors of opportunity for every child to do well in school, in the workforce, and in life. 


How to Apply (To Become a PA Pre-K Counts Provider) 

 In 2013, grantees for Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts were selected for a five-year period beginning FY 2013 through FY 2018. A competitive opportunity to select additional grantees occurred in 2014. The next competitive application process is anticipated for 2018. 

Applicants interested in Pre-K Counts, must have the following in place in order to complete an application: a vendor number (SAP #), an administrative unit number (AUN), a master provider index number (MPI), and a federal ID number or tax ID number. 


Vendor Number (SAP Number)

A vendor number can be established by registering by clicking here and selecting the Non-Procurement Registration Form. All agencies applying for Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts must be pre-registered. If you have any questions about vendor numbers, please contact Brian Bell in PDE’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning at 717.346.0038.


AUN Number 

All Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts applicants will need an AUN number as part of the application process. To verify your AUN number or to check to see if you have one assigned to your agency, click here. If you are an intermediate unit, select Search for Intermediate Units. If you are not an intermediate unit, select Advanced Search and search for your agency. 

Applicants that are not already licensed by PDE, and therefore do not have an AUN number, should contact Brian Bell in PDE’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning at 717.346.0038.


Master Provider Index Number

All Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts applicants will need a Master Provider Index (MPI) number as part of the application process. MPI numbers are used across the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) to identify legal entities and service locations that participate in any of their programs. As such, they are used in DHS’s data system as a common identifier for all of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning’s (which is a joint office between PDE and DHS) programs, including Child Care Licensing, Early Intervention, Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, Head Start Supplemental and Keystone STARS. 

Legal entities are assigned a unique 9-digit MPI number. In addition, service locations are assigned a unique 13-digit 

MPI number, which is created by adding a 4-digit extension to the 9-digit MPI of the legal entity. Legal entities and service providers currently participating in any of these programs should have an MPI number. Applicants that are not currently participating in any of these programs should contact the Early Learning Network (ELN) Help Desk at 877.491.3818 and provide their Federal Tax ID to determine their MPI numbers. MPI numbers will not be able to be provided without a Federal Tax ID. If an MPI is not identified a request form will need to be completed. 

Tax ID Number or Federal ID Number

This is the number that an agency uses on its federal W-9 form. Applicants for Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts funds should consult with the person who handles tax, legal or accounting matters for the agency to determine the federal ID number when you check on your legal name and address. 

If you have additional questions about Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, please email RA-PAPreKCounts@pa.gov

Click here to access the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts Statute, Regulations, and Guidelines.


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