A grant-funded, pre-school program for three- and four-year-old children is continuing this year in the Pennsbury School District thanks to a joint effort between Pennsbury and the Morrisville YMCA. Known as the Pre‑K Counts Program, these classroom sessions are being offered on a full-day basis, five days each week, for the full school year. Funded entirely by the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), Pre‑K Counts is open to children of families in Bucks County who meet eligibility guidelines. Children must be three or four years old by September 1st to participate. Spearheading this effort in Pennsbury is Walt Disney Elementary School Principal, Laurie Ruffing. “The Pre‑K Counts Program benefits our community’s youngest learners to prepare them for a successful kindergarten experience. We are very excited to once again have full-day Pre‑K this year, with classes at Walt Disney, Manor, and Penn Valley elementary schools,” said Ms. Ruffing. “This year, we are able to provide 90 children with a high quality preschool experience. We utilize Scholastic’s Big Day for PreK curriculum and certified teachers to help these children build skills needed for Kindergarten.” Ms. Ruffing welcomes calls from community residents who may be interested in learning more about the Pre‑K Counts program. She may be reached at 215–949-6868, ext. 20815.