Frequently Asked Questions


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Preschool/Early Childhood Questions

How much does CenClear's preschool program cost?

There is no cost for our high-quality Preschool and Early Head Start programs for eligible families.*

When can I sign my child up for preschool?

We accept applications for our Preschool and Early Head Start programs all year.

How do I sign my child up for preschool?

You can fill out the form on our website here. If you need help filling out the application, call us at 1-800-525-5437. We would be happy to help!

Does my child have to be potty trained to attend a CenClear preschool program?

No. We do not require your child to be potty trained for our preschool program.

Does CenClear offer a full-day or half-day preschool program?

CenClear offers primarily full-day programs. We do offer some half-day programs, but they are very limited and depend on location.

Does CenClear provide transportation?

Transportation is provided for some, but not all of CenClear's preschool classes.

Do CenClear preschool programs provide lunch?

CenClear provides children with healthy snacks or breakfast in addition to lunch. Whether they are provided breakfast, lunch or both depends on whether the class is half-day or full-day.

Can I be involved in my child's preschool program?

Yes. CenClear has a Policy Council that includes parents/caregivers of children in our Head Start and Early Head Start programs. As a Policy Council representative, you have the opportunity to make decisions regarding our preschool programs. You will also develop leadership skills. CenClear also welcomes parent/caregiver volunteers. As a volunteer, you can assist in the classroom or help with children on the bus. To learn more about the opportunities available, call us at 1-800-525-5437 or email us at info@cenclear.org.

What are the eligibility requirements for CenClear's preschool program?

CenClear is able to offer preschool through Head Start, Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program and PA PreK Counts. CenClear also collaborates with the Central Intermediate Unit to provide specialized classes and placement for children with special needs. Each program has its own set of income and other eligibility requirements. To determine if you are eligible, please fill out the online application or call us at 1-800-525-5437.

When will I know if my child has been enrolled in a CenClear preschool?

We fill openings throughout the program year as they occur. Parents will be notified by a letter in the mail. Notification for fall classes usually takes place in July.

Are home visits required as part of the CenClear preschool program?

Yes. We provide each family with a Family Service Worker that meets with the family monthly. The teacher also meets with the family. Learn more about Home Visits on our preschool page.

Is there an income requirement for Family Centers?

No. Anyone with a child five-years-old or younger in Clearfield or Centre Counties can participate in our Family Centers program. Family Centers involve in home vists twice-a-month as well as group activities, screenings and resource connections.

Do children in Early Head Start go to a classroom?

No. CenClear does not offer in-school classes for this program. Our Early Head Start program, for pregnant women and children up to age 3, offers in-home visits. We help parents find developmentally appropriate activities for young children, find connections to community resources, create an environment for parents to participate in group activities and community events as a family and more.

Does CenClear have programs to help teen moms?

Yes. CenClear's Early Head Start program helps to connect young moms to community resources, make connections with out young parents, earn incentives to receive needed baby items and more.

Does CenClear offer child care?

No. We offer preschool and in-home visits through our Early Head Start and Family Centers programs.

What are some special benefits families participating in CenClear programs receive?

In addition to a high-quality preschool and early childhood experience, CenClear offers families the opportunity to participate in special events such as our annual Fall Family Festival, a family outing to DelGrosso Amusement Park, a CAP Carnival and so much more. We also provide parent training and individualized support to help each family achieve their goals. Every child receives health, developmental and sensory screenings.

What happens if I refer another family to your program?

If your child is enrolled in our preschool program, Family Centers Program or Early Head Start and you refer another family, you could receive a cash incentive. If we receive a completed application indicating you were referred by a family with a child currently enrolled in a program, we will send you $10!

Can I choose my child’s teacher/school?

CenClear works to accommodate requests, however, because we must follow state and federal guidelines for student placement, we cannot guarantee your child will be in a specific classroom. We will work with you to make sure we meet the needs of your child.

Is CenClear hiring?

Yes. Check out our job listings here. Don't see a job you are qualified for? Please check back. We update our listings regularly.