Nearly 60 additional York City children could get to attend preschool if the district can obtain additional grant funding.

The York City School District's Pre-K Counts program applied for more money in its 2013-14 grant application to the state, according to Julie Fabie, program coordinator.

Fabie said Gov. Tom Corbett proposed increasing funding for Pre-K Counts in the upcoming budget, so York City wants to expand its offering. York City has six classrooms and 113 students in its program right now, with the hope of adding three more classrooms and 57 students. Pre-K Counts delivers education to children in poor families, particularly those who are at risk of failing.

Fabie said she is taking applications, and that Pre-K Counts has a waiting list of dozens of children. There's no guarantee York City will get funding, she added.

"It's a very competitive process," Fabie said.

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