Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program and WITF's Explore in the Classroom

Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program and WITF's Explore In The Classroom

Thank you for your interest in WITF's EITC approved education outreach program, Explore In The Classroom.  Designed for kindergarten, first, and second grade students from underserved school districts, the program uses beloved PBS characters to engage children in literacy, science and math experiences and gives each child books to take home (often the very first books brought into his or her household.) 

With your help, WITF can reach more children in underserved schools to engage them in learning right now. WITF has once again been approved by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development as an Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) eligible to receive EITC contributions.  If your business participates in EITC, we ask you to support us.

During its first year, Explore In The Classroom provided:   


  • Educational enrichment with a focus on literacy, science, and math to every kindergarten and 1st grade student at Ferguson K-8 school in the York City School District.
  • Content that teachers described as "very relevant," that they used after the sessions, and that they would recommend to other educators.
  • 500 take-home packets for the children, including 500 brand new books.
  • Resources for teachers to assist them in their instruction.

How can I learn more about the benefits for my business?

WITF likes to publicly thank the businesses that support the Explore In The Classroom program.  Please reach out to Sarah Sheehan, Manager of Content Sponsorships, to learn more. 

Sarah Sheehan
WITF Manager of Content Sponsorships

What is the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program?

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania created the EITC Program to stimulate giving to innovative educational organizations. Qualified businesses can earn significant tax credits equal to 75% - 90% of its contributions to approved Educational Improvement Organizations.

WITF is approved as an Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) and is eligible to receive EITC contributions for its Explore In The Classroom program.  

Does My Business Qualify?

Speak to your accountant.  Businesses in Pennsylvania that pay any of the following taxes are eligible to apply for EITC credits:

  • Personal Income Tax
  • Capital Stock/Foreign Franchise Tax
  • Corporate Net Income Tax
  • Bank Shares Tax
  • Title Insurance & Trust Company Shares Tax
  • Insurance Premium Tax (excluding surplus lines, unauthorized, domestic/foreign marine)
  • Mutual Thrift Tax
  • Malt Beverage Tax
  • Retaliatory Fees under section 212 of the Insurance Company Law of 1921

 How much of a Pennsylvania Corporate income tax credit can I get for my business?

  • 75% of every dollar contributed for a 1-year contribution (up to a maximum $750,000 per taxable year.)
  • 90% of every dollar for a 2-year commitment of the same amount each year

How does my business apply?

Pennsylvania businesses apply online for EITC credits through DCED's electronic single application system. This link has more details and how to submit the online application.

Tax credit applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis by day submitted. All applications received on a specific day will be processed on a random basis before moving on to the next day's applications. Applications will be approved until the amount of available tax credits is exhausted.

*It should be noted that in 2015-2016, ONLY those applications that were submitted on July 1 were considered for the tax credits.  Demand is so high that even if you submit on July 1, businesses are not guaranteed to receive the credit for which they applied.

What are the deadlines?

  • May 16 - Business applicants who have fulfilled their 2-year commitment and wish to reapply in FY 16/17 to renew their 2-year commitment.
  • May 16 - Businesses who are in the middle of their 2-year commitment.
  • July 1 - All other businesses including initial applicants.


How does WITF use the EITC funds it receives?

EITC contributions to WITF go towards the Explore In The Classroom program.  This program works with kindergarten, first and second graders in the York City School District or Harrisburg School District over three different in-school sessions.  Each session features a PBS character, (like Curious George, Clifford the Big Red Dog, or Daniel Tiger), that visits the classroom to meet the students and engage in math, literacy and science curriculum.  The fun continues with a 5 minute clip for a PBS television show, two educational interactive activities, a story time, and hugs and high-fives with the character.  Each student receives a copy of the book from story time to take home to keep and share with their families.

And Special Thanks...

Goes to PeoplesBank, A Codorus Valley Company, for their $15,000 contribution to WITF's Explore In The Classroom program in its inaugural year.  WITF successfully provided educational enrichment to every kindergarten and first grade student at Ferguson K-8 in York City School District.  Thank you, PeoplesBank!


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