Giving kids a solid foundation for learning has been shown to help close an achievement gap that is often seen in students who do not attend pre-K or similar early learning programs. Indiana’s early learning pilot program, On My Way Pre-K, is currently accepting applications from eligible families for the upcoming school year.
On My Way Pre-K provides grants to 4-year-olds from low-income families to attend a high-quality pre-K program. Eligible families must live in one of the 20 pilot counties (Allen, Bartholomew, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Floyd, Grant, Harrison, Howard, Jackson, Kosciusko, Lake, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, St. Joseph, Tippecanoe, Vanderburgh and Vigo counties), and meet the following requirements:
- Child must be 4 years old but not yet 5 years old by August 2018;
- Child must be a resident of Indiana;
- Child must start kindergarten in the 2019–2020 school year;
- Parents/guardians in the household must be working, going to school or attending job training; and
- Families must have an income below 127 percent of the federal poverty level.
Providing young Hoosiers with more, early education opportunities can jump start their academic careers and set them on a path for a successful future. Families will be notified to set up an appointment to verify their eligibility and complete the grant process with their local intake beginning in April 2018. Recipients will also choose an approved On My Way Pre-K program from various locations, which can be found here.
Grants will be awarded until all the available slots are filled, so be sure to apply early!