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 by August 2019;
- Child must be a resident of Indiana;
- Child must start kindergarten in the 2020–21 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% of the federal poverty level.
Once the family has met eligibility requirements and been awarded a grant for their child, they may choose from any of the eligible On My Way Pre-K programs in their county. Families can search for approved providers here.
Giving kids a solid foundation for learning has been shown to help close an achievement gap that is often seen between students who do not attend early learning programs and their peers who do. House Republicans supported legislation creating the On My Way Pre-K pilot program and nearly 8,000 Hoosier children have benefited from the program since its creation in 2015. This session, state lawmakers are working on legislation to take this program statewide.
Grants will be awarded until all the available slots are filled, so be sure to apply early.