Hundreds more seats are opening up for low-income children to attend Indiana’s On My Way Pre-K program thanks to grants totaling nearly $500,000.
Gov. Mike Pence announced the grants on Thursday alongside leaders from the United Way of Central Indiana, Early Learning Indiana and Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning at Wayne Township Preschool.
“Hoosier children deserve every opportunity to start school ready to learn,” said Pence. “Thanks to the generosity of United Way and Early Learning Indiana, these grants will offer more low-income students the chance to learn and grown in a high-quality pre-K program and will expand the reach of the On My Way Pre-K program.”
The capacity-building grants will benefit 40 early learning providers chosen from 78 applications. A total of 586 potential new spaces are being created because of these grants, with 402 of those spaces being available in high-need areas.
On My Way Pre-K is Indiana’s first state-funded pre-kindergarten program, which was established as a five-county pilot by the Indiana General Assembly in 2014. The application deadline for families interested is April 30.