Fifty-one percent of respondents in an early state evaluation of the pre-K program said their families had been able to increase their work or school hours while their children participated in the program.
Early education advocates want lawmakers to expand funding for pre-K programs but challenges to expansion also include creating or expanding existing highly rated child care programs and recruiting and retaining a well-trained preschool workforce.
An annual national report on preschool dumped Indiana from this year’s rankings, excluding the state’s fledging On My Way Pre-K program because of a controversial requirement that bars some families in need from signing up.
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Gov. Eric Holcomb said there would be "no more stove-pipe approach,” referring to criticisms by some legislative leaders that the workforce development system is convoluted and divided into isolated silos.