Indiana's governor and legislative leaders have agreed to expand the state's foray into state-funded pre-kindergarten, but uncertainties about its effectiveness are causing some lawmakers to question the scope and cost of such an expansion.
Two top Indiana Democrats on the ballot this November released a plan Thursday for developing a state-funded preschool program that would be available to all Indiana children regardless of family income.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg presented an economic development plan Monday that would make preschool optional for all Indiana 4-year-olds and rebuild Indiana’s image to one that’s LGBT-friendly.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence reversed a previous position and announced on Thursday that he will seek federal money to help expand a pre-kindergarten program for disadvantaged children.
Indiana's new program, open to about 2,300 children in five counties, is blocking children of immigrant families from enrolling if they are not U.S. citizens.
More than 5,000 applications have poured in for the new Indianapolis Preschool Scholarship Program, which has funding for only about 1,300 students, the city announced Wednesday morning.
In a partnership between St. Mary’s Child Center and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 16 slots are available for students to enroll in a new museum-housed preschool, with classes beginning in August.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has signed the city's proposed Preschool Scholarship Program ordinance into law and the program has begun accepting applications.
Indianapolis’ hotly debated preschool program cleared its final hurdle Monday when the City-County Council approved spending $4.2 million to send 1,000 poor children to high-quality preschools later this year.
The goal for the first phase of the program was to enroll 350 children. But because of the high demand, the state plans to enroll 100 additional children.
The Indianapolis business community, led by Eli Lilly and Co., has already netted more than half of its goal to support the city’s recently approved preschool program to provide low-income families with early-education programs.
The City-County Council voted Monday night to approve a $40 million public-private preschool partnership between the city, business and philanthropic leaders.
Indianapolis appears to be on its way to launching a $40 million preschool program to serve the city’s poorest children.
City-County Council Democrats and Republicans have agreed on alternative sources to fund a preschool program proposed by Mayor Greg Ballard, which also would include $20 million from private sources.
The $1 billion budget approved by the City-County Council Monday night included a last-minute amendment that could put $1.7 million toward the mayor’s plan to cut crime and expand access to preschool.