Behning encourages Marion County families to enroll in pre-K

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Monday, April 1, 2019 1:59 pm

STATEHOUSE (April 1, 2019) – On My Way Pre-K applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now available for Marion County 4-year-olds, according to State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis).

On My Way Pre-K is Indiana’s early childhood education pilot program that provides grants to 4-year-olds from low-income families to attend a high-quality pre-K program. Eligible families must have an income below 127 percent of the federal poverty level; the child must be 4 years old by Aug. 1, 2019, starting kindergarten in the 2020-2021 school year; and a parent or guardian in the household must be working, going to school or attending job training. 

“Early learning experiences provide young students a strong foundation for their future,” said Behning, chair of the House Education Committee. “From learning their alphabet and numbers to gaining skills like working with others, preschool offers a wide range of benefits. Local families should take advantage of this opportunity and apply for On My Way Pre-K.” 

Behning championed legislation in 2014 creating the On My Way Pre-K pilot program, which offers early education opportunities to 4-year-olds from low-income families. In 2017, he authored a law expanding the program from five counties to 20. This session, Behning is working on legislation to take this program statewide. Since 2015, more than 8,000 Hoosier children have attended preschool through On My Way Pre-K.

In Marion County, grants are also available for children who will be 3 years old by Aug. 1, 2019, through the Indy Preschool Scholarship Program.

Behning said space is limited, and families should apply early. For more information and to apply, visit www.OnMyWayPreK.org. Families may also call 1-800-299-1627 for assistance.

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State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 91,

which includes portions of Hendricks and Marion counties.

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