Behning: Pre-K applications available for upcoming school year

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Wednesday, March 7, 2018 9:38 am

STATEHOUSE (March 7, 2018) — On My Way Pre-K applications are now open for 4-year-olds in Marion County for the 2018-2019 school year, according to State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis).  

Behning said 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, 2018, starting kindergarten in the 2019-2020 school year; and a parent or guardian in the household must be working, going to school or attending job training.  

“Research shows children living in low-income households often come to school up to 18 months developmentally behind their peers,” said Behning, chair of the House Committee on Education. “Providing high-quality early education programs to children in need is one of the most effective ways to close the achievement gap that low-income, at-risk children often experience when they enter kindergarten. By actively engaging students at a young age, they are more prepared to enter the classroom ready to learn. ”

In 2014, Behning authored legislation establishing the On My Way Pre-K program, and last year, he authored another bill expanding the original program from five counties to 20. Since 2015, more than 5,000 Hoosier children have attended high-quality preschooling through On My Way Pre-K grants.   

In Marion County, grants are also available for children who will be 3 years old by Aug. 1, 2018, 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.

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

which includes portions of Hendricks and Marion counties. 

A high-resolution photo of Behning can be downloaded by clicking here.