Cherry: Madison County selected for pre-K pilot program

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Monday, June 12, 2017 8:28 am

STATEHOUSE (June 12, 2017) — Madison County is now eligible to participate in On My Way Pre-K, an early education pilot program established in 2014, according to State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield). 

Cherry supported a bill during the 2017 legislative session expanding Indiana’s pre-K pilot program from five counties to 20. This new law will provide high-quality early education to more low-income, four-year-olds. Local providers can begin enrolling children in the On My Way Pre-K program for the 2018-2019 school year. 

“With this pilot program, we can further determine the impacts of early education on a young student’s academic career,” Cherry said. “It is fortunate our community has the opportunity to provide four-year-olds with high-quality pre-K options, while we will continue weighing the costs of the program with its benefits.” 

According to Cherry, the program currently serves nearly 2,300 students in five counties. Under this measure, 15 additional, primarily rural counties were added. The 2017 Early Learning Advisory Council annual report estimates about 6,700 four-year-olds could be served in these new counties.

The other counties added to the On My Way Pre-K program are Bartholomew, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Floyd, Grant, Harrison, Howard, Kosciusko, Marshall, Monroe, St. Joseph, Tippecanoe and Vigo. 

To find out more about Indiana’s early education programs and to learn about eligibility requirements, visit www.in.gov/fssa and click on Early Learning/Child Care. 

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Rep. Cherry represents House District 53,

which includes portions of Hancock and Madison counties. 

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