DeVon: Pre-K spots open for eligible 4-year-olds

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Friday, October 2, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 2, 2020) – Spots remain open for eligible Hoosier families to enroll 4-year-olds in On My Way Pre-K, according to State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger).

As Indiana's early childhood education program, On My Way Pre-K provides grants to 4-year-olds from low-income families to attend pre-K. DeVon said high-quality programs like On My Way Pre-K can help close achievement gaps often seen in students who do not begin school with an early learning opportunity.    

"Early learning programs help young students build a strong foundation so they can succeed and meet new challenges," said DeVon, member of the House Education Committee. "Ensuring more low-income families are able to provide educational opportunities for their children keeps kids on track and focused on academics."

To enroll, DeVon said a child must be 4 years old as of Aug. 1, 2020, and starting kindergarten in the 2021-2022 school year. Eligible families have incomes below 127 percent of the federal poverty level, with one parent or guardian working, going to school or attending job training. DeVon said while spots are still available, space is limited, so families should apply now.

According to DeVon, early education providers across the state are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention health and safety guidelines to protect students. He said facilities are implementing new drop-off and pick-up procedures, sanitizing and cleaning desks and classrooms, practicing social distancing, conducting health screenings, and enforcing fever- and symptom-free policies.   

On My Way Pre-K, established through a law co-authored by DeVon, launched in 2015 in five pilot counties and is now available statewide.

DeVon said Hoosiers should visit OnMyWayPreK.org or call 800-299-1627 for more information and to apply.

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State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) represents House District 5, which includes portions of St. Joseph County.

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