Heine encourages Allen County families to enroll in pre-K

Heine encourages Allen County families to enroll in pre-K

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Monday, April 8, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 8, 2019) – On My Way Pre-K applications for the 2019-20 school year are now available for Allen County 4-year-olds, according to State Rep. Dave Heine (R-Fort Wayne).

On My Way Pre-K is Indiana’s early childhood education pilot program that offers grants to 4-year-olds from low-income families to attend a high-quality pre-K program.

“Pre-K provides Indiana’s children a head start in their education,” Heine said. “Early childhood learning is crucial, as it lays the building blocks for students to begin their academic career. With the right foundation, our state’s youth will be able to hit the ground running when they enter elementary school.”

Eligible families must have an income below 127% of the federal poverty level; the child must be 4 years old by Aug. 1, 2019, and starting kindergarten in the 2020-21 school year; and a parent or guardian in the household must be working, going to school or attending job training.

Heine supported legislation expanding the On My Way Pre-K pilot program, which offers early education opportunities to 4-year-olds from low-income families in 20 counties. Since 2015, more than 8,000 Hoosier children have attended preschool through On My Way Pre-K. 

Heine 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. Dave Heine represents House District 85,

which contains portions of Allen county.

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