STATEHOUSE (June 8, 2017) — Delaware and Grant counties are now eligible to participate in On My Way Pre-K, an early education pilot program established in 2014, according to State Rep. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City).
Mahan 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.
“Studies show on average, children of poverty come to school up to 18 months developmentally behind their age group,” Mahan said. “Without some form of intervention, like high-quality early education, this achievement gap could still be present until age 10. By providing more Hoosier children the opportunity to attend pre-K, Indiana will continue to invest in its future and prepare students to have successful academic careers.”
According to Mahan, 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, Elkhart, Floyd, Harrison, Howard, Kosciusko, Madison, 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.
State Rep. Kevin Mahan represents House District 31, which includes
Blackford County and portions of Delaware, Grant and Wells counties.
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