[r63] Messmer Report: Increase in funding for Full Day Kindergarten

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Friday, December 9, 2011

During the last legislative session, it was announced by Gov. Daniels, House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and Senate Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) that, due to a forecasted increase in state revenues, the legislature would be able to expand education opportunities for Hoosier students by increasing funding for the Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) grant program in Indiana.

That announcement was made in April, and this week the Indiana Department of Education (DOE) notified all school corporations that submitted an intent to participate in the FDK grant program that they will receive a distribution of funds on December 14. The amount of money per student was raised from $1,029 to $1,234 per student.

Since it began, Indiana’s FDK grant program has grown dramatically. Originally, it served about 10,200 children in 2005-2006. In 2010-2011, it grew to serve more than 56,800 children, out of about 77,000 total kindergarten students. With the disbursement of this money, all Hoosier students will now have access to FDK in their public schools.

At a time when many of our neighboring states are cutting K-12 public school funding in their budgets, Indiana has been able to dedicate more of its state budget to K-12 education than any other state.

In District 63, the school corporations receiving funds to extend their FDK grant programs include: Barr-Reeve, North Daviess, Washington, Northeast Dubois, Southeast Dubois, Greater Jasper, Shoals, Loogootee and Pike County. Together, these school corporations will receive more than $1,222,000.

This money will help give our young Hoosier students a positive start to learning the fundamentals necessary to be a successful student.  

If you have questions about Indiana’s FDK grant program or would like to learn more about the benefits of it, you can visit the DOE’s website atwww.DOE.in.gov/primetime/kindergarten.html.