“Last year, House Republicans took a small step toward our goal of improving Pre-K education opportunities for students,” said Rep. Behning. “This session, with bipartisan support, we were able to accomplish our goal of establishing a preschool pilot program for children of poverty. These children typically start almost a year and a half behind their peers, and it’s important that we set them up for the best future possible.”
HEA 1004 creates a five-county preschool pilot program. Eligible students must be 4 years old with a family income of no more than 127 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, which is roughly $30,000 for a family of four. Indiana is currently one of 10 states that does not offer state-funded preschool programs.
The bill also creates a study commission, which will study several topics including the economic benefits of Pre-K and early learning programs.
“There is no doubt that a high quality education provides the foundation of a child’s education,” said Speaker Bosma. “A solid educational foundation provides a child with limitless career opportunities in the future.”
The bill will now be signed into law by the governor.