Rep. Smaltz: DeKalb County selected for pre-K pilot program

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Wednesday, June 28, 2017 11:30 am

STATEHOUSE (June 28, 2017) – DeKalb County is now eligible to participate in On My Way Pre-K, an early education pilot program established in 2014, according to State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn).

Smaltz supported a bill during the 2017 session expanding Indiana’s pre-K pilot program from five to 20 counties and increasing funding by $10 million annually. Recently signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb, this measure 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.

“Students participating in high-quality pre-K are able to jump start their academic careers,” Smaltz said. “This new law doubles the number of at-risk children who could benefit from our existing pre-K pilot program. By responsibly expanding the program, eligible families in DeKalb County can continue to invest in their children’s education and help prepare them for future success.”

According to Smaltz, the program currently serves nearly 2,300 students in five counties. Under the new law, 15 additional, primarily rural counties were added. The 2017 Early Learning Advisory Council annual report estimates about 6,700 low-income four-year-olds are in need of high-quality early education in these new counties.

The other counties added to the On My Way Pre-K program are Bartholomew, Delaware, Elkhart, Floyd, Grant, 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.

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State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) represents House District 52, which includes
all of DeKalb County and portions of Steuben and Allen counties.

A high-resolution photo of Smaltz can be downloaded by clicking here.