Smaltz encourages DeKalb County families to enroll in pre-K

Smaltz encourages DeKalb County families to enroll in pre-K

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Monday, April 15, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 15, 2019) – On My Way Pre-K applications for the 2019-20 school year are now available for DeKalb County 4-year-olds, according to State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn).

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

“I cannot stress enough how beneficial pre-K can be for young Hoosiers,” Smaltz said. “Early education programs teach children numbers, the alphabet and how to get along with others in a social setting. Learning these skills is important to future success, and eligible families should take advantage of this opportunity.”

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.

Smaltz supported legislation creating 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.

Smaltz 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. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) represents all of

DeKalb County, and portions of Steuben and Allen counties.

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