Governor Holcomb signs bill to expand Pre-K to more counties

By Andrew Pillow

Pre-K has been a controversial subject in Indiana. Mainly due to funding or lack there-of. The bill Gov. Eric Holcomb signed will expand the existing Pre-K program by a little.  

The On My Way Pre-K program currently serves around 2000 low income students in five counties. The new bill hopes to increase those figures.

Highlights of the new bill include:

  • Increased funding from $10 Million to $22 million.
  • Expansion to 15 additional counties.
  • A provision to make any of the 92 counties eligible to “compete” to be one of the 15 counties included in the expansion.
  • $1 million in funding for an online pre-school for eligible families.

Critics of the new bill say it doesn’t go far enough.

Ted Maple the president and CEO of Early Learning Indiana is looking for a more comprehensive plan that includes pre-k for all Indiana students:

“We’re very encouraged by the additional investment the state is making in expanding access to pre-K, but we also recognize there are many more children without access,” Said Maple. “We’re hopeful that our state leaders will continue to expand access.”

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.