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Half A Million In Grants Available For Pre-K Programs

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January 21, 2015 — TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS – More than $500,000 in grants will be provided to help support Indiana’s first publicly funded pre-kindergarten program, which the governor has dubbed On My Way Pre-K.

Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning are partnering with Early Learning Indiana to provide the grants that are meant to expand the capacity and quality of programs in Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties.

“The strong demand among Hoosier families for the first, limited enrollment of On May Way Pre-K, which began this month, reinforces for us how important it is to ensure the availability of high-quality prekindergarten programs in our pilot counties,” said agency’s director, Melanie Brizzi.

The grants will be broken down into several categories. There will be eight grants available for up to $30,000 each, 15 available for up to $10,000 each, and 14 available for up to $5,000 each.

Any licensed child care center, unlicensed registered child care ministry, public school, charter school or private school program in one of the five counties that is participating or agrees to participate in the On My Way Pre-K program is eligible for the grant.

The funding from the grants may be used for purchasing minor construction materials/equipment to furnish a new classroom, classroom supplies, curriculum and teaching strategies, professional development of staff, materials and supports to implement family engagement and involvement activities and any other relevant needs that would help expand quality and improve quality programming.

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