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Indiana launches free learning program for young children

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning is accepting applications for their 2023-2024 On My Way Pre-K program.

The program allows 4-year-olds from lower income families to receive free prekindergarten education.

According to a release from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, children must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the program:

  • 4 years old by Aug. 1, 2023.
  • Plan to start kindergarten in the 2024-2025 school year.
  • Live in a household with an income below 127% of the federal poverty level.
  • Have parents or guardians who are working, attending job training or an educational program, looking for employment.
  • Met other requirements specified online.

Once eligibility requirements are met, families can choose from 1,055 approved On My Way Pre-K programs located across Indiana.

Families have the option of choosing a program operation that works best for them ranging from homes, centers, schools, religious settings, and more.

Go online to apply and visit the Child Care Finder website to search for approved providers.

Households can call 800-299-1627 for assistance from an early learning referral specialist or for other questions about On My Way Pre-K.