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Pence announces pre-K expansion

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Governor Pence’s On My Way Pre-K program is set to hit full steam this fall. The governor was at Wayne Township Preschool to announce the latest numbers and even a change for the program.

Wayne Township Preschool is one of the largest preschools in the state and more than 20 children there are enrolled in the On My Way Pre-K program.

The governor announced he’s increasing the number of openings for the program this fall.

This spring was the soft opening for the On My Way Pre-K program with about 450 preschoolers signed up for the spring. Today, the governor says he’s expanding it to more than 1,000 children in total for Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties.

Parents and a retired educators agree more pre-k is good for Indiana.

“That extra year of preschool or kindergarten helps their development,” parent Lori Mayer said.

“I believe it with all my heart because I’ve seen it happen time and time again. If pre-k is an option, run with it. It’s the best thing you can spend your money on in education,” said retired teacher Candace Dearing.

The deadline to sign up is April 30. Click here for more information,