March 28, 2014
At DayStar Childcare Ministry in Indianapolis today, Governor Mike Pence signed into law Indiana’s first state funding for pre-K, HEA 1004.
“When it comes to helping our Hoosier kids reach their full potential, early education can make the difference between a lifetime of success and a lifetime of trying to catch up,” said Governor Pence. “Today is an historic moment in our state as we begin a new chapter of Indiana education to help young Hoosiers succeed in school, in the workforce, and in life.”
HEA 1004<http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2014/bills/house/1004/> provides funding for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration to administer a five-county, voluntary Early Education Pilot Program that will help approximately 1,500 Hoosier children from low-income families attend the public or private pre-kindergarten of their choice. Prior to this legislation, Indiana was the only state in the Midwest and one of nine states in the nation not providing state funds for pre-kindergarten.