Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning (OECOSL) has announced that applications are now being accepted from families in the five pilot counties who may be eligible for grants for their children to receive high-quality, prekindergarten education through the On My Way Pre-K program starting in August of 2016. Applications will be accepted until March 25, 2016.
Families residing in Allen, Jackson, Lake and Vanderburgh Counties must meet the following eligibility criteria to apply:
In Marion County, the same criteria apply as those listed above. However, the City of Indianapolis is providing additional funding in Marion County through its Indy Preschool Scholarship Program (Indy PSP). And while families can apply to Indy PSP and On My Way Pre-K using a single application, the Indy PSP funding will add eligibility in Marion County for children who are 3 years old and are from families living at or below 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.
It is important to note that first priority will be given to children from families living at or below 127 percent of the Federal Poverty Level for On My Way Pre-K.
OECOSL has enrolled 225 On My Way Pre-K providers in the five pilot counties, and the application process is ongoing. In order to qualify, the program must be top- ranked at level 3 or level 4 on Paths to QUALITY or be accredited by an approved national or regional accrediting body (Click here for details on provider eligibility). Approved pre-K programs may be located in a public or private school, licensed child care center, licensed home or registered ministry as long as that program meets the quality requirements and is registered as an On My Way Pre-K Provider.
We hope you find this information helpful. Please let us know if you have questions or need any additional information.