Legislators Propose $7 Million For Preschool Education

The legislation would provide grant money for children whose families' incomes are at 185 percent of the poverty level or less to go to preschool.

pre-k students at Busy Bees Academy

Photo: Elle Moxley/StateImpact Indiana

Students play an alligator game with their teacher at Busy Bees Academy, a public preschool in Columbus, Ind.

State lawmakers want to help pay for some low-income families to send their children to preschool .

Proposed House legislation would set aside $7 million over each of the next two years for about one thousand three year olds and four year olds to attend a preschool program. To be eligible, family income would have to be 185 percent of the federal poverty level or less, incorporating more people than the federal Head Start program. 

Speaker Brian Bosma says there are an estimated 81,000 Hoosier children who fit that description but funding all of them would be too costly this soon.

“Prudence dictates that we put our toe in the water and study it and be sure that it’s an effective program, that it, in fact, does meet the goal of preparing otherwise unprepared children for kindergarten and first grade,” he says.

And Bosma says the money would be for children to attend high quality preschools that use age appropriate curricula. Bosma says he hopes the pilot program will use both public and private preschool options.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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