Indiana has a pre-K assessment now, but it isn't mandatory or widespread. That makes it hard for the state to track what preschool students are learning.
The bill is likely to face scrutiny in the Senate where last session lawmakers scaled back a similar proposal, citing cost concerns.
Assuming a proposed pre-K pilot serves children in Indiana's most populous counties, it could cost the state around $25 million.
We mapped all the top-rated pre-K providers in the Paths to Quality program — and found parts of the state where there just aren’t many high quality options.
Roughly 40,000 low-income 4-year-olds would qualify for preschool vouchers each year under the measure Gov. Mike Pence is proposing.
All four state legislative leaders say an increased emphasis on providing early childhood education will be a key focus of the upcoming session.
The federal budget deal awaiting President Obama's signature could restore some funding to Head Start. But that may not help all the kids who lost their slots.
Gov. Mike Pence wants to provide preschool vouchers to low-income families. But finding the cash to pay for such a program will be tough in a non-budget year.
Community foundations for years have pushed for increased access to pre-K. Now Gov. Mike Pence is proposing a voucher program for low-income Hoosiers.
Indiana's Head Start classrooms will remain open in the short term but some may close if the shutdown stretches into November.