The grant money will support the creation of 140 permanent seats in two local early education programs.
The online software is designed to increase access for low-income families, but some believe the money would be better spent on in-class programs.
The money will be used over the next year to pay for staff costs, promotion campaigns and planning.
The report ranks Indiana near the bottom of the country for early education, at a time when lawmakers are discussing an expansion of a pre-K pilot program.
The bill that would allocate money for low-income children to attend preschool passed by an overwhelming majority.