Automatic federal spending cuts have begun to hit Indiana’s Head Start programs, leading to reductions in staff, transportation services and student slots.
A preschool program bill passed committee, but fizzled with an amendment that included a series of changes and no direct funding for a statewide program.
Depending on who you ask, it could cost as much as $8,000 per pupil or as little as $3,500 for a state-funded pre-K program.
Instead of the pilot program, the committee voted to track students at academically-oriented preschools and see if they are prepared for kindergarten.
The Monroe County Community School Corporation says it will offer preschool at Summit Elementary School beginning next fall.
The bill that would allocate money for low-income children to attend preschool passed by an overwhelming majority.
A partnership between Fairview Elementary and Ivy Tech where students learn through art is expanding to preschool students next fall.
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.
Republican Senator Randy Head has introduced a bill to start a pilot program to encourage preschool reading programs.
A referendum increasing property taxes would raise $1.8 million annually to expand preschool education in Bartholomew County.