The proposal would require students who receive a pre-K voucher to take a kindergarten readiness assessment before entering school.
Gov. Mike Pence is taking a very different approach to shaping education policy than his predecessor.
The legislature failed to pass a measure last session that would have created a preschool pilot program.
Half of Indiana children younger than 9 years old are living in low-income households, and 70 percent of low-income 3- and 4-year-olds don't go to preschool.
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.