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How A Columbus Preschool Program Hopes To Become A Model For The State

Gov. Mike Pence would like to see more public-private partnerships like the one in Columbus fund pre-K programs.

Whether Indiana should pay for preschool has become a key issue in the 2012 gubernatorial campaign. Republican Mike Pence says the state should build on existing community programs. Democrat John Gregg wants to start a state-funded pilot program to expand access to early education. But a Columbus-area group thinks it has an idea that combines […]

How Indiana's Youngest Students Are Preparing For All-Day Kindergarten

Teacher Janet Craig helps students identify colors during at pre-kindergarten camp at Maple Elementary in Avon, Ind. United Way funds the camp, which is staffed by local teachers and volunteers from the Indiana University Health system.

Because Indiana still doesn’t fund early childhood education, many students will start school in the fall having never set foot in a classroom. Without preschool, the transition to a full day of classes can be challenging for students who aren’t prepared for kindergarten academics.

Why Preschool Is Worth It (If The State Can Afford It)

Indiana is one of eleven states that doesn’t fund any preschool programs. As we’ve reported, spending nationwide on early childhood education programs has doubled. That’s frustrating to the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette’s Karen Francisco — but, she blogs, the General Assembly did take steps to send more money to younger students: The waning days of the legislative […]

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