Children in Bartholomew, Delaware, Elkhart, Howard, Kosciusko, Madison, Marshall, Monroe, St. Joseph, and Tippecanoe counties can now enroll.
Critics say the new energy efficiency program needs major revisions. The state is watching the Pre-k pilot programs to see if the benefits outweigh the costs.
The council only approved the framework for the $43 million program, and will discuss its funding next year.
Some state legislators wanted the state-funded pre-k pilot program to be up and running by August, but the state plans to implement it in 2015.