Lawmakers killed a bill to lower the compulsory school age, but other state officials and groups plan to bring back the conversation in future years.
The Rise and Shine program provides care for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years old.
The state hopes grant money set aside by lawmakers in the 2017 legislative session will help expand access to and the quality of preschool programs.
One of Indiana’s leading preschool advocacy organizations wants the state to better align its elementary and preschool classrooms.
Those counties are: Bartholomew, Delaware, Elkhart, Howard, Kosciusko, Madison, Marshall, Monroe, St. Joseph, and Tippecanoe counties
Children in Bartholomew, Delaware, Elkhart, Howard, Kosciusko, Madison, Marshall, Monroe, St. Joseph, and Tippecanoe counties can now enroll.
This week on Noon Edition, our expert panel discussed the impact of digital technology on education and cognitive development.
Indiana is tied with Arizona in the lowest score for states with preschool programs, but there are currently seven states with no program at all.
Some education experts remain wary about such programs' effectiveness in promoting behavioral or social learning.
The legislature approved $3 million to expand the state-funded pre-k program, less than the $10 million a year boost Governor Eric Holcomb asked for.