For Indiana's children to succeed in school and in life, high-quality child care and early education is critical. But far too many families in our community are unable to afford the costs. In turn, the child’s education suffers, and a barrier is created just as they begin their path to self-sufficiency.

What we've done

Last year, Marion County was selected as one of five pilot counties eligible for the state-run On My Way Pre-K scholarships, awarding qualifying low-income families in Marion County with full pre-K scholarships for their 4-year-old children.

Shortly after, Indianapolis adopted the city’s first-ever preschool program: Indianapolis Preschool Scholarship Program (IPSP). And, United Way of Central Indiana had the unique opportunity to serve as the administrator, overseeing the application, outreach, capacity-building and evaluation processes. In its first year of implementation, IPSP received 5,066 applications from eligible families, with funding that allowed us to enroll 1,525 students.

Why we need you

While we are making an impact, we need your help to expand the number of students participating in these programs for the 2016-17 school year. Please join us in advocating for the state of Indiana to appropriate funding for all 4-year-olds from low-income families without access to other resources to receive a high-quality early childhood education focused on kindergarten readiness.

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