The Indiana House of Representatives voted in favor of legislation co-authored by State Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) expanding high-quality pre-K options to low-income families statewide.
“This bill is a critical piece of legislation needed to create a path for more students to fill high quality On My Way Pre-K seats in Southwest Indiana while only using the funds from the last biennial budget,” Sullivan said.
In 2014, Sullivan supported legislation creating the On My Way Pre-K pilot program, which now serves nearly 3,000 Hoosier 4-year-olds from low-income families in 20 counties including Vanderburgh. Still, more than 27,000 children across the state do not have access to early education options.
“Southwest Indiana has been a leader for our state in high-quality early childhood education,” Sullivan said. “Because of this leadership, Indiana continues to invest in our future generations’ educational opportunities.”
According to Sullivan, for every $1 spent on pre-K, the state stands to save an estimated $4 on future education expenses.