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The Journal Gazette

Friday, March 02, 2018 1:00 am

Applications open in 20 counties for pre-K grants

Journal Gazette

Indiana's Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning is accepting applications from families in 20 counties who might be eligible for grants for their children to receive prekindergarten education through the On My Way Pre-K program for the 2018-2019 school year.

On My Way Pre-K has been available since 2015 in Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties.

The program will be available for the 2018-19 school year in Bartholomew, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Floyd, Grant, Harrison, Howard, Kosciusko, Madison, Marshall, Monroe, St. Joseph, Tippecanoe and Vigo counties. Families residing in these 20 counties must meet the following eligibility criteria to apply:

• A family must have an income below 127 percent of the federal poverty level.

• Their child must be 4 years old by Aug. 1, and starting kindergarten in the 2019-20 school year.

• Parents/guardians must be working, going to school or attending job training.

For more information, visit www.onmywayprek.org. United Way spokesmen for Allen and DeKalb counties said families can also call 211. Community Navigators can assist in answering questions and filling out the required application.