What is On My Way Pre-K?
On My Way Pre-K is the state funded pilot project administered by the Office of the Secretary of Family and Social Services (FSSA). The primary goal of the On My Way Pre-K Pilot Program is to promote access to high quality Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs for low-income children. Five counties were selected in 2015 to participate in the first cohort of the Pilot Project based on demonstrated readiness to successfully implement the project and serve as a model (Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh). In 2017, Indiana Pre-K Expansion legislation opened On My Way Pre-K to 15 additional counties. DeKalb County was selected as one of the 15 expansion counties and will launch the On My WAY Pre-K program in August 2018. On My Way provides FREE high-quality Pre-K to eligible families.
Family Eligibility for On My Way Pre-K?
Allen County On My Way Pre-K provides tuition grants to eligible families who:
- Live in Indiana
- Have a 4-year-old child (by August 1) not eligible for Kindergarten
- Have a household income at or below 127% of the federal poverty guideline
- Can demonstrate a service need— parents/guardians in the household are working or attending a qualifying education or job training program
- Select a high-quality Pre-K program from the On My Way Pre-K approved provider list
Provider Eligibility to participate as an approved On My Way Pre-K provider:
On My Way Pre-K is a mixed delivery system designed to provide a range of options for families to select from that best meet their needs and preferences. Eligible On My Way Pre-K Providers include:
- A licensed center, licensed home provider, registered ministry, or public school rated at a Level 3 or Level 4 on the Paths to QUALITY™ rating and improvement system and approved to accept CCDF Vouchers
- A private school that has achieved a national or regional accreditation for Pre-K by an approved accrediting body and approved to accept CCDF Vouchers
Approved by the Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning
Families may choose from any of the eligible, enrolled On My Way Pre-K programs. Approved providers can be found at http://www.onmywayprek.org.
For more information about On My Way Pre-K visit www.onmywayprek.org