Pence announces counties for pre-K pilot, Vigo not included


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHI) – On Tuesday, Governor Mike Pence announced the five Indiana counties for the pre-K pilot program to help prepare low-income four-year-old for success in school.

The five counties selected were Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh.

“Every Indiana child deserves to start kindergarten ready to learn and to begin a lifetime of learning,” Pence stated. “Today, I am pleased to accept the recommendations of our working group. The State looks forward to partnering with these counties and working to ensure that these resources are made available to assist some of our most vulnerable children early next year.”

Last month the list of 18 counties selected as finalists was released. That list included Allen, Bartholomew, Delaware, Elkhart, Grant, Howard, Jackson, Kosciusko, Lake, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Noble, St. Joseph, Tippecanoe, Vanderburgh, Vigo and Wayne

The final five counties were selected by FSSA with the assistance of a group of objective evaluators representing academia, nonprofit and business interests.

The selection process was based on a determination of need and the county’s ability and readiness to meet that need.

“We are grateful for all 18 counties who participated in this process and submitted high-quality applications. These five counties demonstrated the highest levels of readiness, capacity and financial commitment to implement Indiana’s first state-funded pre-K program,” said Pence.

Pence also recognized the 13 other finalists for their dedication and commitment to Indiana’s children as demonstrated by their statements of county readiness.

The program remains on track to launch in early 2015.

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