Indiana preschool program won’t start this year

(WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)
(WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Officials say Indiana’s state-supported preschool program won’t be ready to start this coming school year.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence had touted the preschool program as a top accomplishment of the 2014 legislative session. The plan approved by legislators called for the state Family and Social Services Administration to pick five counties for a pilot program sending low-income children to early childhood programs.

FSSA spokeswoman Marni Lemons says the agency faces steps such as setting up a way to track the progress of the children from preschool to third grade. She says the agency will soon announce the process for picking the program’s five counties.

Money for the preschool program is to come from $10 million in FSAA budget cuts and $5 million in private donations. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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