Marion County chosen for preschool program

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s three most populous counties are among five picked for the state’s pilot program that will allow low-income Hoosier children to attend preschool.

Gov. Mike Pence’s office announced Tuesday that Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties were selected for the pilot program from among 18 counties that submitted applications.

Marion, Lake and Allen counties have the largest populations in Indiana.

State lawmakers passed a bill this year calling for the state Family and Social Services Administration to pick five counties for the pilot program for 4-year-old children from low-income families.

Under the plan, those families will receive vouchers for public or private preschools. The program will become Indiana’s first state-funded preschool program.

The governor’s office says the program is on track to begin early next year. 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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