Marion County chosen for preschool program

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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.

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