More children would qualify for state-funded preschool under a proposal lawmakers on the Senate education committee approved Wednesday.
The bill would expand eligibility requirements allowing children living with a grandparent or a guardian who has a disability to participate in On My Way Pre-K.
On My Way Pre-K is available in 20 of Indiana's 92 counties, and offers preschool funding to low-income families. Current rules require at least one parent or guardian has to be in school or working for a child to qualify.
Bill author Sen. Eddie Melton (D-Gary) says his legislation is one step toward a clear goal.
"Well at the bottom line of this, we as a state should be investing more in Pre-K," he says.
Melton says allowing more children to qualify will also help the state learn how to best roll out the program statewide.
"So I think we're still in the research phase of figuring out where we are as a state with this particular program," he says.
The bill now goes to the Senate's financial committee.