INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana House of Representatives has approved a
pilot program that would pay for low-income children to attend preschool.
Families earning less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level would
get state aid to send their children to preschool. The program was first
proposed by House Republicans last year and is loosely connected to Gov.
Mike Pence's call for an early childhood education plan.
The measure won bipartisan support in the House Thursday.
The pilot plan would pick five counties and offer vouchers to families to
send children to public or private preschools. The measure carries a
roughly $25 million price tag, and Senate budget leaders have expressed
concern it could open the state to increased spending at a time of
decreasing tax collections.