Pre-K Gets OK in Indy

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The City-County Council in Indianapolis has approved a $40 million pre-kindergarten program. The proposal received support from Mayor Greg Ballard and a bi-partisan group of council members and is designed to help around 1,200 underserved children attend school. Our partners at WTHR-TV report funding will be divided between the city and the private sector. December 1, 2014

Statement from Mayor Greg Ballard on Council Approval of Early Childhood Education Plan:

"The City of Indianapolis today took a major step toward becoming a place where all children have the tools to succeed. Tonight's bipartisan approval of a preschool plan I first proposed in July will help prepare many Indy children for a brighter economic future and ultimately make Indy a safer city by addressing the root causes of poverty and violence in our community.

I want to acknowledge the leadership shown by the Councillors who voted tonight in favor of helping Indy's neediest children and the steadfast support from Eli Lilly and our many other corporate and philanthropic partners that helped us reach this point."

Source: The Office of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard

December 1, 2014

Media Statement from President Maggie A. Lewis and Vice-President John Barth, Indianapolis City-County Council

"We are heartened that the Indianapolis City/County Council passed bipartisan Proposal 367 tonight by a vote of 19 to 8. With this historic vote, the Council has ensured that families can set a positive direction for children in our city who start life at a disadvantage. Over the next five years thousands of Indianapolis children will experience the benefits of high quality pre-k and start their lives on the road to success. We look forward to tracking their progress and making any needed adjustments to Proposal 367. We would like to thank our Council colleagues for their support, the corporate community, especially Eli Lilly & Co., for their dedication, many community advocates, and Mayor Ballard for his commitment - together we will make a difference in the lives of our city's children for years to come."

Source: The City-County Council in Indianapolis