Ballard Praises Pre-K Funding Approval

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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard says the approval of $4 million in funding for a pre-kindergarten program will give thousands of children a "solid start" in their education. The approval allows the city to access more than $4 million in additional funding already raised from the corporate community.

March 2, 2015

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. -- Tonight the Indianapolis City-County Council passed Proposal 46, investing more than $4 million to provide a high-quality pre-K education for more than 1,000 students from some of the city’s neediest families. The money will be used to provide scholarships to attend highly-rated pre-K programs.

Approval of the Preschool Scholarship Program funding proposal allows the city to leverage $4.4 million already raised from the corporate community.

Council President Maggie A. Lewis and Vice President John Barth released this joint statement: "We are proud of the action taken by council tonight and of the true community effort that helped launch this program. Making quality pre-K available to students who need it most will level the playing field and help them start school ready to learn and be high achievers. We look forward to building a successful program."

Source: Indianapolis City-County Council

March 2, 2015

Statement from Mayor Ballard Regarding Passage of Indianapolis Preschool Scholarship Program by Full City-County Council:

"Tonight's vote is a perfect example of the progress that is made when all parties work together to do what's best for our city," Mayor Ballard said. "Thanks to the priority this issue has been given, thousands of Indianapolis children will have access to high-quality preschool that will provide a solid start in their education. We would not be here without our generous corporate and philanthropic partners who share in our commitment to creating opportunity for every child."

Source: Office of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard