The deadline for residents in five pilot counties to sign up for grants for the state-funded prekindergarten program is nearing. Applications are due April 30 and would involve students set to enter kindergarten in fall 2016. April 13, 2015

News Release

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On My Way Pre-K applications are due to Community Action of Northeast Indiana (CANI) by April 30 at 5:00 p.m. in order to qualify for free prekindergarten education. Awarded grants will cover free, high-quality, prekindergarten education through the On My Way Pre-K program.

Families must meet all the following eligibility criteria to apply:

-The family must reside in Allen County.

-The family must have an income below 127 percent of the federal poverty level.

-The child will be four, but not yet five years old by Aug. 1, 2015.

-The child will start kindergarten in Fall 2016.

-Applications must be completed and submitted by April 30, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

Once a child has received a grant, parents may choose from full-day or part-day programs at participating On My Way Pre- K programs. Programs can be either year-round or based on school year. An approved list of providers is available on www.onmywayprek.org. Families can pick up an On My Way Pre-K Application at CANI's Main Office, 227 E. Washington Blvd, at any Allen County Public Library or from the 2-1-1 Service Center. For information call CANI at (260) 423-3546.

On My Way Pre-K is the name of Indiana's state-funded prekindergarten program, which was approved as a five-county pilot by the Indiana General Assembly in 2014. United Way of Allen County, Women United and PNC Bank have pledged matching funds to enable Allen County families to benefit from this program.

About United Way

Established in 1922, United Way of Allen County is a not-for-profit organization that works to strengthen the community through the four building blocks for a good quality of life: education, income, health and basic needs. United Way believes that quality education helps families achieve stable jobs, a safe place to live and good health.

Source: United Way of Allen County

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