Now Accepting On My Way Pre-K
On My Way Pre-K is Indiana’s first state-funded pre-kindergarten program. On My Way Pre-K provides grants to eligible children for qualified early education services delivered via high-quality providers that are enrolled as approved On My Way Pre-K providers.
“On My Way Pre-K awards grants to 4 year olds from low-income families so that they may have access to a high-quality pre-K program the year before they begin kindergarten. Families who receive a grant may use the grant at any approved On My Way Pre-K program.”
How does an applicant know if a child qualifies for an On My Way Pre-K grant?
To qualify for the On My Way Pre-K grant, an applicant’s child must be 4 years old, but not yet 5 years old by August 1 of the grant year and must be entering kindergarten during the following school year. The child must be a resident of one of the chosen pilot counties (Allen, Bartholomew, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Floyd, Grant, Harrison, Howard, Jackson, Kosciusko, Lake, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, St. Joseph, Tippecanoe, Vanderburgh and Vigo) and meet eligibility requirements.
Please follow the link below to complete an online application (available in both English and Spanish).
What are the income limits?
To be eligible for the On My Way Pre-K grant, a family’s gross monthly income must fall below 127% of the federal poverty level. Gross monthly income is total income before taxes or deductions.
The information in this guide is correct as of March 1, 2020. For the most up-to-date information, refer to www.fssa.in.gov.
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What is an On My Way Pre-K provider?
Families receiving a grant may choose from any approved On My Way Pre-K program enrolled with the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning. On My Way Pre-K programs have demonstrated a commitment to high-quality early education and can be found in public and private schools, Head Start centers, licensed centers, licensed child care homes and faithbased registered ministries. All programs must also meet Child Care and Development Fund Eligibility requirements.
- Community-based programs including Head Start, licensed centers, licensed family homes and registered ministries must be rated at Level 3 or Level 4 on Paths to QUALITY.
- Public schools including charter schools must be rated Level 3 or Level 4 on Paths to QUALITY for Public Schools.
- Private or nonpublic schools must be accredited by a regionally or nationally approved state board of education accrediting body.
How does someone qualify?
All families must meet financial need, residency and age requirements, and be working or attending an education or job training program to complete a family application. Once a grant is awarded, families must then verify eligibility by completing an appointment with a local intake agent and by choosing an eligible provider.
How does an applicant apply for an On My Way Pre-K grant for their child?
- You can go to Early Ed Connect to complete an online application at Early Ed Connect during the enrollment period each year. Enrollment is currently open!
- Local Eligibility offices process Early Ed Connect applications for OMWPK and can help you with questions about required documents, the status of your application or questions about a denial message.
- If you live in Lake, LaPorte, St. Joseph, Elkhart, Allen, Tippecanoe, Delaware, Vigo or Vanderburgh County, contact Automated Health Systems (AHS) at 855-553-7342 if you need assistance. AHS is the local Eligibility Office for the nine AHS counties listed.
- If you don’t live in an AHS county Click here to find your county’s local office https://www.in.gov/fssa/files/CCDF_Eligibility_Office_Map.pdf
Who counts in my household (family) income?
A household is considered one or more custodial adults and the child receiving the grant residing in the same household. Income requirements are waived for foster children of licensed foster parents.
How does someone find an eligible provider?
For help finding an approved On My Way Pre-K-eligible provider, applicants can contact Early Learning Indiana toll free at 800-299-1627. Eligible providers are also listed online at www.onmywayprek.org.
Does an applicant have to be working or have a service need to be eligible?
Yes, applicants need to working or attending an educational or job training program to be eligible for an On My Way Pre-K grant.
What happens at the telephone interview appointment?
- The Eligibility Specialist will contact you by phone to verify your service need, income eligibility, and that you have chosen an approved provider by asking questions about the individuals living in your home, income and other information needed to determine eligibility.
- You can download or AHS can mail or email a form listing all needed information to upload for the telephone appointment. When all documents are received and you have completed your telephone appointment, you will be told if you are eligible.
- On My Way Pre-K Eligibility Specialists are the same as Child Care Development Fund Eligibility Specialists