Applications for On My Way Pre-K Opens March 1

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (March 1, 2018) - Applications for On My Way Pre-K, the Indiana state-funded pre-kindergarten program, opens today March 1. Low-income Allen and DeKalb County families, with all parents/guardians in the household working or attending an accredited/certified education or training program and have a child who will be 4-years-old by August 1, are encouraged to apply.

Families can apply for the program online at www.onmywayprek.org or by calling 211. Community Navigators can assist in answering questions and filling out the required application. Brightpoint staff will then meet with families to check eligibility and get started in the program. Once approved, families will have the option of selecting a level-three or level-four Paths to QUALITY™ program from over 50 pre-approved center, home, or ministry-based providers. The Paths to QUALITY™ system is Indiana's Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement System.

"We encourage eligible families to enroll their children in this tremendously successful program," said David Nicole, President and CEO of United Way of Allen County. "Allen County has seen steady participation in the On My Way Pre-K program since being selected as part of the pilot program in 2014."

"On My Way Pre-K is showing itself to be a highly-effective collaboration in addressing the important need of quality early childhood education," said Zach Washler, Executive Director of United Way of DeKalb County. "We hope to see the program continue beyond the 2018-2019 year."

State funding for the kindergarten preparation program is secured through community match dollars. A number of local businesses and charitable foundations have pledged matching funds. Those organizations include BF Goodrich, the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, English Bonter Mitchell, Lutheran Health Network, PNC Bank, PNC Charitable Trust, Rae Magnet Wire, the Waterfield Foundation, Community Foundation DeKalb County, United Way of DeKalb County and the United Way of Allen County.

About United Way of Allen County
Established in 1922, United Way of Allen County is a not-for-profit organization that unites our community's time, talent, and treasure to cultivate and advance community solutions that address the most critical issues around basic needs, education, financial stability and healthy lives. 

About United Way of DeKalb County
United Way of DeKalb County FIGHTS for the health, education, and financial stability for every person in our community. We strive to enable people to work together to create a thriving and vibrant community for all. For more information, please visit www.unitedwaydekalb.org.

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