NEWS RELEASE | On My Way Pre-K Enrollment is Open
For Immediate Release: April 15, 2019
Enrollment for On My Way Pre-K is Now Open
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (April 15, 2019) – Applications for On My Way Pre-K, the Indiana state-funded pre-kindergarten program, is now open for 2019/2020. 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 walk them through the enrollment process. Once approved, families will be able to get started immediately in the program they chose. Families will have the option of selecting a level-three or level-four Paths to QUALITY™ program from over 60 pre-approved center, home, or ministry-based providers. The Paths to QUALITY™ system is Indiana’s Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement System.
“We highly recommend that families enroll their children in this extremely successful and significant program,” said David Nicole, President and CEO of United Way of Allen County. “Allen County has seen consistent involvement in the On My Way Pre-K program and we continue to support the efforts to provide high quality early childhood education.”
“We would love to see more children and their families take advantage of this opportunity to have access to high quality early childhood education. The opportunity is outstanding, and families will benefit greatly from it, we strongly encourage families to apply.” said Zach Washler, Executive Director of United Way of DeKalb County.
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 United Way of Allen County.