Gov. Pence signs preschool pilot program bill


Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill Thursday to establish Indiana's first-ever preschool pilot program.

Surrounded by children from the DayStar Childcare ministry and state lawmakers, Gov. Pence signed the legislation Thursday morning.

House Enrolled Act 1004 establishes a pilot program in up to five counties to provide financial assistance for low-income children to attend preschool.

"We serve a compassionate, generous, kind people in all 92 counties in this state. And so to them, we say thank you. Thank you for generations in Indiana for believing that we ought to be a people who don't suffer for the little ones to come unto us. All who cherish for so many years for such is the kingdom of heaven. This is to the heart of compassion of the people of Indiana that this day truly belongs," said Gov. Pence.

Indiana's Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) will determine which counties and how many children can participate in the program, which will be paid for using existing state or federal funds.