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Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning Home > On My Way Pre-K > On My Way Pre-K Family Page On My Way Pre-K Family Page

On My Way Pre-K applications are now available for grants to eligible children who will be 4 years old, but not yet 5 years old on August 1, 2017, and will be attending kindergarten in the 2018-19 school year. These grants will be good for pre-K programs starting in August 2017.

Families must be living in one of the five pilot counties: Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion or Vanderburgh and must meet the income eligibility guidelines below.

This chart may be used as a guide to help determine eligibility. Family gross income (before taxes) cannot exceed the amounts listed below.

Maximum Gross Income Guidelines
(127 percent of FFY16 FPL)

Size of Family Unit Monthly Yearly
1 $1,257.00 $15,088.00
2 $1,695.00 $20,345.00
3 $2,134.00 $25,603.00
4 $2,572.00 $30,861.00
5 $3,010.00 $36,119.00
6 $3,448.00 $41,377.00

For families who live in Marion County, grants are also available for children who will be 3 years old on August 1, 2017, through Indy Preschool Scholarship Program (IndyPSP) grants. The same application can be used for both On My Way Pre-K and IndyPSP grants.

Please follow the link below to complete an online application (available in both English and Spanish):

**You will receive a confirmation notice that your online application has been successfully submitted and a confirmation email if you provide a current email address on your application**

If you prefer, you may complete a paper application. It is not necessary to complete both an online application and a paper application.

Please click on the following links for a paper copy of the application (available in both English and Spanish)

Allen Jackson Lake Marion Vanderburgh

Paper applications may be sent to the local intake office via:

  • fax (intake fax number on the back of application)
  • scan and email (intake email address on the back of application)
  • mail (intake address on the back of application)

(Please DO NOT send applications to the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning)

Applications must be completed online or received by intake no later than 5 p.m. Eastern time on March 31, 2017.
If you are mailing your application, please allow additional days.

Start your search early for the On My Way Pre-K program that is right for your family. Begin contacting and visiting programs when you apply so you are prepared if you are chosen to receive a grant.

Approved On My Way Pre-K programs may be located in a public or private school, licensed child care center, licensed home or registered ministry as long as that program meets the quality requirements and is registered as an On My Way Pre-K provider. Families may choose from a program that is full or part-day, as well as from programs that end with the school year or continue through the summer.

On My Way Pre-K Search buttonFamilies who need help finding an approved Pre-K program can click on the search button for a list of approved providers by county or by calling 800-299-1627 for personal assistance from an early learning referral specialist.

If more families apply and qualify than there are grants available, families will be chosen through a randomized, computerized lottery process the first week in April 2017. Chosen families will be notified by contact information listed on their application to set up an appointment with their local intake. At this appointment, you will verify eligibility and complete the grant process including choosing an approved On My Way Pre-K program.

Please watch your mail in April 2017 for a large white envelope containing paperwork and instructions for next steps.

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