Thank you for considering joining Early Learning Indiana, the Indiana Association of United Ways, the Indiana Chamber, United Way of Central Indiana and many others in the All IN 4 Pre-K coalition. We hope you will officially join the coalition by signing the statement below.

Your support is critical to showcase deep and broad support for pre-k expansion. We look forward to highlighting your support to lawmakers. Please write Kent Mitchell with any questions.

Indiana Statehouse Lawmakers –

We are diverse organizations with a presence in Senate and House districts across the state of Indiana, united by a simple belief—success starts early. We believe that expanding access to high-quality pre-k for low-income families should be a top priority in the upcoming 2017 session.

Indiana is at a historic turning point for our youngest children. Thanks to your support, state-funded pre-k pilot programs have succeeded in serving more Hoosier children. We know from independent evaluations by Indiana and Purdue University researchers that these pilot programs are getting positive results. United Ways, private sector businesses, philanthropic organizations, local coalitions and city governments, like the City of Indianapolis, have stepped up to invest in and build a high-quality pre-k system in Indiana.

Yet, pre-k remains out of reach for thousands of young children. Only an estimated 2,800 children were served in state or city pre-k pilots in the last school year. The Governor’s Early Learning Advisory Committee (ELAC) estimates there are nearly 30,000 “unserved” four-year olds in our state. Similarly, many counties in our state have few or no high-quality pre-k options, meaning thousands of families that want pre-k for their child have no access at all. 

This gap in pre-k access is unacceptable and Hoosier voters want to see this change. We know from a scientific, independent statewide poll from April 2016 that 71% of registered voters support a significant expansion of high-quality, voluntary pre-k. That support cuts across urban and rural communities, parents and non-parents, Republicans and Democrats. 

As you consider expanding pre-k in Indiana, we support other key principles in All IN 4 Pre-K’s Roadmap for pre-k expansion, Success Starts Early:

  • Build up all types of high-quality pre-k programs including schools, centers, Head Starts, ministries and family homes.
  • Allow parents to use scholarships among pre-k programs of their choice, empowering families in the pre-k decision-making process.
  • Invest in pre-k programs that support a wide range of outcomes that lead to school success, not just the academic, but also the social-emotional and interpersonal outcomes—curiosity and love of learning, among others.

We know you face many competing priorities, but consider the impact pre-k expansion can have on our state. 

An independent economic study of Hoosier pre-k estimates that for every $1 spent on Indiana pre-k, $4 are returned in the form of lower spending on special education, Kindergarten retention and other areas. 

Imagine for a moment that we expand access to just 10,000 pre-k students a year. That would be 10,000 better prepared Kindergarten students and future leaders of our state. 

It is time to make a long-term commitment to high-quality pre-k in Indiana and we encourage you to act in the 2017 session.

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  • signed 2017-04-08 14:20:08 -0400
    I know the research on the importance of quality Pre-K – it should be universally available to all – regardless of income.
  • signed 2017-04-06 15:27:49 -0400
    Quality early learning is key for successful futures, not only on an individual level, but for the overall quality of life for an entire community!
  • signed 2017-04-06 11:11:01 -0400
    We are an elementary school that supports any organization that promotes quality Pre-K options. It is our opinion that the more a future kindergartner is school ready, the better success they will have throughout all of their schooling years. We have seen the difference. We are ALL IN 4 Pre-K!
  • signed 2017-04-06 09:17:18 -0400
    Crescent Avenue has been promoting Early Childhood Education since 1957. We have known for so many years the importance of preparing children early. If we want to change the way the world is today, we need to start at the beginning and build a strong foundation.
  • signed 2017-04-06 08:46:33 -0400
    United Way of DeKalb County supports All IN 4 Pre-K because we believe that success start as early. Quality preschool for 4 year old’s is essential for success in school.
  • signed 2017-04-06 07:28:38 -0400
    Our community is a high poverty community where parents can not afford high quality preschool.
  • signed 2017-04-05 17:30:21 -0400
  • signed 2017-03-22 16:17:52 -0400
    Pre-K is the key to Indiana’s brightest future – an educated and informed citizenry and our economic future!
  • signed 2017-03-21 21:07:41 -0400
    Every child in Indiana deserves a high quality early childhood preschool experience.
  • signed 2017-03-18 16:51:48 -0400
  • signed 2017-03-16 16:34:12 -0400
    Indiana needs more opportunities for children to be prepared for Kindergarten readiness. Many communities such as Terre Haute do not have many options and those programs have long waitlists or very limited openings. I have two level 3 and 4 Paths to Quality programs in Terre Haute and our demand grows every year as more and more parents are learning more about early learning experiences.
  • signed 2017-03-10 16:51:10 -0500
    Long term benefits for the people of our state are clear. Doing this for our young people is part of our responsibility as parents and those in government elected to do what’s right for our citizens and state, and their long term economic health and well-being. Pass the funding. All of it.
  • signed 2017-03-09 14:17:53 -0500
  • signed 2017-03-07 14:12:48 -0500
    As one of the leading non-profit organizations serving youth and families we want to support the growth of our youth in the community. This is a great way to help our youth get a positive start to becoming a well-rounded person in spirit, mind and body.
  • signed 2017-03-06 15:46:08 -0500
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  • signed 2017-03-02 16:31:06 -0500
    Education is the key for a stronger Indiana!
  • signed 2017-03-02 16:27:42 -0500
    We have been deeply invested in Early Learning in our county for decades. It continues to be one of the most voiced needs of our citizens and the most challenging to meet financially. While we continue to grow our program and strive for the highest quality, it is difficult to maintain as this department loses a great deal of money each year. Fortunately we have a membership and community partners that have allowed us to keep this service going. State funding for low income children would be a tremendous asset in reaching those children who need our program the most.
  • signed 2017-03-02 08:37:09 -0500
    We service Louisville, KY AND Southern Indiana communities (Jeffersonville, Clarksville, and New Albany). Our efforts are to provide greater community connectivity to enhance livability for all residents. We see early childhood education as formative and key in developing the citizen constituency that we seek to connect. We are a champion of Early Childhood Education, and we are All IN 4 Pre-K.
  • signed 2017-03-01 15:37:09 -0500
  • signed 2017-03-01 12:35:35 -0500
    We believe all children should start Kindergarten on a level playing field and too often children from low-income families do not have the opportunity to send their children to high quality, if any, preschools.
  • signed 2017-02-27 18:33:03 -0500
    Education is the backbone of our society, our community and our business.
  • signed 2017-02-24 12:44:55 -0500
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  • signed 2017-02-23 14:52:01 -0500
  • signed 2017-02-22 17:20:24 -0500
    We are a firm believer in the fact that early childhood education is critical to the future success of all people and it should be supported by our legislative representation!