The knowledge, skills and abilities that children develop in high-quality pre-K programs form the foundation for their future success during a critical window in brain development.
Critical for Social Growth
High-quality pre-K reaches children at a critical moment in their cognitive and social-emotional growth. Consider that 90% of a child’s brain has already developed before they begin kindergarten.
Higher rate of Educational Skills
A 2017 FSSA report found that children participating in On My Way Pre-K gained educational and socio-emotional skills at a higher rate than their peers who did not attend high-quality pre-K, and these gains were maintained over the summer and into kindergarten.
Not just in Indiana
Other states and cities with high-quality pre-K comparable to Indiana’s program are seeing powerful and lasting results as well—not only related to children’s short-term academic performance, but also to long-term economic and social indicators such as future earning potential, high school graduation and the likelihood of criminal activity.
Saving Money for Indiana Taxpayers
Investing in high-quality pre-K will save the state money in the long term and deliver a strong return to Indiana taxpayers. High-quality pre-K pays off—now and for years to come.
For every $1 spent by Indiana on high-quality pre-K, the state reaps a $4 return on investment.
Investing in high-quality pre-K will help lower the $23 million annual spend on kindergarten retention and remediation.
Indiana currently supports 20 counties that participate in the On My Way Pre-K Program, which results in a return on investment of $250 million.
“I sincerely appreciate Flanner House [Child & Youth Development Center’s] commitment to exposing my daughter to language during her critical period of language-learning, so she can have a better language skill set than I do.”
– Aaron M Wilder, Pre-K Parent
High-quality pre-K unlocks opportunities for hardworking Hoosier families to move up the economic ladder and lead lives of self-sufficiency.
Benefit for low-income families
While all kids benefit from high-quality pre-K, children from low-income families often make the most gains, and the socioeconomic, emotional, academic and health benefits of high-quality pre-K extend well into adulthood. Yet, only 17 percent of Hoosier preschool-aged children are enrolled in high-quality programs.
Helping single parents
At the current market rate, a single parent living in poverty would have to devote 54% of their income to enroll their child in a high-quality pre-K program for one year.
As the number of Hoosiers who are living in poverty or are considered economically unstable continues to rise, especially in rural areas and the suburbs of the state’s major cities, the need for increased high-quality pre-K access is even