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New coalition pushes to expand state-funded pre-K


August 16, 2016
AccessEconomics and Finance
Eric Weddle
NPR

A coalition of business, government, education and philanthropic leaders say they are determined to push state lawmakers to expand state-funded preschool in the upcoming legislative session. “All IN 4 Pre-K” is a new advocacy group that includes Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, outgoing Eli Lilly CEO John Lechleiter, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Early Learning Indiana. Lechleiter says the state’s pre-k pilot program is not enough to meet demand. He says only 2,300 families of low-income three- and four- year olds in five counties received scholarships in the past two years. “We believe that families and their children in all of Indiana’s 92 counties should have access to high quality, early learning environments,” he says. The group members say they will directly lobby lawmakers to pass new laws in 2017.