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On My Way Pre-K will award grants to four-year-olds from low-income families so that they may have access to a high-quality Pre-K program the year before they begin Kindergarten. Families who receive a grant may use the grant at any approved On My Way Pre-K Program.

This page will provide news, information and updates on this program, as FSSA and its advisory group and partners move through the process of implementation within the five chosen pilot counties: Allen County, Lake County, Marion County, Jackson County and Vanderburgh County.


On My Way Pre-K applications are now available for grants to eligible children who are 4 years old, but not yet 5 years old on August 1, 2016, and will be attending kindergarten in the 2017-18 school year. These grants will be good for pre-k programs starting in August 2016.

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% of FFY15 FPL)

 Size of Family Unit  Monthly  Yearly
 1  $1,245.66  $14,947.90
 2  $1,685.93  $20,231.10
 3  $2,126.19  $25,514.30
 4  $2,566.46  $30,797.50
 5  $3,006.73  $36,080.70
 6  $3,446.99  $41,363.90

For families who live in Marion County, grants are also available for 3-year-olds who will be 3 by August 1, 2016 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 been 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 will ONLY be accepted until 5 pm EST on March 25, 2016.
If you are mailing your application, please allow additional days.

Applications must be completed online or received by Intake no later than 5pm EST Friday, March 25, 2016.

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. Families 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 1-800-299-1627 for personal assistance from an early learning referral specialist.

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Please click on the On MY Way Pre-K search button on the left to search for an approved On My Way Pre-K provider.


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 2016. 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 for a large white envelope containing paperwork and instructions for next steps!






(260) 423-3546
(800) 589-2264


Geminus Corporation

(219) 757-1957
(888) 757-1957


Children’s Bureau

(317) 545-5281
(866) 287-2420


River Valley Resources, Inc.

(812) 273-9270
(855) 591-7848


4C of Southern Indiana, Inc.

(812) 423-4008
(866) 200-5909

Latest Updates

Families please click here for the updated list of approved On My Way Pre-K providers

Become an On My Way Pre-K Program- information for early learning programs in Allen, Lake, Marion, Jackson or Vanderburgh County that wish to participate in On My Way Pre-K 

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