On My Way Pre-K

March 25, 2019,  On My Way Pre-K applications are now available for vouchers to eligible children who will be 4-years old, but not yet 5-years old on August 1, 2019, and will be attending kindergarten in the 2020-21 school year. These vouchers will be good for pre-K programs starting in August 2019. Vouchers will be awarded until all available slots have been filled – families are encouraged to apply early!

Benefits of On My Way Pre-K

If your family qualifies for the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning program called On My Way Pre-K to help prepare your child for kindergarten, there are many benefits for your family and your child:

  1. Only the highest quality Paths To QUALITYTM Level 3 and Level 4 programs are eligible to accept your OMWPK voucher and can help prepare your 4-year-old to be ready for kindergarten.
  2. Programs are available in homes, centers, ministries and schools. Families can choose the option that works best for them.
  3. Family co-pays are waived during the pre-k year.
  4. All OMWPK vouchers are full time so your child can receive the time they need to prepare for kindergarten – even if you work or go to school part-time.
  5. Once you are approved, you are guaranteed a minimum of 53 weeks of funding for your child to attend the approved program you choose.
  6. All OMWPK programs offer family engagement activities to help you feel a part of the pre-k program decisions and learn about what is happening to your child’s pre-k day.
  7. OMWPK programs are required to assess your child’s progress at least at the beginning and end of the pre-k year and will keep you informed along the way.
  8. After the OMWPK year, your child can continue to receive high quality care with CCDF funding if you need before or after kindergarten care while you work or go to school, if your family is still eligible.

Families must be living in one of the twenty pilot counties (Allen, Bartholomew, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Floyd, Grant, Harrison, Howard, Jackson, Kosciusko, Lake, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, St. Joseph, Tippecanoe, Vanderburgh and Vigo counties) and must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Child must be 4 but not yet 5-years old by August 1, 2019.
  2. Child must be a resident of Indiana.
  3. Parents/guardians in the household must have a service need (working, going to school, attending job training).
  4. Families must earn less than 127 percent of federal poverty level (FPL).

Please follow the link below to apply online, if you live in Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Kosciusko, Marshall, or St. Joseph counties.

Click here: https://prek.carefinderindiana.org/StateLottery/default.aspx

**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

Paper applications may be sent to Brightpoint via:

  • Fax 1-844-510-5775
  • Scan and Email to childcare@mybrightpoint.org
  • Mail: Brightpoint, PO Box 10570, Fort Wayne, IN 46853
  • Drop off at your local office

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

Application

Application (Spanish)

Eligible families will be notified by contact information listed on their application to set up an appointment with Brightpoint beginning in April 2019. At this appointment, families will verify eligibility and complete the grant process including choosing an approved On My Way Pre-K program for their child to attend.

Please watch your mail for a large white envelope with the On My Way Pre-K logo. This envelope will contain paperwork and instructions for next steps.

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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