- Associated Press - Thursday, December 25, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning says it has received more than 1,800 applications from families who would like to enroll their 4-year-old children in the first phase of its preschool pilot program.

Gov. Mike Pence says the response to the “On My Way Pre-K” program that begins next month confirms the need for high-quality early education for the state’s most disadvantaged children.

The goal for the first phase of the program was to enroll 350 children. But because of the high demand, the state plans to enroll 100 additional children. The pilot program is open to children in Allen, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties

A randomized lottery will determine which children will be selected for the available provider slots.

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