House hopeful Buoscio backs new state law to fund preschool education

The law would create a pilot program in five Indiana counties, giving low-income children funding to attend preschool.

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 11:35 a.m.

Indiana House hopeful Jodi Buoscio backs House Enrolled Act 1004, a new state law that makes funding available to low-income children so they can attend preschool.

"I hope that we will eventually expand this program and join the other 41 states that offer preschool to all 4-year-old children," Buoscio said in a statement released Monday, March 31. "Studies have proven that quality preschool programs can make a positive difference for our children by preparing them for kindergarten and establishing the necessary life skills for later in life."

Buoscio, a Democrat from Osceola, is running for the District 21 Indiana House seat held by Republican Tim Wesco, also from Osceola. She noted that Wesco was one of eight in the House to vote against the measure, ultimately approved in that chamber in a 92-8 vote.

HEA 1004, signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence on March 27, establishes a pilot preschool program in five counties. Existing state or federal funds will be tapped to cover program costs.

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