Efforts focus on expanding affordable preschool options




More than 400 local families are getting help covering the cost to send one or more children to preschool.

This month, 448 Johnson County children are receiving vouchers, paid for with federal dollars and managed by the state, that can help cover some or all of the cost of preschool. That number is up from 390 children last month, and 359 children in August, according to data from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.

The vouchers are accepted by about two-thirds of the nearly 70 preschools in Johnson County, and since January 150 families have asked the central Indiana agency Child Care Answers for help finding preschools that accept the vouchers, have sliding fee scales or offer other discounts.

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