Lieutenant Governor to speak at Seymour school

Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch will be in Seymour on Monday.

Crouch will be visiting Seymour-Redding Elementary School’s On My Way Pre-K program, 1700 N. Ewing St. She is scheduled to arrive at noon to visit with children and school officials and then will speak at 12:20 p.m. in the gymnasium about the expansion of the program across the state.

Also speaking will be Dr. Ted Maple, president and chief executive officer of Early Learning Indiana.

On My Way Pre-K provides low-income families access to high-quality preschool through state-funded vouchers.

The program was piloted in five Hoosier counties, including Jackson County, under former governor and now U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

Last week, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill to expand the pilot program to a total of 20 counties, becoming Indiana’s first and only state-funded preschool program.

Under the $22 million expansion, 15 additional counties will be added, with priority being given to rural counties that have a lack of preschool providers.

Jackson County currently is the only rural county in the program.

Information: Erica Woodward, On My Way Pre-K project manager, at 502-495-8452 or email ewoodward@sieoc.org