Your 4-year-old may qualify for free pre-k

South Harrison Community School Corporation is a host of Indiana's only state-sponsored prekindergarten program known as On My Way Pre-K. Beginning in March, applications for the 2023-2024 school year opened and families could apply. The program provides free, high-quality preschool education to 4-year-old children from lower-income families. If you know someone whose child might be eligible, or if your family meets these requirements, we encourage you to apply today at

For the 2023-2024 school year, a child is eligible for On My Way Pre-K if they:

  • will be 4 years old by Aug. 1, 2023;
  • plan to start kindergarten in the 2024-2025 school year;
  • live in a household with an income below 127% of the federal poverty level;
  • have parents or guardians who are working, attending job training or an educational program, looking for employment; or
  • meet other requirements specified on this page.

If your family, or a family you know, does not meet all the criteria above for On My Way Pre-K, they may be eligible to attend Jumpstart, a similar program to On My Way Pre-K but at a reduced rate through grants offered by the Harrison County Community Foundation. Families must first apply to the On My Way Pre-K program, and then if denied but eligible for Jumpstart, a representative from SHCSC will reach out to discuss the next steps. 

For families looking for a pre-k program for their students, SHCSC also offers a paid program called Early Start. This program has limited seats. Any family interested needs to contact Preschool Coordinator Jill Timberlake at 812-738-2168.

Below are frequently asked questions about the On My Way Pre-K, Jumpstart and Early Start programs. If you have additional questions, please contact your child's school or Jill Timberlake at 812-738-2168.