Policies created by the government affect us all. By participating in the process, we multiply the impact we can have on our community.

Across our impact areas,
we are advocating for:

Sustaining Progress for Pre-K.
Advocate for early childhood education across Indiana through On My Way Pre-K.

Building the Workforce.
Growing post-secondary education and employment pathways for adults.

Improving the Health of Young Hoosiers.
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the US.

Supporting and Care for Hoosier Children.
To improve the internal climate and service provision of the Indiana Department of Child Services.

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On My Way Pre-K

On My Way Pre-K awards grants to 4 year olds from low-income families so that they may have access to a high-quality pre-K program the year before they begin kindergarten. Families who receive a grant may use the grant at any approved On My Way Pre-K program.

To reach our
goals, we are:


Leading our region in establishing policy for and distributing resources throughout the underserved areas of education and financial stability.


Collaborating with local and state leaders, community schools, agencies and partners to focus on the specific needs of each community.


Supporting proven programs and innovative initiatives with the resources and manpower needed to protect the wellbeing of our neighbors.

Community Milestones

The General Assembly voted to expand Indiana’s pre-k for low-income children with the passage of a pre-k expansion bill and approved a budget which includes an investment of $22 million per year in the next biennium budget.

The coalition for mass transit celebrated a victory on Election night, as Indianapolis' residents voted "yes" to a public transit ballot referendum to increase bus service.

Indiana's biennial budget included a $1 million per year appropriation to the 2-1-1 Services Fund, thanks in part to a significant gift from The Glick Fund.

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United Way of Central Indiana's advocacy work is produced with support from the Alliance for Early Success, a 50-state early childhood advocacy resource that provides connections, expertise, technical assistance, and targeted investments to allies pursuing policies that improve outcomes for children birth through age 8. More at


Many years ago, we took the bold step of making quality early childhood education and pre-k advocacy a top priority for our community.

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