INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The state of Indiana and legislators continue to emphasize pre-K as an essential part of early childhood education. Rep. Milo Smith of Columbus said that pre-K has huge benefits for the state and that it gets a bad wrap. Parents can benefit from the time away by continuing their education and prepare children for a lifelong learning experience, according to Smith. State funded pre-K pilot programs started with five counties in the state and are proposed to double to ten.