Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg wants the state to begin educating students before kindergarten.
Gregg wants Indiana to start a program for 4-year-olds similar to one run by Wisconsin. He also said Wednesday he wants to create a tax credit to offset child care costs and permanently fund full-day kindergarten.
Gregg is scheduled to talk at the Key Learning Community School in Indianapolis Thursday morning.
Gregg is running against Republican Mike Pence and Libertarian Rupert Boneham for governor in November's election. Gov. Mitch Daniels is barred by law from seeking a third term..
State lawmakers have incrementally paid for the state's full-day kindergarten program over the years. Lawmakers approved the temporary full-funding of the program earlier this year after discovering $320 million in misplaced corporate tax collections.