"In 2008, the Legislature and governor included a provision in the state school aid formula law to expand New Jersey’s state-funded, high-quality pre-K to nearly every community in the state. It was never funded. If funded, 50,000 additional three-and four-year-old children, each year, would be attending the pre-K programs. It is past time to begin state funding for this critical educational investment. Our youngest citizens are our state’s future. No matter where they live or what district they reside, our kids’ educational achievement should rise above politics."
New Jersey’s been expanding pre-k! Thousands of kids have it! The governor’s budget has more funding… Hundreds of communities, tens of thousands of kids are waiting…It’s time to SIGNIFICANTLY fund pre-k expansion – NOW!
For the first time in nearly a decade, there were a few thousand more 3- and 4-year-olds with access to NJ’s high-quality, state-funded, full-day pre-k. October 2, 2017 was the first day of school for some, and others started later that month or in early November 2017. Read links to some of the news stories from individual pre-k expansion communities!
"We’ve been waiting 10 years…We’re ready for pre-k! Please contact your legislators – for us!” That's the message from NJ's 3- and 4-year-olds. Read more, and let your legislators know: Fund pre-k NOW!
We're ready! That's the message from 50,000 NJ 3- and 4-year-olds. Governor Murphy supports pre-k expansion, and his first budget is a major step toward full expansion of NJ's pre-k for 50,000 3- and 4-year-olds. They were promised pre-k in 2008 -- a decade ago. Let your legislators know: you want pre-k NOW!
Every year, 50,000 3- and 4-year-olds wait across hundreds of communities—like yours. That’s not right! Our children should already have NJ’s state-funded, full-day pre-k. See just a handful of the hundreds of communities who would benefit from NJ’s high-quality pre-k program.
In 2008, NJ promised to expand pre-k to more communities. 50,000 kids each year are still waiting. That's not right! See if your community meets the five checklist items that indicate whether or not NJ's state funded, full-day pre-k for all 3- and 4-year-olds exists in YOUR community.
View the assessment one Kindergarten teacher gave to her students to understand the academic readiness that pre-k instills.
The NJ Legislature is considering several bills on pre-k expansion. Read about them, find out Pre-K Our Way’s position on each bill, and learn what happens now.
“Well-designed early childhood education programs address all aspects of the young child’s development, including their social-emotional learning as well as physical development.” Read the latest from NASBE.org.
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