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State Sen. Teresa Ruiz. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

New Jersey adds $10 million in pre-k funding

By Nikita Biryukov, December 21 2020 4:39 pm

New Jersey will provide $10 million in additional preschool aid split among 10 districts, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday.

The funds will allow the districts to serve 818 additional children while boosting quality for existing students, he said.

“In New Jersey, we know that quality early education paves the path toward success for our children,” Murphy said. “During this unprecedented time, we continue to prioritize the future of our youngest learners and this investment helps to ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

The Egg Harbor Township school district will receive the largest award, clocking in at just over $2.8 million. Another $2.1 million will go to Fairview public schools, while the Matawan-Aberdeen regional district will receive nearly $1.6 million.

The Manville School district will get nearly $1.1 million, while districts in North Arlington and Seaside Heights will get $560,208 and $482,095, respectively.

Schools in Lumberton, Clementon, Hampton and Quinton were awarded between $302,242 and $349,506.

“Studies show that access to early childhood education has a lifelong impact on a student’s academic career,” Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark) said. “Today’s investment in our next generation will benefit us for years to come. I am grateful for Governor Murphy’s continued commitment to investing in our youngest learners and I look forward to the day when every child in New Jersey has access to universal preschool.”

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