New Jersey made pre-k expansion a priority. Let’s keep the momentum!!
Why, you ask? Here’s what 3-year-old Juliana’s mother, Rebecca, shared on the first day of NJ’s pre-k in their Monmouth County community: “Full day (p)reschool is a huge step for families in New Jersey because our children are eager to learn at such a young age…when they have the opportunity to be in a classroom with qualified educators as well as other children their age for the social aspect, it makes a world of difference for their development. It’s unfortunate that some families can’t afford to pay for their younger children to attend preschool, while other families can. When full-day preschool is offered to all children, it will allow students to enter (k)indergarten with similar backgrounds.”
Our state has one of the nation’s highest quality public pre-k programs. As recently as October 2017, only 35 of New Jersey’s hundreds of school districts provided state-funded pre-k to their children. Today – thanks to early legislative leadership and funding by the Murphy Administration –140+ school districts provide NJ’s pre-k to thousands more 3- and 4-year-olds — and their working families!
But, children in 110+ eligible communities still wait…..
Governor Murphy, Senator Sweeney and Speaker Coughlin support New Jersey’s high-quality, state-funded, full-day pre-k. The governor says, “I think it’s fair to say we’re all in violent agreement that investment in pre-k is among the smartest investments we can make.” Senate President Sweeney knows that “high quality pre-k programs are the single best head start we can give to help children reach their fullest potential.” Speaker Coughlin “will continue to work tirelessly with our colleagues…to ensure that all of New Jersey’s children have the same opportunity for pre-k education…”
Remember: statewide, children in 110+ eligible communities still wait.
Let’s keep the momentum! Fund more pre-k NOW!