Pre-k is a NJ priority! The FY19 state budget has nearly $83 million in pre-k expansion funding for the 2018-2019 school year. This follows the $25 million in the prior year’s state budget – which was the first expansion funding in nearly a decade. The strategic effort to have pre-k expansion as a statewide priority began in early 2015, and we’ve accomplished so much together! Pre-K Our Way continues strategic focus on pre-k expansion and on securing significantly increased funding in the next state budget. Why? Tens of thousands of NJ’s 3- and 4-year-olds across hundreds of communities remain waiting for what was promised by law in 2008.
NJ DOE determines awards for pre-k expansion to individual school districts. The first round of applications per the state budget funding for the 2018-2019 school year has closed and awards will be announced end of Aug for start by Oct 1. NJ DOE announced a second round – nearly 115 eligible districts – for award by Oct 1 for start on Jan 2.
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