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Pre-K Our Way, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization, organized in 2015 with a clear purpose: to make New Jersey’s existing high-quality, state-funded, full-day pre-k a statewide priority – and to have the Governor and Legislature fund the existing law to expand NJ’s pre-k program into more communities. This website provides more information about the importance of NJ’s state-funded, full-day pre-k; the strategic effort to make pre-k expansion a NJ funding priority – and what YOU can do to bring state-funded, full-day pre-k to your community.

Our state has made real progress towards fulfilling the promise of a 2008 law: to provide high-quality, state-funded, full-day pre-k throughout New Jersey. In five years, there has been statewide, bipartisan support for funding pre-k expansion. In addition, the threshold level of a district’s eligibility has expanded to include districts where at least 20% of the families are ‘at-risk’ (receiving free or reduced lunch) rather than the original threshold of 40% of families in the ‘at-risk’ category. Importantly, each of the recent years also has seen ‘expanding expansion’ – enabling a local school district to continue to add more seats – and classrooms – for NJ’s pre-k, according to their already-approved plans. Today, there are 150+ school districts and many tens of thousands of NJ’s 3- and 4-year-olds with access to state-funded, full-day pre-k!

There’s no doubt: NJ’s pre-k expansion is a recognized statewide priority. Thanks to many people, it continues to have bipartisan support. In addition to thanking Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Coughlin, we thank the members of the Legislature for their leadership. A special thanks goes to YOU for your support and constant voice in making – and keeping – NJ’s state-funded, full-day pre-k a statewide priority.

As an advocacy effort with a clear, strategic focus, Pre-K Our Way officially sunsets at the close of 2021. With the recent signing of the state budget – the fifth consecutive budget with funding for pre-k expansion! – our closing efforts are now more narrowly focused to encourage eligible local districts to apply for pre-k expansion funding. The statewide funding priority remains strong at the gubernatorial and legislative levels; it is each eligible local district that needs to actually apply for funding. As outlined on this page, let your superintendent and local school board know that you want state-funded, full-day pre-k in YOUR community!

How to Take Action

Let your local school superintendent and school board members know that you want state-funded, full-day pre-k in your community! The Governor and Legislative Leaders made expanding NJ’s Pre-K a funding priority. Encourage your school district to apply to the NJ Department of Education for pre-k expansion funding. Bring state-funded, full-day pre-k to YOUR community!

WHAT YOU CAN DO
  • Send letters and emails to your school superintendent and local school board members.
  • Make phone calls to them and speak at the local board of education meetings.
  • Engage your community leaders, business organizations and parent groups!
  • Make sure that YOU encourage the superintendent and school board to plan how they can bring pre-k to your community – and apply to the NJ Department of Education for pre-k expansion funding!