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 the awards for pre-k expansion to individual school districts per the state budget funding for the 2018-2019 school year. The application process began on June 29 and included a mandatory meeting on July 13. Applications are due by August 1, with awards announced sometime prior to the anticipated October 1 start of school. As reference, the June 29 RFP can be viewed in our press room.
“My son is 3 and a half. I am a single mom, paying almost $800 a month on daycare. According…”A Parent in Ocean County
“Our two children, Jack and Paige, are currently 4 and almost 3 years old. They’re excited to be going back…”Linda and Richard Rozycki
“The Clifton School District hasn’t always had the preschool opportunity that it has now. With many families in the community…”Clifton School District #17
“'Supposing I said there was a planet without schools or teachers, study was unknown, and yet the inhabitants—doing nothing but…”Christine Meehan Teacher in Cape May County