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What is Pre-K Our Way?

Pre-K Our Way is your way to bring preschool to your children and your community. Where a child lives shouldn’t determine whether or not they have access to high-quality preschool. Our state has one of the best, most successful, high-quality public preschool programs in the country—but only 35 districts have access to it despite a 2008 NJ state law to expand the existing preschool program to more communities. It’s time to bring pre-k your way.


Who We Are

Expanding New Jersey’s pre-k program has become a bipartisan priority among parents, communities and policymakers. Pre-K Our Way is a nonprofit, nonpartisan effort that helps communities bring New Jersey’s high-quality pre-k to their children. We have everything you need to raise awareness, raise your voice and be heard. As the Legislature and Governor come together to focus on the state school aid funding formula, we can make it a priority for them to begin to expand our state’s high-quality, full-day pre-k to more communities – and to 50,000 3- and 4-year-olds waiting every year since 2008.

Pre-K Our Way Ads and Videos

Watch our newest ads and previous videos: The ads are targeted to hundreds of local communities – like yours, and provide individual numbers of how many kids are waiting for NJ’s pre-k as promised by 2008 law. The requested action: let your legislators know that you want pre-k! The videos range from our September 2016 feature of an empty classroom just waiting for the 50,000 kids promised NJ’s pre-k each year since 2008, through information about our organization, Leadership Group, schools with – and without, NJ’s full-day state-funded pre-k. Learn what you can do to ensure than pre-k is available to more communities – as promised!

Pre-K Our Way Leadership Group:

  • Governor Thomas H. Kean, former Governor of New Jersey
  • Governor James J. Florio, former Governor of New Jersey
  • Lucinda Florio, former First Lady of New Jersey
  • Cecilia Zalkind, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New Jersey
  • M. Brian Maher, former Chairman of Maher Terminals LLC
  • William J. Marino, former Chairman and CEO of Horizon BlueCrossBlueShield of New Jersey
  • Douglas L. Kennedy, President and CEO of Peapack-Gladstone Bank
  • Lynda Anderson-Towns, retired Principal and Superintendent of the Woodbine School District
  • Sue Dyer, 2014 Salem County Teacher of the Year and Pre-K Teacher at Woodstown/Pilesgrove School District
    And more coming…

Pre-K Our Way Partners:

  • Maher Charitable Foundation
  • The Nicholson Foundation
  • The Schumann Fund for New Jersey
  • The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation
  • The Turrell Fund
  • Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
  • The Fund for New Jersey
  • F. M. Kirby Foundation
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • And more coming…

Pre-K Our Way Advocates:

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce supports the expansion of New Jersey’s high-quality pre-k education. Amy B. Mansue, chair of the New Jersey Chamber’s Board of Directors said, “New Jersey has one of the most successful, public preschool programs in the country. However, only 35 communities have access to one of these programs, even though access to full-day pre-k is essential to our current workforce — the working parents of New Jersey’s 3- and 4-year-olds.”

In addition, the following organizations have made a public commitment to Pre-K Our Way, and actively encourage their members and other individuals to support Pre-K Our Way.

  • Advocates for Children of New Jersey
  • Education Law Center
  • Hulafrog – Bergen County South
  • Hulafrog – Cape May County
  • Jersey CAN
  • New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • New Jersey Teachers of English Speakers of Other Languages and New Jersey Bilingual Educators  (NJTESOL/NJBE)
  • United Way of Central Jersey
  • United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
  • United Way of Hunterdon County
  • United Way of Monmouth County
  • United Way of Northern New Jersey
  • United Way of Greater Mercer County
  • United Ways of New Jersey
  • YMCA Alliance in New Jersey
  • Westfield Area YMCA
  • Meadowlands Area YMCA
  • The Community YMCA
  • Garfield YMCA
  • The Gateway Family YMCA
  • Summit Area YMCA
  • Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges
  • Hunterdon County YMCA
  • Cumberland/Cape Atlantic YMCA
  • YMCA of Greater Bergen County
  • Somerset County YMCA
  • Metuchen Edison YMCA
  • Greater Trenton Area YMCA
  • Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA
  • YMCA of Montclair
  • Madison Area YMCA
  • YMCA of Salem County
  • YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties
  • Hamilton Area YMCA
  • Lakeland Hills Family YMCA
  • Plainfield YMCA
  • Randolph YMCA
  • Gloucester County YMCA
  • Greater Morristown YMCA
  • Raritan Bay Area YMCA
  • Ridgewood YMCA
  • YM/WCA of Newark and Vicinity
  • Princeton Family YMCA
  • Camp Ockanickon YMCA
  • Wyckoff Family YMCA
  • Ocean County YMCA
  • YMCA of Western Monmouth
  • And more coming…

Pre-K Our Way Ambassadors:

Ambassadors are educators, business leaders, community leaders and others committed to the expansion of high-quality preschool in communities throughout New Jersey, and to supporting Pre-K Our Way in that effort.

  • Cynthia Rice, Chair of the Ambassador Group, Senior Policy Analyst, Advocates for Children of New Jersey
  • Michelle Barnea, Early Childhood Consultant and Vice President of Professional Development, NJ Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Grace Blanco, Ironbound Early Learning Center Director, Ironbound Community Corporation
  • Susan A. deBrigard, Director and Child Advocate, Tower Hill School
  • Gail Fazio, Early Childhood Supervisor and Educational Consultant, Linden Public Schools
  • Joseph Jones, III, Superintendent, Woodbury City Public Schools (retired)
  • Beverly Lynn, CEO, Affiliation Programs for Parents, Inc.
  • Susan O’Donnell, Executive Director, Head Start Community Program of Morris County, Inc.
  • Teresa Rafferty, Superintendent, Piscataway School District
  • Mary M. Reece, Ed.D., Director of Special Projects, NJ Principals and Supervisors Association/FEA
  • Lisa Stein, Associate Professor Early Childhood, Atlantic Cape Community College
  • Lindy Wilson, Education Policy Advisor for Assemblywoman Mila Jasey
  • Rebekka Zydel, President, New Jersey Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies and Executive Director, Child and Family Resources Inc.
  • And more coming…

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