In the News: 2019

Governor Murphy’s March 5, 2019 Budget Address – the 2nd of his administration – continues NJ’s commitment to pre-k expansion and more funding for pre-k expansion as a state priority – $68 million.

Murphy seeks continued expansion of state pre-K program

Gov. Phil Murphy says that he wants to see the state continue to expand on the number of school districts that offer free pre-K programs for 3- and 4-year-olds. “These little kids probably don't know their lives are being changed. They don't understand it yet,” the governor said Thursday while visiting the Acelero Learning center in North Brunswick. “The payoff is overwhelming, the life-changing reality of this relatively…modest investment, changing lives unlike almost any dollar we can invest.”

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Murphy taps education specialist (and Cory Booker’s brother) to run new N.J. agency to boost preschool

Gov. Phil Murphy often says public, taxpayer-funded preschool education is one of the best and smartest investments New Jersey’s government can make. Now, Murphy has launched a new office in the state Education Department focused on just that — led by longtime education advocate and policy specialist Cary Booker.

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Booker brother takes on senior role in New Jersey education

The Murphy administration continues to emphasize its commitment to expanded preschool, and on June 6 did so with the appointment of Cary Booker, the older brother of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, as assistant education commissioner for early childhood education. The appointment was one of six senior positions approved by the State Board of Education yesterday at its monthly meeting.

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It's time to significantly fund pre-k expansion – now

Establishing and maintaining pre-k expansion's hard-won place as a statewide priority is vitally important to the future of our state's 3- and 4-year-old. In his recent budget address, Gov. Murphy continued New Jersey's commitment to pre-k expansion and proposed more funding for it – $68 million.

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Initial news coverage of Governor Murphy and Sen. Pres. Sweeney joint visit to West Deptford from April 15, 2019

Gov. Murphy and Sen. Pres. Sweeney jointly visit West Deptford's pre-k 'for the children...to highlight pre-k budget investment.' Gov Murphy: “NJ will be the pre-k state…. [Sen. Pres.] Sweeney and I are lockstep on pre-k.” Sweeney on pre-k: ‘will separate NJ from other states.’

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Preschool expansion is brought to you by the letter M, for Murphy

The Star-Ledger editorial board says, "The expansion of preschools...the need is urgent..."

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With $3.4 million boost in pre-k funding from state, Bayonne may offer full-day program

The Bayonne school district has been awarded $6.75 million for its pre-k program, twice as much as it received last year, according to proposed state aid figures released by the state Department of Education Thursday night.

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Initial news coverage of Governor Murphy’s FY2020 Budget Address from March 5, 2019

Governor Murphy on pre-k expansion in March 5, 2019’s Budget Address: “We also increased investment in high-quality pre-K programs. Today, in 64 additional school districts, more than 4,400 three- and four-year-olds now have access to pre-K they lacked just one year ago. This budget maintains this commitment to our kids and our public schools – starting with an additional $206 million to ramp-up to the full K-through-12 formula funding. There is $68 million more to not only maintain, but to expand, pre-K. These commitments mean we can continue to be a national leader in the delivery of high-quality public education.”

Watch Gov. Murphy talk about pre-k expansion in his Budget Address.

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How Has Murphy’s Preschool Funding Program Impacted Schools?

Two very different towns are tasked with the same goal: expand the preschool program in their district. Berkeley Township and Absecon are two of 31 towns to receive funding from Gov. Murphy’s first round of Preschool Education Expansion Aid, or PEEA. Berkeley got the highest amount at $2.2 million; Absecon, the lowest at approximately $189,000.

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How Are Districts Using State Preschool Funds?

Expanding preschool offerings in public schools in New Jersey has been a high priority for Gov. Phil Murphy. Last month, he announced a second round of funding under the Preschool Education Expansion Aid (PEEA) program, which will benefit 2,320 children for the school year starting in September.

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Teaneck Opens Full-day Pre-K Classes Through Grant

About a dozen giggling 4-year-olds stood and danced Thursday morning in a brightly decorated classroom in Bryant Elementary School, watching their teacher as she showed them new moves to try. The class is one of seven full-day pre-K classes that opened this month in the district, thanks to a $1.2 million grant Teaneck received from the state.

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South River schools will extend pre-kindergarten program

Members of the New Jersey 18th Legislative District have awarded the South River Public School District $683,640 to further expand its pre-kindergarten program.

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New Jersey Governor Announces $27 Million for Preschool Program

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced Thursday that 33 school districts in the state will be receiving $27 million in Preschool Education Expansion Aid (PEEA) to ensure that 2,320 children will start 2019 in high-quality preschool classrooms.

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Murphy Touts Pre-K as Meet with Legislative Leaders Gets Rescheduled

Gov. Phil Murphy put off a much-anticipated meeting with legislative leaders in favor of a sit-down with what was very likely a much friendlier crowd — preschoolers at the Woodmere School in Eatontown — where he announced the release of a second round of funding for full-day preschool.

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Free Pre-K Coming To North Brunswick, South River

Two new towns in Middlesex County will be getting state funding for free pre-K, it was just announced this week, and those two towns are North Brunswick Twp. and South River. Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday that his administration approved a second round of state funding to create or expand preschool programs in 33 school districts in New Jersey. This marks the first time those communities have received state aid for preschool.

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Governor Announces Union to Receive $2m in Funding for Expanded Preschool Program

Governor Phil Murphy announced on Thursday a second round of state funding to create or expand preschool programs in 33 school districts, including Union, which is slated to receive over $2m in Preschool Education Expansion Aid (PEEA).

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These N.J. School Districts Will Now Get Money to Create or Expand Preschool Under Murphy Plan

Nearly three dozen public school districts in New Jersey have been tapped by Gov. Phil Murphy's administration to receive a second round of taxpayer-funded state aid to create or expand preschool programs, NJ Advance Media has learned.

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Free Preschool To Extend To 3-Year-Olds Next Year

Next year, the Berkeley Township School District is planning on extending free preschool to 3-year-olds, officials said. Educators agree that early childhood education is one of the most important ways to ensure future success. It’s also the time to first identify any problems that children might be having. The earlier you find these problems, the quicker the child can get the help they need.

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