Is Pre-K Coming Your Way?
Pre-k expansion is statewide priority in New Jersey. Both the Governor and NJ’s Legislative Leadership are committed to pre-k expansion. And remember: Governor Murphy has been clear about his support for full expansion (and universal pre-k) within four-years as stated in his March 2018 Budget Address. Pre-K Our Way remains committed to keeping pre-k expansion as a statewide priority – and to securing significantly more funding for pre-k expansion in next year’s state budget.
Funding for pre-k expansion in the State Budget effective July 1, 2018 is identical to that proposed in the Governor’s March 13 Budget Address and in the Legislative Budget separately proposed and approved on June 21, 2018 by the State Senate and General Assembly:
$25 million for totally new expansion communities for the 2018-2019 school year
$25 million in continued funding for the 26 expansion districts opened in the just-concluded school year
Nearly $33 million for the original 35 school districts (formerly known as Abbott, plus 4) as the first increase in funding for them in nearly a decade
This budget funding demonstrates commitment to thousands of New Jersey’s 3- and 4-year-olds, and commitment to their opportunity for access to New Jersey’s high-quality, state-funded, full-day pre-k. Pre-K Our Way thanks Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Coughlin for their steadfast support for expanding state-funded pre-k in New Jersey.
DESPITE THE RECENT SUCCESS IN PRE-K EXPANSION, WHERE A CHILD LIVES SHOULDN’T DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAVE ACCESS TO PRE-K.
Today, there are fewer than 65 communities with state-funded, full-day pre-k for some or all 3- and 4-year-olds. As promised by 2008 law, there should be hundreds more communities – and tens of thousands more children – with access to NJ’s full-day, state funded pre-k for every 3- and 4-year-old in the community.
The NJ Department of Education will determine the new pre-k expansion communities that will be funded through this year’s state budget. If your community is not listed already on the list of fewer than 65 communities with state-funded, full-day pre-k (see link in previous paragraph), please contact your local school district directly to see if they have applied for pre-k expansion funding for the 2018-2019 school year. As soon as NJ DOE makes public their determination of pre-k expansion funded districts for the 2018-2019 school year, the information will be updated in the link in the previous paragraph.